This weekend at the Boulder International Fringe Festival: August 27-29

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This is it for the Boulder Fringe. If you haven't tested the waters, now's the time. First off, the last show to premiere at the Fringe, Dangerously Safe, is a performance worth checking out, and the buzz is good on Quake Theater's Woe to the Conquered! But here are a couple others still in progress that we haven't yet mentioned:

Washington, D.C. Fringer Michelle Garland is standing up on her own in the solo show Twixt and Tween: Confessions of a Middle School Drama Teacher, which is just what it purports to be. Based on Garland's larger-than-life experiences in what she calls the "merciless morass of masochistic mayhem we call middle school," Twixt and Tween will ring true to all who've been there.

Stories like the one that begins with this -- "'Yes, I know my son masturbates in class with his hand in his pants,' his mother said to me over the phone." -- pretty much tell you all you need to know. Catch Garland at the Community Dance Collective, 2020 B Pearl Street, Boulder tonight at 8:30 p.m. or tomorrow at 7 p.m.; admission is $5 to $10.

Finishing up its run at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, Sex, Romance, and the Lonely Neither by All Licensed Fools of Santa Barbara, California is actually three solo performances strung together on a theme, touching bases with inner versus outer life, the hazards of dating and self-love along the way. See the three heads of Sex -- Bonny Davis, Ben Margalith Annabelle Rollison -- tonight at 5 p.m. or tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $6 to $7 each.

On another note, Sunday's Fringe Encore Brunch is the fest's only major fundraiser, but it's a good one: It not only comes with delicious morning fare, mimosas and elbow-rubbing with Fringe artists in the exotic environs of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St., Boulder, but it also boasts a built-in perk that sets you up for the rest of the day. Included in the $40 admission price is one ticket to one Fringe Encore! 2010 performance. Featuring reruns of the festival's best-attended shows at each Fringe venue (winners to be announced Saturday night at the Daily C.R.A.B.), Encore! ensues after the brunch from noon to 10 p.m. all over Boulder and is a great opportunity to dive into the Fringe experience with relish. Tickets to each performance are $10 to $12. And finally, you can end your marathon Fringing back at the closing party, a top-secret bash that begins at 10 p.m. at Rueben's Burger Bistro, 1800 Broadway, Boulder. What will go down? Nobody knows. Be there or be square.

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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