There's a busy weekend in store at the IndyFringe Building, 719 E. St. Clair St. -- a perfect way to whet your appetite for one of Indy's most sublime annual experiences: the Indianapolis Fringe Festival (Aug. 21-30). If you're a novice to IndyFringe (how could you be?), then these free performances can be considered research for next month. Plus, the IndyFringe Building is air conditioned, so the performances will be even cooler than usual.
FringeFriday on July 31 presents a variety show of sorts, featuring Motus Dance Theatre's Broken Fragile Mind, New Vaudeville by Midwest Emerging Artists, Simple Joys by Jennifer Sutton and Thurgoode by Fantaz Winnebago Productions. Mix and Mingle (complimentary nibbles and cash bar) from 5:30-6 p.m.; performances start at 6:15.
Then, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., catch the FringeNext preview of Jared Sherlock's Master of Magic show. Sherlock played FringeNext in 2006 and has since been written up by the Wall Street Journal. Both events are free of charge. For more information: www.indyfringe.org.