Live Arts and Philly Fringe festivals

September 3, 2009 6:11:11 AM PDT
It's that time of year again. No, not back to school. It's time for Philadelphia's arts community to take over the whole city. The Live Arts Festival and the Philly Fringe open Friday night.

Now in their 13th season, the festival and the companion Philly Fringe are still growing despite the economy.

The festivals thrive on spaces like a vacant pharmacy. It's ideal for choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace's original production, "Store." "Store" is strewn with old clothes, which you could actually buy.

The festival's relaxed limits give artists a chance to explore, and some of what they create catches on.

The Live Arts Festival and the Philly Fringe run through September 19th. Shows take place throughout the city.

The festivals are headquartered in a warehouse building at 5th and Fairmount, where you'll also find a box office, and a bar where performers tend to congregate after shows.

For tickets, phone (215) 413-1318, or visit their website, http://www.pafringe.org , where you can also find information about the hundreds of shows involved.

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