Fringe Benefits

Deciding where to land as a "fringer" — a Boulder International Fringe Festival-goer — can be overwhelming, with the seventy-plus local and international artist groups performing in 350 live theater, dance, circus art, media art, cinema, visual art, spoken word, puppetry, workshop and storytelling events over twelve days.

That's why Dayna Himot is producing the Daily C.R.A.B., short for Constantly Risking Absurdity, Baby, to make a method of the madness. Advertised as the "perfect nightcap to a fringe-filled day," the Daily C.R.A.B. is really about mapping out the next fringe-filled day. The free event with Eddy the Eskimo, played by Brooklyn-based poet and actor Ryan Eggensperger, includes previews, ads and off-the-cuff interviews in an old-fashioned talk-show format. "He's kind of this quirky, highly educated character, and at first you think maybe you're just going to be annoyed, but he's quite interesting," Himot says.

As a fringer, what you decide to see does matter, because the artists who sell the most tickets at each venue will be invited to play the Fringe Encore! on August 26. "It's a unique way to honor the artists that had the best audience response," Himot adds.

Tonight, Eddy the Eskimo kicks off the entire festival at the opening night party. Admission is $2 to $12 — determined by your roll of the dice at the door — to see the "All You Can Artist" buffet of high-speed, one-minute interviews with every artist in the fest, followed by a musical multimedia sculpture from the Serial Thrillers. The opening party starts 7 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder.

The Daily C.R.A.B. takes place at 10 p.m. every night, August 17 through 26, at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, (aka Fringe Central), 1709 Pearl Street in Boulder. For more information, a schedule of events and tickets, go to
Aug. 17-26, 10 p.m.

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Jessica Centers