City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

While you may be feeling like it’s time for a much needed vacation from the hot and humid city. Don’t go so fast! As summer winds down, there are even more events going on for the perfect staycation, allowing you to save the vacay money for the winter months so you can sport a perfect tan in January.

The New York International Fringe Festival comes to town this weekend for two weeks of the largest multi-arts festival in North America. FringeNYC is made up of more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues for a total of more than 1300 performances. The festival came to life in 1997 thanks to the love of performance and determination of a few starving New York artists.

While the festival is filled with poetry, drama and musicals, to name a few, a show I saw this past winter will be making an appearance at the festival and I’m looking forward to checking it out once more. A Long Walk Home by emerging Brooklyn-based performance artist Lauren Marie Albert is the story of a young woman who goes a bit crazy when her lover leaves her. After hitting herself in the head with a pot, the girl develops Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), creating an amusing series of doctor visits, a struggle to find her true voice and most importantly, a place to call home.

For tickets to Lauren’s show and information on others at the festival visit

Friday, August 14th – Sunday, August 30th, 2009. Performances will be from 2pm to Midnight on weekdays and Noon to Midnight on weekends.

Originally published August 2009
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