The 27th Annual Orlando International Fringe Festival presents the Fringe-O-Matic

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Orlando International Fringe Festival is back for its 27th year at Loch Haven Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. The festival runs May 15-28 with 130 shows ranging from small, intimate one-person productions to big budget musical extravaganzas with dozens of performers joined together under the festival’s 2018 tagline… United We Fringe!

“United We Fringe speaks to the belief that Orlando Fringe is a place where you can escape your everyday troubles in life,” says Brian Sikorski, Orlando Fringe’s marketing coordinator. “This is a place where you can come together with people from all different walks of life for a common purpose and enjoying each other’s company. People from different countries, of different ethnicities and sexual identities and religious beliefs all come to Orlando Fringe. We want to celebrate that unity.”

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2nd Annual Tampa International Fringe Festival kicks off the Fringe season

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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The Tampa International Fringe Festival (TIFF), Ybor’s annual 10-day performing arts festival, drew an estimated 2,500 patrons in its inaugural year. For its sophomore outing, running May 3-12, organizers are promising even more rapid-fire theater—spotlighting everything from magic shows to heavy metal musicals.

“It’s an uncensored, unjuried performing arts festival,” TIFF’s producer Trish Parry says. “When we select the shows each year we do so completely at random out of a hat. Half of the shows are from around Tampa Bay and then a quarter of the shows are from all over the country. The last quarter of the shows are international.”

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The man in the wings: George Wallace flies high with Fringe

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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While many people know him for his work with the Orlando International Fringe Festival, George Wallace has a lot more going on behind the scenes.

“When I look back at 2015, there were so many more positives than there were negatives, so I think that it was a fabulous year,” Wallace says.

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Overheard in Orlando: Joe the Supermodel, odd art and a new Fringe

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Not your average Joe
Former Florida House representative Joe Saunders, now Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, is flashing his pearly whites as a model. No, he’s not pulling a Marky Mark and posing in his CK’s (unfortch!). But, he’s modeling the latest in HRC “No hate in our state” wear, where the website says 100 percent of the proceeds go to LGBT rights. The website also offers a variety of clothing and tchotchkes which will allow you to tell the world you’re proud to support the HRC. No word if this will be another career move for Joe.

Keep Orlando Odd
If you happened to have strolled through the streets of downtown Orlando last week you may have seen some really eclectic art, with the Art in Odd Places – downtown Orlando was overrun with visual and performance art which featured the works of local artists like Brendan O’Connor (Street Urchins), Doug Rhodehamel (1001 Paper Bag Mushrooms) and Masami Kochikawa (self-portrait as a Butterfly Woman). According to event producer, Tim Turner, dates have yet to be set, but he assured Watermark there will be a next one for sure. With a few considering factors, they want the festival different part of the year, Winter/Spring versus this year’s Summer/Spring. Unaware Sunday funday revelers fell into three categories: those that got it, those that didn’t and those too blitzed to even notice the giant pipe man riding a bicycle.

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VIDEO: Gidget Galore and Addison Taylor to host next Movies Out Loud

By : Jamie Hyman
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Watermark and The Orlando International Fringe Festival present MOVIES OUT LOUD hosted by Gidget Galore & Addison Taylor on Sept. 9th at 8pm. Now showing: To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar at the Abbey.

Chech out Gidget and Addison talking about their big gig after the jump:

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Parliament House celebrates 40 years with Little Miss, fireworks and Deborah Cox

By : Danny Garcia
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Orlando – Parliament House capped off their 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday night with a special (and final?) performance of Little Miss Parliament House.

The comedy show has seen different Little Miss contestants displaying some hysterical yet disturbing talents since it’s original inception for the Orlando International Fringe Festival a few years ago.

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Movies Out Loud huge hit with “Showgirls” at The Abbey

By : Jeremy Williams
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Movies Out Loud’s revival was a huge success with more than 100 tickets sold for The Abbey premiere of Showgirls.

Jeff Jones and Miss Sammy lampooned the film, which is the highest grossing NC-17 movie in cinema history and is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Watermark is bringing Movies Out Loud to The Abbey and this time it’s Fringey!

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Watermark Media and the Orlando International Fringe Festival are teaming up to resurrect Movies Out Loud for a new audience (and the old one too). The first one will be July 8 and continue on the second Wednesday of each month, but instead of a roaming venue, they have found a permanent home at The Abbey.

“The Abbey has stepped up as sponsor and it really is the perfect location,” said George Wallace, executive director to Fringe, via email.

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Orlando Fringe comes to a close with beach party

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Orlando International Fringe Festival closed out with the annual Closing Night Awards hosted by George Wallace and Mike Marinaccio on the Green Lawn of Fabulousness May 25.

Unlike previous years, Fringe had an all day event on Memorial Day with Patron’s Picks playing in each of the venues, as well as the Retro-Beach Party with swimming pools, live music and plenty of vendors still around.

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Overheard in Orlando

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Hitting the G Spot

Well the other heel in the oversized stiletto has dropped and things are now official. As we previously reported from multiple reliable sources, Southern Nights Orlando had shown an interest in purchasing Ybor’s G. Bar. As of Memorial Day weekend, G. Bar will be nothing more than a blurry alcohol-induced memory of years past and will be under new ownership and management as Southern Nights Tampa. Its proposed Grand Re-Opening is Thursday, June 18th. Orlando’s own, Chris “Tadpole” Hannay, will be leaving the city beautiful and taking that dashing smile out to the Bay where he will now work as the new GM of SNT. On Wednesday, June 3, a combination birthday and going away party is scheduled for Chris. Now, only if there was a high-speed train connecting the two cities to make it easier to bar hop.

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Watermark’s Orlando International Fringe Festival 2015 coverage

By : Jeremy Williams
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We asked Jeff Jones and Miss Sammy to use their keen wit to pick through what is aimed at the LGBT community during the Orlando International Fringe Festival for our special Fringe preview.

Now, we have your one-stop shop to see what our staff thought of the shows after they actually saw them.

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Issue 22.10: Fringe Fried

By : Jake Stevens
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Fringe Fried! Our tour guides lead us to the gayest shows at this year’s Orlando Fringe Festival, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor eyes retirement, Joe Saunders considers another political run, ‘Amazon Eve’ preps for Spooky Empire, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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