Knox Fringe February Meet Up Recap

Moxie Easton of The Ooh Ooh Revue and John Camp of Salomé Cabaret hosted this meeting at Modern Studio on February 23, 2017. After a round of introductions from all attendees and the welcoming of newcomers, the discussion began with a review of January’s goals (website, logo, and social media).

ITEMS OF DISCUSSION

KnoxFringe.com
  • Development of the site is underway.The site has been created, the domain has been purchased and it should go live in the next few weeks.
  • Currently, the event calendar is being updated manually by Keri McClain. If you would like to submit and event that is missing, send Keri the details through Facebook Messenger or the KFARTS Group. Event submission through the website is in development.
  • Blog content is the next goal for the website. Suggestions for blog posts include spotlight posts, interviews, reviews, etc. Suggestion made for a meetup for people interested in blogging. Keri McClain will schedule that meetup.
  • Suggestion to add an education section of the site.
Suggested Knox Fringe Events & Workshops
  • Stitch & Bitch – a sewing get-together hosted by Anne Atomic and Brattie von Beaverhausen
  • Fringe Academy (Fringestitute) – suggested Ted-talk-esque event about different fringe arts and disciplines
  • Knoxville Sports and Social Club – Pan d’Orable will gauge interest in putting a team together for this Knoxville club.
  • Fringe Arts Field Day – lots of interest from attendees for this idea. Would take place twice a year in spring and fall, possibly early May for first event. Scavenger hunt suggested as part of event. Pan d’Orable will head up this event.
Branding and Media
  • A new Knox Fringe logo has been created by Keri McClain and is now available for use. The previous logo, created by Rhoda Dairyheir is also available for use.
  • Samantha Brown is working on a press release
  • Pan d’Orable will head up the Knox Fringe Street Team
  • Attendees were encouraged to invite friends to like the Knox Fringe Facebook fan page and submit events for publicity on the page by sending a message to the fan page or emailing knoxfringe@gmail.com. Attendees were also given the option to be added to the closed Knox Fringe Arts Facebook group at sign-in.
Events & Groups of Interest
  • Knoxville Theatre Club
    • KTC has built an extensive directory of artists and venues on their site. KnoxFringe.com plans to link to this info in some way.
    • If you know of a company that should be in the directory, submit through the Knoxville Theatre Club website or their Facebook page.
    • Like and share the Knoxville Theatre Club website or their Facebook page.
  • Sideshow Fringe Festival (Nashville)
    • Festival runs July 27-August 6
    • They are currently taking applications. For info, visit actorsbridge.org.
  • Second Bell Festival
    • Previously the Blank Fest Fringe Fest
    • Festival is on August 19, venue TBD
    • Will feature burlesque, poetry slam, and other fringe arts
    • Burlesque acts by audition in mid-April. Contact info@salomecabaret.com for auditions. Other acts should contact Zac Fallon. Ideas for podcasts or other festival ideas, contact Zac Fallon.
  • Tickled by Ooh Ooh Revue
    • Every 3rd Thursday beginning March 16 at Cocoa Moon, doors at 8p
    • Raffle prizes from fringe community, to donate contact Moxie Easton
    • For info and to register, contact Moxie Easton
  • Cattywampus Puppet Council
    • Hosting the Appalachian Puppet Pageant as part of the Open Streets Project, Sunday, May 21, 2-6p
    • Siren Santina expressed interest in collaboration on a puppet for the event
    • For info and to register, visit cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com
  • Live Band-backed Burlesque Show
    • This event is in development by Zac Fallon, details forthcoming
  • Salome Cabaret Burlesque Academy
    • 2017 classes begin May 4
    • This year there will be one class per week for 8 weeks
    • For info and to register, visit salomecabaret.com
  • Secret Showgirl Workshops
    • Presented by Ooh Ooh Revue at Modern Studio
    • Upcoming workshops include working with boas and trick fan techniques
    • For info and to register, visit The Ooh Ooh Revue Facebook page
  • Showgirl Confidential
    • Presented by Ooh Ooh Revue
    • Class series for women and men about characterization, not necessarily burlesque focused
    • For info and to register, visit The Ooh Ooh Revue Facebook page
  • Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival
  • LUXE Weekend
    • 2nd annual women-powered performance art weekend, April 7-8
    • For info and to register, visit luxeknox.com
  • Bear It All Casting Call
    • Looking for make performers of the hairy variety (bears, cubs, otters, scruffy, wolves, foxes, etc.) for the fall show
    • For info and to register, visit the Bear It All Facebook page

ACTION/FOCUS ITEMS

At the end of the meeting, action and focus items were set for next month, including blog content, the Knox Fringe Open House, and the Community Showcase.

  • Keri McClain will schedule a meetup for people interested in blogging for the website.
  • The Open House is scheduled for March 23, 7:30-9:30 at Modern Studio. Tables for each group will be set up for promotion, with a table rental fee suggested. Contact Pan d’Orable for information on securing tables and performance slots. Performances and refreshments are possible for the event and a table decorating contest was suggested.
  • The Community Showcase is March 18 at The International. To apply for a performance slot, email info@salomecabaret.com by Sunday evening. There will be a raffle, with proceeds going to Knox Fringe. The prize will be a Basket Full of Fringe, containing gifts from the fringe community. Send donations to info@salomecabaret.com.
  • Suggestion to vote to elect a board of directors at the next meeting.

Our next meet-up is hosted by Marble City Performance Company, scheduled for March 30, venue TBD.