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Vancouver International Fringe Festival marks 30th year

The fall arts season is kind of like going back to school — except better because you don’t actually have to go back to school. Sure, it’s still only the first week of August, but it’s never too early to get a head start on the arts. And, you know, pencils.

Starting Sept. 11, the Arts Club presents 4,000 Miles, an uplifting story about a 91-year-old New Yorker and her young grandson, Leo, who cycles across the country and presents himself unannounced at her door. The odd couple squabble but ultimately become companions for their respective life journeys. Visit ArtsClub.com for more info.

Speaking of trips, it’s almost time for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Vancouver’s most unpredictable festival kicks off Sept. 4 and features close to 100 artists (and more than 800 performances) from around the world. It’s all very democratic, with the mainstage artists literally drawn from a hat, giving everyone a chance to be part of the main program.

There’s also the festival’s 30th birthday bash (which doubles as the opening-night fundraiser), featuring a VIP reception, a one-off performance of TJ Dawe’s new work, Marathon, and a performance by Seattle-based band The Cave Singers. It all goes down Sept. 2 at Performance Works on Granville Island. Tickets are $100, but you get a $50 tax receipt. And there are only 100 available. For more info, go to VancouverFringe.com.

Looking even further into September, save some of that hard-earned dinero for the Vancouver International Film Festival. This, of course, is one of this city’s do-not-miss events if you’re a lover of cinema. This year features about 350 films from more than 70 countries, with plenty of writers, directors and actors on hand for lively post-screening Q&As. The festival also stages its popular Film + Television Forum development sessions, one-on-one meetings and networking meetings. More information at VIFF.org.

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