The Weekly Fringe: April 17-23

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week. For more events, visit knoxfringe.com.


Tickled! A Show to Fondle Your Funny Bone
April 20, 7:45pm at Cocoa Moon

Every third Thursday of the month get TICKLED! Talented stand-up comedians and tempting neo-burlesque artists join forces up to make you laugh and feel a bit teased and well…tickled! This month, all performers are donating their entertainment for the benefit of TEAM ROO. Local lovely Amber Roose is donating her kidney to help her sister who’s been struggling with kidney disease for 4 years. Her sister lives in St. Louis and Roo will be flying there to provide the gift of life. Help to make a difference in someone’s life and welcome in your Friday with this fun show.


Knox Fringe’s Stitch and Bitch
April 23, 12pm at Modern Studio

Are you a fringe artist having costuming pains? Just wanna show off your awesome skills, and help your fellow community? Stitch and Bitch is here to assist! Open to all! Bring us your rhinestones and bras, your dress longing for a zipper, your pants yearning to be let out…


Rossini Festival
April 22, Downtown Knoxville

Combining a vibrant International Street Fair with world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, and a wide variety of other events, the Rossini Festival transforms much of downtown Knoxville into a colorful International festival. The festival features five stages with a range of entertainment options, an upscale artisan’s market, and the smells and tastes of wonderful foods and beverages. Including performances from Circle Modern Dance and Momentum Dance Lab.


Puppet Work Build Parties
April 19, 3:30pm and April 23, 2pm
at The Birdhouse

These two work build parties are to build a Birdhouse-related puppet that you would like to see in the Knoxville Puppet Parade. We’re already poised to build a giant puppet which will need many hands and collaboration to complete. Come on down to lend one or two of those hands AND to find out what (or who?!) it could be.


Open Door Comedy
April 19, 8pm at Scruffy City Hall

This week Open Door Comedy welcomes Patrick Cunningham! A big part of the Huntsville, AL scene, Patrick has performed on the Broken Record Comedy Show, been a huge part of the Clockwork Comedy and Epic Comedy Hour. Also, a great dude with a swell album. The Open Door Comedy Show is a Scruffy City Comedy production and is hosted by Boston McCown.


COMING UP

“Harvested Staged Reading
April 24, 7:30 pm, Modern Studio

Circle Modern Dance: Layer by Layer
April 27-29, Modern Studio

The Ooh Ooh Revue’s 2nd Chances/1st Confessions
May 5, 9:30 pm, Modern Studio

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: April 10-16

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


Salome Cabaret Burlesque Revue with Flame Cynders

Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Review: Flame Cynders
April 15, 11pm at Edge Knox

Join Salomé Cabaret for a fiery hot burlesque revue with Atlanta’s Flame Cynders! The starlet that would one day become Flame Cynders began her journey into performance at the tender age of four, studying classical ballet, tap and jazz dance. Her love of movement coupled with years of vocal training afforded her many opportunities to perform throughout the world and to gather a strong sense of style all her own. She has taught her burlesque classes internationally, has run the Fishnet Follies School of Burlesque in Los Angeles, and is the Co-Creative Director of the Atlanta School of Burlesque in Atlanta. In Los Angeles, she Produced, Art Directed, and contributed to costume design and construction for many of sold out shows of the Fishnet Follies Burlesque Revue, for which she continues to serve as Emeritus Art Director. Flame Cynders aspires to help every woman portray strength, self-reliance, confidence and power through sensual movement; to break free of judgement and create a safe place to explore the more feminine side of dance. Burning up stages all around the world, it’s Flame Cynders! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit salomecabaret.com.

Crystal Compositions with Flame Cynders
April 15, 11pm at Edge Knox

In this class, students will learn how to create gorgeous rhinestone patterns that add sparkle and shine to their costumes. Flame Cynders will exhibit her personal costume collection, displaying her favorite rhinestone patterns, and demonstrate the creation of patterns utilizing the design of the base garment material and/or from various resources and references. She will also teach tips and tricks for creating the same mirrored pattern over and over. Students are welcome to bring their own bras, appliqués, or materials for discussion in class. For more information and to sign up, visit the event page.


Cattywampus Puppet Council Art Show

Cattywampus Puppet Council Art Show
April 14, 6pm at the Birdhouse

This show features original artwork from the creators of the Cattywampus Puppet Council. See the puppets and creations up close and sneak a peek at some of the new characters that will be appearing in the Appalachian Puppet Pageant. Stop by and learn more about the Puppet Council and the many ways to participate in the pageant. For more information, visit cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.


