Lunatic Fringe: Sideshow Fringe Fest Hits Manic Pace This Weekend

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Nashville may be the only major U.S. city with two separate fringe festivals. The Nashville Fringe Festival, which concluded June 30, is now in its third year and staged at 11 venues over 10 nights, with dance, film, spoken word, fine art, magic and more. Yet that festival also has a strong musical component — rock, funk, blues, Americana, jazz, country, progressive — that, while logical given the Music City connection, puts it slightly at odds with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (aka “The Fringe”), the global progenitor of all such fests established in 1947 as a showcase for theater and comedy outside the mainstream.

Which brings us to the second annual Sideshow Fringe Festival — subtitled “Nashville’s Progressive Performing Arts Event.” Running through Sunday at venues in the Belmont, Hillsboro and Edgehill neighborhoods, it’s a smorgasbord that serves up some fare that overlaps with the other Nashville fest (including puppetry, performance art, circus and aerial arts) at multiple venues, but more closely adheres to the template of the Scottish original.

Hence, among the more than 50 events here, you get presentations by well-established local theater folk such as Amanda Card-McCoy, who directs Hamlet (in 90 minutes or less); Jeffrey Ellis, staging Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and solo efforts from Shawn Knight (Irving Berlin: An American Creation) and Rachel Agee (Special Snowflake). On the comedy side there are sketch comedy groups like Blue Lotus, Music City Improv and stand-up acts like B.T.Y. Revue.

Actors Bridge Ensemble is the hosting organization, committed to creating “opportunities for artists and organizations to self-produce something outside of the standard fare.” Tickets are $10; go here for more info, and see the schedule below.

Friday

2:30 PM
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Bongo After Hours Theatre

4:00 PM
Dodging Bullets by David Barker
Black Box Theater

4:30 PM
Nashville Improv Fest
Bongo After Hours Theatre

6:00 PM
Swing Magic Revue
Black Box Theater

6:00 PM
Lucky 14 (Dear Mother) by DJ Clark
Belmont Little Theater

7:00 PM
El Circo Cheapo Cabaret
Troutt Theater

7:00 PM
Blind Date Showcase @ Fringe of Fringe:
Ross Bolen w/ Lindsay Bailey featuring CJ Tucker
Edgehill Village Storefront Stage

7:30 PM
Red String Wayang Theatre - Death of Baka
Belmont Little Theater

7:30 PM
Gnimn
Bongo After Hours Theatre

7:30 PM
Blind Date Showcase : Jacob Gregory w/ Tia Adams
Outdoor Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors'

8:00 PM
Thin Air Collective
Black Box Theater

8:30 PM
Sideshow Bennie Teaser
Outdoor Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors'

7:45 PM
Fringe of Fringe : First Time Stories w/ Vali Forrister
Edgehill Village Storefront Stage

9:00 PM
FALL
Black Box Theater

9:00 PM
Nashville Improv Fest
Belmont Little Theater

9:00 PM
Sideshow Bennie
Bongo After Hours Theatre

9:00 PM
Fringe of Fringe: Special Snowflake (open final rehearsal)
Edgehill Village Storefront Stage

10:30 PM
Fringy Friday Sampling: "Eraserhead" by Blue Moves, "Smoke" by Kyle Baker, "Goon" By JP Schuffman, and "Nadeena Ray Whittaker Killed Her Husband" by Sara Gaddis
Black Box Theater

10:30 PM
El Circo Cheapo Cabaret
Troutt Theater

Saturday

9:30 AM
Red String Wayang Theatre: Hansel & Gretel w/ The Peasant Who Would Become King
Belcourt Theatre

12:00 PM
The Sum of Some Parts
Black Box Theater

12:00 PM
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Bongo After Hours Theatre

2:00 PM
Hamlet in 90 Minutes (or less)
Black Box Theater

2:00 PM
Red String Wayang Theatre - Death of Baka
Belmont Little Theater

2:00 PM
Blue Lotus Comedy
Bongo After Hours Theatre

3:00 PM
Nashville Improv Fest
Bongo After Hours Theatre

3:00 PM
Writer's Stage New Plays
Troutt Theater

4:00 PM
Blind Date Showcase Forum: featuring Julianne Snape w/ Andy McAlpine
Black Box Theater

4:00 PM
Red String Wayang Theatre - Hansel and Gretel w/ Peasant Who Would be King
Belmont Little Theater

4:30 PM
Music City Improv
Bongo After Hours Theatre

6:00 PM
Dodging Bullets by David Barker
Black Box Theater

6:00 PM
Wisdom Play
Belmont Little Theater

6:15 PM
Rachel Agee: Special Snowflake
Bongo After Hours Theatre

7:30 PM
Gnimn
Bongo After Hours Theatre

7:30 PM
Blind Date Showcase: Megan Kelley w/ Carrie Ann Gerow & Austin Hartsook w/ Tia Pugh & Mandy Cook w/ Jordan Eastman
Outdoor Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors'

8:00 PM
FALL
Black Box Theater

8:30 PM
First Night Presents: Love Loss and What I Wore (Staged Reading)
Troutt Theater

9:00 PM
Nashville Improv Fest
Belmont Little Theater

9:00 PM
BTY 2012 Comedy
Bongo After Hours Theatre

9:00 PM
Nathan Crandell: Fire Handling 101
Outdoor Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors'

9:30 PM
Thin Air Collecitve
Black Box Theater

10:30 PM
El Circo Cheapo Cabaret
Troutt Theater

Sunday

12:00 PM
The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard: A Wild Goose Chase — w/ openers PLAYING BY AIR GLOW
Black Box Theater

12:00 PM
Wearing High Heels in a Flip-Flop World by Patricia Leonard
Belmont Little Theater

1:30 PM
The Mentor: The Michaels/Bargatze Project
Black Box Theater

1:30 PM
You Wouldn't Expect
Bongo After Hours Theatre

1:30 PM
Hamlet in 90 Minutes (or less)
Belmont Little Theater

12:00 PM
ReFryed Publishing
Bongo After Hours Theatre

3:30 PM
Irving Berlin: An American Creation by Shawn Knight
Black Box Theater

3:30 PM
Red String Wayang Theatre - Hansel & Gretel w/ Peasant Who Would be King
Belmont Little Theater

3:30 PM
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Bongo After Hours Theatre

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