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Whatever you do this weekend, don't miss Frogpig, winner of the 2018 Orlando Fringe Critics' Choice Award for Best Variety Show. 📸: @orlandofringe
🎟 “IT’S LIKE FRINGE, ONLY SMALLER.”
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.
WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN PULPTOWN?
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)
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🎯 LET’S PLAY A GAME!
We’re playing a little Orlando trivia with our members. One member who correctly answers this week’s question about a local legend who was also a heckuva a ballplayer by noon on Thursday will win a $10 gift certificate from Enzian.
Wanna play? Join us! For $8 a month, our members help make everything you know and love about Pulptown possible. Members get special perks like free and discounted event tickets, a kit of member gear, and we have a little extra fun with them too. 😉
🎟 LAST CHANCE GOING ONCE … GOING TWICE …
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.