Fringe at The Little

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Fringe at The Little

By Scott Pukos

Armed with my notebook and press pass, my first Rochester Fringe Festival experience was at the Xerox Auditorium last September. I missed the spectacle of Circus Orange's fire-breathing, mega tricycle the night before and instead opted for the creativity of Sticks, Strings and Paint for my Fringe debut. I regret nothing.

The reason this is relevant is because Fringe Festival is back this week! We have lots of performances in both the Little Cafe and theater 1 during the festival's nine-day run (which started Sept. 17). Due to the sheer volume of performances (seriously, there are a lot), I’m going to tell you about a small handful of shows. In the meantime, here is a link to our complete list of Fringe shows.

Al Biles and GenJam

I played trumpet in high school – I wasn’t exactly what you’d call ‘good’ – but I felt cool doing it. My lack of trumpeting talent really helps me appreciate those who can straight up rock the brass instrument. While Al Biles falls into that skilled musician category, his Fringe performance comes with a fun twist. His bandmate is GenJam – computer software that evolves its musical ideas in real time. As a result, this Fringe show does not come up short in the spontaneity category.

When you can see it: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18; 12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20; 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the cafe

The Accidental Magician

The first description of this is: “A silent film comes to life.”

As a place that once was called The House of Silent Shadows, and exclusively showed silent films, we at The Little support this description. Mix in the wackiness of the plot (a man literally becomes a magician by accident and stumbles through the magic tricks that he’s obviously not prepared for), and this one won’t need to pull a rabbit out of its hat for laughs.

When you can see it: 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19 in theater 1

Quaternion Drifters, Riff Raft, and A Pod Calypso: A Comedic Jazz Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut

I’m not 100-percent sure what this is about, but it appears to feature a number of stuffed animal dolphins vying to be the next “Left Shark.” Needless to say, I’m in. Plus, any tribute to Vonnegut sounds good to me.

When you can see it: 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 in theater 1

The Destler and Johnson Show

RIT’s president Bill Destler is getting into the Fringe spirit, teaming with Rebecca Johnson to form this musical duo. Students who grade the performance should do so on a curve.

When you can see it: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 20, in theater 1

Be sure to check out these, and more during Fringe time!