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Robert Alan

Theatre, one-person show

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The Loft of Elements Preserved

Chicago Artist Robert Alan's "Doug" uses rich text, nuanced physicality, and his brand of off-beat humor to explore such concepts as morality, human communication, and adversity through the eyes of a septuagenarian who has been confined to his home for his entire life—until now.

Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm

Friday, September 13 at 10:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm

American Maniacs Unlimited

Sketch Comedy with Stage Combat

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Elgin Art Showcase

Life is chaos and disorder. Madness is the only currency. It is in these times we turn to our only hope for salvation: the silly. American Maniacs UnLTD present Manifest Density, a tactical nuclear warhead of absurdity, puns, pickle jars, sword fights, beat poetry slams, alligators, and unconfirmed rumors of pirates. Replace your existential dread with giggles for an hour and then return back to the dread. It’s the American way.

Friday, September 13 at 6pm

Saturday, September 14 at 9pm

Sunday, September 15 at 3pm

Audacity Theatre Lab/ Brad McEntire

Theatre

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Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Cyrano A-Go-Go is an exploration of one restless theatre artist's fascination with the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. A chance encounter with the script at a suburban library at the age of fifteen leads McEntire into a wonderful, and sometimes elusive, calling. Mixing the personal, historical and literary into a journey through Rostand's play McEntire puts a funny, warm, insightful spin on the usual coming-of-age one-man show.

Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm

Friday, September 13 at 9pm

Saturday, September 14 at 10:30pm

Sunday, September 15 at 4:30pm

David Boyle

Personal Storytelling

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Elgin Public House

David Boyle is back for a sixth run at the Elgin Fringe Festival. The Pioneer Press in Minneapolis had this to say about him: “At turns hilarious, thought-provoking and touching, he is a wonderful storyteller... The audience hung on every word..."

Thursday, September 12 at 9pm

Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 3pm

Saturday, September 14 at 9pm

The Brass Menagerie

Live performance - pole dance revue

$10   SOLD OUT!!!

Martini Room

This show marks the 2 year anniversary of the first ever Brass Menagerie show. We will be celebrating with performers from all over the midwest as well as some local favorites you know and love!

Friday, September 13 at 10:30pm

Canto Zenzero

Trio/duets Musical theater, opera and folk music - Live Music

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Martini Room

Canto Zenzero, “The Singing Gingers" is a group of talented, classically trained, red-headed, sopranos. With a wide repertoire of sound, these ginger vocalists bring class, and style to a number of genres. Vocalist include sopranos Kathleen Monson, Ginny Weant and mezzo soprano Bryn Bixby. They are joined by world renowned pianist Riko Higuma. As individual singers each brings to the group and impressive list of accomplishments including performances in, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Tannhäuser, Alcina, The Pirates of Penzance, Brigadoon and A Christmas Carol. In addition the ladies of Canto Zenzero have been featured with companies such as, The New York Philharmonic, Disney Cruise Lines, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, NoIO, On Site Opera, The Princeton Festival, Utah Lyric Opera, Opernfest Prague, and Chicago Choral Scholars. Performing both nationally and internationally Canto Zenzero is sure to delight and entertain you.

Saturday, September 14 at 9pm

Captain Ambivalent

Music

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Blue Box Cafe

Musicians have an irresponsibility to misinform the public about unimportant issues, and I take that irresponsibility quite unseriously. Enjoy a sidesplitting hour of songs from the mundane to the mighty and help stop the ongoing orcish genocide.

Friday, September 13 at 6pm

Chicago Burlesque Showcase

Burlesque, Performance Art, Participatory Theater

$10  SOLD OUT!!! 

Martini Room

ARE YOU SUPER FANCY? Come to this fancy party! Have a game! Make a friend! Did you win prizes? You bet you are! And the prizes are also shiny! Also, hello--- striptease fun! Quickly, bring your grown-up friend! They also want to enjoy striptease party winning! So much shiny entertainment, it must be a SUPER FANCY PARTY!!! Don't forget to go-- afterward, it will be too late.

