For its third year, the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival will once again bring a huge range of theater, music, visual art, cabaret, and other cultural events to the city. The festival will take place Thursday-Sunday, September 18-27. What makes Fringe unique is that you can actually apply to be a part of the show. For locals interested in submitting and collaborating on a show, Blackfriars Theatre (795 E. Main St.) will host "Artist Mash-up" on Sunday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. This event will allow you to meet with and team up with other interested artists. Blackfriars Artistic Director John Haldoupis will speak as well. It's free to participate, but you must RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand. For more information, call the theater at 454-1260.
If you do want to apply to perform at Fringe, note that submission deadlines are quickly approaching. Show submissions must be uploaded to rochesterfringe.com by Wednesday, April 16. For those interested in the "bring your own venue" option, proposal deadlines are to be sent to email@example.com by Saturday, April 5. For more information on submissions, visit rochesterfringe.com.