I'm hosting a SXSW meetup on Saturday at 11 for writers, creatives, journalists, brand stewards and other social types for an hour of brainstorming, kvetching and sharing tales out of school. Please join us! Details here. FYI, the Empire is about a ten minute hike from the Convention Center. On East 7th Street, at 606 E 7th, about a block south of Stubbs. "Empire" sounds like a lovely hotel, but actually it's a hole in the wall bar next to a music venue disguised as an automotive repair center. Gotta love Austin.