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Check out our slideshow of pictures from the Town Hall & Mixer – including your pictures with our mascots, the freaks. These are just a selection, to see all the photos from photographer Nick Cimiluca, visit our flickr stream.

Special thanks to Julisa Smith and J.P. Wohl for their amazing mascot modeling.

Ben

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FEB 2010

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Town Hall meeting this week at Theatre of NOTE. It was an animated discussion and a wonderful opportunity to meet our growing Fringe community.

For those of you who took a picture with our mascots at the Town Hall, check out these photos. Many special thanks to our ace photographer Nick Cimiluca, and Julisa Smith and J.P. Wohl for playing the freaks.

Missed the Town Hall? No problem, we recorded the whole thing. You can listen to it in the comfort of your own home. We are releasing a video of the proceedings in the near future.

Check out this article in bitter lemons to get the blow-by-blow of what was discussed.

For those who attended (or just want to learn more), feel free to contact us at [email protected] with your follow-up questions.

We plan to hold at least one more public meeting before we launch the festival on June 17, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement!

Ben

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FEB 2010

For those of you that couldn’t make the Town Hall, we recorded an audio track of the proceedings. Give it a listen…

Here is a link to the audio file so you can listen directly.

Give us as shout at [email protected] if you experience technical problems.

Ben

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FEB 2010

The Complex is a force to be reckoned with along Hollywood’s Theatre row on Santa Monica blvd. A whopping five theatrical spaces await the eager Fringe participant. For those of you still waiting to book a venue for the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival, I would encourage you to check out their spaces now while supplies last. Apply today and someone at The Complex will get back to you.

Many thanks to Matt Chaitt and David Svengalis for bringing this venue online for the Fringe. A venue tour is coming next week.

Contact us at [email protected] if you are still murky on the application process or check out this article for more info.

Thanks!

Ben

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FEB 2010

The weeks go by so fast and June 17 is rapidly approaching. We are working hard on securing more venues, promoting the Fringe, supporting our up-and-coming participants, as well as continued website development. We are most excited to meet many of you on Monday in-person for our Town Hall meeting; we are planning for a full house at Theatre of NOTE on Monday.

Here’s an update on news you can use – make sure to forward this message to all who might be interested, encourage your friends to follow us on facebook and twitter, and talk up the Fringe to whomever will listen.  As a grassroots festival, we need your help to generate the buzz and round-up the community.

Thanks for all your support as the magical date approaches.

Ben Hill, Executive Director
Hollywood Fringe Festival

TOWN HALL/MIXER
For all those interested in learning more about the plans for the Fringe, here is your chance to meet the people behind the planning, ask your questions, and network with Fringe partners. At 6pm this Monday, February 8, we converge on Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood (1517 North Cahuenga Boulevard) for a Town Hall discussion on the Fringe. Directly following the Town Hall we host a Fringe Mixer including chats, drinks, and entertainment for our Fringe community. The mixer is just down the road at the Piano Bar (6429 Selma Avenue) and will begin around 8pm. Please RSVP if you are on facebook or email us at [email protected].

REGISTRATION
Registration is in full swing, and many venues are making offers to prospective Fringe participants. Still haven’t registered? Make sure to create your project today, registration closes in less than two months on April 1. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the first Hollywood Fringe Festival! For those still searching for a venue, fear not…several venues are just now beginning their booking process. We have resources available in the Fringe organization ready to help you find a home for your project; just contact us and we will start work on your case.

VENUES
In addition to the ten world-class venues currently signed up for the Fringe, we are about to announce five new venues including Fringe Central, the hub of Fringe operations. Remember, if you have a venue relationship in Hollywood, you can bring your own venue to the Fringe. Make sure to check out our venue restrictions and contact us if you have any questions.

FRINGE PROMOTION
Fringe has been in the news over the past few weeks. Check out this great article in the LA Weekly as well as a radio interview with our Executive Director. We have released two promos in the past weeks: The Sunny Side of the Street featuring some of your favorite Los Angeles performing groups and A Family Affair, a filmlet featuring our mascots, the Fringe Freaks. We are lining up other outlets to promote the Fringe, so if you know of any new and exciting ways to get the word out, please let us know.

SAVE THE ARTS in LA
Over the past weeks, heroes in the LA Art Community have demonstrated to our city’s leaders the need for vigorous support of the arts. Facing major cuts in funding to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the arts in LA are in jeopardy. Please spend just a couple minutes and write a letter to our City Council. Though the city doesn’t fund the Fringe right now, we have applied for grants and hope for their support into the future.