The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 26-29, with two pre-festival gatherings. $13-$16 per show unless noted as free/$50 all-access pass. Tickets can be purchased online or in person, Monday, Jan. 23, through Saturday, Jan. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. at Fringe Central, 14 Battery Park Ave. Info at

Sky Lanes Bowling Center, 1477 Patton Ave.

  • Fringe Festival Kick Off Party featuring The Accidentals — Sunday, Jan. 22, 5-8 p.m., free event

Fringe Central

  • I Freak Faster by Constance Humphries — Monday, Jan. 23, noon-6 p.m., free event

The BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St.

  • Happy Birthday Stupid Kid by IRTE Theatre Company — Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
  • Dante’s Itch by Anam Cara Theatre — Thursday and Saturday, 9 p.m.
  • The Fringe Dance Show featuring Downtown Replay, In Flight, Lauren Thompson, Lindsey Kelley, Michele T. Hower, Silvia Sheffield, and Susan and Giles Collard — Friday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 4 p.m.
  • Opening Amanda’s Closed Door by Amanda Levesque, Giovanna Allegretti and Tom Kilby — Friday, 9 p.m.
  • Elec-Shun Movement Workshop led by Kathleen Meyers Leiner — Sunday, noon-2 p.m.

The Crow & Quill, 106 N. Lexington Ave.

  • Butoh Parade — Saturday, 1-4 p.m., free event

The Dirty South, 41 N. Lexington Ave.

  • Hot for T-Rex by Taylor Gruenloh — Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor by Elan Zakir — Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m.

Downtown Books & News, 67 N. Lexington Ave.

  • Literary Circus featuring Alli Marshall, Jennifer Fulford, Nina Hart and Randi Janelle — Saturday, 5 p.m., free event

LaZoom, leaves from Coxe Ave. at Commerce St.

  • LaZoom Bus Fringe Tour featuring Caroline Williford, Claire Dima, E McClain, Kathleen Meyers Leiner, Kevin Patterson, Rigel Pawlak, Sera Sehara — Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m.

The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St.

  • The Ride Along by Deanna Braine — Thursday-Saturday, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, 4 and 5 p.m.
  • Unredeemable by Jim Sea — Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
  • Poetry Cabaret led by Caleb Beissert — Thursday, 9 p.m.
  • Breakfast at Wimbledon by Brita Thorne and Willie Filkowski — Friday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m.
  • Black! by Michael Washington Brown — Friday, 9 p.m., and Sunday, 6 p.m.

The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road

  • Fringe Double Feature: Mine and Yours … & No Shame and The Cardboard Sea — Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
  • The Sexy, Weedy Reality Show — Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.

RockDoll Vintage, 46 Commerce St.

  • A Disorienting Divertissement by Grayson Morris and Lynn Nesseth — Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free event

Toy Boat Community Arts Space, 101 Fairview Road

  • Spuyten Duyvil by Amy Hamilton and Victor Palomino — Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
  • The Sealskin by West of Roan — Thursday and Saturday, 9 p.m.
  • Who Are?! What Are! THE THUNDER ELVES! by Keith Shubert — Friday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m.
  • Fringe Double Feature: Ubu Faust & Roman Meal and Down With Pants — Friday, 9 p.m., and Sunday, 6 p.m.
About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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