Fringe Festival Kicks Off

(7.27) The fifth annual Providence Fringe Festival kicks off on Monday, July 22, with a free opening party at the Wilbury Group Theatre, featuring Zoink Zulag and the Galactic Shag, Scruffy Aristocrats, and the Providence Ukulele Armada. The festival closes Saturday, July 27, at the WaterFire Arts Center. Local tastemaker, lexicographer, and editor of Law and Order Party, Matthew Lawrence, has these recommendations:

1. Monday’s opening party (see above)
2. From Thursday through Saturday, The Olneyville Expo : A Celebration of Olneyville Past, Present, and Future ​​Created by Darcie Dennigan, Jesse Hawley, and James Stanley. That happens at Donigian Park (228 Valley Street) each night at 7pm.
3. Saturday afternoon there’s a free Family Fringe event in Donigian Park from 3–6pm.
4. Law and Order Party’s Closing Party & Awards Ceremony.

This is just part of Mr. Lawrence’s concise breakdown of the Fringe events from his most recent weekly newsletter and I now urge you to sign up for same. Each Sunday you will receive an email informing you of seven arts and cultural events happening in Rhode Island that week. He writes frequently about the local theater and performance scene, so this is right in his wheelhouse. (I focus more on movies* and things I don’t want built on Parcel 42.)

But also, Matthew (who used to contribute to The Dose) will be hosting the (free) closing night wrap party and he wants you to be thinking about the awards portion of the program as you attend the events during the week. This is a chance for the public to participate and be nutty and creative.

This awards show is a little unconventional because you get to nominate your favorite performers and shows for awards categories that you make up yourself. Seriously, it’s up to you. Make it specific to the show and make it fringy. For example: Best Use of a Stuffed Puffin! Most Unexpected Appearance of Saltwater Taffy! Ghastliest Description of a Haunted Rabbit with Myxomatosis! Post your nomination and the name of the show on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter with the hashtag #FringePVDAwards. Leading a low tech life? Stop by WaterFire Arts Center and add your nomination to the Awards jar.

Most of the festival events run under an hour, and none is more expensive than $15.

(This image is from Augustine’s Dream, 10pm, Thursday at the WFAC.)

*Matthew writes about movies too. He writes about everything.

Fringe Festival opening night, free, 7pm to 9pm, Monday, July 22, Wilbury Group, 40 Sonoma Court, (directions)

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