COMING UP

Tickled! A Show to Fondle your Funny Bone!
April 20, 7:45 pm, Cocoa Moon

Knox Fringe’s Stitch and Bitch
April 23, 12 pm, Modern Studio

“Harvested” Staged Reading
April 24, 7:30 pm, Modern Studio

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: April 3-9

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


LUXE Weekend, April 7-8

The 2nd Annual Women-Powered Performance Art LUXE Weekend highlights women who are living Lush, Unapologetically and Extraordinarily through the mediums of dance, poetry, song and burlesque! In celebration of women living with power, passion, and artistry, this 2-day event has much to offer. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oohx2.com.

A-muse-d: Inspired Burlesque Showcase
April 7, 9pm at Cocoa Moon

The Friday night aMUSEd Burlesque Showcase features performances in the historical art form of burlesque. Each performer will dazzle you with a performance dedicated to a woman or women who has inspired them or served as a muse in their life. These fabulous women will leave you inspired to live your own LUXE life!

Workshops for Every Body
April 8, 10am at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts

Saturday morning’s Women-Powered Workshops are open to EVERY BODY! With classes for everything from Ballet for All to Costuming on a Budget, there is something for every LUXE woman. For a complete list of workshops and pricing, visit oohx2.com.

LUXE Showcase
April 8, 7pm at Modern Studio

The Saturday night grand event, LUXE 2017: Lush, Unapologetic and Extraordinary!, is full of entertainment and inspiration that positively challenge the norms of society and our minds. A diverse and varied extravaganza of powerful and beautiful women will lead you on a journey towards a more open vision of acceptance, beauty and understanding.


Secret City Cyphers
April 5, 8pm at Open Chord

Secret City Cyphers is Knoxville’s premier Open Mic-style event that allows emcees, poets, singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, visual artists, and others to not only have a place to showcase their talent, but a place to network with other artists, and build their fan base. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


Open Door Comedy
April 5, 8pm at Scruffy City Hall

Open Door Comedy is the spawn of the Upstairs Underground Comedy Show, a comedy open mic taking place in the heart of Knoxville on the mainstage of Scruffy City Hall in historic downtown Market Square. There is no cover and an amazing selection of drinks on tap! The Open Door Comedy Show is a Scruffy City Comedy production and is hosted by Boston McCown.
 

COMING UP

Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue with Flame Cynders
April 15, 11 pm, Edge Knox

Knox Fringe’s Stitch and Bitch
April 23, 12 pm, Modern Studio

Circle Modern Dance: Layer by Layer
April 27, 7 pm, Modern Studio

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

Knox Fringe March Meet Up Recap

Marble City Performance Company hosted this meeting at Barley’s on March 30, 2017. After a round of introductions from all attendees and the welcoming of newcomers, the discussion began with a list of upcoming fringe shows.

