This weekend at the Boulder International Fringe Festival: August 20-22

What's hot, and what's not? Check here everyday for a random look at Fringe haps. Find out what's going on after the jump.

Fringe's Best Friends Performance-Party: There's no better time than the present -- and, incidentally during the Fringe Festival -- for the Boulder Fringe and Denver's Packing House Center for the Arts to announce that they're planning to move in together. The two organizations are looking for a space to share in Denver, which would open doors for more inter-city Fringe activity at Fringe fests of the future. To celebrate, the fest will host a dance party and performances by Packing House regulars Kim Olson/sweet edge, Band of Toughs, Syzygy Butoh and Control Group, tonight from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Alice Crypt: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland goes Gothic in Andryn Arithson's multimedia musical, which plays up the creepier aspects of Lewis Carroll's children's classic with puppetry, stilt walkers, monsters and mausoleums. Alice Crypt debuts tonight at 7 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, and continues with four more performances, through August 28. Admission is $10 to $12 (or two-for-one on August. 22).

Bread and Butter: Metamundo Space also takes the multimedia route in Bread and Butter, a performance piece that seems to be about soldiers. It opens tonight at 9 p.m. and continues for five more performances at the Trident, 940 Pearl Street in Boulder. If you dress up like a soldier, or, even better, bring a real one with you, admission is $3 at the door; otherwise, it's $7 to $10.

Rambo: The Missing Years: This solo show comes straight from the heart: Howard Petrick portrays more than a dozen characters in an autobiographical look at his stint as a GI who opposes the Viet Nam war. It opens tonight at 8 p.m. at Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street on the CU-Boulder campus; tonight's kickoff is pay-what-you-can and tickets thereafter are $12, unless you're a veteran, in which case you get in at the door for only $10. Rambo continues through August 28.

Bruiser: Here's a show with buzz: Solo performer Kelsie Huff, who was a hit at the 2008 Boulder Fringe with HUFFS, returns with a square product theatre presentation about a tomboy who grows up to be one tough cookie. Bruiser opens Saturday at 9 p.m. at BmoCA, 1750 13th Street, Boulder, with a two-for-one premiere. Shows continue through August 28; regular tickets are $8 to $10.

The Daily C.R.A.B: There's only one place to decompress properly after a hard day of fringing and that's at the nightly Daily C.R.A.B., this year featuring Boulder comedian Dave Burdick as the guy who runs things. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get a taste of Fringe performances and performers and a large helping of humor each night at 10 p.m. at Rueben's Burger Bistro, 1800 Broadway, Boulder, throughout the run of the fest. Incidentally, tonight's theme is "Celebrity Job Hunting." And, oh yeah: Though you might blow your budget by deciding to eat, the Daily C.R.A.B. Is free.

For a complete schedule, check out the Boulder International Fringe Festival website. And see Westword's online calendar listings for further Fringe coverage.

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