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Fringe Festival Stocks the Former IGA Supermarket with Art and $

October 10, 2003 --

WHAT: “$” Fringe Festival
WHEN: October 17 – November 1
WHERE: Former IGA Building on Ridge Street across from the Omni

The 2003 Fringe Festival, the annual multi-arts exhibition that accompanies the Virginia Film Festival, kicks off Friday, October 17 in a fabulous new location. The Fringe Festival opens its galleries in the old IGA building on Ridge Street, directly across from the Omni Hotel.

Visual arts installations share space with architecture, dance, drama and music performances, all embracing the Festival theme, “$.” The Fringe Gallery is open to the public from 1-5pm daily from October 18 -November 1. After hours during the Film Festival (October 23-26), the Fringe Gallery hosts nightly parties and performances.

Special events include the Saturday night dance party “Bling” on October 18; an exhibition opening for the Bula Bula Collective, a group of Australian Aboriginal artists on October 21; a performance reading and poetry slam on October 22; and a panel on money and art with artists Pierre Huyghe and Tim Rollins as well as Ruby Lerner of the Creative Capital Foundation, to be held at the UVA Art Museum on October 24. All events are free and open to the public.

Also on October 25, the Fringe Festival presents the internationally renowned actor, dancer and artist, David Gulpilil. Gulpilil, the star of Walkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Tracker will give a dance and didjeridu performance at 8pm. Perhaps the most renowned traditional dancer in his country, David has organized troupes of dancers and musicians and has performed at festivals throughout Australia, including the prestigious Darwin Australia Dan Eisteddfod dance competition, which he won four times. The performance will be preceded by a screening of One Red Blood, a film about Gulpilil’s career and home life as a tribal elder in the Australian bush. One Red Blood will be introduced by filmmaker Darlene Johnson. Tickets for this one-time-only event are $10 and $7.50 for students.

New York City –based artist and activist, Bill Talen brings his rendition of an anti-consumerism televangelist to the Fringe Festival on Sunday, October 26 with an Emergency Preaching from Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Leave your Nikes and VISA card at home for this remarkable performance. Reverend Billy is accompanied on gospel piano by the great Art Wheeler and directed by Charlottesville native, Savitri Durkee. Admission is $7.50 and $6 for students.

The public can get its first peek at the exhibits and installations at the Opening Night unveiling on Friday, October 17 from 7-12pm. Performance begin at 9pm and admission is free.

The closing night Filthy Lucre for Starving Artists Party with Film Festival guests and artists on October 25 will bring popular DJ Patrick Reed back to town and feature a not-to-be-missed light display extravaganza. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students The party kicks off with a rags-to-riches fashion show. Local fashionistas demonstrate the wonders they work with a little bit of $.

Check for the full Fringe Festival schedule. Tickets on sale now online and at 1-800-UVA-FEST, as well as at the Gravity Lounge on the Downtown Mall and at Culbreth Theatre (starting October 13).

Contact: Margaret Gabriela Vest (434) 242-3265

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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