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Welcome back, Fringers. Has it been a mere 304 days since last we blogged? Now that our long national nightmare is over and the long Cap Fringe Fest is about to begin, let’s get this party restarted.

As with last year, we intend Fringe & Purge as Washington City Paper‘s guide to the Capital Fringe Festival. Here you’ll find everything from the complete Fringe schedule, to our popular Fringe festival blog. You can order tickets (starting July 9), sign up to receive up-to-date festival information on your cell phone, get venue info, as well as find out where to eat while you’re getting fringy!

The Capital Fringe Festival is D.C.’s celebration of theater, music, craziness, dance, improv, puppetry, and much more! Join us July 19-29 to celebrate all that D.C.’s performing arts community has to offer. Check out capfringe.org for more information.

The indefatigable Trey Graham will be gracing these pages again, of course, and we will also feature more video interviews and overviews—and perhaps some underviews, this being Fringe after all.

First, we report from the latest Fringe Happy Hour, which happened Wednesday June 13, at Temperance Hall. (Please note that the next Happy Hour takes place next Wednesday, June 27, at the wonder-inspiring Palace of Wonders in the Atlas District.)

On hand at Temperance, and like everyone else ignoring the implications of the venue’s name, were Fringe director and co-founder Julianne Brienza and ace volunteers Sam Goldblatt and Colin Hovde. Colin is just back from Alaska, where he had the Fringy experience of directing a play on a budget of absolute zero. Video interviews with all to appear shortly.

We met first-time Fringe playwright Jonathan Padget, who will premier his musical version of The Blue Lagoon. He swears the inspiration was the 100-year-old novel by Henry de Vere Stacpoole, but we’ve got visions of Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins in our head. Then again, we always have visions of Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins in our head.

Onward—also on hand was another Fringe virgin, Joan Bellsey, who brought along the littlest fringer, her son Liam, pictured above. Joan’s play is ExFiles, tagged “Two lesbian moms collide over custody in this bittersweet drama.” A video interview with Joan discussing her work will be up soon. (As soon as I can cobble it together…)

Photog Bob Morrison has some fancy snaps on his site here.

And finally, congrats to Paloma Santiago and Ellen Juhnke, who each won a copy of the Not For Tourists Guidebook and VIP passes to the Improv. Everyone who entered is elligible for a Fringe All-Access Pass as well as a shiny new Vespa. And there’s still time to enter—show up next Wednesday at the Palace of Wonders and join in the fun. See you there.