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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.

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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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Daily Fringe #9

Minnesota Fringe

Got five minutes to answer 13 questions about yourself?
Take our '08 audience survey!

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Mornin'! Here's the Fringe Encore lineup! Get you tickets now.

Congrats to all the Fringe Encore folks. Each venue's top-selling show is awarded a sixth performance in the last slot in the festival—8:30 for most venues, 8 o'clock for Bryant-Lake Bowl. Note: Sara Scrimshaw's "Dance of the Whisky Faerie" was the top-selling show at the Southern; she opted out of the Encore program.

Thanks to everyone for a ridiculously great Fringe. We'll send out "The Daily Fringe #10" with final attendance numbers and other wrap-up delights later this week. And join Fringe staff, volunteers and artists at First Ave. tonight to close out the festival with extreme style.

See you today at the shows, tonight at the party and in 2009 for Minnesota's 16th annual Fringe.

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

P.S. Don't forget the drawing! Check out the Fringe staff blog for the final coffee winners and tonight's winners of the Rush Prize (an Equal Exchange gift basket) and the Ultra Prize (two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie). Stop by Fringe Central at Bedlam to throw your name in.

Party Closing

P.S. We repeated an Easter egg yesterday. So here are one Easter egg and two Easter eggs for the day.

Daily Fringe #8

Minnesota Fringe

Got five minutes to answer 13 questions about yourself?
Take our '08 audience survey!

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Okay, teen gang, this is it: the three last days of Fringe 2008. As we told you yesterday, there's no need to panic, because there's still tons of time to see great shows, and this weekend is actually the easiest time to find 'em!

In addition to over 1600 audience reviews, there are media and blog mentions, word of mouth from people in line or at Fringe Central, plus plus plus!

On Sunday at 8:30 (8 at Bryant-Lake Bowl), the most top-selling shows get the final festival slot for Fringe Encore! Watch for the announcement on Sunday.

Now let's travel over to Sad News Town, where we reveal that even though the Fringe has the whole weekend ahead of it, Fringe Central has just (gasp!) two days left! That's right, Saturday night is the last party night at Bedlam. So raise a glass tonight and tomorrow for their great food, wonderful service and kick-butt view of Minneapolis from the comfy patio.

But then catch the Magical Rainbow Trolly to Happytown because the reason there's no Sunday night party at Bedlam is because of the Fringe Closing Night Party at First Avenue!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

P.S. If you're driving, you might want to read this. Vikings game! Street closures!

NOTE: There won't be a daily tomorrow. This is a double edition.
OTHER NOTE: Yesterday, we had a list of shows that were the top-selling shows for Wednesday only, not for the festival heretofore. The Daily apologies for the error.

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"Hey, I'm Talking Murder Here!" presented by Rhino Productions. Trevor Hartman as Marlow and Sam Ahern as Dr. Gagney. (Photo: Alex Wohlhueter)

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

PARTIES! Join us for your regularly-scheduled festival-ing.

$3 Summit pints during Bedlam Social happy hour (4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.) with six yummy Summits on tap and food service 'til close

Present Summit

 

Weather

Today: 84° and mostly sunny. 30% chance of storms tonight, 63°.

Saturday: 20% chance of storms, 84°. Low: 60°.

Sunday: Mostly Sunday, 82°. Slight chance of storms at night, 62°.

The big ones

The top-selling shows venue by venue for Thursday:

 

Drawing winners!

On Sunday, we're announcing the last three days' worth of coffee winners and—AND!!!—drawing the winners of our Grand and Rush Prizes. (And keep in mind that if you win a pound of coffee in the daily drawing, you're still eligible for the other prizes on Sunday. Yay!)

Stop by Fringe Central to put your name in the hat (or the, uh, box) to win coffee, the Rush Prize of an Equal Exchange gift basket or the Ultra Prize: Two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie! (Drawing's on Sun., Aug. 10. Stop by Fringe Central to sign up and check out the rules.)

