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The Commonplace Dance Project

As humans, we have thoughts and feelings that cross our minds and impact our lives on a daily basis. Ethan Beckwith-Cohen and Neyda Colón-DiMaria began the Commonplace Dance Project by asking those around them a simple question: "What do you think about every day?" The two teenagers have expressed those thoughts and feelings using movement. Through dances performed by 20 of their peers, the beauty and rawness of everyday emotions are exposed.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre
  • Genre: Dance

Commotion Dance Theater

For 25 years, Ornelas and MacFarlane have been co-conspirators, performing in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. MacFarlane’s fanciful "Phantom Machine" includes sound by Karsten Brooks and props by visual artist Martha Schermerhorn. Ornelas presents "Tipitina," a tribute to New Orleans musicians Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint. In "Camino Cierto," Ornelas builds an altar, parades though the audience with a photo of his sister in her coffin, dances with flowers, and throws chocolate kisses into the air!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Dance

Complimentary Heckling

Crackerjack brings her COMPLIMENTARY HECKLING to the sidewalks of Rochester. It's like heckling, but with compliments, and it's Free!! Be ready to get heckled about how amazing you are!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Parcel 5
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Complimentary Heckling

Crackerjack brings her COMPLIMENTARY HECKLING to the sidewalks of Rochester. It’s like heckling, but with compliments, and it’s Free!! Be ready to get heckled about how amazing you are!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gibbs Street (between Main & East)
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Coyote Challenges the World

The Open Road Theatre presents COYOTE CHALLENGES THE WORLD, which focuses on the issue of bullying using the Native American Medicine Wheel. We all need to be accepted and appreciated, but how do we achieve this? Coyote declares he is the smartest, best-looking animal, so he should be the Ruler of the World. Eagle, Bear, Snowy Owl, and Mouse challenge Coyote to four leadership tests. Will Coyote achieve acceptance as their leader? Is Coyote a bully or a leader? For all ages.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

Creditors

Strindberg’s taut psychological masterpiece is a chilling glimpse into the labyrinth of art, marriage, and revenge. The Kingfisher Theater's gender-bent production places the charming and brilliant Gustav between invalid Ada and her flirtatious wife Tekla. Darkly comedic and deeply disturbing, this show is sure to surprise you and make you question what you believe about relationships.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

The Crooked North

The Crooked North is inspired by the energy of progressive bluegrass, the gritty soul of Americana, and the Rust Belt ethos of its Western New York home. The band hammers out originals and choice selections from the great American songbook in bars, living rooms, barns, and festival stages.

  • Length: 40 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gibbs Street Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

Cuppa Tae Traditional Irish Duo

Cuppa Tae is a duo that regularly performs traditional Irish music in the Rochester area, featuring Bill Henrie on the fiddle and guitar, and Adrienne Maher on guitar and vocals.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Café
  • Genre: Music

DAMAGED BEASTS

It’s tough to make money running a private zoo in a small town, and even tougher when the only animals you can get are, to put it nicely, a little abnormal. Like Roger, the hairless lion. Throw in some romance, a bit of intrigue, and a search for a long-lost father, and you’ve got the latest comedy from local playwright Mark Jabaut. Directed by Marcy Gamzon and starring a cast of Rochester’s favorites, it’s a menagerie of comedy!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Dark Side of the Moon

Take a trip back to 1973 and enjoy one of rock’s most successful albums, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Joined by faculty and student performers from the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, the League of Extraordinary Uncles will bring this present this psychedelic epic in its entirety and in its full glory.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall
  • Genre: Music

Dashboard Dramas IV

TOTALLY SOLD OUT FOR 2017! A total Fringe sell-out in 2014/2015/2016, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ breath...if you’re lucky! You’ll find yourself immersed in four, all-new, ten-minute plays as you rotate from one car to the next. Don’t miss this hilarious, heartwarming, weird, and – most of all – one-of-a-kind show. Only eight tickets per performance!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Theatre

Dave DiPrimo Band

A returning favorite from last year's Fringe, DDB is back and ready to party. Four dudes who look like they have no business sharing a stage are joined together by a cosmic wave of music. Soul, rock, folk, jazz, blues, punk – all of these genres merge together to form the sounds of Dave DiPrimo Band. Original tunes with heart and soul, played to get you moving and feeling. "Let's celebrate!"

