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The Fading Fringe


As the contortionists, drag queens, burlesque singers and delightfully absurd artists lining the streets of Newtown prepare for the final week of Sydney Fringe, we find five arty events you still have time to catch.

A Czar is Born
September 18 and 23

This energetic play about warring publishers, reclusive authors and unexpected imposters follows the avant-garde antics of the mysterious yet oh so debonair author Francoise Duchamp de Belvoire. It’s the Marx Brothers meets Commedia Del’Arte with a few femme fatales, bizarre plot twist and original tunes thrown in for good measure.

(Selected) Stories from the 428
September 18-19

At the start of the year, 16 writers braved the sweltering 428 bus route from Circular Quay to Canterbury in search of the extraordinary. Inspired by an unfolding romance, irrational parents, silent admiration and unwanted texts, the writers were given 24 hours to pen the vignettes that make up (Selected) Stories from the 428 and prove just how rad bus travel can be.

CarriageWorks Exhibitions: The Awkwardness of Belonging
Until September 22

This group exhibition adorning CarriageWorks’ aged concrete walls shows us how Sydney artists feel about the shifting modern world. While the works explore topics like the growing country/city divide, mounting environmental issues and political ambiguities, they are not as heavy as you’d imagine. The photographs, paintings and rubbish bins remain quirky, fresh and beautiful. In fact, social commentary rarely looks this good.

Sydney Rock n Roll & Alternative Market
September 19

Combining all things vintage, rock n roll, burlesque and avant-garde, The Sydney Rock n Roll & Alternative Market is unconventional to say the least. For those longing for more than just stalls there’s barefoot bowling, psychics and a dynamic line up of live bands and Dj’s including Limpin' Jimmy & The Swingin' Kitten and The Satellites. It’s the perfect place to don that pair of blue suede shoes.

Lanie Lane
September 21-23

It’s somewhat difficult to figure out exactly where Lanie Lane is coming from musically. She seems to embody the rhythmic spirit of Muddy Waters, Doris Day and the Andrews Sisters while rocking some lust-worthy 50’s threads. This gig acquaints us with the Blues, Jazz, Pop and Country of days gone by, while proving the headscarves never went out of fashion.


words: Liz Schaffer

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