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IFC and Foursquare team up to showcase Austin’s best (and give you rewards!)

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IFC is proud to be partnering with Foursquare at SXSW to help you find the most interesting things to do in Austin while you’re in town. Foursquare’s great at providing recommendations, right when you need them – so make sure you like IFC on Foursquare and check out our tips about which places in Austin you need to hit up. And when you drop by the IFC Crossroads House for some of our comedy events, be sure to check in so that you can unlock specials and, new this year, the IFC Comedy Badge.

Speaking of IFC, FourSquare and SXSW… here are some IFC staff picks for favorite Austin venues to hit up during the festival. Keep an eye out for more tips throughout the week!

IFC Crossroads House (at Vice Bar) – IFC is back at SXSW! Come see us during the 2013 SXSW festival to earn the IFC Comedy Badge, Portlandia swag and see a great lineup of comedy and music performances.

The Driskill – Is there a more Texan bar atmosphere? This is one of our top choices for post-show hangouts.

Lucky J’s – They serve chicken.. wrapped in waffles. What more do you want?

Hilton – Need a nice, quiet place to get away from it all? This is definitely it during SXSW! Should you see an IFC staff member running, frantically, please wave and smile, then go visit us at the IFC Crossroads House (at Vice Bar).

Esther’s Follies – There’s so much great comedy to be seen during the SXSW festival and Esther’s is definitely a top place to check out… right after you stop into the IFC Crossroads House, of course.

Lambert’s Downtown Barbeque – We couldn’t pick just one BBQ favorite, so this place shares the title with Stubbs. Head here if you have a little more change in your pocket.

Frank Restaurant – Bacon-infused Bloody Mary. Need we say more?

Hotel San Jose – Don’t miss out on the annual SXSW Parking Lot party. It’s a doozie. Do people still say doozie?

Moonshine Patio Bar – Best brunch. There. We said it. And coming from NYC, we know a bit about brunch.

If you don’t have Foursquare, make sure you go to here to get started before you head down to SXSW. Have fun exploring Austin!

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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