Southern Oregon University is inviting the community to "get a little weird" at its third annual Oregon Fringe Festival, which started Monday and runs through Saturday.
This year's theme is centered around "The New New," exploring new realities through artistic experiences, and features original works of art, music, theater and movement. The events include a silent flashmob, singing crystal bowls, a rap show garage sale, two blocks of theater performances, installation art and more.
The more than 24 student-driven art, video, music and theater acts are being presented by Oregon Center of the Arts at SOU. The festival is free and open to the public.
In addition to performances, there will be seven “fringe” art installations set up around the campus, including an adult fort. The fringe team, composed of SOU students, has planned several contests and surprises to take place throughout the event.
The festival closes Saturday with “Light Night Out: A Fringe Finale,” starting at 6:30 p.m. at the SOU art complex. It features a local band, unique performances, a light show and dancing.
Following are some of the planned events. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.oregonfringefestival.org:
• Wednesday, May 11: 12:30 p.m., Love Affair with Square 2, Stevenson Union Courtyard; 1 p.m., Collective Resonance, SU Rock Circle; 4 p.m., Lots-a-Theater, Center for Visual Arts Courtyard.
• Thursday, May 12: 12:30 p.m. Rap Show Garage Sale, SU Courtyard.
• Friday, May 13: 11 a.m., Collective Resonance, SU Rock Circle; 1 p.m., Lots-a-Theater, CVA Courtyard; 11:45 p.m., Hazards of Love, CVA Courtyard.
• Saturday, May 14: 6:30 p.m., Light Night Out, CVA Courtyard and Meese Auditorium.