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from: sanatogapost.com 06 June 2013 SANATOGA PA – The circus is coming back to town. The South Carolina-based Lewis and Clark Circus, which last appeared in Sanatoga during 2010 and was forced by bad weather to cancel a return visit in 2011, will be the guest of the Sanatoga Fire Company for big-top shows on June 20-21 (2013; Thursday and Friday), accompanied by rides and other entertainment. The fire company is sponsoring its performances as a fund-raiser, President Don Woodley Jr. said Tuesday (June 4).
Shows will be offered at 5 and 7:30 p.m. each night on the lot behind the firehouse, 2222 E. High St., and all children age 14 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-purchasing adult. Adult tickets cost $10 in advance and can be bought at the firehouse on Monday and Thursday evenings: June 6, 10, 13, and 17. The same tickets purchased on show days will cost $15, Woodley said.
The circus’ performers and its management know Sanatoga well. Lewis and Clark staged shows outside Sunnybrook Ballroom during June 2009 and 2010, and were scheduled to arrive for two days at the fire company property during 2011. Firefighters had invested heavily to promote its appearance.
Only days before those performances, however, a wind storm struck Seward PA – just north of Johnstown – where the circus was running on behalf of that village’s fire company. Five people, including three children, were accidentally injured when the wind collapsed the giant-sized red-and-yellow tent, trapping them and others inside. Wind speed at the height of the storm, which also included hail in some places, was estimated to exceed 60 mph.
Management acknowledged it would be unable to meet its 2011 commitment in Sanatoga, and the fire company could not schedule for 2012, Woodley said. This year, however, the circus made contact and set a date.
from: argus-press.com By JESSICA ROBISON, Argus-Press Staff Writer Fri Jun 7, 2013. SHIAWASSEE TWP. MN— The traveling Circus Pages International will visit the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds Monday for two shows, bringing a variety of exotic animals and daring performances to entertain patrons.
The circus features elephants, lions, tigers, horses and dogs, along with aerial stars, motorcycle riders and more.
Coming to Bridgeton next week: Kelly Miller Circus
from: thedailyjournal.com June 6, 2013 WHAT: Kelly Miller Circus
WHEN: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Alden Field in Bridgeton
DETAILS: Sponsored by the Bridgeton Breakfast Rotary Club, features a circus under the big top with clowns, elephants, tigers, jugglers, flying trapeze and more. The public is invited to watch the big top go up in the morning prior to the show.
ADMISSION: $10 for adults and $6 for children age 11 and younger prior to circus day or $15 for adults and $7 for children at the gate. Tickets are available in advance at Cumberland Tire, Woodruff Energy, Upper Deerfield Preschool, Tracy’s Corner, Cindy Ewing, LLC, and Hopewell Crest Elementary School.
Billie Smiles Circus (photo from Billie Smile's Circus facebook)
from:Kent and Sussex Courier Thursday, June 06, 2013 CIRCUS wars have broken out in Tunbridge Wells over what one owner has called "a complete rip-off of our name".
Tony Hopkins, who has run long-established Billy Smart's Circus under licence since 2003, was incensed to learn that rival Billi Smiles Circus was appearing in Tunbridge Wells this week, a month before his own show was due to arrive.
"It's wrong to have picked a name which is so similar," said Mr Hopkins. "Even some of our own people have been taken in - I've had old friends ringing up from all over the country asking where I am, it's ridiculous. And that means the public are bound to be misled too."
He warned: "Instead of bringing their kids to a famous circus with years of tradition behind it, they'll be buying tickets for a show that's only been going for a couple of months." However, Deyvid Kirilov of Bulgarian Billi Smiles Circus, currently performing at Colebrook Park in Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells, insisted: "The similarity in the name is just a coincidence. My mum's name is Billi and our aim is to make kids smile, so that's where our name came from.
"It's bad timing for Billy Smart's that they're coming here too, I had no idea. But perhaps our being here first will be good advertising for them too."
However Mr Hopkins, whose circus opens at Dunorlan Park on July 9, was having none of it.
"Of course they did it deliberately, and I know the Smart family have sent them a solicitor's letter about it."
Circus career began at Steveston playground Mom recalls her daughter’s love of climbing, spinning and performing
Angela McIlroy Wagar, a Grade 10 student at McMath secondary, has been accepted into the National Circus School in Montreal. Photograph by: JOHN CORREA, SPECIAL TO THE NEWS from: richmond-news.com By Philip Raphael, Richmond News June 6, 2013 Curled up and around a large hoop suspended from the ceiling, Richmond’s Angela McIlroy Wagar is an elegant, tangled mass of legs and arms.
As she gently starts to rotate in her perch, her sleek limbs gracefully unfurl to their natural length. And when they reach the limit of her lean, five-foot-nine inch frame she undergoes a complex, choreographed movement, arching her back in a reverse with such ease and control it would make a chiropractor sob.