ITEMS OF DISCUSSION

Upcoming Shows & Events
  • April Boobs Day
    • Presented by Marble City Performance Company
    • April 1, show at 10pm at Kristtophers
    • Regular tickets: $5, VIP tickets: $10
  • LUXE Weekend
    • April 7 at Cocoa Moon
    • April 8 at Modern Studio
  • Salomé Cabaret with Flame Cynders
    • April 15th at Edge Knox
    • Rhinestoning class – April 15, $20
    • Flame Cynders has supply kits for $15 each
    • Look for upcoming Facebook event for more details
  • Knox Comedy
    • April 6 at Pretentious Beer, featuring Asheville, NC comics
    • First Friday on April 7 at Sawworks, with headliner Scott Eason
  • The Ooh Ooh Revue presents Tickled
    • Casting one boylesquer and one burlesquer
    • Brattie von Beaverhausen is taking over as producer of this show
  • Stitch & Bitch
    • April 23 at Modern Studio
    • Anne Atomic will offer sewing help for a nominal fee
    • This event takes place during Modern Studio’s monthly Craft Fair
  • Tiger Lily Theatre’s Night of Shorts
    • Look for upcoming information on this event
  • Rhythm & Blooms Midnight Burlesque Show
    • At The Pilot Light at midnight
  • Kristtophers Upcoming Events
    • Produced by Matt Killingsworth
    • Featuring burlesque, drag, hyperdrag and more
January & February Follow Up
  • Knox Fringe Showcase was successful
    • Does anyone want to host another one? Maybe for second half of the year?
    • The raffle to benefit Knox Fringe made $110.
  • Knox Fringe Open House was held March 23 at Modern Studio
    • Plans for a future open house? Who would be interested in running? Tabled for a later date.
    • Table Decorating Contest Winners
      • 3rd place: Rose Lady
      • 2nd place: Salomé Cabaret
      • 1st place: Marble City Performance Company
  • KnoxFringe.com Blog
    • Reach out to Keri McClain if you would like to write a post
    • Blog post ideas:
      • Artist interviews & Performer spotlights
      • Show reviews – perhaps we should have an anonymous reviewer?
      • “How to” content with regional spin
    • Blog Meet Up will be next weekend
  • Community Room/Workshop Space/Salon Review
    • Salomé Cabaret is available to give feedback – reach out ahead of time
    • Edge Knox is available at 6:30
  • Sporting Event
    • Pan d’Orable is working on details and will present next month
    • May or June could be a good time for this
  • Press Release
    • Caitlin will email Samantha Brown with the release
  • Video and Photo Opportunities
    • Videographer is available on October 7, time TBD at Modern Studio
    • Jamie would like to photograph 3-4 from each troupe at the top of the Market Square parking garage – reach out to her if interested and she will start a thread in KFARTS group
  • Street Team
    • Headed by Pan d’Orable
    • Crowd-funding for a flyer to show all community events
    • Perhaps a company could back it and take half of the flyer and the other half for the community
Board Member/Officer Election
  • Descriptions of officer roles:
    • President: Public representation, decision maker
    • Vice President: Social media, website, representation
    • Secretary: Note-taking, information disbursment
    • Treasurer: money handling
    • Floating Board Member: revolving roles, annually selected
  • Nominations and Interested Parties:
    • John Camp – President
    • Betty Bupkiss – Vice President
    • Caitlin Corbitt – Floating Member
    • Kali Charisma – Treasurer
    • Ebony Delight – Public Relations
    • Keri McClain – nominated by Siren Santina
    • Brattie von Beaverhausen – Floating Member
    • Violet Frietque – Happy Helper
    • Rhoda Dairyheir – Vice President
    • Skyler Suller – Floating Member, Treasurer
  • Siren Santina will build online survey for voting
  • Election done before next meeting, survey will be open for two weeks
New Business
  • Demona LeFright is offering audio & video help
  • Stella Stems of Marble City Performance Company had a medical emergency and MCPC would like to do a Fringetastic support show for Baby Sagen. Look for upcoming details from MCPC.
    • Passion Pillows will send card
    • Salomé will do raffle for Stella at their show on the 15th
    • Possible raffle at April Boobs Day
  • Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival
    • Applications now open for performers, discounted until April 1 and open until May 15
    • Volunteer and Instructor applications will go live later
  • Second Bell Fest
    • Mushroom Warehouse will hold a Fringe Arts Showcase, open all day
    • Late night Burlesque and Vaudeville show
    • Auditions will be on a Wednesday for duets, solos, group acts, etc. in all disciplines (poetry, burlesque, stand-up, etc). For info, email info@salomecabaret.com.
  • Appalachian Puppet Pageant
    • May 21 from 2-5pm as part of the Open Streets Project
    • Handmade and large puppets are great, happy to take smaller ensembles but would love larger ones
    • Eric and Sam Brown to make large puppet for Knox Fringe
  • Knox PrideFest 2017
    • June 17 After Pride show with Salomé Cabaret at Scruffy City Hall
    • Would like people to walk in the parade for Knox Fringe
  • Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Academy
    • Born This Way Body Arts will sponsor two students for the full set of classes
    • Follow Born This Way and Salomé Cabaret on Facebook for more info

ACTION/FOCUS ITEMS

At the end of the meeting, action and focus items were set for next month.

  • Keri McClain will schedule a meetup for people interested in blogging for the website. Looking for computer resources for the meeting. Suggested places were Pellissippi, Knox Makers, Dunkin Donuts on Chapman Hwy. Siren and Caitlin can bring their laptops.
  • Floyd Gondola and Siren Santina are interested in doing a Burlesque History class. Senior Extended Learning through UTK might be interested next month
  • Board Member/Officer Elections will happen by next meeting.
  • Suggestion to vote to elect a board of directors at the next meeting.

Our next meet-up is hosted by Boston McCown and Knox Comedy, date and venue TBD. May meet-up is hosted by The Satanic Mechanics on May 18.

The Weekly Fringe: Mar 27-Apr 2

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


Knox Fringe March Meetup
March 30, 7pm at Barley’s

Calling all fringe arts performers! Join us for our third get-together to discuss the local fringe arts scene and continue efforts for collaboration, cross promotion, and community. March’s meeting will be hosted by members of Marble City Performance Company at Barley’s! We will be electing officers to the Knox Fringe board at this meetup. Come prepared to campaign for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer! Invite your friends and bring your ideas. Magical things are happening and we want YOU to be involved! For more information, visit knoxfringe.com.


