Author: Anna

In Austin, we follow a beat all our own

Everyone needs a deep, dark secret. For years, mine was NBC’s supernatural soap “Passions.” In the early part of the decade, I was faithful to it, never missing lunch with its characters, closely following...

Forensics: It’s more than CSI

Last Monday, Sandip Gupta, 19, was having a rough evening. Days away from the national championship tournament, his training session was not going well. His broad face was sweating, his arm hurt, and he...

Starry-eyed in Texas

Like thousands of others, 22-year-old Latvian singer-songwriter Goran Gora packed his bags, his guitar and his dreams of musical success, and brought them all to the 20th South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in...

It’s a long way from Latvia to a SXSW show

The most dramatic symbol of the colossal changes that have taken place during the 20 years of the South by Southwest Music Festival might actually be a tiny lapel pin worn by a visiting...