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NEWS AND OPINION

By Jeffrey Barg

Fringe Benefits: Just How Easy Is It to Get Into the Philly Fringe?

The idea was preposterous for any number of reasons: I’d barely ever written any music, let alone a musical. But Philly’s isn’t just any fringe fest. As long as you find yourself a venue and pay the very nominal entry fees, you can put on a show in the festival. Got a hankering to do a dramatic reading of the 1929 Philadelphia White Pages while dressed up like Angela Lansbury? Perfect. Feel a need to strip naked and pantomime the collected congressional testimonies of Bob Brady? Great—shows with nudity tend to do especially well in the festival.

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NEWS AND OPINION

By Ada Kulesza

Public Finally Invited to Weigh In on Controversial Natural-Gas Drilling

The citizens’ commission’s investigation cover the social impacts of drilling, the impact of a tax for possible environmental mishaps (since there is no drilling tax in Pennsylvania), public health, and habitat—things that weren’t covered by the governor’s commission.

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NEWS AND OPINION

By Tara Murtha

Emergency Relief Team for Pets Launches in Philly

The Joneses are the first clients of Red Paw, a volunteer organization that launched July 25. If the Jones’ house burned just a day earlier—their house went up the first night Red Paw was active—they probably would have had to give up all the dogs. And the dogs likely would have shared the fate of most pit bulls that end up at the local shelter—euthanization.

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ARTS AND CULTURE

By PW Staff

Calendar: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Screw Smart, Naked Bike Ride, Polar Bear Club & more to do this week in Philly.

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