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South by Southwest 2011: Film, Music, Interactive Festival Draws Thousands to Austin (VIDEO)

If you haven’t heard, it’s time for South by Southwest.Thousands are descending on Austin, Texas, for a week of film, music, andinteractive presentations.

The 2011 film fest slate includes Pee-Wee Herman’s Broadway show; Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop ; and JodieFoster’s The Beaver , starring MelGibson.

Credentialed attendees can see musical performances by more than 400 bands, andInteractive panels include talks with Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, a sit-downwith comedian Reggie Watts, and a live performance by the Auto-Tune sensationsthe Gregory Brothers.

Those bored by the scheduled events can check out Jack White’s record storetruck and Apple’s temporary store to show off the iPad 2.

And if you can’t make it to Austin, there’s no shortage of ways to live-streamthe events.