It’s that time of year again: Rogue Festival is on the horizon.
If you don’t know what Rogue Festival is—well, I was going to say something jerky, but hey, maybe you’re new in town. So I’ll be nice.
Rogue Festival is a non-juried performance and visual arts fringe festival that happens every spring in Fresno’s Tower District. Performances take place over the course of eight days and run the gamut from theater to dance to spoken-word to music to pretty much whatever.
It’s really cool and edgy and fringe-y. You’d like it.
2017 Rogue Festival Muse Revealed
So every year, Rogue chooses a muse to be the face of the festival, which appears on all programs, posters, t-shirts, and badges. This year’s muse was revealed last night at a gathering in the Tower District, and is called “Fixate.” It was designed by Fresno artist Bryan Pickens. Check out this beauty:
Nice, right? Says Executive Director of the festival, Heather Parish, “This piece feels like the skin of a person has been stripped back to see the essential patterns, shapes and colors beneath. I think that reflects the performances of Rogue Festival as well—stripped to the bare minimum to see what’s underneath.”
Programs, posters, and cards featuring Pickens’ work will be available for pick up throughout the Tower District during the month of February, as well as online at roguefestival.com. And, of course, you can always buy Rogue Festival swag featuring the muse during the festival’s run.
How to View the 2017 Rogue Festival Program
As you can see above, the 2017 Rogue Festival doesn’t start until March, giving you plenty of time in the next month to comb through the program and pick out the performances you want to see (hard copies of the program will start appearing in the Tower District next week). A Rogue Teaser Show will be held on Thursday, March 2, if you want to get a sneak peek at some of the shows appearing in the festival before you commit.
This year’s motto according to Parish is, “Fearless Performance. Fearless Audiences.” But if you’ve never been to the festival, you may still feel a little fear about trying something new. Don’t. The program includes “9 Tips For Happy Rogueing” that are a great primer for Rogue novices, and refresher for the Rogue old-timer.
Speaking from experience, once you have your first performance under your belt, you’ll want to see them all. There’s something exciting abut dashing from venue to venue trying to take it all in. Soon enough, you’ll count yourself among the Rogue groupies, and will look forward each year to a new set of festival performances.
For More Information
The Rogue Festival runs for two weekends from March 2 through March 11 in eight venues throughout the Tower District. For more information, check out the above links, go to roguefestival.com, or visit the Rogue Festival Facebook page.