The 2012 Fringe Festival kicks off tonight! Performances don't begin until Wednesday, but the Fringe folks start this celebration of freaky performance art with a party at Know Theatre tonight. Doors open at 7 p.m., and guests will enjoy live music from local Rockers (and house band for the recent successful Know production, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) The Duke Are Dead, drinks, eats from local restaurants and the kick-off of Channel Fringe Hard-Hitting Action News Update. This is also a great opportunity to mingle with everyone involved in Fringe and the local theater community — from actors to volunteers to fellow fans. A suggested donation of $5 gets you in the door. The party continues until 1 a.m. Here is the official guide with a full schedule and ticket info. Find our cover story on Fringe here.
Brazee Street Studios is home to more than 25 artist studios, a school of glass and an art gallery, and the Oakley organization also offers tons of art classes for newbies and pros alike. Tonight from 5-7 p.m., budding artists will make fused glass channel plates in an introductory class. Put a little creative juice in your Tuesday. Admission is $65. If you haven't already registered, go here to check out more upcoming art classes.
Also offering lots of interesting workshops is the Civic Garden Center. If you've wanted to learn how to preserve fruit, jams, jellies, tomatoes or salsa, CGC's class Preserving the Harvest: Water Bath Canning is a perfect how-to. Learn about safe and efficient canning techniques and leave with a tasty product. This summer's garden harvest can last through the winter with these helpful tips. The class runs 6-8 p.m. and costs $15 (free for CGC volunteers).