Two big openings tonight: Fringe and Snap!


According to the Weather Underground forecast, itâ??s going to be hot and swampy when the magical hour of 6 oâ??clock strikes and both the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and Snap! begin. Dress appropriately and push the liquids if you plan to scramble to both. And both events continue on, through the weekend and beyond ... so pace yourself for multiple days of performance and visual art.

FRINGE: Gather at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20, on the Green Lawn of Fabulousness (aka Loch Haven Park) for the official Fringe kick-off event. Shows begin immediately in each venue, after the ribbon-cutting. Or you can hang around after the ceremony and listen to music and browse through the Visual Fringe art exhibition â?? and all thatâ??s for free. The food vendors and beer tent will be on duty, so dinner and drinks also is an option.

â?¢ 6:00 â?? Ribbon-cutting on the lawn

â?¢ 6:05 - Scott Whittemore, ukulele strummer

â?¢ 6:40 - Chase Padgett, of â??6 Guitarsâ?� show

â?¢ 7:00 - Official Visual Fringe opening

SNAP! AND THIRD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP: Serving as the official warm-up for the Snap! photography extravaganza (Friday-Sunday at the Church Street Exchange Building), the downtown venues of the usual Third Thursday Gallery Hop are open 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Photography and its many expressions are the highlight, everywhere you go, including some new spots.

â?¢ For starters, the eight galleries in CityArts Factory are filled with the Eclectica exhibition, broke down by into displays by high-profile Central Florida photographers.

â?¢ The Mobile Art Show wonâ??t be inside a U-Haul this time around, but turns into a tiny astro-turfed urban "park" for sitting and chatting.

â?¢ There will be live music and mingling at the Gallery at Avalon Island for the opening of Hello From Florida: Photographs of the Sunshine State. Curated by Jen Oâ??Malley, the show draws together the photos of 14 Florida artists as well as documentaries screened in the upstairs theater.

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