Party Closing

P.S. Here's your Easter egg for the day.

Daily Fringe #7

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Okay, the second Fringe weekend starts tomorrow—but before the big finale, there's tonight to catch shows before the all-day crushes of Saturday or Sunday.

And speaking of crushes, have you found your Fringe crush yet? While most develop a crush on a performer, you can also develop a crush on a show as well. But if you haven't found a crush yet, tonight would be a perfect time, so that you can have your squee on for Friday night. Just sayin'.

Need a boost to help you get your social on? Don't forget that tonight at Fringe Central at Bedlam, we have delicious beats from a live DJ! Shake it!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

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Malia Burkhart in "The Survival Pages" at Intermedia Arts. (Photo: Jeff Larson)

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

TONIGHT @ midnight: Late-night DJ (dancey!)

$3 Summit pints during Bedlam Social happy hour (4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.) with six yummy Summits on tap and food service 'til close

Get the complete schedule

Present Summit

 

Weather

Today: 82° and sunny. Some patchy fog tonight with a low at 59°.

Tomorrow: Patchy fog before 8 a.m., high 83°. Low: 63°.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, 83°. Then partly cloudy and 62°.

The big ones

So far, these are the top-selling shows in the following venues (we'll release the other half of the list in tomorrow's daily):

Are you thinking "My goodness gracious me, Betty, how in heaven's name are we going to see all this awesomeness?" Why, the magical Fringe Encore, of course!

Remember that the final performance slot of the festival—8:30 at each venue (8 p.m. if you're Bryant-Lake Bowl)—is awarded to the top-sellingest show in each venue. The announcement of the Encore slots will be made Sun., Aug. 10 no later than 9 a.m. Stay tuned to fringefestival.org for all the info.

 

Drawing winners!

Days 6 + 7 winners: Coffee for you, Sara Scrimshaw. And for you, George McConnell! And you and you and you, Julie Hill, Allison Posner and Shelbie Farness. And did you think we forgot you, Barb Hill? We didn't! Congrats, winners! (And keep in mind that if you win a pound of coffee in the daily drawing, you're still eligible for the other prizes on Sunday. Yay!)

Stop by Fringe Central to put your name in the hat (or the, uh, box) to win coffee, an Equal Exchange gift basket or the Ultra Prize: Two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie! (Drawing's on Sun., Aug. 10. Stop by Fringe Central to sign up and check out the rules.)

P.S. Here's your Easter Egg for the day. Okay, fine, they're turning it into a book. But still...

Daily Fringe #6

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You see it at museums, theme parks and fairs. After a long day of fun, eventually kids (and occasionally husbands) have had so much sensory overload that they just can't handle it anymore. It's the Three O'Clock Meltdown and you can recognize it by:

  • Standing in the middle of crowds, shouting while the parent talks quietly but firmly.
  • Stamping of feet.
  • The key phrase: "I'm not tired!"

Since most Fringe days start after three, it's not a daily problem (especially since the time it would occur is prime time at Fringe Central, with its tasty selection of Summit Beers). But after six days of theater, with five big days to go, your brain may be so full of awesomeness that you'll feel like you're on your fifth bowl of Saturday Morning Sugar Bombs. After all, you're hearing about all these great shows, but it's impossible to see them all! Aaaaaaaaaargh!

Relax. You've got five more days to catch the shows you need to see. Talk to your friends, check out the nearly 1,300 audience reviews, get news from our Fringe blog and find out what you really want to see, not what you "need" to see. But the main thing to remember is to have fun at the Fringe. Because otherwise we are marching right back to the car and going home right now, mister!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

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"EMISSARY'S N.O.W." presented by Emissary. (Photo: Dave Stagner)

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

TONIGHT @ 9:30 p.m.: Dreamland Faces

TOMORROW @ Midnight: Late-night DJ (dancey, dancey)

Friday + Saturday: General havoc, mucking about and cavorting

$3 Summit pints during Bedlam Social happy hour (4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.) with six yummy Summits on tap and food service 'til close

Get the complete schedule

 

Present Summit

Weather

Today: 20% chance o' storms, 84°. Night: Partly cloudy, 62°.

