Too much Fringe, not enough monies: 4 suggestions to Fringe on a tight budget
by Kristoffer Tigue
The 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival kicked off this weekend, and with 165 performances being shown in 15 separate venues, it’s impossible to catch every one. Even if you wanted to, at $12 a pop, your wallet will empty pretty quickly.
There are discounted passes offered. For instance, for $100 you can get a 10 show pass. For $50, a five show. The best deal is for students, who with student I.D. can get a five show pass for only $30. But if you’re not a student, let’s be honest, you can probably see two, three shows tops. Well, here are some suggestions for you performing arts lovers surviving on that cocktail waitress salary.
Really Hard and Incredibly Dangerous: A night with Dr. Farrago’s Burlesque
by D. Sykes
Photos by Mike Thue
Every day is a good day for partial nudity, erotic titillation, laughter, and spectacle; so when I was offered the opportunity to come review Dr. Farrago’s Burlesque Theater on the first of June, I jumped on it like a stripper leaping for her pole. I recruited the intrepid photographer Mike Thue with vague promises of T&A and we set off for Ground Zero to find out if we could stand up during set breaks without embarrassing ourselves with unsightly trouser bulges.
The show, founded and produced by dancer-cum-author-cum-magician Mia Malone, is a long-running affair with an obviously high standard of quality. It goes down every first Friday of the month, except for a hiatus in July. Our hosts for the evening were the hilarious Miss Colleen and David Walbridge, who was accosted with good-natured heckling the moment he took hold of the microphone. After a brief introduction, the performance proper began with a short magic show starring Malone and some highly confused doves, before guest artist Musette, head of the Midnight Muse Burlesque, took to the stage to get the juicy part rolling.