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Osher Lifelong Learning Art Exhibit

September 15th at 5:00pm

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT is an organization of active seniors who love to learn, teach, and share their interests and talents. This exhibit highlights some of the talented artists from that organization.

  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Photo House – Visual Anticipation

September 15th at 5:00pm

Photo House is a special-interest housing community at the Rochester Institute of Technology. More than a place to live, Photo House is a community. Its residents live together – but more importantly – they work and play together.

  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

RIT Art House Showcase

September 15th at 5:00pm

Art House is a community of RIT students who all have a passion for the arts. Founded in 1974 as RIT's first special-interest house, Art House loves supporting its members as well as the art community in RIT and Rochester. They enjoy helping members to discover their own potential in the arts and to showcase their abilities.

  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Sisters of Murphy

September 15th at 5:00pm

Whether performing at traditional Irish pubs or large festival venues, Sisters of Murphy's high-energy shows are a hit with audiences. This seven-piece Celtic rock band from Rochester, NY mixes catchy, memorable original music with traditional Irish favorites.

  • Length: 70 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Parcel 5
  • Genre: Music

Storychick Rochester Storybooth

September 15th at 5:00pm

Step inside Storychick's Storybooth and experience the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival from a new point of view. Listen to stories from past and present Fringe performers, guests, and volunteers. Plus, anyone can record his or her own story! Favorite part of the festival? An unbelievable or incredibly touching moment? A discovery of a new type of performance? Fringe fans tell it all – and hear what others thought – in the Storybooth! (Photo by Antoine Barrès)


  • Length: 360 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Spoken Word

WADAIKO

September 15th at 5:00pm

Experience Wadaiko and the joy and excitement of taiko, Japanese performance drumming! Listen to the rhythms, feel the beats, and enjoy the choreography as Wadaiko performs a mix of traditional and modern taiko pieces.

  • Length: 25 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music

Dashboard Dramas IV

September 15th at 5:30pm

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

Doug Stone Quartet

September 15th at 5:30pm

An alumnus of the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau, Doug Stone spent many years as a first-call jazz saxophonist in Chicago and the Midwest. In 2009, he moved to Rochester to attend the Eastman School of Music, and currently spends his days teaching at School of the Arts and Eastman Community Music School. His quartet features top-flight Rochester musicians, and will perform original compositions written by Stone over the last 15 years.

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

Al Biles and GenJam

September 15th at 6:00pm

Al Biles & GenJam play jazz, which doesn’t sound fringey. Well, the music may be straight-ahead, but the band is far-out. Al (a human trumpet player) and GenJam (the Genetic Jammer) improvise on tunes ranging from swing and bop to Latin and pop. Al and GenJam listen and reply to each other, but since GenJam is computer software that evolves its musical ideas in real time, it’s spontaneous, responsive, and definitely on the fringe.

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

Ball in the House: Music That'll MOVE Ya

September 15th at 6:00pm

A longtime staple of Rochester theatre performances and exciting, educational school assemblies, Ball in the House is back with an exhilarating show that is sure to MOVE ya. This a cappella fusion of soul, R&B, and pop styles – spanning the classics to the music of today – has delighted audiences of all ages across the US and internationally. Be sure to end your summer right and join this superb quintet for a night of powerful vocals and family-friendly fun!

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

Brianna Musco

September 15th at 6:00pm

New Jersey's Brianna Musco is a solo acoustic act blending the styles of James Taylor and Ed Sheeran with a few covers and catchy originals.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene
  • Genre: Music

Complimentary Heckling

September 15th at 6:00pm

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

The Madelein/Maddy Comedy Hour

September 15th at 6:00pm

THE MADELEIN/MADDY COMEDY HOUR pairs two hilarious comedians with VERY similar names for a night of laughs. Madelein Smith is a Rochester favorite who has won seven comedy competitions in the Northeast and has performed at festivals in NYC, Toronto, and LA. Maddy Smith is a swiftly rising star in the NYC comedy scene, finalist in the Stand Up NY fest, and winner of the Memphis Comedy Fest Roast Battle.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: The DS Comedy Club
  • Genre: Comedy

Mental Graffiti Poetry

September 15th at 6:00pm

Mental Graffiti is Rochester Institute of Technology's slam poetry collective. Club members are passionate about writing and performing poetry and will be sharing original poems and favorite pieces.

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

Dashboard Dramas IV

September 15th at 6:30pm

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

Noble Vibes

September 15th at 6:30pm

Hailing from Rochester, NY, Noble Vibes is an up-and-coming voice in reggae music. Since hitting the music scene in 2013, the band has earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic original acts in Western NY. Noble Vibes’ energetic live shows feature original reggae anthems along with reggae classics and choice deep cuts, and they've shared festival stages with legends such as The Wailers, Third World, and Inner Circle.

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

Cirque du Fringe: Eclectic Attraction

September 15th at 7:00pm

CIRQUE DU FRINGE: ECLECTIC ATTRACTION transforms the Spiegeltent into a strange, sexy, and hilarious journey exploring the depths of a lifelong romance – from a very unexpected point of view. Vaudevillian ringmasters Matt Morgan and Heidi Brucker Morgan are back with a fresh cast of performers, including foot jugglers, Chinese pole acrobats, a head-to-head balancing act, and original rock-classical fusion music. ECLECTIC ATTRACTION delivers thrills, laughs, and mind-bending physical feats. Prepare to be entertained.

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Garth Fagan Dance

September 15th at 7:00pm

Enjoy new works and works-in-progress up-close and personal from multi-award-winner Garth Fagan and Bessie Award-winner Norwood Pennewell, as well as spectacular revivals from the rich, 47-year history of internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance. “It was American master Garth Fagan who best fused technical virtuosity with conceptual depth." –Lewis Segal, LOS ANGELES TIMES.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Garth Fagan Dance Studio
  • Genre: Dance

Julia Burrer/Mariah Maloney: Intimate Works

September 15th at 7:00pm

Two longtime New York City dancers/choreographers, Julia Burrer (Doug Varone and Dancers) and Mariah Maloney (Trisha Brown Dance Company), join together for the first time to share an evening of intimate works. This premiere of solo and duet work delves into each choreographer’s rich, embodied investigations. Burrer’s “angle of repose” (in collaboration with Benjamin Wolk) examines the idea of thresholds, personal edges, and physical boundaries. Maloney’s “Filter,” a highly articulate choreography, develops a conversation with JoAnne Maffia’s haunting music composition.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Lady Philosophy on Trial

September 15th at 7:00pm

In 399 B.C., Socrates was put on trial, accused of impiety and corrupting the young, and found guilty. In this live radio-play adaptation, Lady Philosophy is on trial for idleness and corrupting young minds. Luminaries in the history of Western thought – from William Shakespeare to Queen Christina of Sweden – are called as witnesses to testify in an all-female cast. Does philosophy have any relevance in a technologically advanced society? Audience members will serve as jurors in judgment.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall
  • Genre: Theatre

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