Tomorrow: Why did we even put this in this year?

Friday: The weather hasn't just been perfect, it's been the same day in and day out.

Saturday: It's like living in Los Angeles or Hawaii or somewhere where citrus litters the streets.

Fringe in the news

 

Drawing winners!

Day 6 winners: Okay, so we've been really fancy about putting the names in the daily... And they were drawn last night. It's just that... we forgot to write them down and take them home after trivia at Fringe Central. Which was an utter success, by the way. So totally a new tradition. We'll announce last night's winners (and tonight's winners) tomorrow. Promise.

Stop by Fringe Central to put your name in the hat (or the, uh, box) to win coffee, an Equal Exchange gift basket or the Ultra Prize: Two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie! (Drawing's on Sun., Aug. 10. Stop by Fringe Central to sign up and check out the rules.)

P.S. Here's your Easter Egg for the day.

Daily Fringe #5

Minnesota Fringe

Take note: Live Action Set, presenting "Deviants," has cancelled tonight's 7 p.m. performance due to injury. So far the remaining shows will run as scheduled.

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From what we saw Monday, things are hopping! Of course, that fits with the 10 percent ticket increase we saw on opening weekend. And the now nearly 1,100+ audience reviews. Yay!

This year, the venues are grouped close together, many within walking distance. Heck, the Rarig has four theaters in the same building! So, consider the idea of walking, biking, or taking Mass Transit to the Fringe. Some tools to help:

Get walking directions on Google Maps: For example, Rarig to the Southern is just ten little minutes.

MetroTransit's NexTrip gives you up to the minute info on where the next bus is, in addition to a search function that will help you plan your route.

Biking! The Fringe program has suggested bike routes. MetroTransit buses and trains have bike racks that allow you to get to more distant venues and bring your bike along.

So very Fringe green!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

A special request: On Saturday, an artists at Rarig misplaced a MiniDV videotape of her performance. The tape is small, in a clear plastic case and clearly labeled "Fringe 08." If you happen upon it, just drop it off to at a box office. Thanks!

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"(life seed)" presented by Nic Hager at the Lab Theater. (Photo: Brad Dahlgaard)

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

TONIGHT @ 11 p.m.: Fringe-themed pub-style trivia

TOMORROW @ 9:30 p.m.: Dreamland Faces

$3 Summit pints during Bedlam Social happy hour (4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.) with six yummy Summits on tap and food service 'til close

Get the complete schedule

 

Present Summit

Weather

Today: Mostly sunny, 86°. Night: Mostly clear, 61°.

Tomorrow: Ditto.

Thursday: Ditto.

"Three Muses (Fringe)"

Bid on the prints at eBay.

Local artist, Visible Fringe alumnus and friend of us all John Largaespada has graciously donated four digital prints to Fringe. John specializes in photoillustrations that are a little strange, a little haunting and entirely fascinating. And he's interpreted the now-famous Fringe kitty:

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Their names are (from the left in the larger print): Pumpkin Seed, Bobo and Boo.

 

Drawing winners!

Day 5 winners: Alex Franzen, Melissa Markes and Karen Goneau. (Even if you win a pound of coffee in the daily drawing, you're still eligible for the other prizes on Sunday. Yay!)

Stop by Fringe Central to put your name in the hat (or the, uh, box) to win coffee, an Equal Exchange gift basket or the Ultra Prize: Two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie! (Drawing's on Sun., Aug. 10. Stop by Fringe Central to sign up and check out the rules.)

P.S. Here's your Easter Egg for the day. Just in case you need a Fringe date.

P.P.S. Here's another one you've probably seen. We've had it stuck in our heads for a few days. Need to get it out.

