Per its usual schedule, this year’s 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival (a.k.a. FringeNYC) opens today and runs for two weeks, showcasing works of art from multiple disciplines in more than 20 Manhattan locations. Tonight’s opening party takes place at the music venue the Cutting Room with DJs and dancing. The festival lineup as a whole promises to continue in the unconventional vein of such past selections as Urinetown and Charlie Victor Romeo. Unlike the typical fringe festival, FringeNYC curates its selections through a jury-based process—a sharp distinction from the open-armed, occasionally lottery-like systems employed elsewhere. The result is a standard of quality that, though stringent in the world of amateur theater, might be necessary for a city as competitive as New York.

Thu., Aug. 7, 10 p.m., 2014