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Ah yes, another festival. Well, summer is the season for great festivals, you know. This time, I want to introduce you to a fest that lasts for over a month, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take part in the celebrations. It’s the Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival.

A break dancer performs at last year's Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe. Photo by R. Kennedy.

A break dancer performs at last year's Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe Festival. Photo by R. Kennedy.

This artsy fest was started 12 years ago, with efforts to suport Philly artists and help stimulate people’s interest in the art world. The entire festival is dedicated to the performing arts (that’s theater, dance, poetry, puppetry, visual arts, and music) and will run from September 4-19.

For a list of all shows and performers, please visit the Shows website. There are so many that I could not list them all here.

Not only are there performances throughout the month, but there are also workshops for aspiring artists to take part in. This aspect of the festival really livens the whole scene because it makes audiences become involved in the action.

An interesting feature of their website for 2009’s festival is the “fun stuff” category, in which you can see videos from some of past year’s performances. Check out their YouTube.

If you’re into the arts and live near Philadelphia, the fest organizers are also looking for volunteers to help out with the shindig. Find out more information on the volunteer portion of the website.

I think this is a great idea, especially for a city so full of art like Philly is. The artists there no no boundaries, which can certainly make for an exciting, interesting experience. Definitely go check out this entertainment. It lasts so long, you can easily squeeze it into your schedule.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Whether you love him or hate him (there’s usually no in between) Michael Moore has been involved in worldwide entertainment for many years. He is the creator of such controversial documentaries Fahrenheit 911, Bowling for Columbine, and his latest endeavour, Sicko.

Michael Moore's new comedy festival will definitely turn some heads. Photo from mifilmtourage.com.

Michael Moore's new comedy festival will definitely turn some heads. Photo from mifilmtourage.com.

These days, it seems that Moore has retreated a bit from the highly opinionated, passionate films. He now has plans in the works for a comedy festival in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.

Enter the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival. The weekend long festival will feature comedy stand up, sketches, and movies, along with various other entertainment. Moore will have help in creating the new fest — his buddy Jeff Garlin (of the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm) will be one of the organizers as well.

This will be the second festival Moore has started in Michigan. He is also the creator of the Traverse City Film Festival, which just so happens to end today.

There is little information being released about the new festival, but as the event is planned, I’m sure we will be hearing more news from Moore.

Perhaps this is a good thing for the actor/activist. I mean, he sure did manage to piss off a lot of people with his past films. Sometimes, it may be easier to take a break and enjoy the comedy instead of create it.

(I’m still secretly waiting for his next film.)

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