Minnesota’s not just the Land of 10,000 Lakes; 10,000 Quirks; and 10,000 conversations about the weather–it’s also the Land of at Least 10,000 Reasons to Love our Fantastic Arts Scene.
Here at the Loft, we are all about supporting writers (young and young-at-heart) in their creative process, but we’re also all about supporting other forms of the arts: visual, musical, and, this week, performing. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities are home to one of the one the nation’s largest festivals of performing arts: the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Fringe? What’s the Fringe? you ask, your mind conjuring images of an awesome leather jacket.
Even more awesome than that leather jacket, the Minnesota Fringe consists of 168 performances in over a dozen Twin Cities venues over the course of 10 days. The shows cover the range of just about every genre you can imagine, from the tragic to the terrifying, from the awesome to the absurd. Some include music, some include dance, some include puppets, some include fire. With that range, you’re bound to find something that interests you.
These performances are especially kid-friendly and these ones are geared toward teens, but if you browse the site, you’ll probably find dozens that will interest you. (I’m so overwhelmed with choice that I barely know where to start!)
The festival began yesterday and continues through Sunday, Aug. 14. Tickets cost $12, $10 with a student I.D., or $5 for kids 12 and younger. If that price still seems steep to you (I know it is for me!), consider volunteering. For every shift you volunteer, you’ll get one free ticket to a show. Not bad, huh?