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The Final Hurrah: Fringe Audience Award Winners and Extension Shows

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Capital Fringe's awards ceremony had the glitz of the Helen Hayes Awards, except without any fancy outfits. Or overlong acceptance speeches. And with everyone crammed into a chairless Trinidad Theatre instead of the fancy Lincoln Theatre.

Well, they were like this year's Helen Hayes Awards in one important way: The ceremony was pretty chaotic. Only this was the happy kind of chaos. Everyone was in a party mood.

Fringe CEO Julianne Brienza and I presented the Audience Awards, as voted by online readers using a confusing, non-categorized poll. The winners:

Brienza also presented her Director's Choice Award to POWER! Stokely Carmichael.

"That's all well and good," you may be saying. "But what if I was lazy and didn't go to any of these shows, and now want to see only the popular ones?" You're in luck, obnoxious person.

Read more The Final Hurrah: Fringe Audience Award Winners and Extension Shows

Best of Fringe@10: Our Favorite Moments, Articles, and General Nonsense

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Later tonight, your picks for top shows of the Fringe festival will be revealed — by me, at the Audience Awards ceremony. But Fringe is about so much more than shows. It's about connections between performers, unexpected incidents, and the general riff-raff of the atmosphere. As our Fringeworthy coverage comes to a close, I wanted to spotlight the things that made the 10th year of this crazy festival so memorable. Read more Best of Fringe@10: Our Favorite Moments, Articles, and General Nonsense

Fringe Music Preview: Closing Party Strings and Things Celebration

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Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre
Tonight at 9:30 p.m. (free admission)

Clarissa’s Take: Get ready for a night filled with eclectic rhythms and musical improvisation. Read more Fringe Music Preview: Closing Party Strings and Things Celebration

Today’s Fringenda: Collect Your Awards

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Today is the last day of Capital Fringe before the extension week. But we can't tell you yet what's going to be offered during Fringe's victory lap, which begins Tuesday and runs till August 2. So just to be safe, you'd better see as many shows as possible today before the Audience Awards ceremony starts at 8 p.m.

Because I want to spread as much love as I can, here are the shows playing today that Fringeworthy didn't have the bandwidth to cover but would have if we could. Attend at your own risk, but show some love for: The Giant Turnip, mostly the VOICE: a black lesbian journey, Hello Girls: Unknown Heroines of WWI, Baba, Poe Whitman, Breaking Character, Good Egg Fables, Trueheart: Live, BellyFunkShun, St. Jimmy Celebrates "The Food at Our Feet", The Girl With Two Belly Buttons, Wrestling with the WIP, The Out of Tooners, Sanctuaryand Cheeky Monkey Sideshow Presents: CMSS X 3D, OK?.

But don't get so caught up in seeing shows that you forget to drop by the ...

Audience Awards ceremony (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre, 8 p.m.) — Come see which shows won your love in this free awards night, where I will present certificates to Best Comedy, Best Dance & Physical Theatre, Best Drama, Best Musical Theatre & Opera, and Best Overall Show. Afterward there's a party, and we'll have a music preview up shortly.

It's been a pleasure serving as your Fringeworthy editor this year. I hope everyone had the chance to wander into something they never, in a million years, would have dreamed of seeing. That is, in the end, what Fringe is all about.

Handout photo courtesy of Paul Gillis Photography

In Mine/Field, Your Data is Our Dance Partner

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If you’ve been around the Capital Fringe world duing the last two weeks, there’s a chance you’ve been approached by someone, card and pen in hand, asking with a smile if she can have your data. Maybe you robotically filled out the card without a second thought ('people ask for my data all the time,' you think) or maybe you narrowed your eyes and asked if the data collector works for the NSA.

Either way, we danced your data during our opening night. Read more In Mine/Field, Your Data is Our Dance Partner

Today’s Fringenda: The End is Nigh Edition

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Fringe is almost over. Wait, wait, don't cry — you still have all weekend to pack in an insane amount of shows. So use your time wisely. Here are some new picks for you, followed by our can't-miss collection of critic's favorites having their final runs today.

DancEthos with the West Short Piano Trio (Dance Place: Cafritz Foundation Theater, 1:15 p.m.) — A showcase from several independent choreographers, local company DancEthos's eponymous show takes us on a tour of contemporary dance styles, with bits of poetry and spoken word. This is its final performance, so make some time for it. "I would have gladly sat through a show longer than 90 minutes," our Devon Thorsby raved.

I Feel Funny: True Misadventures in Stand-Up Comedy (Tree House Lounge, 4:45 p.m.) — Local stand-up comedian Adam Ruben gives us a tour of his worst gigs, and his thoughts on comedy as a force for good. "A performance that will leave you smiling, if not necessarily in stitches," our Amanda Palleschi says.

