indulging in copious amounts of fringe.

With temperatures rising above 30C in what are now the deepest days of August, the appropriately named 27th annual Edmonton International Fringe Festival – The Big Kahuna embraced the summer heat as it began this week.

Being the first Friday of Fringing, I decided to take it easy, enjoy the sun, the busking entertainment (including the always entertaining Be Arthurs), and of course… the food. As is the case for all of Edmonton’s summer festivals, Green Onion Cakes (with hot pepper sauce) are a staple (and they remain tasty). But, if it is cream of the iced variety that you crave, look beyond the Fringe grounds for your fix. I discovered through a quick investigation of most of the Fringe vendors that the average price of a regular cone sits around $4.00. But if you wander a block south of the Fringe grounds, you will discover an iced cream stand on the south side of Whyte Avenue sitting between Hudson’s and the Commie where you can purchase a two-scooped sugar cone for the great price of $3.75 (later this weekend, I will post a review of the beer selection at the always popular Fringe Beer Gardens).

In completing my Friday night, I joined a sold out crowd at B-Scene Studios to absorb JEM ROLLS‘ epic 8500 word monologue of a poem to the most wonderful and vacuous of all 20th century creations — the shopping mall. Rolls’ show was an incredibly fulfilling way to complete the first day of my 2008 Fringe experience and I would strongly recommend that everyone try and check it out.

Over the next week, I plan to see a number of shows — including 1UP, 25 Plays About… Love, Albertine Five Times, Cellmates: The Musical!, Cinderella, Killing Kevin Spacey, Sad Victoria’s Pelican Day, The Tool Tall Princess, and Rocket Sugar Factory. I’ll be posting some short reviews and updates of my 2008 Fringe adventures as the week progresses.

If you have any suggestions on shows feel free to post them below or send me an email.

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