Poetry vs. Hip-Hop Knoxville
April 1, 8pm at Modern Studio

5 Poets vs. 5 Emcees in a FRIENDLY head-to-head “battle”! Featuring nationally touring poet & founder of The 5th Woman, Rhea Sunshine! Hosted by internationally award-winning poet & comedian Queen Sheba (as seen on Verses & Flow, 106 & Park, Apollo Theater and as the nine-year host of Famous 4th Sundays in Atlanta) leads #TeamPoetry against the guest Captain of the selected Memphis emcees on #TeamHipHop. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


April Boobs Day!
April 1, 9pm at Kristtophers

Come join us for a night of dancing beauties, fun games, prizes and more! This Marble City Performance Company show will benefit Young William’s Animal Shelter! Bring in a bag of food for a cat or dog and receive 1 raffle ticket per bag. VIP’s get 5 raffle tickets up front and one ticket per bag of food. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


Renew: A Pole Dance Soiree
April 2, 8pm at The International

Gather with us and celebrate our unique brand of performance art. Our specialty performance features jaw-dropping flips, twists, and stilettos in the flyest stage show in East Tennessee. Brought to you by Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness, Knoxville’s premiere Pole Dance Studio, and under the direction of Natasha Fine: Owner, Choreographer, and Judge. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


COMING UP

Knox Generation Poetry Slam
April 3, 6:30 pm, Awaken Coffee

LUXE Weekend
April 7-8, Various Locations

Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue with Flame Cynders
April 15, 11 pm, Edge Knox

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: March 20-26

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


Find Your Fringe! Knox Fringe Open House
March 23 at Modern Studio

Hey Knoxville! Come join us for Knox Fringe’s first meet, mix and mingle and find your fringe! The Knoxville fringe arts community is here to help you find the right fondness for the freak, fan, or fabulousness inside you. Whether you’re into puppetry, burlesque, spoken word, theatre, cabaret, dance, drag or anything in between, we want to get to know you! Come and see the fringe benefits of our artistic community. For more information, visit knoxfringe.com.


Big Ears 2017 Spoken Word Expo
March 23-25 at Jackson Terminal

The 2nd annual, 3-day event features some of Poetry Slam’s finest champions and a few local legends who have gained world-wide recognition for their work with words, as well as the Big Ears debut of Knox Generation, a spoken-word mentoring program for Knoxville teens. Thursday and Friday feature Open Mic nights and Saturday features Knoxville Poetry Slam legend Julia Nance, 3-Time Slam Champion El’Ja Bowens, and the Poetry Slam qualifier for The 5th Woman 2017 Slam Team. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page.


Set The Night To Music
March 25-26 at The Red Piano Lounge

One night only and always a new show! OOHX2 PRODUCTIONS presents OOH Set the Night to Music: Live Music Cabaret and Burlesque, a showcase featuring all live music! With Jeanine Fuller on vocals and Sam Adams on piano. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oohoohrevue.com.


Flicker & Wow
March 26 at Knoxville Museum of Art

The Public Cinema hosts this collection of experimental short films as part of the Big Ears Festival. These avant-garde films are curated from film festivals the world over. For a full schedule and more information, visit publiccinema.org.


Coming Up

Knox Fringe March Meetup
March 30, 7 pm, Barley’s

April Boobs Day
April 1, Kristtophers

LUXE Weekend
April 7-8, Various Locations

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: March 13-19

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


La Traviata
March 16-18 at the Historic Westwood Mansion

Come be a part of La Traviata as never before. In this onsite production of Verdi’s masterpiece the audience will become a part of the show as guests and onlookers into Violetta’s public and private world. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit marblecityopera.com.


Tickled! A Show to Fondle Your Funny Bone!
March 16 at Cocoa Moon

Talented Stand-Up Comedians and Tempting Neo-Burlesque Artists join forces up to make you laugh and feel a bit teased and well…tickled! An early show for the end of the week and a great way to welcome in your Friday! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oohoohrevue.com.


Modern Studio Grand Opening
March 18 at Modern Studio

Come see the beautiful space, meet the amazing team, and party hard at the Modern Studio Grand Opening. At 6:00, a very special announcement will be made about what’s to come at our space. Enjoy beverages & food from local food trucks & breweries, followed by a sampling of local performing arts groups (INCLUDING LOTS OF KNOX FRINGE ARTISTS!) and Sound Graffiti to round out the party. For more information, visit modernstudio.org.


