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Michael Carver-Simmons stars in SceneShop’s play at Fort Worth Fringe Festival.

Ordinarily we would give pride of place to Spring Gallery Night (see: Saturday blurb), but we can’t resist an arts festival that’s making its debut, especially one with so many different performing acts. That would be the Fort Worth Fringe Festival, a weekend of events that takes its bow in the Cultural District.

Friday’s headliner is Ginny Mac, bringing her mix of jazz, Western swing, world music, and Americana to the stage. The following day is Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, the troupe with one foot in Seoul and one in Fort Worth, performing a full slate of works by founder Joshua L. Peugh, including Slump, which has become the company’s signature piece.

Supporting those acts is a wide range of performers. Local theater fans will easily recognize SceneShop when they put on Every November, but they’ll be less familiar with the Russian-theater advocates Antrepriza, which will perform an Italian farce called The Open Couple in Russian (with subtitles). Silver Key Theatre Co. will likewise act out Debate Team, a musical about a software programmer facing the apocalypse, while Cynthia Jordan does her one-woman cabaret act Pearl’s Review, set in a burlesque house in 1923. Improv comedy, magic, poetry, and musical acts are also on the bill. It’s all going down at FWCAC, so it won’t be far from the Gallery Night festivities at all.

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The Fort Worth Fringe Festival runs Fri-Sat at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Admission is $10-129. Call 817-731-2238.

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