FringeArts Announces Festival Bar Entertainment

martha-graham-cracker-thinkfest (1)

One of the best parts about the FringeArts festival is arguably the Festival Bar. I mean come on, with 120-plus shows, you need a place where you can pop a squat, order a cocktail and let your mind rest from taking in all that art—and trust me, some of that stuff can get pretty intense. Plus, it’s nice to have a place to congregate with other theater-goers, to get feedback about what shows you should see, and which ones you should miss.

For the first time in FringeArts history, the bar will take place in its new permanent home—Chef Peter Woolsey’s La Peg, a bar and restaurant in the barely year-old FringeArts building at 140 North Columbus Boulevard. Throughout the course of the three-week festival the bar will host some performances of its own, starting with a bang with the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret on September 5th. That show will feature the hairy, leggy drag queen (pictured) backed for the first time by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Should be quite the show.




Other folks to get excited about? Israeli cellist Maya Beisler (September 7th), Brooklyn-based Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts, and performances by Fringe favorites Pig Iron and BalletX. I've got the complete schedule listed below.

All performances are totally free, and will alternate between a stage in La Peg to the FringeArts building's main stage. More information can be found here. To access the FringeArts performance schedule, go here.

September 5

FRINGEARTS STAGE
11:30 p.m.: Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Septebmer 6

LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: Dennis Diamond & Daryl Hannah (Elephant Room)

FRINGEARTS STAGE
11:30 p.m.: CHRISTEENE: The Christeene Machine

September 7th

FRINGEARTS STAGE
9:00 p.m.: Maya Beiser: Uncovered

September 10th

LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: The Sunset Club (from BalletX’s Sunset, o639 Hours)

September 11th

LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: An evening of cabaret with the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training

11:30 p.m.: The Only Band in Illyria (from Pig Iron’s Twelfth Night)

September 12th

LA PEG STAGE
11:30 p.m.: Champagne Jerry

September 13th

LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: Red 40 and the Last Groovement

11:30 p.m.: El Malito and the 33rd Century

September 17th

FRINGEARTS STAGE
11:30 p.m.: Adrienne Truscott is Asking For It

September 19th

FRINGEARTS STAGE
10:00 p.m.: Eleanor Bauer: Bauer Hour

11:30 p.m.: Doll Parts

September 20th

FRINGEARTS STAGE
10:00 p.m.: The Wilhelm Brothers: Lightfoot Comes Alive!

11:30 p.m.: Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket

September 21st

FRINGEARTS STAGE
10:00 p.m.: The Wilhelm Brothers: Lightfoot Comes Alive!

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.