Come out tonight for Fringe Festival’s opening cabaret-style festivities

Come celebrate the wildness of Fringe tonight (Thursday!) with a bounty of entertainment: From performances by new and veteran Fringe Festival artists and many other talented showmen and women, in a cabaret-style revue.

Works both new and recycled will be performed in an eccentric revue of performances. The inimitable LaRue will be mistress of ceremonies — she claimed the title of WNC’s Best Drag Performer in last year’s Xpress reader’s poll, she of the sequins, bawdy mouth and songs about the tumultuous world of love and heartbreak.

Julian Vorus, razor-sharp author of the Nasty Namaste, performs his spoken word. Mondy Carter is an improv master—just a word from the audience, and he’s off in a sketch liable to make you choke with laughter. Julie Becton Gillum’s will give a powerful Butoh performance. And the Runaway Circus is not to be missed!

Also on the bill: Some sketches that debuted at the notorious No Shame Theatre. And to end the evening, live “happy hipster sing-along/pop-rock” music will by performed by Jen and the Juice, where lead singer Jenny Greer will debut a handmade marionette. Heather Mermaid (featured on the cover of the Freaks of Asheville 2010 calendar) ventures from far away waters to allure and entertain. Not sure where you’ll find an evening of entertainment this disparate and strange.

Tickets are $8 at the door and free with a Fringe Festival Freak pass. Scandal’s is located in The Grove House at 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville.

Full schedule:
– Cookie La Rue/MC intros and a song                    
– Spoken word with Julian Vorus                            
– No Shame No. 1 — Improv with Mondy Carter                
– Vaudevie (Valerie)  — musical interlude              
– Lymphatic Players Theatre                
– Julie Becton Gillum — Butoh                            
– No Shame No. 2 — “Literary Dildos”         
– Runaway Circus                          
– No Shame No. 3 — “Gorlak”                 
– Martin Heidegger Choir lead by Elisa Faires          
– Appearance of the Fringe Fairy (Claire)                       
– Jen and the Juice                                

Accordion player and singer Vaudevie performs:

Butoh dancer Julie Becton Gillum:

Tricks by Runaway Circus/Loose Caboose:

Hostess Cookie LaRue:

“Literary Dildos” by No Shame Theatre:

“Be In The World” presented by Claire Elizabeth Barratt’s Martin Heidegger Choir:

—Video by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt


Photographs by Wesley Duffee-Braun, StudioAsheville:
Cookie in Action

Jen and the Juice

Butoh by Julie Becton Gillum

Lymphatic Players Theatre

“Gorlak”  by No Shame Theatre

Runaway Circus/Loose Caboose


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