Fringe preview: Full line-up of the late night cabaret

Maya Beiser

Maya Beiser

Sometimes, the best thing you’ll see in a Fringe Festival will be an unexpected delight at the FREE late night cabaret. (Last years highlight: Greg Giovanni’s impromptu story about his experiences with a certain Penn State football coach.) Now in a permanent home, FringeArts is taking the late night offerings seriously, with three weeks of performances, beginning Sept. 5 with Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“The Fringe’s late-night lineup and Festival bar have always been a hub of social and artistic activity during the festival” says Nick Stuccio, FringeArts’ president and producing artistic director. Along with Philadelphia favorites like the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and the Wilhelm Brothers, featured late-night performers include New York-based, self-proclaimed “best rapper in the world, ” Champagne Jerry, gender-blending, “drag terrorist” Christeene, and virtuoso Israeli cellist Maya Beiser. Here’s the full line-up:

Sept. 5
FRINGEARTS STAGE
11:30 p.m.: Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret,
featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Drag cabaret hosted by “The Drag Queen King.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Sept. 6:
LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: Dennis Diamond & Daryl Hannah (Elephant Room)
elephantroom.biz

FRINGEARTS STAGE
11:30 p.m.: CHRISTEENE: The Christeene Machine
A sexually-infused sewer of live rap and vile shamelessness, Christeene is “Like Beyonce on bath salts” (Now Magazine, Toronto)
christeenemusic.com

Sept. 7:
FRINGEARTS STAGE
9:00 p.m.: Maya Beiser: Uncovered
Rock classics from Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix,
and other legends re-imagined by a “cello goddess” (The New Yorker).
mayabeiser.com

Sept. 10:
LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: The Sunset Club (from BalletX’s Sunset, o639 Hours)
Cross the Pacific in a musical airship captained by award-winning composer Rosie Langabeer.

Sept. 11:
LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: An evening of cabaret with the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training
Insanely funny bits from the city’s next wave of theatrical innovators.

11:30 p.m.: The Only Band in Illyria (from Pig Iron’s Twelfth Night)
Raucous Balkan music for drinking, dancing, and bringing the rumpus.

Sept. 12:
LA PEG STAGE
11:30 p.m.: Champagne Jerry
By far the greatest rapper in the world, he likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse and rhyming.
Champagnejerry.com

Sept. 13:
LA PEG STAGE
10:00 p.m.: Red 40 and the Last Groovement
Tangy, funky R&B.

11:30 p.m.: El Malito and the 33rd Century
Traveling through wormholes to bring you party music.

Sept. 17:
FRINGEARTS STAGE
11:30 p.m.: Adrienne Truscott is Asking For It
“Pantsless and breathless, Truscott bares her body and soul in an event that straddles the gap between performance art and comedy show.” (The List, Edinburgh)
Adriennetruscott.com

Sept. 19:
FRINGEARTS STAGE
10:00 p.m.: Eleanor Bauer: Bauer Hour
Variety show from the Brussels-based American choreographer and performance-maker.

11:30 p.m.: Doll Parts
Brooklyn’s premiere Dolly Parton cover band.

Sept. 20:
FRINGEARTS STAGE
10:00 p.m.: The Wilhelm Brothers: Lightfoot Comes Alive!
Folk-rock with cello-infusion duo, of the 2013 Festival smash hit Red Eye to Havre-de-Grace, and special guests.

11:30 p.m.: Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket
Eight-piece absurdist soul outfit blissfully toes the line between performance art and psychedelic soul revival.

Sept. 21:
FRINGEARTS STAGE
10:00 p.m.: The Wilhelm Brothers: Lightfoot Comes Alive!

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Christopher Munden

Your faithful correspondent and publisher Christopher Munden has written and edited for many publications, websites, and cultural institutions. He was an editor/publisher of the Philly Fiction book series, collections of short stories written by local writers and set in Philadelphia. He's also a soccer coach and a pretty good skier.