Seeing Angela’s performance, it’s not a surprise where the 16-year-old, Grade 10 student from McMath secondary is performing — the Vancouver Circus School (VCS). Located on the upper floor of the New Westminster Public Market building, it is a playground for the dabblers as well as the serious who have aspirations ranging from a simple bounce on the trampoline to the contortions Angela undertakes without the slightest expression of effort creasing her face.
Three days a week, she’s at the school, twisting, climbing and bending, all in pursuit of her dream to one day become a professional circus performer with a famous company such as Cirque du Soleil. It’s an aspiration that began at an early age, says her mother, Valerie Wager, and is well on the road to being realized. Angela was accepted by the National Circus School in Montreal where, starting in August, she will begin completing her high school studies, which will include intensive circus training. Read more: http://www.richmond-news.com/news/Circus+career+began+Steveston+playground/8490693/story.html#ixzz2VWkA51eh
'A Circus Life' documentary celebrates parade, craftsmen behind it from: jsonline.com by — Chris Foran June 6, 2013 It's probably the closest you'll get to seeing the Great Circus Parade — for a while, anyway.
"A Circus Life," a new documentary by Gene Gamache and Kirk G. Carter, recounts the efforts of Charles "Chappie" Fox and the craftsmen at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo to rescue, restore and put on display hundreds of historic circus wagons for the museum and for the Great Circus Parade.
The movie is showing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave. Tickets are available at the theater box office and on its website.
Gamache, an award-winning editor of movie trailers, will lead a Q&A after the screening. "A Circus Life" is his second Wisconsin-connected movie. He also made a 1996 documentary on Harry Houdini.
The Great Circus Parade was held in downtown Milwaukee from 1963 to '73, and returned in 1980, running until 2005, when financial support for the parade crumbled. The parade had a final encore in 2009.
Fox, the parade's longtime champion and Circus World's first director, died in 2003.
The Circus World Museum itself is battling for survival. A recent plan to transfer the museum's operations from the foundation that runs it to the state Historical Society and provide it with additional funding was shot down last month in the Legislature.
The circus returns to In the House Festival Musicians, acrobats, shadow puppets invade homes and backyards on Commercial Drive from: nsnews.com By Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier June 7, 2013 PETER Boulanger isn't sure whether his circus company's 34-foot tall marionette will make it to the In the House Festival.
But the Underground Circus's 23-foot-tall freestanding tower will definitely dominate a backyard near Commercial Drive for the grand finale of the 10th anniversary festival that will animate homes and yards June 7 to 9.
"It's a very fun festival. We've done it a few times and it's always been a great time," says Boulanger, cofounder and co-director of Underground Circus.
"For us (the best part is) being with the public and being part of such a wonderfully iconic Vancouver organization. They've created all sorts of weird little quirky things over the years and we love being part of that kind of stuff," Boulanger says. "We are pretty much the top corporate circus company in town, which means most of time people don't see our work. So it is fun to be able to say, 'Hey look. We exist.'"
Much of the aerial acrobatics in the grand finale show are set to music from B.C., including the crooning of Michael Buble, the folk music of Pied Pumkin and 1980s pop hits of Doug and the Slugs.
"We'll be showcasing a lot of our unique (acrobatic) apparatuses and it's kind of fun to be doing that with the work of B.C. musicians," Boulanger says.
COURTESY BEAU RIVAGE Bello Nock is back with Funambula, starting Tuesday. from: sunherald.com June 6, 2013 Bello is back GULFPORT,MS--Bello the comedic daredevil and circus star is back at the Biloxi Beau Rivage Theatre with his show FUNAMBULA (pronounced Fun-Numb-Boo-La) Tuesday through Aug. 11.
FUNAMBULA is derived from the Latin term fünambulus, meaning rope dancer. Performances by a cast of aerialists, acrobats and tightrope walkers promise to compel audiences to wonder if they are from another world. FUNAMBULA includes never-before-seen acts and will be performed for the first time on stage anywhere in the Beau Rivage Theatre.
Among the performers are two contortionists who twist their bodies and maneuver in a tiny glass cube, a troupe of talented trampoline jumpers, trapeze artists, and a rhythmic gymnast champion who has won competitions in the Ukraine and across the world.
Performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; no performances on Monday.
Tickets are $12.95, $16.95 and $24.95 plus tax and service fees. A family pack of four tickets is $40. Tickets are available at the Beau Rivage ticket office, by phone at 888-566-7469 or online at www.beaurivage.com.
