The annual Minnesota Fringe Festival of theater, comedy and dance - all with performances 60 minutes or less - connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Minnesota hosts one of the largest Fringe festivals in the country, with an average of 50,000 audience members, and more than 160 works and 800 performances on at least 15 stages. For more details, including pricing, parking and public transportation options, visit fringefestival.org
All shows described on these pages are appropriate for ages 12 and up, unless noted otherwise.

How Education Saved My Life
Dr. E's one-woman show is a theatrical adaptation of her memoir as an urban black girl ensnared in teenage sex trafficking, abduction and abuse who journeys to self-discovery and love.
Where: Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
When: Tue., 8/8, 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., 8/10, 10 p.m.; Fri., 8/11, 4 p.m.; Sat., 8/12, 1 p.m.; Sun., 8/13, 7 p.m.
Age appropriate: 16 and up
Spy in the House of Men: One-Woman Show With Balls
This "laugh out loud" story by transgender Penny Sterling maps her journey through a life-long coming-out process.
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls.
When: Thurs., 8/3, 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 8/5, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 8/6, 8:30 p.m.; Tue., 8/8, 7 p.m.; Sat., 8/12, 4 p.m.

Denial of Service
The casual bantering of three electrical engineering grad students turns tense as their political views collide, picking at identities and heritages, as they react differently to a tragedy impacting a friend. The name refers to the inability of a network server to respond to a request for service because it is overwhelmed by malicious requests.
Where: University of Minnesota Rarig Center Xperimental, 330 21st Ave. S., Mpls.
When: Fri., 8/4, 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 8/6, 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., 8/10, 7 p.m.; Sat., 8/12, 10 p.m.; Sun., 8/13, 5:30 p.m.

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Based on the true story of Kate and Maggie Fox, who convinced their community they could talk to spirits, kicking off the Spiritualist Movement. They suffered later in life and one sister announced it was a hoax. This story is told in the form of a séance.
Where: University of Minnesota Rarig Center Arena, 330 21st Ave. S., Mpls.
When: Fri., 8/4, 10 p.m.; Sun., 8/6, 4 p.m.; Mon., 8/7, 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., 8/10, 7 p.m.; Sun., 8/13, 5:30 p.m.

Beyond Limits
This is the true story of Nikki Abramson, who refused to accept the predictions of her doctors after being told at age five that she would die in her teens of a rare genetic disorder. Her story of hope and humor is also about the identity of being an adoptee and a woman of color. It is an extension of her popular 2016 production "No Limits."
Where: Ritz Theater Studio, 345 13th Ave. N.E., Mpls.
When: Thurs., 8/3, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 8/5, 4 p.m.; Tue., 8/8, 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 8/11, 7 p.m.; Sun., 8/13, 2:30 p.m.

A mythological priestess's heroic story of blind devotion, fiery wrath and cursed fate. Features contemporary dance and fire performance set within original music and video environments. Audience Choice pick in 2014 and 2015.
Where: Boom Island Park, outdoor space (bring blankets and chairs if desired), 724 Sibley St. N.E., Mpls.
When: August 3-12 nightly, 8:30 p.m.
Age appropriate: 7 and up

Interpretive Blendings

Two local artists are featured in a new exhibition. Brenda Litman offers abstract paintings of nature in bold, gestural strokes. Farida Hughes creates oil and resin paintings to explore issues of "hybrid identity" using color, shape and transparency. Free. Meet the artists: Sat., Aug. 12, 1-3 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Mpls.
FFI: californiabuilding.com/events.html

8/4/2017 FRIDAY & 8/14-15/2017 MONDAY-TUESDAY
What's cooking at Dakota

Donna Grantis, a fiery guitarist formerly with Prince, 3RDEYEGIRL and the New Power Generation, has been critically acclaimed by national media. She performs Fri., Aug. 4. $30-55, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Soulful singer Ruthie Foster, of Austin, Texas, is a three-time Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album. She brings her gospel roots to Minneapolis Mon. and Tues., Aug. 14 and 15. $35-45. 7 p.m.
Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. FFI: 612-332-5299 or dakotacooks.com

"Rare Birds"

The mythic stories in "Rare Birds" are about an eclectic group of neighbors in a Northern Minnesota iron mining town and explore the microcosm of community, the assimilation of immigrants, and the timeless striving for something more. Author Kathleen Novak, the granddaughter of Italian and Croatian immigrants to the area, was a 2016 Minnesota Book Award finalist with her novel "Do Not Find Me." Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Walker Art Center, 8th floor Garden Terrace, 725 Vineland Place, Mpls. FFI: kathleennovak.com

8/18/2017 FRIDAY
"Bird's Eye"

Adina Burke's poetic journey, "Bird's Eye," explores a cocktail of "-isms" the author addresses daily: feminism, anti-Semitism, and confronting able-ism from her Minneapolis life in a wheelchair. Free presentation. 7 p.m. Magers and Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. FFI: magersandquinn.com

See more calendar listings online at www.womenspress.com
Look for the MWP at these events in August:
• Needlework Guild of Minnesota's Annual Retreat Aug. 9-13
• FEW August: Sex Trafficking in Central MN, Terebinth Refuge, Aug. 9
• Deborah Strebel Pierce, The Art of Power/The Power of Art, Aug. 10
• ChallengerHER Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting, Mpls/St. Paul, Aug. 15
• Speed Friending for Women, Aug. 15
• Orr Center Expo Homesteading & Sustainable Lifestyles, Aug. 19-20
• Art of Counseling workshops
• CanCan Wonderland events
• Irene Greene, MSED: Growth & Training workshops & events
• League of Women Voters-South Tonka events
• MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute film series
• MN Women in Marketing & Communications (MWMC) workshops & events
• NAWBO-MN events
• PACER Center workshops & events
• Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women
• Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota events
• Women Leading in Technology events
• Women in Networking (WIN) events
• Women's Environmental Institute (WEI) events
• Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) events