There's no more democratic way to make a difficult decision than to draw it out of a hat. And that's basically how things work at the devil-may-care Boulder Fringe Festival. Performers vying for a spot during the two-week event in August cross their fingers every February and hope their rabbits get pulled out of the magical hat at the annual Big Fringe Lottery Party, a blast of an evening that includes picking, choosing, general revelry and entertainment by CRABaret. That's right, CRABaret, with an emphasis on the C.R.A.B.: Fringe-ese for "Constantly Risking Absurdity, Baby!" Sporting the morphing moniker of the fest's rewired monthly show ensemble, which starts up anew in March, CRABaret (complete with a special guest, Fringe veteran Eliza Ladd) will offer a sneak peek of what's to come. But assume it's kooky, absurd, risqué, somewhat musical and lots of fun.
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The talent-sorting and carousing begin at 7 p.m. tonight at the Scotch Corner Pub, 1800 Broadway, Boulder. Log on to the fest's website for information.
For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.