The Fringe Fest 2012

The Fringe Fest 2012

WXXI & the Little Theatre, proud to be part of Rochester's first Fringe Fest
WXXI and the Little Theatre are pleased to be part the Fringe Festival, a four-day celebration of the performing and visual arts in the heart of Rochester’s East End running through September 20 through September 23.
So, what exactly are we doing?
WXXI is inviting the community to Go Public at the Rochester Fringe Festival. We're asking festival goers to share their own Fringe experience by submitting photos, poems, and more to a WXXI hosted web site dedicated to the four-day celebration. To share your experience, send your submission to mailto:[email protected] and we'll post it at
To learn more, you can visit us at the Fringe Festival at our table on Gibbs Street on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 12-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. We can show you the site and works others have submitted, and show you how to share your files with us so that they can be uploaded.

The Little Theatre will present poetry performances, music, films, and other special events September 20-22. Below are highlights of just a few special events. For a complete list of events at the Little, click here. ď»ż

Friday, September 20, 6 p.m., FREE
What do flying birds, fireflies, invisibility, and blinking lights have to do with clothing? Come and find out! RIT student creators will explain the technology and answer any questions. All ages.

Saturday, September 22, 12 p.m., FREE
This is an exploration of African-American, Deaf and original poetry presented by RIT’s Masquerer’s Drama Club. A fusion ASL/poetry performance using music, dance, mime, and spoken word, this performance is accessible to Deaf and Hearing audiences. Ages 6+

Saturday, September 22, 2 p.m. and again at 3 p.m., FREE
In this film, visual compositions of Sun images are interwoven with animated sequences and are followed by a musical trajectory that features sharp contrasts of dynamics, register, timbre and texture. A collaborative work by Prof. Stephanie Maxwell (RIT School of Film and Animation), Peter Byrne (Associate Prof., RIT School of Design), David Saroff (RIT PhD student, Astrophysics), and composer Elizabeth Kelly (PhD candidate, Eastman School of Music). All ages.

Saturday, September 22 at 2:15 p.m. and again at 3:15 p.m., FREE
Saturn and Jupiter “space voices”, recorded by Cassini and Voyager satellites, create a backdrop of inspiration in this short film, created by Meghdad Asadi-Lari (MFA graduate candidate, RIT School of Film and Animation). All ages.

Saturday, September 22 at 2:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m., FREE 
A collaboration by Jim Downer (Animator, RIT Alumnus) and Billy Vazquez (Graduate student, Astrophysics, RIT), The Light Collector is an experimental, stop-motion animation and a portrait of an astronomer. Downer was inspired by Vazquez’ extensive space photographs and telescope research, and the astronomer’s attempt to create an understanding of the universe around us. All ages.