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Fringe File #9: A Working Mom’s Guide to the 2nd Day of Fringe

A walking itinerary for the 2nd day of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

As a working mother, I prize my evenings out. After getting the kids settled enough to walk out the door, paying for a babysitter, and coordinating schedules with someone else, there are some things that I just don’t want to deal with, like changing parking spots or rushing. (That happens enough in the rest of my life.) Here’s my guide for a more relaxed journey through the second day of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

A promotional photo for EnCompass Theatre’s R Culture.

1. Friday, 8/2 @ 5:30 PM: R Culture at the Strike Theater

One of the virtues of seeing shows in the Northeast Hub is that there are ample restaurant and beverage options if you see a hard-hitting show and want to take a break. This satirical exploration of rape culture had a controversial preview to go with its excoriating content, and promises to be as hard-hitting as the material is raw. Produced by EnCompass Theatre.

A promotional photo for Wicked Wenches Cabaret’s A Pan’s Peter.

2. Friday, 8/2 @ 7 PM: A Pan’s Peter at the Minnsky Theater

One of the independently produced Fringe venues is the Minnsky Theater – conveniently about 5 minutes’ quick walk (or a very sedate 10) from the Strike Theater. If you’ve never been to the Strike before, allow a few extra minutes to escape from the labyrinth of corridors. Wicked Wenches Cabaret presents a double-length cabaret show where Peter Pan and adult games collide.

A promotional photo for Decision Artist: A Comedy Mind Reading Show About Decision-Making
by Kristoffer Olson, Funny Magician.

4. Friday, 8/2 @ 10 PM: Decision Artist: A Comedy Mind Reading Show About Decision-Making at the Strike Theater

One of the other advantages of Northeast Minneapolis is the plethora of free parking, so I can decide to duck out in case my evening comes to a close early. If I do decide to stay out late for another show, I’ll stroll back to the Strike Theater for Kristoffer Olson’s Decision Artist, a light-hearted mentalist show. Or duck out to enjoy beverages at Indeed Brewing, Tattersall Distilling, or Sociable Cider Werks.

Hanne Appelbaum

Hanne Appelbaum is the Editor of the Twin Cities Arts Reader. She was born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and moved to the Twin Cities to take up a career as a classroom paraprofessional. She is the mother of three children, an enthusiastic educator, and a passionate fan of dance in all of its forms. She enjoys ice skating, Game of Thrones (books over HBO, but who's counting), and restaurant dives.