Genie, Light That Fuse

Get the early scoop on Fusebox 2013 at Blue Genie tonight

From magic lamp to mind-blowing Fusebox
From magic lamp to mind-blowing Fusebox (Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Industries)

With the turning of the calendar, we're now within sniffing distance of the 2013 Fusebox Festival. You can smell the boundary-busting interdisciplinary performance on the wind – or maybe that's the veggie chili being cooked up by the imagineers at Blue Genie Art Industries, who are offering a sneak peek at the upcoming Fusebox tonight from 6-9pm.

The Blue Genie genii – creators of so much spectacular signage and architectural awesomeness around town, as well as sponsors of the Blue Genie Art Bazaar every yuletide – have developed a tradition of throwing happy hour shindigs at their digs on Springdale Road on the first Friday of each month, and they've decided to have their longtime creative compadre Ron Berry co-host the first one of the new year specifically to kindle interest in the coming Fusebox, set for April 17-28.

The connection between the Blue Genies and "Solid Gold" Ron Berry, as they like to call him, goes back even further than the 10 years he was their next-door neighbor, running the Blue Theatre. He was part of the legendary artistic and theatrical shenanigans that took place on the South Austin residence they dubbed Black Mountain. So it's only natural that they'd want to share a winter brew with him and discover what's on tap for the upcoming festival.

But we're all invited, too, and since the official announcement of the 2013 Fusebox line-up and schedule won't be until Tuesday, Jan. 29 (location TBA), this is your big shot at getting early news about Fusebox 2013. The Fusebox boss man tells us that he'll share some of the philosophy and thinking behind the festival before he leaks a few details about some of the programming you can expect this year. And Fusebox staffers Natalie George and Brad Carlin will be around with Berry to answer questions and talk about specific projects – like possibly The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, which brings the National Theatre of Scotland back to town this month in a nontraditional space: the Palm Door on Sabine. It's presented by Texas Performing Arts in partnership with Fusebox, which is offering a 15% discount on tickets with a special code.

Beer, Berry, and, quite possibly, S'mores. What more could you ask?

The First Friday Happy Hour, with added Fusebox, is tonight, Jan. 4, 6-9pm, at Blue Genie Art Industries, 916 Springdale. For more information, visit the Blue Genie Facebook page.

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