Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Frontera Fest Begins!

Keep Austin Weird Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel, copy by Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Weird Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance and Check out more about FronteraFest here! Also, check out an in depth article about FronteraFest, “The FronteraFest Way” by Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle.

We had the pleasure of meeting a whole bunch of artists at Hyde Park Theatre at the crack of dawn this Friday morning to talk about the 17th year of FronteraFest and how 2010 was going to rock even harder then ever before. Co Producers Ken Webster ( Artistic Director of Hyde Park Theatre) and Christi Moore ( Executive Director of Austin Scriptworks) took a break from talking longhorn football to give us the ins and outs of the craziest fringe festival in these here parts, FronteraFest. Also joining us were two performance groups who brought a piece of their Frontera shows. It was cold outside, but things inside Hyde Park Theatre were just heating up.

Featured on the Keep Austin Artsy Podcast:

Big Poppa E is a many time Best of Fest Frontera Fest winner. We could tell you about all his accolades, but we think his pretty fabulous wikipedia page would just do it even better. He also has a pretty cool website too. Big Poppa E will be appearing at Frontera Fest – February 4th, 2010 at 8:00pm with his performance of The Wussy Boy Manifesto: Episode Five: The Wussy Boy Strikes Back. Three-time HBO “Def Poetry” veteran and National Poetry Slam Champion Big Poppa E performs new works about growing beards, making sweet love, and the joys of pubic hair. His hilarious poetry has garnered eight Best of Fest finishes in seven years, and this time, he’s bringing presents for everyone.

Our Long Fringe Frontera Fest Selection comes from Austin Newcomer Aaron Black and the Echo Players, called Hotel Morocco. Please bear with a few technical difficulties, our equipment is still working out its kinks. We promise that Hotel Morocco will be kink free!

Adam has lost his dad, girlfriend, and job. Now he’s stuck as the overnight bellman at Hotel Morocco, a Times Square tourist trap. Alongside encounters with his ex-girlfriend, a seductress, and various hotel characters; he meets Rocco, the resident, who claims the owners want him dead. Adam seeks clarity amongst chaos in this new comedy by Aaron Black, Directed by Shannon Davis. The clip contains the actors John McNeil and Alex Hall At Salvage Vanguard Theater. $10.Check out their facebook page here. Show times:  Jan 30th at 6:15pm; Jan 26th at 7:00pm; Jan 24th at 12:00pm; Jan 22nd at 9:15pm

Also featured on the podcast are musical performances from
Vince Bell from One Man’s Music, A Monologue with Song (long fringe) and An excerpt from Party in the Desert by Cecilia Brie Walker (short fringe)

All tickets can be purchased at

For more information on FronteraFest and numerous other events and happenings, check out!

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