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FESTIVAL | First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival 

The Rochester Fringe Festival returns this week, and for Year 2 it's bigger and better. This year's festival has been expanded from five days to 10 after the big success of last year's inaugural fest. Like they say, double your pleasure, double your fun.

This year's festival will run Thursday, September 19, through Saturday, September 28, and feature 360 shows in 28 venues. Look for everything from art exhibits to dance performances to music concerts to theater productions. They will be put on by a wide range of acts both local and national/international.

In addition to encore performances by festival-favorite aerial dance troupe BANDALOOP (Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21), this year's fest will present a hilarious duo of headliners. Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize winner who has had his column published in more than 500 newspapers nationwide, will perform Friday, September 27, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Then there's comedian and host of the most-downloaded podcast ever, Marc Maron. Not only can he make people cry with a joke, but he can also make them cry on his podcast WTF with Marc Maron, where he gets comedians to open up like you've never seen before. Maron will perform Saturday, September 21, at Kodak Hall.

With dozens of other performances, Fringe Festival has something for everybody. Performance prices range from free to $65 dollars. Visit for more details.


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