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Big Time: The Boulder Fringe showcase is really, really big and it's back

At Big Time, there are big chances taken. There are also live commercials for some of the freshest performances in the region, charming emcees, and a sense of something happening, really happening.

Just like its parent organization, the Boulder International Fringe Festival, Big Time is dedicated to the extraordinary -- and the people who make it happen on the small, small stage. Although the event billed as "monthly" drifts in and out of that schedule, tonight it's definitely on again -- perhaps because excitement over the the August Fringe Fest is starting to build.

So here's the scoop: From 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, BigTime will host three previews of current or upcoming local performing arts events; it will also fill three first-come, first-served wild-card slots with anyone with material to test or something to get out of their system. And the entire evening is certain to bubble with with informal talkbacks, audience participation and lots of the hilarity.

Big Time is now in a new location -- Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, at 1203 13th Street in Boulder. Admission is free, and the event is certain to be more fun than a barrel of funny hippos in tutus. For more info, go to the Facebook page; for details on how to secure a preview slot as a performer, e-mail Kathy Walker.

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