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Hill area performers showcase talents at Fringe Festival
Dave Smith, of Mt. Airy, a professional juggler and sideshow performer, will perform “Cirque-ular” at Greene Street Studios, 6122 Greene St., on Sept. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

The ever vibrant if infelicitously named Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe will run this year from Sept. 4 to 19 in venues throughout the city. The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival serves as a series of selected cutting-edge, boundary-breaking performing arts events, created by some of the most renowned contemporary artists from our region and around the world.

The Fringe serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form — in traditional and untraditional venues — breaking rules or refining them. This year’s Live Arts Festival boasts premieres — eight world, three U.S. and three local.

The more experimental Fringe is organized without a selection filter, and will present 185 artists in 80 venues. At least 15 of the artists and producers are homegrown in the Northwest, so come meet your performing neighbors:



Hiller can finally talk (a little) about FBI experience

Now La Salle University student Joe Baker can talk about his summer internship with the FBI at the organization’s Washington headquarters. Well, he can talk a little bit about it.

“There are many aspects of my internship that I cannot discuss,” said Baker, who lives in Chestnut Hill and is a senior economics major. When people have asked him about his experiences there, he says little.


Expanded schedule of concerts at Chestnut Hill churches

Against the backdrop of cutbacks in budgets and reductions in the numbers of performances, one local classical music ensemble with ties to Chestnut Hill will be bucking the trend for the 2009-10 season. Vox Ama Deus has announced an expanded roster of concerts for the coming season, including the addition of a second church in Chestnut Hill as a venue for its three-part series of performances.



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