The Daily Fringe #Last


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First thing's first: We like to know who comes to Fringe. So if you weren't able to fill in one of those cute little paper surveys we had at the venues, please fill it out online. It's just 13 questions that shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes. And it helps us out a lot. Like, a ridiculous lot. Thanks!

Now then! 2008 was a good year for the Fringe. In all, we issued nearly 41,000 tickets for 806 performances to more than 15,000 people. Exactly 1,080 artists participated in the Fringe this year. And everyone earned just over $300,000.

Numbers are fun!

We've already started planning the 2009 festival—so stay tuned for all sorts of fun new things from the Fringe. In the meantime, the regular Fringe email newsletter (the one that you'll get with all the spiffy discounts you can get with your '08 button) resumes next week.

Thanks again for a great year. Email or call us any time if you have feedback, ideas or just want to chat. Our door is always open.

Your pals,
Robin, Mark, Matt, Jeff, Craig, Allegra
and everyone else at Minnesota Fringe

Lowertown

Roma Di Luna, Romantica, The Minnesota Opera, Haley Bonar, Davina and the Vagabonds, Mystery Palace, Little Man, M.anifest, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Melismatics, Chris Koza, Spaghetti Western String Co., The Schubert Club, Dan Israel and the Cultivators, Vicious Vicious, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dosh and others.

3 Days FREE Music, Rain or Shine
Food and beer by Great Waters Brewing Co.
Mears Park Saint Paul, MN | concreteandgrass.com

Drawing winners

The final coffee winners were: Kayla Hertel, Susan Campion, Eric Wuntling, Chelsea Gartner, Dennis Davidson and Klee Burke.

The winner of the Rush Prize—a delightful Equal Exchange gift basket filled with all sorts of fairly traded goodies—goes to Betsy Rosen. Congrats, Betsy!

And the winner for the Ultra Prize—two Ultra Passes to the 2009 Minnesota Fringe and two season tickets to the Guthrie—is Jim Brennan. Jim, you're all set for theater for a whole year!

More Fringe at the brand spankin' new Gremlin

Gremlin Theatre is hosting four favorite Fringe shows at their new locale (2400 University Av., St. Paul), Aug. 14-23.

Thursday, August 14,
Friday, August 15
and Saturday, August 16

Meet the Macbeths @ 7 p.m.

by Joshua & Lauren Iley
Mac and Betty are a charming "Better Homes and Garden" couple who plot murder plans over pot roast. Shakespeare visits a 1950s suburban utopia to unfold how far an ambitious duo will go for the American Dream.

Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses @ 8:30 p.m.

by Curt Lund & Laura Bidgood
Embrace your inner dork as Laura and Curt (the geeks behind "Take a Left at the Giant Cow") fog up your glasses with torrid tales of nerd romance. Did we say torrid? We meant awkward, embarrassing and unrequited.

Thur., Aug. 21, Fri., Aug. 22 & Sat., Aug. 23
Second weekend shows will be announced shortly—stay tuned!

All seats are $12. For tickets and reservations, please call Gremlin at 651-228-7008.

P.S. Here's your Easter egg for the day. You have to watch the videos to get the full effect.

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