No one will get all blustery if we were to describe the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the most famous fringe festival on the planet, right? Good, because the spirit of fringe and the fuss of bluster absolutely do not go hand in hand. Edinburgh indeed is the standard-bearer for summertime buskery and clowning and performance and comedy and song, but the tricky bit is it can be so very far away if one has not planned well and one cannot leave work, home, or school. Edinburgh, we want to visit, we do, but we will also support our homegrown fringers like the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, which is set to cartwheel into the middle of our ho-hum lives on Friday, July 13. And, hooray, it intends to keep something of a long welcome, staying right through Sunday, July 22.

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