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.
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.
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