Mine/Field (Dance Place: Cafritz Foundation Theater, 5:15 p.m.) — All your data are belong to Glade Dance Collective in this ambitious interpretation of online privacy through physical movement. The company incorporates actual "user data" from the audience into its performance; look for a full analysis from Glade member Emma Dozier later on today.

#sexts (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre, 6:30 p.m.) — This hip comedy from the Coil Project celebrates the awkwardness of textual relations. We got Artistic Director Erik Harrison to grant us a tour through the show's making — it's sort of like seeing your attractive colleague naked!

Also: Tonight is your last chance to catch some of our critic's favorites, including Neda Wants to Die, The Last Burlesque, POWER! Stokely Carmichael, Never Never, Belle and the Beasties, Domestic Animals, and Wombat Drool. Some of these shows have already sold out, but there may be last-minute tickets available at the door. You'll never know if you don't try.

Hipshot: Domestic Animals

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Logan Fringe Arts Space: Upstairs

Remaining Performance (tickets available here):

Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.

They say: At the height of the Vietnam War, Lori’s brother dodges the draft and her boyfriend enlists. Left alone, she disappears into her imagination. Seduced by the comfort of her hallucinations, Lori risks giving over to her fantasy forever.

Joseph’s Take: In an interview with Gene Siskel, the French film director François Truffaut  famously said, “Every film about war ends up being pro-war.” The depiction of violent conflict on the screen excites our senses. It confounds moral reasoning. As American Sniper recently reminded our nation, it can also excite the box office and inflame the cultural dialogue. Read more Hipshot: Domestic Animals

Hip Shot: DancEthos With the West Shore Trio

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Dance Place: Cafritz Foundation Theater

Remaining Performances (tickets available here):

Friday, July 24 at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 25 at 1:15 p.m.

They Say: 22 gorgeous dancers + six inspired choreographers + three brilliant musicians + one skilled spoken word artist = an amazing collaborative experience! This diverse and dynamic program will showcase dance, poetry and live music that ranges from absurd to hunting and playful.

Devon’s Take: D.C.-based contemporary dance company DancEthos brings out a wide range of moods and emotions in its choreographer showcase, incorporating live music and spoken word to pieces and offering a true demonstration of contemporary dance. Read more Hip Shot: DancEthos With the West Shore Trio

How to Make Your Own Fringe Show (What, Are You Crazy?)

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Do you want to make your own Fringe show? THEN DON'T READ THIS. Artists are cowardly, lazy people, and if we knew what it actually took to make our art before we started, we would never begin. AMIRITE?

Or maybe it's just me who is cowardly and lazy. Maybe you are a passionate, driven, talented artist who also really likes being prepared and knowing what you're getting into. Maybe you're into spreadsheets. You are alien to me, strange one, but I admire you. Shine on, you crazy diamond. Read more How to Make Your Own Fringe Show (What, Are You Crazy?)

Today’s Fringenda: Past Your Comfort Zone Edition

BarenakedComedyListen up. Hate to tell you this, but you're too complacent in your Fringe selections. Do you really need to go to that fifth fairy-tale update?

Now is the time to be bold, to expand your horizons, to waltz into a show that you're totally unprepared for. See a striptease. Talk about race with strangers. Watch total amateurs sing about vegetables. We promise you'll survive the experience, and afterwards you'll get to tell the world how enlightened you've become.

Barenaked Comedy (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre, 6 p.m.) — The other contender in our burlesque throwdown from earlier this week, Barenaked Comedy combines actual (read: non-corny) stand-up performers with burlesque acts. If you haven't yet had the chance to catch these performers during their monthly sold-out shows at The Pinch, this would be an excellent time to do so.

Here/Hear (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre, 8 p.m.) — A warning for those who brave this open forum: You will be expected to talk. A lot. About race. Come if you've been seeking that elusive "conversation on race" everyone's always saying we need to have. "We all left feeling a little closer to each other, whether we liked it or not," our reviewer Gabi Dunkley noted.

Tomato Beard (Atlas Performing Arts Center: Sprenger, 8:15 p.m.) — This off-kilter musical about a farmer who finds ripe juicy crops coming out of his facial hair is having its final performance tonight. It's a 100-percent amateur production, so be prepared for what you're getting yourself into.

To Err is Falstaff!! (Logan Fringe Arts Space: Upstairs, 8:30 p.m.) — Easing back into more familiar territory here, and what's more familiar to D.C.'s theater crowd than a Shakespearean-references-packed political satire? "It made me laugh, it made me wince, and I do love racking up English Lit trivia points, even if only in my own head," said our reviewer Camila Domonoske.

Handout photo courtesy of Mimi Mimosa and David Coulter

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