Monday, July 15, 2019

Enjoy Kansas City Fringe Fest FAIL 2019



Locals with artsy friends are expected to pay top dollar to witness this collection of local "talent" and endure the unfair pricing scheme.

Meanwhile, very few locals realize that the marketing wizards behind this effort are also responsible for OPEN SPACES -- Which cost KCMO $1-MILLION bucks and counting.

There are a few gems of artistic expression hidden beneath an array of garbage that has earned more taxpayer subsidy than most locals realize.

Here's more background on this week's creative-class tradition . . .

Fringe Festival KC is committed to accepting artists without jury or censorship. We accept artists on a first come, first serve basis. Our five mile footprint spans through the cultural corridors of KC from River North to Old Westport. We feature visual, film, and performing artists in venues ranging in size from small to large.

Our festival opens with a large Opening Night Party where artists preview their shows in rapid-fire succession and our fringe loyalists mark their programs for the can't-miss shows. Throughout the festival, you can count on Late Night on the Fringe events to meet, connect, and engage with participating artists and excited audiences. We culminate the festival with a celebratory Closing Night Party. We eat, we dance, we celebrate the wonderful success of our Fringe participants.

All audience members must have a button to access shows and galleries. The button is a one time, five-dollar purchase that allows Fringe Festival KC to adequately pay our artists and venue owners from ticket revenue.
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You decide . . .

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Artists kissing artists, the public will stay away in droves.

Anonymous said...

I just want lower water bills instead of all these art shows.

Anonymous said...

The Circus is back in town.

Anonymous said...

I thought asking for ID was racist.

Anonymous said...

Fringe folks weren't responsible for the Open Spaces fiasco, Sly James, Jolie Justus, Megan Crigger and Dan Cameron were responsible for that train wreck!!

Darnell Quraisushi said...

Wow, another failure in the vibrant, world class KCMO.

Anonymous said...

^^and yet it's not a failure whatsoever. Weird.

Tracy Thomas said...

I used to be a huge fan, once attended 13 events in a season.
This year, I spent an hour reading the program online, and was not interested in attending even one. Not even buying a $5 button or racing to Union Station to pay to park just to grab ten $10 tickets.


The fare has become more Mickey Rooney, "let's put on a play", with premises including zombies...by wannabes.

Plus of course, scolding and rants about trans-whatever, race-whatever, sexual orientation and identity-whatever. But not cutting edge. Not the "best and the brightest", which it used to be.

Many of KC's best theatre performers and producers have dropped out.And I don't see that people who "work the circuit" bringing in their shows are all that great, either. It's no longer presenting things that may tug at your heart strings, which to me is the very best reason to attend live theatre. It's more "RenFest". zzzzzzzz.

And for the record, Cheryl Kimmi, a lovely woman, the local founder, DID work on a well-paid contract coordinating the city's stupid Open Spaces. She didn't start it, she just worked there.

Super Dave said...

I have to agree with Tracy's input on the whole thing. There's no longer anything of interest to make me want to attend their events.

Anonymous said...

^^You NEVER did anyway!! Who are you fooling?? You never, ever, make it out of Frogville! Go start a blog back there.

Anonymous said...

^^^For one who thinks they know so much you really know so very little.

Anonymous said...

^^I do know for sure that you're stupid dave posting anonymously. AGAIN. So there's that.

Anonymous said...

^^^And you post 3 in a row talking to yourself. Weird.

Anonymous said...

^^+100

Anonymous said...

^^and yet YOU responded to somebody talking to themselves three times in a row. Really, really weird.

Anonymous said...

Tony please remove and ban these haters. That isn't Free Speech, that's just assholes being assholes.

Anonymous said...

^^Yes! Please start with stupid dave. He offends me!

Anonymous said...

^^^But you aren't real, remember? Weird.

Charlie Horse said...

If you go be sure to wear your MAGA hard hat. Accepting artists without jury or censorship are artists not worth the sweat on your balls.