It’s 10 p.m.: Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? Facebook Me Does

If you’re a teenage girl the Facebook thing starts innocently enough with something like this: Hey… there’s this party tonight…and then a “hook-up” gone wrong, or a relationship request (and too much stress!!), an unwanted touch, pressure to get high, parents on your back, comments on your a$$, sexuality mixed-up, our friendship lost, a body not worth the cost…and it’s only 5:30! So, “Can you just Facebook me…?”

Facebook Me, the play, offers a thrilling inside look at the seamy underside of Facebook through the eyes of teenage girls. Currently being performed at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival through August 28, the show is the latest creative work developed and produced by The Arts Effect Theatre Company. Performed by a troupe of 10 girls, ages 13 to 15, and guided by co-directors Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, the play was cobbled together from the girls’ journal entries, writing exercises, discussions and conversation threads. The piece was conceived over the course of several months and work-shopped weekly since September 2010.

Fair warning for parents: Be prepared for a wild ride and antics that you never thought your daughter would participate in ranging from posting sexed up profile pictures that are beyond recognition and salacious status updates, to not-so-subtle cyber-bullying.

15th Annual NYC Fringe Fest Lands on the LES

The 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival is under way and has happily taken over many Lower East Side venues for the next two weeks.¬† The festival touts more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. From edgy solo shows to avant-garde musicals to fun performances for the kids, there’s something to be found for everyone.

We are glad to see programming back at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, utilizing four of their theater spaces  РTeatro SEA, Teatro LATEA, CSV Flamboyan and the CSV Kabayitos. Other LES venues include Dixon Place, The Living Theater and the Bowery Poetry Club.

Weekend Arts & Entertainment

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For parents who don't want to be "cringing at the Fringe" with their kids, make sure to check out FringeJR. It's the festivals shows for families and includes age-appropriate recommendations. You can often meet the cast at events like this one, where kids are invited to meet the cast of IMAGINE on Sunday at CSV Cultural and Educational Center.


Bobcartoon The Bowery Poetry Club is hosting Breast Friends Forever tomorrow at 6pm. A pay-what-you-can fundraiser for breast cancer. "A night of comedy, hip hop and short films! Raffles, prizes, food, booze, laughter, and boobs."

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World's Greatest Dad, a black comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait staring Robin Williams, opens at The Sunshine tonight.