With Baltimore’s ever-growing fringe theatre community, Charm City Fringe is bringing artists out of the woodwork to present what they do best. Running from October 10th to 20th, the festival will be held in the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, dishing up fresh new shows, after-parties with live music and comedy, exclusive festival collaborations, and special deals city-wide. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the Charm City Fringe prez Zachary Michel.

“There’s a lot of new stuff that we’re really excited about,” says Michel. “We moved the entire festival up a month to October, which along with warmer weather and longer days, means we can really start expanding the event outdoors. We’re going to have street performers, some outdoor pop-ups, and really just ramp-up the festival-ly vibe.”

Michel continued, “After construction and availability issues last year, we also have a festival headquarters again for 2019. Expect some awesome extra events at headquarters for our Fringe After Dark series – like our partnership with Ignite Baltimore (which runs great TED-style talks) and a standup comedy show curated by Dark Mark. Last year’s show sold out, so we’re lucky to have a larger venue this year, and we’ve got a special drag brunch in the works, too.”

“We’re also partnering with Creative Alliance to showcase our third short film series,” Michel added. “We get a professional score from a composer and then challenge local and national filmmakers to craft their own unique short film around it. For the uninitiated, the score is usually done after a film is shot, so we flipped the script and have had a lot of fun with this. Plus, and I can’t say where or who’s playing because it’s a secret, but we’ve got a special collaboration with Sofar Sounds Baltimore. Sofar does awesome secret shows and we’re really excited to be working with them.”

“You couldn’t get away with a lot of this in other cities,” Michel adds, tipping his hat to B’more. “Baltimore is a great place for artists because the culture supports people breaking new ground. We take full advantage of that and push the Charm City Fringe Fest to continue the tradition of innovative art and events and attendees love it.” 

For more info visit CharmCityFringe.com

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Frankie Kujawa
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Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.