To some, Los Angeles presents itself as the infamous “La La Land.” Is it true? Are people in LA a bit out there? The sunshine, the beautiful people, the rampant concrete sprawl? Does it make us seem a bit kooky to outsiders? Perhaps, but in the words of my mother, “Why be normal?” In that spirit enters the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
For the second year now, all those writers whose scripts were rejected at the director’s board, all those artists who etch and scribble in their studios, all those musicians who rock away in their garage will take to the streets and have a chance to release all that creative buildup.
Beginning Thursday, June 23rd and continuing through the 26th, LA will celebrate the fringe, the unorthodox, the unconventional, and the just plain weird. Hundreds of acts, legions of supporters in costume, throngs of by-standers will take to the streets from Franklin Avenue down to Melrose Avenue, east to Gower Street and west to La Brea Avenue—a community called Fringe Central. It’s known locally as a chance when all the artists get together to support one another. A strength in numbers sort of thing, and friends say you can catch some good acts down there. They also say that the people watching alone is well worth the time spent finding parking.
So if you’re in town and wondering what makes the LAers so la-la, head on down to Fringe Central and find out.