Something wacky, weird and absolutely claptastic is returning to Boulder this week. That something is the 15th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival. While the name is quite a mouthful, the program will leave you with of bevy-load options. In just 12 days, 70 artists will each be performing multiple shows in 14 of Boulder's favorite venues including Downtown Boulder's own Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, First United Methodist Church, The Dairy, BMoCA, Trident Cafe and b.side Lounge.
The shows will feature all forms of art 'on the fringe' including magic shows, various performance art pieces, puppetry, live music and more. All artists or troupes perform several times throughout the festival, and spectators can rate the shows at the Fringe Fest website. Make sure to check out the program for a full list of events and ticket prices.
For the Kids, stop into the First United Methodist Church for Gregg Tobo's Astonishing Magic Show, an old-time magic show exploring the power of Belief and the origins of destiny, or Comedy A La Carte with Denver-based comedy troupe Mile Hi-Larity delivering a fast-paced blend of improv and original sketch comedy at Trident Cafe. For something more adult, try Good Girls Don't, But I Do, playing at BMoCA, an innovative work incorporating texts, movement, and song in an exploration of what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Be sure to check the ratings listed for each show (listed on the online program), as some many require adult supervision.
Tonight, don't miss the opening night bash at Naropa with one minute featurettes by all 70 artists and a silent auction of wines and other local goodies from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Fringe Fest is back once again delivering Boulder all its tasty, zany goodness. Make your plan of attack now!
- Claire Little