Category Archives: Schedule changes

Fringe Encores!


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. Here they are:

Note: Sara Scrimshaw’s “Dance of the Whisky Faerie” was the top-selling show at the Southern; she opted out of the Encore program.


ASL interpretation cancellation

There will be no ASL interpretation of the performance of Cody Rivers Show at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 10. Our apologies for the cancellation.

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.

Daily Fringe #5

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!

Photo du jour

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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


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:

05 Largaespada

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.

One performance cancelled: Deviants

Live Action Set, presenting “Deviants,” had to cancel their performance for tomorrow night, August 5 at 7 p.m. due to an injury of a cast member. So far the remaining shows will run as scheduled.

Daily Fringe #0

Minnesota Fringe
The Daily Fringe #0

City Pages cover

Look for this in today's City Pages.

Welcome to the Daily Fringe #0: Special Holofoil Collector's Edition! Place it in an acid-free plastic bag and store in a cool, dry place. This comic could be worth $25,000!*

The 15th annual Minnesota Fringe starts tomorrow! Woot! First off, you'll need to figure out your Fringe schedule online. You can also pick up the dead-tree version at each of the Fringe venues or in today's edition of the City Pages.

Need help deciding what shows to see? Catch videos of the first two Fringe-for-Alls on our YouTube channel along with ongoing video updates throughout the festival.

And there's tonight's out-of-towners' showcase at Fringe Central at Bedlam. We don't want you to get too excited, but there are rumors that someone opened a wardrobe and found a magical passageway to the fabled land of... Canada!

Don't forget that every night after shows you can join the gang at Fringe Central for drinks, food and, best of all, conversation. For heaven's sake, make sure you have an answer to "Seen anything good?" because you will hear it.

That's all for now, get lots of sleep, make sure your water bottle is full, and get ready for Fringe 2008!

Your pals,
Bill and Matt

*Disclaimer: This is not a comic.
Additional disclaimer: This will never be worth $25,000.

Fringe Central
at Bedlam

Tonight at 7:30 p.m.: Out-of-towners' showcase. Come get previews of the acts coming in from outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. And early buzz! And all the people you haven't seen since last August!

Saturday @ Noon-3 p.m.: Kids' Fringe ice cream social

Saturday @ 10 p.m.: Opening weekend party—our very own quinceañera!

$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




Today: Mostly sunny, warm, humid... Not so much a sizzle as a poach. High: 87°. Low: 67°.

Thursday: Chance of thunderstorms. Otherwise hot. High: 90°. Low: 68°.

Friday: Chance of sticking to patio furniture 90%. High: 88°. Low: 72°.

Fringe in the news

Pioneer Press: So much pioneering! There's Dominic Papatola's guide to surviving—and thriving—at the Fringe. Then there's a nice article about out-of-towners. And the '08 festival at a glance.

Star Tribune: Fringe at 15 and the niftiest Google map ever. And if you missed the Fringe-for-All, you can still read the recap.

Minnesota Monthly: Fringe benefits

Twin Cities Daily Planet: Looking for the bloggers? Five of the writers we used to host have found a new home on Twin Cities Daily Planet. Read them early, read them often.

City Pages: ...and a sixth blogger we used to host is now at the City Pages. Yay!

Schedule changes!

In the world of Fringe, flexibility—financial, mental, temporal, even physical—is the key to success. These four prove it. Introducing shows that came in at the last minute!

Charlie BethelBeowulf or Gilgamesh—You Decide! presented by Chopping Block and Charlie Bethel at the U of M Rarig Center. Charlie came in off the waiting list on Monday and he's allowing each audience to pick either of his previous Fringe hits: Beowulf or Gilgamesh.

Katherine GloverNo Stranger Than Home presented by Katherine Glover at Intermedia Arts. After using "home" to describe, at one time or another, three continents and four U.S. states, writer/performer and journalist Katherine Glover brings together a mishmash of tales in this dynamic and funny one-woman show.

Howard LiebermanAlone and Testifying presented by Loren Niemi and Howard Lieberman at Interact. Five different shows: "Being Here 00s," "The Nomadic 90s," "The Exuberant 80s," "Changes 70s" and "The Radical 60."

Spaceman ChroniclesThe Spaceman Chronicles presented by Sanguine Theatre at Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Citizen Craig Web attempts the impossible: space travel without all that fire. A comedy concerning the outer limits of human achievement.

Welcome, Charlie Bethel and Chopping Block!

Last-minute schedule change, people! Due to an illness, one of our artists can’t make it to the Fringe (get well soon, Nell!). But Charlie Bethel and Chopping Block are stepping in, presenting “Beowulf or Gilgamesh—You Decide!” Charlie will be performing at the U of M Rarig Center Arena:

Fri., Aug. 1 @ 10:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 3 @ 8:30 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 5 @ 5:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 7 @ 10:00 p.m.

We couldn’t get the show into the City Pages insert on Wednesday, so spread the world, people! Charlie Bethel is bringing back two big ol’ Fringe hits. Welcome (back) to the Fringe, Mr. Bethel. And go, Beowulf!

Schedule changes (heads up, everyone!)

Last-minute changes, people! If you get an advance copy of the program, you’ll need to know this. (The program that’s inserted into the City Pages on Wednesday will have everything correct, tho’.) So! The drop outs are:

  • “A Couple of What” presented by Rainbow Roast at Intermedia Arts
  • “La Serva Padrona” presented by Teatro d’Amici at Theatre de la Jeune Lune
  • “Don’t Worry Be Sad! – Living the Hungarian Dream” presented by Baby in the Box at Interact Center

But because Fringe artists have enough sheer force of will to make mere mortals cry and enough creativity to make metal bend, we have replacements!

“No Stranger than Home” presented by Katherine Glover. Queer Content, Solo, Spoken Word. A pleading memory from a former guerrilla. Grammatical mistakes in the language of international love. The culture shock of a two-family childhood. And other stories of the foreign and the familiar, both here and abroad. WARNING: Adult Language

  • Fri 8/1 – 8:30p
  • Sat 8/2 – 10:00p
  • Sun 8/3 – 2:30p
  • Wed 8/6 – 10:00p
  • Sun 8/10 – 1:00p
  • Intermedia Arts

“The Spaceman Chronicles” presented by Sanguine Theatre. Comedy. Citizen Craig Web attempts the impossible: space travel without all that fire. A comedy concerning the outer limits of human achievement.

  • Th 7/31 – 5:30p
  • Fri 8/1 – 7p
  • Sat 8/9 – 2:30p
  • Sun 8/10 – 5:30p
  • Theatre de la Jeune Lune

“Alone and Testifying” presented by Loren Niemi and Howard Lieberman. Political, Spoken Word, World Premier. There are wondrous tales to be told – the ubiquitous Loren Niemi is joined by storyteller-performance artist, Howard Lieberman, for a fast ride – true or not – through the world of wonders. Each performance is unique and drawn from their storied lives. WARNING: Adult Language.

  • Sat 8/2 – 10:00
  • Sun 8/3 – 5:30
  • Mon 8/4 – 8:30
  • Fri 8/8 – 8:30
  • Sat 8/9 – 2:30
  • Interact Center