Saturday, September 14 at 10:30pm (90 minute performance)

Children's Theater of Elgin

Theater

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Exhibition Hall at Hemmens Cultural Center

“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning” is a new original work that takes the audience through the process of a first time Children’s Theatre of Elgin cast member from auditions to rehearsals and through the final performance.

Saturday, September 14 at 4:30pm

Sunday, September 15 at 4:30pm

Dee Volitious

Musical Cabaret

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The Loft of Elements Preserved

What happens when all male creative teams write about what life is like as a woman? Will they find truth, or just stereotyped gender roles? Join our team of brave women as they battle the patriarchy in search of answers in Mansplain: The Musical at the 2019 Elgin Fringe Festival

Friday, September 13 at 9pm

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Dream Catcher Performing Arts

Fire

Free

Downtown Elgin

Come one come all and take your senses on a trip of a lifetime. Fire fun for all ages to enjoy! Witness the amazing manipulation of fire with Kyle Wiese. 

Dream Cater Performing Arts. With over ten years of experience, he will eat and breathe fire right before your very eyes and you will witness things you have never seen done with fire before. Enter the heat zone and see the flames in action. This is a very dangerous act so please don't try this at home.

Friday, September 6 at 8:30pm

Friday, September 13 at 10pm

Saturday, September 14 at 10pm

Elgin Short Film Festival - Next In

Film

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Blue Box Cafe

Thursday, September 12 at 6pm

Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Elgin Theatre Company

and Fremont Street Theater Company

Play

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Elgin Art Showcase

Set in Denmark, the play adaptation depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and is considered among the most powerful and influential works of world literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others” Now in a new version, specifically adapted for Elgin Fringe Festival, this Epic tale is shortened down to just 40 minutes. Still containing the intrigue, drama, and climactic finale that has made Hamlet the second most filmed story in history, this classic has been adapted to turn a long and broad drama into a small play of family loyalty and betrayal.

Thursday, September 12 at 6pm

Friday, September 13 at 9pm

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Geekspeare Theatre Company

Staged Reading

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Blue Box Cafe

In this Shakespearean parody of the ridiculous 2006 remake of the horror film "The Wicker Man," disgraced police officer Edward Malus adventures to a strange island commune to find a missing little girl and redeem his honor.

This Elizabethan interpretation of the movie combines the nonsensical plot and characters with poetic verse in the style of the Bard.

The Tragedy of Johnny and Lisa" brings Tommy Weiseau's unintentional masterpiece of awfulness, "The Room," to its full poetically tragic potential, presenting the story in the style of an Elizabethan Verse-Play, accentuating the Shakespearean themes of the film while poking fun at its ineptitude.

Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm Horror of the Twiggen Man of Summersisle 

Saturday, September 14 at 4:30pm Tragedy of Johnny and Lisa 

Ghostly Podcast

Live Podcast

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Blue Box Cafe

Do you like Ghost stories? Are you #TeamBeliever or #TeamSkeptic? Maybe #Notsure? All are welcome at Ghostly’s live Podcast recording. Join hosts Pat and Rebecca with special guests from the radio show Bob After Dark as they discuss and debate local Elgin ghost stories. Then you decide what is real and what is just folklore. We are all #Ghostly.

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm

Independent Players

Theatre

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Elgin Art Showcase

Independent Players, now entering its 41st Season producing plays in Elgin, opens this season with one of the most influential plays on Theater of the 20th Century--Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Roi. It was the precursor of Dada, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd to name a few. When it premiered on 12/10/1896, it opened and closed in one night. The poet W.B; Yeats called it "An event of revolutionary importance." Others criticized it for its "childishness, obscenity, and disrespect for people in power." Here, it will be a look at one of the major events which influenced theater, both in Europe and in America, and worldwide, now, well into the 21st Century. IP believes that theater is so expansive that it can include a play which didn't please, but set the bar for centuries to come.

Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm

Sunday, September 15 at 1:30pm

the ions

Kinda' progressive alternative rock - Live Music

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Martini Room

Friday, September 6 at 8pm

Marga Gomez: The Spanking Machine

Solo Theater

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Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Marga Gomez: The Spanking Machine
“His real name was Agamemnon Perez Jr. but he shortened it to Scotty because he thought Agamemnon sounded too Cuban.” GLAAD Award-winning storyteller Marga Gomez’s “The Spanking Machine” is an adults-only memoir about the first boy she ever sloppy-kissed and how it made them gay forever.

Thursday, September 12 at 9pm

Friday, September 13 at 6pm

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Julie Marie

Acoustic, whimsical songs celebrating beautiful and honest parts of everyday life. A blend of original and cover songs.

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Martini Room

Saturday, September 7 at 6pm

Chasity Gunn

Performing Arts

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Exhibition Hall at Hemmens Cultural Center

Since colonization, artists of African descent have wrestled with the complexities of their skin.  Considered a “diabolic die” during poet Phillis Wheatley’s time and a “sin” for musician Louis Armstrong. Take a present-day journey through a one-woman show of an artist’s view of her skin as a coat. 

Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Sunday, September 15 at 1:30pm

La Groove Fatale

dance

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Elgin Art Showcase

"Warrior" is an exploration and demonstration of the trials and triumphs of women in all aspects of our lives. Through the medium of modern fusion belly dance, the dancers of La Groove Fatale tell their stories, both raw and refined, in solidarity and in sisterhood.

Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 10:30pm

LAMIRICAIN / Tangi Colombel

Cabaret/Comedy/Musical

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Elgin Public House

A French cabaret show, in English, bien sûr. An artist from France jokes about his peregrination from his hometown to Palm Beach, and sings old-fashioned French songs with audience participation. If you’re not convinced, come anyway, because this is a French guy who speaks proper English (and Spanish), and you don’t catch that kind of fish every day.

Friday, September 13 at 9pm

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm

Sunday, September 15 at 4:30pm

Rachel Elizabeth Maley

Sound Bath

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Elgin Art Showcase

A gentle and restorative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other tools. Participants will “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, attaining deep rest. Please note: participants are asked to lie on the floor, though accommodations will be made for all needs. Dress warmly and comfortably.

Saturday, September 14 at 10:00am

Jacob Mayfield: Mind Reader

Mind Reading and Mentalism

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The Loft of Elements Preserved

The heat is sweltering and this show is sizzling! Jacob Mayfield specializes in a kind of magic called mentalism. There will be no rabbits or top hats in his show. Instead get ready for telepathy, ESP, and mind reading. Enjoy some classics of his repertoire and some hot new pieces.

Thursday, September 12 at 9pm

Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 10:30pm

Sunday, September 15 at 1:30pm

The Menage a Trio

Contemporary, jazz, & folk featuring vocals, keyboard, guitar & flute

- Live Music

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Martini Room

Sunday, September 15 at 4:30pm

The Midnight Purchase

(formerly Fabled Plains)

Live Music

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Martini Room

The Midnight Purchase is a blend of friends, old and new, coming together in the city of Milwaukee, WI to put a unique spin on traditional Americana music.

Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm

Mel Moseley/Sexology: The Musical!

Musical Theatre

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Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Relationships come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. From monogamy to non-monogamy to polyamory to solo-polyamory to relationship anarchy and beyond, there are so many ways we can connect. Sexology is one woman’s journey from monogamy to solo-polyamory in theatrical and musical form.

Join Mel on her musical journey from monogamy to solo-polyamory. Winner of the 2019 PortFringe Patrons Choice Award, reviewers called her “your personal pixie of sex-positivity.” The show is “educational, musical, and laugh out loud hilarious.” Don’t miss this “no-holds, take life by the balls artist.”

Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm

Sunday, September 15 at 3pm

Memoriam Development

Theatre/Improv

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Elgin Public House

Comedy and Drama are two sides of the same coin. Far too often they are treated like strangers, and not like the siblings they are. Join Amanda and Nick as they present to you In Memoriam, a multifaceted experience that explores drama and comedy through both scripted and improvised performance.

Thursday, September 12 at 6pm

Friday, September 13 at 10:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm

New Nights

Music

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Martini Room

Side Street Studio Arts' 2019 Battle of the Bands Winner NEW NIGHTS, a 5-piece alt-rock band out of Elgin!

Friday, September 6 at 9:30pm

Night Moose

Performance (Improvisation)

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Elgin Public House

Night Moose invites you to join the fun as the herd mashes long and short form improv elements together with audience suggestions to create a funny and unique improvised show that will never be seen again. Ever. So come frolic with Night Moose!
 

Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 4:30pm

Sunday, September 15 at 3pm

Madeline O'Malley - This is 40!

Standup Comedy

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The Loft of Elements Preserved

The average life span of an American woman is 86 years! Madeline O'Malley explores the aspects of aging in the modern world. With special guest comedians Katie Avila, Crystal Clark, Brittany Handler and Fran Patt.

Friday, September 13 at 6pm

Saturday, September 14 at 9pm

Sunday, September 15 at 3pm

Open Door presents:

2019 Ms. Rainbow Drag Beauty Pageant

& Benefit

A night of camp, costumes and contestants competing for the coveted crown of Ms. Rainbow 2019---All to support the great cause of Open Door Health Center of IL!

 

Friday, September 6

Doors open at 8 PM

Pageant Starts at 9:00 PM

$20-General Admission
Elgin Fringe Festival Buttons accepted at the door for a $5.00 discount. Fringe buttons must be purchased at Elgin Fringe Central.

Fiesta Mexicana

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE!*

*Please note - this is a special Elgin Fringe Festival-Open Door Collaboration. This is the only event that tickets are sold outside of the EFF website or Fringe Central. All other EFF performance tickets must be purchased through the EFF website or Fringe Central, and picked up at Fringe Central during open hours.

T. J. Regul, The Quad City Magician

Magic

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Exhibition Hall at Hemmens Cultural Center

Former Elgin High School graduate, T. J. Regul, The Quad City Magician brings you a hilarious, family friendly, magic show that will make you "laugh your funny bone right out of your body!" This is a high energy show filled with audience participation and unforgettable moments that you will talk about for years to come. Check out his website at quadcitymagician.com.

Friday, September 13 at 6pm

Saturday, September 14 at 3pm

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm

The Romantic Satire

Solo bedroom rock project of Brian Sutherland, whose debut album, POLAROIDS, explores grief and the human conflict between seeking and avoiding intimacy, accented by minimalist beats and icy electronics.

- Live Music

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Martini Room

Friday, September 6 at 5pm

Barb Sorensen

music

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Exhibition Hall at Hemmens Cultural Center

Barb Sorensen presents adventurous, fun, and upbeat introspective lyrics with light humor in her original pop/rock concerts. Her songs contain hints of influences growing up in a German household with American music loving parents. Barb's music layers rhythms, styles, and pushes the boundaries of her influences with her non-conformist writing style. Hailing from the northwest suburbs of metropolitan Chicago, Barb has performed across Europe, Canada, the United States, and soon Australia and Asia. She was honored to represent the state of Illinois by winning the nomination by former state Senator Phillip Crane, for a performance at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Barb also won the distinction of being selected from over 600 applicants, as one of 3 performing artists for the annual White House Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in 2004. Barb has released 5 albums with a new one coming out in late 2019 featuring 10 tracks of all new adventurous lyrics and music.

Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 9pm

Sportello

Jazz Minimalism - Live Music

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Martini Room

Sunday, September 15 at 3pm

Mike Stricker

comedy

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Elgin Public House

Mike Stricker is a nationally touring comedian from the Chicagoland area. He's performed booked shows from Hawaii to New York and plans to perform in all 50 states as a long term goal. Mike is the national opener for members of MTV's Jackass and has worked with a variety of known acts including: Pauly Shore, Brian Posehn, Creed Bratton (NBC's The Office), The Trailer Park Boys, Jake The Snake Roberts, Don Jamieson, Mark Curry, and more. His Tweets have been on Comedy Central and he appeared in his first film "Canal Street" in 2019. Mike's jokes range from family clean to dirty, so there's something for everyone in his show. This show is a warm up show for a potential recording of his first comedy album. Opening the show are comedians Tim Brennan and Melissa Richelle.

Saturday, September 14 at 10:30pm

Thank You So Much For Coming

Theater/Dance

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Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Have you ever thought to yourself, “huh, I wonder how space works,“ or “does my body even like me” or “wow! I’m overwhelmed with the wealth of information out there, technology’s rapid progress, and the crippling realization that I will never really understand it all”? US TOO! There Will Be a Test is one way we can, together, sit with this these wonderings and attempt to make some sense of them, as well as make sense of theoretical physics, giraffes, the electromagnetic spectrum, Facebook, entropy, etc, etc. Join theater/dance duo Thank You So Much For Coming as we embark on a hilarious scientific spectacular through news desks, Bill Nye knockoff shows, and the void, as we connect broad, impersonal concepts with our own embodied experience, investigate the allure of pseudoscience, and recontextualize the ways that we come to our beliefs.

Friday, September 13 at 10:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 4:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 9pm

Thorn Productions

Theatre

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Elgin Art Showcase

With passion for reform, Jeannette Rankin was a thorn in the side of the establishment for 93 years of life. In 1916 she was the first elected congresswoman. She cast the only dissenting vote against U S entrance into WWII. She was one of the first to oppose US military presence in Vietnam. She fought for women's suffrage, the children, labor and democracy in business.This is her story, her triumphs and despairs.

Thursday, September 12 at 9pm

Friday, September 13 at 10:30pm

Saturday, September 14 at 4:30pm

Tiger Productions

Musical Theatre

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Elgin Art Showcase

“I’d Rather Be Me” is a musical theatre cabaret focusing on the female story of self-discovery, relationships, and love. One girl represents the stories of multiple women from different walks of life and exploring the difficult reality of what it’s like to be a female in this day and age.

Sunday, September 15 at 4:30pm

Total Sound

Freeform Jazzpoprockalt - Live Music

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Martini Room

Friday, September 6 at 6:30pm

Falling between the cracks, TOTAL SOUND!! presents a fusion of infectious grooves, a mash-up of deep techno beats, funky bass, avant-garde jazz, prog-rock riffs, analog synthesizer textures, snippets of real world location recordings, sampling and ambient modalities as we attempt to transform your inner world, open your mind’s ear and make you move!

Unfxxxingrelatable

Live Podcast

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Blue Box Cafe

Unfxxxingrelatable is a podcast chronicling the plights of one brave soul named Dave. Unfxxxingrelatable is about laughing at life, mostly Dave’s. Come hear him recall his most harrowing tales and join the panel of guests as they mock him. Who knows? You might realize that maybe you’re Unfxxxingrelatable too.

Friday, September 13 at 9pm

Saturday, September 14 at 3pm

Your Silent Partner

Solo Clown Performance

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Exhibition Hall at Hemmens Cultural Center

Help Me Help You Help Yourself is an interactive experience provided by the clown Your Silent Partner, who will be showcasing everything that he has collected and discovered during his time on Earth. However, he cannot do it all on his own and needs your help to pull this off.

Thursday, September 12 at 6pm

Saturday, September 14 at 1:30pm

Sunday, September 15 at 3pm

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