Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Art Explodes Across Boulder! 5th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival Opens August 12

Art explodes across downtown Boulder during the fifth Boulder International Fringe Festival, with live theater, dance, visual and narrative art, puppetry and workshops. The 12-day cultural event takes place from Aug. 12-23 across 14 locations, including theaters, restaurants, stores, coffee shops and parks. Selected randomly by lottery, artists come from Bulgaria, Tokyo and Brooklyn to complement local talent.


Gregg Tobo's Astonishing Magic Show. An old-time magic show exploring the power of Belief and the origins of Destiny. Eye-popping magic to awaken your sense of wonder. Prepare to be astonished! Opens Fri Aug 14 - 8:30 PM at FUMC Labyrinth (First United Methodist Church). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated G.

Theatre Reverb's "Bonne Nuit Poo Poo".
Max, Maxi and the Operator hunt for a living seed in this action-packed collage of pop-culture and apocalyptic fantasy film featuring video, text, movement, dance, and stream-of-consciousness comedy. The production was created by Theatre Reverb, a young independent group of Brooklyn-based theatre artists. Opens Aug 13 - 8:30 PM at Community Dance Collective (CDC). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated R.

BAGS: Obsessions of a Hoardaholic. Glimpses of an obsessive personality and some of his adventures as he attempts to cling onto objects that he thinks will help him navigate through life. Written by Lee Michael Buckman, New York, NY. Opens August 13 at 7:30pm, CU Museum of Natural History. See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated R.

"Good Girls Don't, But I Do".
Are there “rules” for meeting Mr. Right? Incorporates both original and culled texts, movement, and song in an exploration of what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Opens Aug 13, 7:00 PM at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated PG-13.

Cindy Marvell's "A Juggling Journey". Cindy Marvell, Artistic Director of the Boulder Circus Center, turns gravity on its head in this tour-du-frenzy of the new vaudeville world as seen through the eyes of a juggler. Audience participation for kids. Opens Fri Aug 14 - 8:30 PM at Community Dance Collective (CDC). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated PG.

See complete schedule of Theater performances


Dreaming Machines. Created by Kurt Bauer & Arnie Swenson. Dreaming Machine performances are approached through improvisation with instruments played from all over the world along with bamboo, marbles and an occasional industrial drill-bit, and more. The audience will experience Chinese hillbilly swing, twisted spirituals, maybe a cover by Townes Van Zandt or Tony Bennett, and subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, musical performance art. Thu Aug 20 ONLY - 8:30 PM at The Laughing Goat Coffee House. Read more... Rated R.

The Gift. Created by Created by experimental musical troupe 100 Camels in the Courtyard. Paul Bowle's short story, The Garden, is the point of origin for musical improvisations of controlled chaos that build and crescendo in one single 45-minute sonic movement. Besides Bowles, influences include the iconoclastic The Gift (1968), a song by the Velvet Underground and the Canadian post-punk avant-gardists Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Aug 16 ONLY - 8:30 PM at The Laughing Goat Coffee House. Read more... Rated G.

See complete schedule of Music performances


Light as Air, Heavy as Sound. Present by DeXdance/T-Lion Body Stories. Two choreographers stir a smattering of concoctions exploring, investigating, provoking, pushing, and entertaining human ideas of boundary, memoir, and crossings. Eight women dancing an unexpected melange of precision and abandon, lusciousness and drama.... Open Aug 13 - 8:30 PM at Naropa University - Performing Arts Center. Details and complete schedule... Rated G.

See complete schedule of Dance performances


Orchestra of Creation Song: Children's Instrument Making Workshop. Taught by Joey Medicinehorse. Children will construct handmade instruments ranging from simple drums, shakers, rubber band plucking boxes, bowls and others for the purpose to perform in CREATION SONG: The Children's Musical Extravaganza! Offered Aug 15, 19 and 20. Read more...

Going Solo: Creating Your One-Person Show
Taught by Jimmy Hogg. Solo show boot camp for those who’ve always wanted to create their own show but have no idea where to begin. Fri, Sat & Sun Aug 21-23. Read more...

Stage Combat: The Basics. Taught by Jenn Zuko Boughn. Learn the basics of unarmed theatrical combat: how to look like an action star and yet stay safe! Aug 15 (Ages 14 and up). Read more...

See complete schedule of Workshop offerings


2009 Opening Night Party featuring the “All You Can Artist Buffet” with Jimmy Hogg, August 12. The kick-off of the 5th annual Boulder International Fringe Festival, each Fringe artist gets 1 minute to preview their show, preparing Boulder audiences for the maelstrom of creative expression that is the Boulder International Fringe Festival.

A huge hit every year, the opening night “All You Can Artist Buffet” is a high-energy kickoff to Fringe’s ’12 days of Art, Madness, and Beauty’. At Naropa University's PAC, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., from 7pm-12am. Rated PG-13 for Experimental Content, Adult Language.

The Daily C.R.A.B. at Scotch Corner Pub, free! Every night after Fringe shows, audiences, artists and crew kick back, relax and unwind with a drink in one hand and a CRAB in the other. Hosted by the zany (and yet charming) Jimmy Hogg (playwright/performer and comic), The Daily C.R.A.B. is not only an unpredictable, off-the-wall variety show, but provides audiences with the perfect opportunity to sample the Fringe’s offerings with live performances by different Fringe artists every night as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews. Daily from 10-11pm at the Scotch Corner Pub, 1800 Broadway, #150. Rated R for Adult Language.

Fringe Encore! 2009, August 23. The Fringe Encore! 2009 is a unique way to honor the artists that had the best audience response and to give their fans one last chance to see who the patrons couldn't get enough of. The show that sells the most tickets in each venue will be given the opportunity to perform a special Encore show on the last Sunday of the festival (August 23rd). Fringe Encore performers will be announced at the Daily C.R.A.B. on Saturday, August 22nd. Locations and times...

Fast Forward Fringe – Program A. Aug 18 7:30 PM, CU Atlas Building - Room 102. Featuring stop frame animations and live musical accompaniment by Laura Goldhamer of Dovekins. Read more...

Fast Forward Fringe – Program B. Aug 19 7:30 PM, CU Atlas Building - Room 102. Featuring stop frame animations and live musical accompaniment by Laura Goldhamer of Dovekins. Read more...

The Hill Flea - Flea Market/Kids Event! Boulder Fringe Festival and XO join forces to kick off a new community program on the last day of the Festival 2009: Sunday, August 23rd from 10am-5pm. As the best of the fest begins its encore in every venue, artists come out to celebrate the beginning of a new event on the hill. Performances on the Fringe Stage for the whole community - street theater, site-specific dance, music and spontaneous happenings throughout the market. In addition, the KidsFringe from 10:30am to 12:30pm will showcase art by and for kids of all ages. Sun Aug 23 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at Pennsylvania Ave, Between 13th and 12th – University Hill. Rated G. Read more...

See the complete listing of Special Events


Boulder International Fringe Festival
August 12-23, 2009
Various locations throughout Boulder
View the complete schedule online


Have you seen a Fringe production? Post your comments and reviews here. Because Fringe performers are picked via lottery rather juries, they rely on audience feedback to find out what works, what can be improved, what to drop, what to explore further. Your feedback is vital to the growth of these artists. Post your comments below, or email reviews to

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