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September 16, 2014

Calendar: Richard III Gets a Reprieve, Roll Call Heads South by Southwest

Need to catch the retelling of one of Shakespeare’s seminal histories? How about the cinema of peace and war in the Middle East? Or how about a trip down South, by Southwest?

Richard III, Extended

If you’re looking to build on your “House of Cards” knowledge, you’re in luck, because the Folger Shakespeare Library has extended its current run of “Richard III” through March 16.

The evil that Kevin Spacey’s Vice President Francis Underwood does is right out of the playbook of the Bard’s tale of the wicked, deformed Richard III and his blood-bathed rise to power. Tickets range from $30 to $72. 201 East Capitol St. For more info, go to folger.edu.

The West End’s Middle East Focus

The West End Cinema is showing two films that show several sides of the Israeli-Palestine relationship, one from Israel and one from Palestine: “Bethlehem” and “Omar.” The former, directed by Yuval Adler, is the story of an Israeli secret service agent and his relationship with a teenage informant, who is himself the brother of a Palestinian militant. It’s won a boatload of Israeli film awards. “Omar,” which is directed by Hany Abu-Assad, is another informant-based story as the titular character is pressured by Israeli agents to give up his friends after being detained after an Israeli soldier is killed. The film, from Palestine, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film this year. For showtimes, go to westendcinema.com.

D.C. by way of Austin

Roll Call’s own Grace Dobush is in Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest festival, keeping tabs on the many lawmakers and Washington types slated to come to the Lone Star capital for the Interactive Week part of things.

As Dobush reported, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., are all participating on Interactive festival panels, and Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., went down to discuss local technology firms.

She also notes that, absent a cocaine bust and mayoral election here and there, there could have been even more Capitol representation at SXSW: Before his resignation in January, Florida Republican Rep. Trey Radel was scheduled to present a social media session called Vine to Spotify: Making Politics Personal Again. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis had also been penciled in but had to back out because of schedule conflicts.

And, of course, there are the parties and music venues, etc., never in short supply even in a slow week in Austin:

As always, the hardest part of SXSW is having enough time to see everything and everyone on your list. There are hundreds of Interactive sessions (and almost as many parties) happening over the next week. We’ve put together a short list below of the sessions that will be most interesting to people coming to Austin from the Hill.

We’ve also got a running list of Capitol Hill and D.C. SXSW attendees on Twitter — tweet @rollcall and @GraceDobushToGo if you’re in Austin this week.

NOTABLE SESSIONS:

Friday, March 7

3:30 p.m.

Clubbing the Patent Trolls: How We Can Fight Back

including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.

Austin Convention Center Room 10AB

Privacy: What Your Car Tells the World About You

including  Anna Laitin of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Sheraton Creekside

Saturday, March 8

9:30 a.m.

Mobile Security & the Future of the App Economy

including  Jaclyn Louis, chief of staff to Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.

Sheraton Austin Creekside

11 a.m.

It’s Not About Tech: Hack the Bureaucracy

Austin Convention Center Room 5ABC

A Virtual Conversation with Julian Assange

Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 5

12:30 p.m.

Beyond Voter Reg: How to Engage the New Citizen

Austin Convention Center Room 5ABC

3:30 p.m.

After Snowden: Privacy, Surveillance, & the NSA

AT&T Conference Center Classroom 106

5 p.m.

How to Beat the Man (Without Becoming the Man)

Austin Convention Center Room 5ABC

Sunday, March 9

9:30 a.m.

Economist Breakfast Discussion on Local Tech Economies

including Matthew Bishop of The Economist and Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Mark Warner, D-Va.

bGiv Social Good Space, Sixth Street and I-35

11 a.m.

Policymakers & Startups Can Build Ecosystems

including Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.

Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

Monday, March 10

9:30 a.m.

Do It Together Is the New Do It Yourself

Omni Downtown Lone Star

11 a.m.

How Elizabeth Warren Built Her Grassroots Army

including campaign staffers Amanda Coulombe, Lauren Miller, Mike Firestone and Mindy Meyers

Austin Convention Center Room 10AB

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