The mini-fest is like the regular Orlando Fringe in May, “only smaller.” The event kicks off today and runs through Sunday, offering 22 hand-picked shows that will open your eyes to the world of Fringe.
So what even is Fringe? Well, the first Fringe happened in Scotland in 1947 after a group of performing artists didn’t get the invite to Edinburgh’s International Festival. They opted to put on their own show just outside festival gates, on the fringe. (ba-dum-sha) Thus Fringe Festival was born. Orlando debuted its own version in 1991, making it the second longest running Fringe Fest in the world.
What’s cool about Fringe? Aside from a “Fringe philosophy” based on providing a judgment-free zone that encourages all forms of oddities and idiosyncrasies, all money made from the festival is given back to the artists.
What shows can I NOT miss? The shows we’re most excited to see include F*ckboys the Musical, a revamped version of last summer’s Fringe hit; Heart Attacks and Other Blessings, a funny take on a year in the life of Portlander Chase Padgett; and Frogpig, winner of the 2018 Orlando Fringe Critics’ Choice Award for Best Variety Show.
Fast facts to know. The mini-fest starts today at 6:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Jan. 13. The main box office is located in the upper lobby of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center directly across from the Orlando Shakes Box Office. The shows last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours and are performed inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park. Go here for details on how to get tickets and more information.
5 Tips from festival peeps: Give Orlando Fringe a follow on social media, don’t forget your festival button, buy your show tickets ahead of time, don’t be late under any circumstances, and — most importantly — have fun!
One last thing. We’ll be setting up shop with our Fringe photo-booth on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to find us, say hi, and grab a funny photo for us to put on the interwebs.
STAY TUNED: The 28h annual Orlando Fringe Festival returns May 14 to 27 in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village and Loch Haven Park. Learn more about Orlando Fringe Festival by reading our earlier newsletter report.
Voter’s rights. After nearly 65 percent of voters approved Amendment 4 last November, former felons have regained their right to vote in Florida. The ballot measure went into effect Tuesday, allowing almost all felons who have done their time and completed the terms of their probation to register to vote. After filling out his application, Orlando resident Robert Eckford said it best: “I’ll be a human being again. I’ll be an American citizen again.” (Time)
I’ll drink to that. To protect marine life from plastic, a South Florida brewery has started manufacturing and selling six packs that are held together with edible rings. Made out of wheat and barley, Saltwater Brewery’s six-pack rings can be ingested by marine life without killing them. Here’s hoping Orlando’s breweries hop on this eco-friendly bandwagon. (WPTV)
A change on the (changing) table. A committee in the state Senate approved a bill Monday that will give Floridians a sales-tax exemption for diapers and other incontinence products. The bill must be filed for consideration during this year’s legislative session, which begins in early March. If passed, expect to see the bill take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. (Orlando Weekly)
(K)Night riders. Starting Wednesday, the University of Central Florida will offer free, safe rides between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. when classes are in session. Set to replace the former safe escort program (known as SEPS), the “Knight Ride” van and the supplemental walking escorts and golf carts will be available to anyone on campus. (Fox35)
House party. Called Conrad’s Shanty, a new venue will soon open in Mills 50 that’s meant to evoke the feeling of hanging out in a friend’s backyard — with beer and wine, of course. Co-owners Colin Morrison and Zach Scray hope to open before the end of the month. (Bungalower)
❄️Today to Sunday: Head to the Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest and enjoy 22 shows that are guaranteed to delight (Loch Haven Park)
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🛍 Ladies: shop/swap til you drop (Winter Park)
🚲 Learn about the new Lime Bikes without leaving your chair (Online)
🍷 Sip some wine, buy some art (Thornton Park)
🍿 Watch Iron Man in the park (Winter Park)
🎹 Check out this concert pianist duo perform at Timucua (SoDo)
🎥 Learn about what’s happening in Florida’s aquifer (Audubon Park)
🌳 Grab the fam jam and head to Leu Gardens (Audubon Park)
💋 Meet Bob the Drag Queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race (Almond Milk District)
🎨 Check out opening night of these local artists’ exhibit (Mills Park)
🦁 This art show, titled Party Animals, is bound to be wild (College Park)
🌱 THROUGH SUNDAY Got a green thumb? Try the Home & Garden Show (I-Drive)
🍻 Still have an old pair of JNCO’s lying around? You’re in luck (Downtown)
👩🏻💻 Calling all women: wanna co-work? (College Park)
🥩 Save your appetite for this ribs throwdown (Mills Park)
🏋️♀️ Crossfit first, beer and networking after (Milk District)
🍿 Check out this old-school Saturday matinee (Maitland)
🌽 Southern Fried Vegan is popping up at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)
🍳 Gnarly Barley is hosting a 7-Year Anniversary Hangover Brunch (SoDo)
🎨 Fan of “The X-Files”? Check out this art show (Thornton Park)
🎵 Check out “F*ckboys the Musical” at Fringe Fest (Loch Haven Park)
👰 Getting married? Florida Wedding Expo is in town (I-Drive)
🍳 Get uncomfortable at this brunch hosted by Will’s Pub (Mills 50)
🚲 Go on a Fleet Farming Swarm Ride (Audubon Park)
🎫 Take the fam to the Mennello Museum (Loch Haven Park)
📹 Head to the Enzian for the bi-monthly Film Slam (Maitland)
🐶 Enjoy good food with your furry four-legged pal (College Park) 🆕
🍿 Watch “The Favourite” at Enzian (Maitland) 🆕
🎵 Gonna be a good show at Will’s Pub (Mills 50) 🆕
🛍 Check out this market and Pulptown favorite CayCakes (Audubon) 🆕
🌮 Hey ladies, make it a housewives’ night out (Dr. Phillips) 🆕
💃 Don’t miss out on this Salsa spinning course (SoDo) 🆕
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A phenomenal piano duo, Duo Beaux Arts, performs tonight at Timucua. If you’d like to attend for free, be one of the first six readers to use promo code PULP19 at checkout. If you miss this steal of a deal, have no fear — regular ticket prices are only $20, and $10 for members, students, active military, and veterans.
Have a good day, Orlando.