On The Fringe: A Local Showcase
March 18 at The International

Join Salomé Cabaret for a celebration of the local fringe arts community! Enjoy your favorite Salomé Cabaret cast members, as well as special guests from throughout the area! Come see what magic happens when the city’s best and brightest variety entertainers unite! It’s sure to be a showcase you won’t soon forget! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit salomecabaret.com.


Coming Up

Find Your Fringe: Knox Fringe Open House
March 23, 7:30 pm, Modern Studio

Set the Night to Music
March 25-26, Red Piano Lounge

Knox Fringe March Meetup
March 30, 7 pm, Barley’s

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: March 6-12

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


The 6th Annual Circus Extravaganza: Adventures in Neverland
March 10-12 at the Clayton Center for Performing Arts at Pellissippi State

Adventures in Neverland has all the familiar characters you would expect in a Peter Pan story: Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, pirates and lost girls. But this story is set in a circus called Neverland complete with antics on stilts, trapeze and fabrics, juggling, trampoline, cyr wheel, bungee and more. With Dragonfly Aerial Arts and One World Circus, this extravaganza is a fundraiser for Dragonfly’s Community Outreach Circus Classes. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit dragonflyaerialartsstudio.com.


Women in Jazz Jam Festival 2017
March 10-12 at various locations

The Women in Jazz Jam Festival uncovers the stories of women in all aspects of the jazz genre, throughout the jazz community. The festival consists of performances by women jazz musicians from Knoxville community, East Tennessee region and the country. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit womeninjazzjamfestival.com.


Coming Up This Month

Modern Studio Grand Opening
March 18, 5 pm, Modern Studio

On The Fringe: A Local Showcase presented by Salomé Cabaret
March 18, 11 pm, The International

Find Your Fringe: Knox Fringe Open House
March 23, 7:30 pm, Modern Studio

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

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.

Knox Fringe January Meet Up Recap

Siren Santina of Salomé Cabaret hosted this meeting at Urban Bar on January 19, 2017. After a round of introductions from all attendees, the discussion began with a review of existing Knox Fringe resources.

Items of Discussion

A Facebook fan page has been created and there is also a closed Facebook group for members to join, lovingly called KFARTS, short for Knoxville Fringe Arts. Attendees were given the option to join the group at sign-in and were encouraged to invite friends to like the fan page and submit events for publicity on the page by emailing knoxfringe@gmail.com or sending a message to the Knox Fringe Facebook page.

The conversation continued with the review of potential objectives from the original attempt to start the group, circa 2015.

  • Community website, knoxfringe.com

    • logo & branding
    • events calendar
    • performer/producer/venue directory
    • fringe arts blog
    • casting calls
    • It is important to find a platform that, once built, can be maintained by multiple contributors. Informal poll of currently used platforms included WordPress, Weebly, and Strikingly. Also discussed potential addition of coordinated mobile app.
  • Community workshops & classes
    • Auditioning
    • Hosting/Emceeing
    • Improvisation
    • Intro to Video/Making a Reel
    • Merch/Promo Items
    • Photoshop/Flyer Making
    • Social Media
  • Community Salon/Peer Review/Open Stage
    • Multi-disciplinary open stage and feedback session, potentially using one of The Ooh Ooh Revue’s open nights at Modern Studio to facilitate
  • Open Mirror Event
  • Stitch and Bitch
  • Photo Club
    • Inspired by the Atlanta Photographer’s Guild (APG), a potential open photo shoot or crowd-funded photo shoot open to members of the fringe community
  • Fringe arts presence in local media
    • While each of our individual disciplines may not have enough of a following to warrant a devoted section or segment in local papers or news broadcasts, our combined presence is significant enough to garner attention. How can we leverage our existing contacts and press opportunities to create a bigger spotlight on our community as a whole?
    • Shared press contacts list
  • Fringe Arts Fair/Open House
    • Event suggested where fringe arts organizations and performers would set up tables with business cards, swag, etc. for interested parties to peruse at a First Friday-type event. Event could include sample performances and/or classes.
    • Note: We would like to avoid First Friday scheduling, due to the standing Ooh Ooh Revue performance schedule.
  • Community handbills/Street Team
    • Discussed the potential crowd funding of community calendars/flyers. Alternatively, if an individual Producer/Organization wanted to finance a community calendar, the back side could be used to feature that Producer’s/Organization’s event(s).
    • Also discussed combined resources for distribution of marketing materials, both of the community at large and individual productions.

Action/Focus Items

At the end of the meeting, action and focus items were set for next month. By attendee vote, knoxfringe.com is top priority for 2017. Potential logo/branding concepts will be posted to the Facebook group and made available for inclusion on show flyers and websites.

Our next meet-up will be hosted by Moxie Easton of The Ooh Ooh Revue, scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm at Modern Studio.