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HOWIE LESTER & BENNY BLEU: THE STOLEN SONG, Music and Story From Around the World

Savor the Sublime! Celebrate the Absurd! Music and story of wild imagining from around the world. Join in with the Intergalactic Kazoo Orchestra! Root Music! Himalayan-Appalachian Fusion! Transcend the Mundane with HOWIE, BENNY, and BARBARA JOHNSTON on percussion – two-time award-winners at the INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL.

  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

I COULD NOT SPEAK IT

What happens when a father’s love goes too far? In this autobiographical journey, written and performed by Christina Kiepper, one woman fights to recover her voice and her strength after her father’s Ultimate Betrayal. In the Spring of ’93 just before her 21st birthday, Christina drove to her father’s house for a weekend of rest and recovery…but that’s not what she got. A story of healing, courage, dark family secrets, and finally coming of out hiding.

  • Length: 30 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre

Imagination Destination Adventure with BenAnna Band

Let's go on a musical journey together! "Where," you ask? Well, anywhere your imagination will take you! Maybe to outer space, or under the sea – the possibilities are endless. This interactive music concert will encourage your kiddos to be a part of the fun. BenAnna Band is a musical duo featuring an Early Childhood Musician and Music Therapist that creates engaging and child-centered music to get the whole family moving and grooving!

  • Length: 30 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Central Library: Dorris Carlson Reading Garden
  • Genre: Kids Fringe
  • Location Type: Outdoor

In Bloom: A Short by Marigold

If you like indie rock, supporting local artists, or just want to see 'those guys with the shopping cart' – look no further! We're Marigold, a student-run, student-led rock band on the RIT campus. We pride ourselves on our funky, unique sound and dedication to using music to bring people together. We've come a long way from our 'shopping cart full of drums' days, and – one livestream, one Brickstock, and two singles later – we're ready to show Fringe what we've got!

  • Length: 30 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

In Due Time, PANTOMIME

Dressed as a mime, a young man explores the inner workings of his mind as he tries to accept his sister's death. "In Due Time, PANTOMIME" is an audience-interactive show that explores mental health and one man's response to trauma. Audiences and critics rave about Charles Jackson Jr.'s compelling performance in this heartfelt story that will make you both laugh and cry.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Spirit Room: The Spirit Room's Conjure Box
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

In Process of Being

"In Process of Being" is a collaborative performance produced by Frazee Feet Dance that combines the works of six choreographers and live music into one show. With a cast of 17 movement artists, each of these works highlights the different ways we embody ourselves, navigate space, and PROCESS our humanity. This is not just a performance – it is an opportunity to see, experience, reflect, and heal.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Hart Theater
  • Genre: Dance
  • Location Type: Indoor

In the Heights

(PG-13, 2021, John M. Chu, 142 mins.) In partnership with the Puerto Rican Festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Film version of the 2008 Tony Award Best Musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton") and set in the Dominican area of Washington Heights in Manhattan. Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny as he hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life. Also stars Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, and Jimmy Smits.

  • Length: 142 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Outdoor

The Innerloop Blog Comedy Variety hour!

The InnerLoop Blog creators Shane Allen and Michael Colon host a comedy show with Rochester's funniest comics. Experience these rising stars before they move to a bigger city and forget about us entirely! Material is strictly for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Location Type: Indoor

Into the Light

This is a celebration of coming out of the darkness of COVID quarantine and back in to the light of live performance. Made of up song, dance, poetry, humor, and monologues that will explore how actors came back into the light in Shakespeare's era; humor about the shock of being back in 3D after getting used to a 2D world; and uplifting music – signed and sung – celebrating live performance, togetherness, and community

  • Length: 30 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Theatre 1
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

The Italian Job (1969)

(PG, 1969, Peter Collinson, 100 mins.) The classic British comedy! Charlie (Sir Michael Caine) is out of jail and on the make, with a plan for the heist of the century. Aided by top criminal mastermind Mr. Bridger (Noel Coward), Charlie attempts to lift $4 million from under the noses of the Turin Polizei. Stars Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Tony Beckley, and Margaret Blye.

