Thursday-Nov. 13: Charm City Fringe Festival

Nov. 3-13

This year, the annual Transmodern and Charm City Fringe festivals overlap, so if you're not in the audience of a theater, comedy, dance, or performance art show at least once this week, you're doing it wrong. Both festivals offer a sampling of independent artists and groups creating off-the-beaten-track performance work, but those who have attended both in the past know that Transmodern and Fringe are very different, so be sure to visit both. While Transmodern focuses on the more experimental/avant-garde, Fringe presents a range of artists that will satisfying the palates of Transmodern regulars as well as more traditional theatergoers, stand-up and improv enthusiasts, dance fans, film nuts, and others. Now in its fifth year, Fringe returns with over 20 full-length productions held across venues across Hampden and Station North. Among other highlights, there's  Shawn Short's "12 Angry Men"- and "Six Degrees of Separation"-inspired ballet "12x6," the fairly self-explanatory "God: The One-Man Show," the interactive Baltimore history rock opera "Magnificent Machines & Astonishing Tales," and the " Sex, Drugs, and Audience Participation" improv show making its third Fringe appearance. It's gonna be a busy week, in the best way. Launch Party 7-11 p.m. Nov. 3 at Joe Squared (33 W. North Ave.), festival performances at various locations,, $100 for all-access festival pass (prices vary for individual performances). (Maura Callahan)

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