One of my favorite times of the summer is here: the 11 crazy days and nights that form the Buffalo Infringement Festival. There are more than 400 shows this year in nearly 100 venues all over Buffalo—and I'm involved in three. All of 'em are FREE, by the way, and all depend on YOUR participation.
*Self Infringement / Thursday, July 28—Sunday, August 7, 2016: Head to Rust Belt Books (415 Grant St.), look for the beautifully colored cardboard box (thanks, Esther Niesen!), reach in, and take one of the mystery envelopes containing instructions for creating your very own Infringement performance. If you document your event, remember to use the hashtag #infringeyourself when you share the images online. Brian Milbrand and I have been doing this one for at least a decade now; our personal tip of the hit to our Fluxus foremothers and fathers. Here's the Facebook page for it.
*Shakespeare in the Parking Lot / Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.: Ronawanda and his or her evil twin cousin North Ronawanda occupy Ye Olde Holley Farms Parking Lot (233 Allen St.) for a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare himself. All death scenes this year—and all performed by YOU! (You can watch from the sidelines if you insist, but it's more fun to join in.) Here's the Facebook invite.
*"If You Love Buffalo So Much, Why Don't You Marry It?" / Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, 2016: The time has come to pledge your commitment to the City of No Illusions. We don't care whether it's the New Buffalo or the Old one you love. We just want to help you tie the knot. Head to the Stag Party and/or Bridal Shower on Friday night, then grab some shut-eye on your last night as a single person. Saturday at 3 pm we'll gather at Lafayette Square in the shadow of the majestic twin phalli which are City Hall and the McKinley Monument. Watch this space for more details in the days ahead!