  • Length: 100 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Outdoor

J.Clancy featuring Flamo & YBG Danny

Upstate New York's golden child formerly known as J.Clancy is a breath of fresh air! He delivers an original yet witty and charismatic flow to the rap game. Emerging from the inner city of Rochester, NY, he connects directly with his brand as the "Inner-City Kid." His versatility and blend of raw, heartfelt lyrics provide value to any music lover's ears. This is a performance you don't want to miss, promise!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Jeff Mamett - Unplugged

Jeff Mamett is a storyteller influenced by writers like Guy Clark and John Prine. After years as a sideman, recording and touring with various artists, he began writing and singing his own songs. His album, "Carry Me Back," is critically acclaimed, and Jeff's music has been described as "a cattle drive down the plains with a cowboy poet” and “...he paints vivid worlds...”. With his warm, baritone voice and laid-back manner, his shows are intimate and entertaining.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: The Theater @ Innovation Square
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

Jerry Falzone & Liar's Moon

If you love the stylings of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Byrds, or Buffalo Springfield, Jerry Falzone & Liar's Moon is one show to catch. Years of experience on the road, five records, and a growing fanbase honed from dynamic shows guarantee that Liar's Moon brings a high level of excitement to the concert stage. This is truly homegrown Rock & Roll the way it should be played.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Josephine

The hit off-Broadway, burlesque cabaret dream-play returns to Rochester, but with new music and a live band for the first time ever! This ten-time BEST OF FEST-winning show tells the story of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th Century: the first African-American international superstar, Josephine Baker. "...slick, eloquent, and executed with erotic class." --CITY Newspaper. "You’ve heard of a triple threat? Add another dozen skills and you have Tymisha Harris." ★★★★★ --Broadway Baby

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Hart Theater
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

Josie & Grace

From the creators of the hit off-Broadway show "Josephine," this new musical explores the extraordinary and mostly untold story of the friendship between two of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century: legendary singer/dancer/activist/spy Josephine Baker and Academy Award-winner and European princess, Grace Kelly/Princess Grace of Monaco. WINNER, Critic's Choice Award, 2021 Orlando Fringe. “BEST OF FEST” --Orlando Sentinel. “...the love and loss that bonded this unlikely pair is palpable in Harris’ and Comeau’s winning performances” --Orlando Weekly.

  • Length: 80 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Hart Theater
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Location Type: Indoor

A Journey to the Music of the East

Dibyarka Chatterjee (Tabla) and Satyaki Dutta (Sarod) will bring forth the flavor of India through its music. The pounding heart of traditional Indian classical music is ornamented by the melodic framework called Raga. In this show, we will present you the majestic evening Raga: Rageshree. Sit back, relax, and travel back in time to the ancient past, to a world of moods and perception.

  • Length: 35 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Virtual Fringe
  • Genre: Music

Joywave

Headlining the final night of Fringe, Rochester's own JOYWAVE will close out Smokestacks at Parcel 5.

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

Judas and the Black Messiah

(R, 2021, Shaka King, 126 mins) Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Academy Award Winner Daniel Kaluuya). To destroy a revolution, authorities need a man on the inside. Will O’Neal align with the forces of good? Or will he subdue Hampton and the Panthers? Also stars Jesse Plemons and Dominique Fishback.

  • Length: 126 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: One Fringe Place
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Juggling Workshop

Learn how to make your own DIY Juggling Bean Bags and how to juggle them in this fun, hands-on workshop by Rochester's own Ted Baumhauer, Ed. D.! Juggling is a life skill that builds coordination and focus – plus it's just plain fun! We'll get you started and let you know about the Rochester juggling clubs and how to get connected.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance @ Lincoln Library: Lincoln Library Outdoor Vestibule
  • Genre: Kids Fringe
  • Location Type: Outdoor

Karaoke, PopStyle!

What do Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Spice Girls, and the Backstreet Boys all have in common? YOU...singing their greatest hits, backed by Rochester’s hottest new band: PopStyle! Be a SUPERSTAR for a night while PopStyle backs you up, and if you don’t know ALL of the lyrics, that’s ok! You can follow along with the lyrics on-screen. Check out their social media @popstyleband.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Theater @ Innovation Square
  • Genre: Music
  • Location Type: Indoor

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