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Chicago Fringe Festival: Tickets Go on Sale Saturday for Nine-Day Event

 The extravaganza kicks off Sept. 3 and will feature 200 performances at five neighborhood locations.
Chicago Fringe Festival Sept. 3-13
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JEFFERSON PARK — The Chicago Fringe Festival will amp up the weirdness at this summer's sixth-annual fiesta of avant garde and do-it-yourself performance art.

Tickets go on sale at noon Saturday for Fringe Fest's return to Jefferson Park for a third year Sept. 3-13.

The festival will feature 50 shows and 200 performances in five venues throughout the neighborhood. Scheduled shows include the tale of an elephant killing in 1916, a dangerous modern circus and a one-man accordion rock opera.

Three acts will be part of the Kids Fringe pilot program, designed to make the festival more family friendly, executive director Anne Cauley said.

Those shows will include performances of "That's Weird, Grandma" by Barrel of Monkeys, which is made up of third- through fifth-grade students from Chicago Public Schools.

The complete list of performances and times, company and performance descriptions and venues are available online.

There is a $5 cover charge for the festival, and individual performances are $10. Tickets, as well as passes for multiple performances, are available on the group's website.

The festival will take place at five venues:

• Congregational Church of Jefferson Park gym, 5320 W. Giddings Ave.
• Congregational Church of Jefferson Park meeting hall, 5320 W. Giddings Ave.
• Jefferson Playhouse, Home of Windy City Music Theatre, 5340 W. Lawrence Ave
• Windy City Music Theatre Black Box Studio, 5340 W. Lawrence Ave.
• The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The main box office, information and activity center for the festival is Fringe Central at Fischman Liquors and Tavern, 4780 N Milwaukee Ave.

A free preview party at Fringe Central on Sept. 2 will offer a sneak peek of the festival's lineup with three-minute previews by participating artists.

All of the festival's venues are in the Jefferson Park Business District within walking distance of the Jefferson Park stop on the CTA Blue Line, as well as the bus lines that run along Milwaukee and Higgins avenues.

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