Now in its fifth year, this festival of offbeat theater, music and art is bigger than ever, with 140 performing arts groups and 800 individual performances over 18 days. Approximately 70 percent of the revenue from ticket sales goes to performing arts groups in the Fringe Festival. This year's highlights include Queer In The U.S.A., Manuel Simons's play about a gay teenager obsessed with Bruce Springsteen, who travels to New York to become his own idol; Irrelevant Acts of Entertainment, a full-length, lip-synched theatrical show from Special Agent Galactica (a.k.a. Ganymede Arts' Jeffrey Johnson); Chlamydia dell'Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque, in which two bawdy broads from Philadelphia teach about safe sex, masturbation, sexual orientation and transsexual grandmothers through striptease, fan dancing and more; Finn McCool, the Irish legend as retold by Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue; and Super Claudio Bros., a musical starring some of D.C.'s leading actors, including Sam Ludwig ([title of show]), Stephen Gregory Smith (High Fidelity), Lauren Williams (Into the Woods) and Chris Sizemore (Sweeney Todd). The festival runs through July 25. Various venues in downtown D.C. but based at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 for each show, plus a one-time purchase of a $5 Fringe button. Call 866-811-4111 or visit capitalfringe.org for full schedule and tickets.