Daily Fringe #4

Minnesota Fringe
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Whew, that was intense! Four days of theater, some 22 hours of actual shows you could see, out of 320 hours of potential performance, plus(!) the nights at Fringe Central* and the Fringe Opening Night Party! And we're not even half-way done yet!

That's right, you have ample opportunity to catch the show you heard everyone talking about. Or if you need more help, there's a staggering 800+ audience reviews online to point you in the right direction. 'Cause as we say at the Fringe Online Services Dept.: They all can't be Mom!

What's more, tonight at Fringe Central we're doing a special screening: 48 Hour Film Project: Best of Minneapolis, a bevvy of short films shot, chopped and screened over a 48 hour period earlier this summer! Screenings are at 7 and 10 p.m. And there's Fringe-themed pub trivia tomorrow night starting at 11 p.m. Prizes!

All right, rest up for today, unless you're talking a Fringecation***, because while the pace may ease for the next few days, the Fringe doesn't stop!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

*"Fringe Central: Taste the Kitties"**
** Created by Matthew J. G. Foster (American, 1975-). Released under a Creative Commons license.
*** Fringecation, as defined by our own Deputy Audience Services Director Zoe Benston: "Taking a paid vacation to work 12 hour days at Fringe."

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"Meet the MacBeths" presented by Lauren and Joshua Iley at
the Lab Theater. Joshua Iley as Mac and Lauren Iley as Betty. (Photo: Brad Dahlgaard)

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

TONIGHT @ 7 and 10 p.m.: 48 Hour Film Project 2008: Best of Minneapolis; with Ira Livingston (the producer) at 7

TOMORROW @ 11 p.m.: Fringe-themed pub-style trivia

$3 Summit pints during Bedlam Social happy hour (4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.) with six yummy Summits on tap and food service 'til close

Get the complete schedule

 

Present Summit

Weather

Today: Sprinkly, 84°. 40% chance of storms tonight—and believe us, NOAA knows what they're talking about. That thunderstorm last night? Yeah, Matt was on the Greenway when it hit even though NOAA was all, like, "Dude, don't get on your bike, there's gonna be rain after 10" and then Matt goes, "Whatever, NOAA, you're just government scientists!" and then NOAA's all, like, "Harsh, dude! TAKE IT BACK," and Matt goes, "I'm leaving. Write on my Facebook Wall when you're ready to admit that you're not my mom, okay?" Low 67°.

Tuesday: Partly sunny with a 100% of gnarly. High: 85°. Partly cloudy at night, low 63°.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and cooling off, 83°. Low: 61°.

Today's links

Thanks for your patience over the weekend with the Web site—we were getting slammed and service was spotty, but everything's better now. And if you think we had tech problems, don't go to Edinburgh... Yiiiikes.

 

Own your very own Largaespada!

Local artist, Visible Fringe alumnus and friend of us all John Largaespada has graciously donated four prints to the Minnesota Fringe. (The eBay auction starts tomorrow, so get your credit cards ready.) John specializes in photoillustrations that are a little strange, a little haunting and entirely fascinating. And he's interpreted the now-famous Fringe kitty:

John Largaespada

And the proceeds benefit the Fringe! Thanks, John! (Details on the auction will be available tomorrow morning.)

 

Drawing winners!

Days 3 + 4 winners: Julie Holmen, Allison Broeren and Amy Mork won a pound each of Equal Exchange coffee in Saturday's drawing. And Mark Bullock, Sean Wagner and Courtney Roche won the coffee for Sunday. Congrats! (And keep in mind that if you win a pound of coffee in the daily drawing, you're still eligible for the other prizes on Sunday. Yay!)

Stop by Fringe Central to put your name in the hat (or the, uh, box) to win coffee, an Equal Exchange gift basket or the Ultra Prize: Two '09 Ultra Passes and two season tickets to the Guthrie! (Drawing's on Sun., Aug. 10. Stop by Fringe Central to sign up and check out the rules.)

P.S. Here's your Easter Egg for the day. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!