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Java's Cafe
  • Genre: Music

David Jacobs Presents: "Halfway Home"

David Jacobs is very confused. Is he a Jew? Is he a Protestant? Or is he just outspoken and repressed all at once? In HALFWAY HOME, Jacobs invites us on a journey of identity and self-discovery in 21st-Century America. Part Larry David, part Garrison Keillor, all himself, actor/storyteller David Jacobs takes us on the ride of his life.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Theatre

Dead Metaphor Cabaret

“Epic and melancholy and utterly charming,” writes CITY Newspaper critic Frank de Blase of Dead Metaphor Cabaret’s first Fringe performance. A past year’s “Critic’s Pick,” Dead Metaphor Cabaret returns to the Fringe with ENDLESS NIGHTS & SWEET DELIGHTS –a raucous yet reverent evening of poetry spun into song, conjuring voices both familiar & obscure. With a style that hinges on a fusion of cabaret, jazz, and blues, you can expect a torchy night of song and spoken word.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Music

Deep Listening with fivebyfive

“Listening in every possible way to everything possible,” DEEP LISTENING is a tribute to Pauline Oliveros and an exploration of audience-participatory pieces. It includes reflective works by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, and is presented by quintet fivebyfive and these special guests: Katie Fittipaldi, cellist/Alexander Technique teacher; Mary Mowers, vocalist; and Mona Seghatoleslami, violist/announcer.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music

The Demos

Proudly hailing from Rochester, NY, this melodic alternative rock band has been impressing audiences with its infectious songwriting and performances. Their well-received EP, PARAMOUNT CLOUDS, serves up a batch of songs in which sweet-toothed power pop meets street-savvy attitude, reminiscent of that last great wave of downtown-NYC rock that gave us The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. They are currently in studio working on their forthcoming new release.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Parcel 5
  • Genre: Music

Desert Rhythms Middle Eastern Dance Troupe

Come let Desert Rhythms take you on a magic carpet ride. This whirlwind journey of belly dance will dazzle you with swirling veils and dueling swords, and amaze you with sinuous movements to breathtaking choreography. Desert Rhythms has developed a unique style, fusing Turkish and American belly dance, that is the culmination of its 30-year history. A memorable performance sure to thrill and excite all ages!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
  • Genre: Dance

Digital Drawing Observation

Be amazed at what digital can do! Observe digital drawing in the Rundel Memorial Building of Central Library. Watch as traditional drawing techniques – such as gesture, contour, and modeling – are demonstrated on a computer tablet with a digital pencil that is pressure-, angle-, and speed-sensitive.

  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Central Library
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Dinosaur Man

On the eve of entering a nursing home, 85-year-old Rocco gets a visitor. Sister Dorthea, a nun from the orphanage where he grew up, returns to him. She's making sure he minds his manners, and together they return to his devilish childhood and glory days in WWII. A delightful, touching memory play for caregivers, the elderly, or anyone who wonders what it's like to grow old. This is a play reading, and audience feedback will help with further development.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Disco Kids

The 2016 sell-out hit returns! Big party for pint-size partiers takes over Club Spiegeltent –Kiddie Style. The next generation of club kids is here. From popping to pouting, Disco Kids is a fun-filled dance extravaganza that is the talk of kid town. Lights, music, and glow sticks! Welcome to Fringe's not-so-silent disco. Note: Disco Kids is not silent disco for kids. There are no headphones involved. Only DJs. And loads and loads of fun.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

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