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Art-er Limits Fringe Festival returns

As summer break winds down in Oxford, many people are returning from vacation, internships, visiting with family and such. Returning students will start making their way back to campus and new students will begin arriving to settle in to their new home.

In celebration of all things artistic, a fairly new annual event called Art-er Limits Fringe Festival will occur the weekend of Aug. 3-6.

According to the press information, “The Art-er Limits is a festival unlike any other. The events are proposed by the artists for the community so that each performance and exhibit offers showcases encouraging exploration and discovery. You get to sample the width and breadth of the arts that spans the Southeast. Fall in love with a new band, compelling original artwork, or an engaging performance. Lift the veil and find out how these artists create.”

In its fourth year, the fest has something to offer for most everyone. With free family events scheduled on both Friday and Saturday and lots of nighttime performances for adults in the evenings. The weekend will close out with a Food Truck Fight on Sunday Night from 6-8 p.m., which will also be appropriate for the entire family. With many events scheduled it would be impossible to cover them all in this column, but some highlights are featured below.

On Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse, there will be a one man show of “Forrest Gump,” GUMP: With Your Pal, Charlie Davis. Geared for adults 18 and up, your pal, Charlie Davis, will take on the task of reenacting the beloved Academy Award winning film all by himself. He will reenact the movie as verbatim and accurately as possible. However, the audience will decide how the movie plays out. Scenes are chosen by audience members randomly taking a chocolate out of the box. Whichever chocolate is chosen, Charlie will do that scene that corresponds with that chosen chocolate on the spot. Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get, right?

Also scheduled at the Powerhouse theatre for Saturday at 9 p.m., is Just Larry. Audience participation is expected at this show where Larry will feature his trademark, “Cigar Box Manipulation Act.”

Larry has been a performer with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey, has performed over 500 shows a year in cities all over the United States including New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C.

There are several ways to enjoy the festival including day passes, weekend passes and attending the free events. Check out the website for the schedule, ticket information and more at www.oxfordarts.com/events/fringe.

ANDI BEDSWORTH is owner of Art To Go, which brings free art opportunities to children in the community.