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TC Weekend | Uptown, Loring Park & Powderhorn Art Festivals and much more!

Art enthusiasts will be pleased with the slew of art festivals in Minnepolis this first weekend of August. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is starting, as well as a host of other engaging events around town. See this weekend's lively roster below.

Let us know how will you spend this busy weekend by sending your photos, tweets, comments to editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or send an email to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

 

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The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival is nigh

Once again, the spring/summer has flown by, and tomorrow already we'll be checking out some of the out-of-towners at the Touring Artist Showcase at Mixed Blood Theatre at 7. The touring shows are always a fairly safe bet, because, as someone said recently, who tours a shitty show? And unless the Minnesota Fringe is the first stop on the tour, chances are that these performances will be polished and have their major kinks worked out.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Guthrie Theater serves up laughs, falls short in message

(Photo credit Joan Marcus)

The first five minutes of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike starts off deceptively boring. Then, in the tranquil quiet of a living room full of wicker chairs, quilted throws and mismatched socks, Sonia hurls a white ceramic coffee mug to the ground in a fit of wild unhappiness. It’s loud, physical and absurd—much like the rest of the play.

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Fringe Previews - Battle of the acoustic guitars

There were also a whole lot of guitars being plucked and strummed over both nights of previews. One showed up in the previously mentioned Tales At Twilight to add a little musical color to the storytelling. Struggling as I am personally to coax some music out of my own guitar, my appreciation for the level of difficulty involved in being a good guitar player has only grown in the past couple of years. I always knew it took nerve to get up on stage and act. Music feels like even greater act of bravery these days. I know I’m not up to it, so my hat’s off to those that are. If you’re looking for some music with a folksy feel, you could take a look at the following:

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Pre-Fringe Profile: Miniature Horses Don't Go To Heaven

CAVEAT: I have worked with both Adam (writer) and Bethany (director) on a handful of smaller projects in previous years, and Cody (actor) is directing one of my sketches for a show in this Fringe, as well.

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Fringe Previews - The zeitgeist got stuck on 'Hillbilly'

There was a recurring vein of southern accented, kentucky fried, redneck style comedy popping up in the previews this year. For example, both from Night 1 of the Previews, we have

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