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/06/06/4717682/circus-saints-and-billfish.html#storylink=cpy
Terry Fator - The Voice of Entertainment @TrumpTajMahal
Published on Jun 7, 2013
Terry Fator won $1,000,000 when he took first place honors at America's Got Talent in 2007. He came back to Atlantic City and specifically The Trump Taj Mahal with his voice, his talking friends, a rockin' band and a lot of fun! Video editing: C. Steiner; Video Produced by Lew Steiner, Publisher of Atlantic City Weekly and ACWeekly.com.
from: chathamdailynews.com By Kim Cooper, Special to QMI Agency Thursday, June 6, 2013 Do you realize how fortunate we are to live in such an amazing agricultural area? The business of agriculture takes a lifetime to learn about and for most of us that is not possible. For those of us raised in the city, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about the agricultural sector and their lifestyle through a number of various events and celebrations. One way is by attending agricultural fairs.
These agricultural fairs have a long history. There were two types of ancient fairs: trade shows and festivals. From the biblical "Fairs of Tyre" to Sturbridge Fair in medieval England, fairs were used as market places and carnivals. In the 1700's the British crossed the agricultural improvement society with the traditional trade fair/carnival and agricultural fairs were born.
These agricultural fairs were transplanted to the colonies by the earliest British settlers, and the concept of fairs soon flourished in North America. In Canada, the first agricultural society was formed in 1765 in Nova Scotia. Ontario followed in 1792 with the Agricultural Society of Upper Canada based at Niagara-on-the-Lake. From the Ontario strongholds, the concept of agricultural fairs spread west with the early settlers.
The system of agricultural societies and their fairs spread all over Ontario in the 1800s. They were organized by county and township groups and at one time numbered over 500 in Ontario alone. While agricultural societies used many methods to improve agriculture and the rural lifestyle, their most enduring legacy was the agricultural fair.
Industrial exhibitions and festivals came and went, but the fairs carried on. Agricultural fairs soon became part of Ontario's (and Canada's) culture, and they remain a very important part of our present society.
Ontario fairs have changed since their inception, but they still carry on their mandate of promoting agriculture and the rural lifestyle.
Here is a list of agricultural fairs in our region. Most of these events are held later on in the year, but there are some early fairs you might want to know about. These fairs are listed in order according to their 2013 dates. For a list of all the Ontario agricultural fairs, you can go to this website: (www.ontariofairs.org)
A cow on the run after escaping from a circus in central b Broome. (ABC News-Natalie Jones) June 6, 2013 From Western Austrailia-- A number of circus animals have been recaptured after breaking loose in the middle of Broome.
Cows, camels, llamas, horses and donkeys escaped from their temporary enclosure on Male Oval this morning after a fence post came loose.
It took Circus Royale staff about 10 minutes to round up the animals as onlookers watched in amusement.
Circus Royale spokesman Daman Syred says the animals may have been trying to take advantage of Broome's wet weather.
"We had a cow and a few of our horses decided to go for a run through some of the puddles that have formed here on the grounds in Broome, so yeah they had a bit of a run around on the oval," he said.
Performing Donkey Lola causes chaos on balcony in Brussels
Published on Jun 1, 2013
Police have demanded that Lola, a theatre-starring donkey, be removed from the balcony of a cultural centre in Brussels after complaints. Lola is currently starring in a play called "The Palestinian" at the Arab Cultural Centre. Her owner said she will continue to take her out onto the balcony to allow her to breathe. Report by Andrea Lilly.
A Circus Life film from: expressmilwaukee.com June 6, 2013
Normal life paused a century ago in many places when the circus came to town. The performers trouped down Main Street in a cavalcade of wagons heavily carved and gilded. By the 1950s those rolling sculptures were put to pasture, rotting in barns or turned into chicken coops. Wisconsin’s Chappie Fox, who made his life’s work out of rescuing those wagons and preserving them at Baraboo’s Circus World Museum, is the subject of A Circus Life. The documentary is also an informative look at an era when the traveling circus was part of the common cultural currency of America. (David Luhrssen)
The film shows on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Oriental Landmark Theatre
Level VFC Circus Returns for Third Year The Kelly-Miller Circus will be held Sunday.
The Kelly-Miller Circus attracted approximately 2,000 people in 2011. It will hold two shows on June 9 in Aldino. from: havredegrace.patch.com By Tyler Waldman June 4, 2013 Level Volunteer Fire Company's annual circus is back for a third year.
The one-ring Kelly-Miller Circus will be performed Sunday at the Legends of the Fog Showgrounds at 500 Carsins Run Road.
Now in its third year, the circus will feature aerialists, clowns, acrobats and animal rides. Performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Kids can arrive an hour early to ride a pony, elephant or camel, according to the company's website. The circus tent will be raised at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to watch.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Aldino Sod Farm (at 3603 Aldino Rd.), Havre de Grace Tourism Office or Back to the Racks Consignment Shop (at 2210 Old Emmorton Rd.).
from: trib.com By BENJAMIN STORROW Star-Tribune staff writer June 04, 2013 Fremont County,CO--The bungee jump at the Fremont County Fairgrounds was not inspected by fair or local officials prior to an accident that sent a 16-year-old girl to a Denver hospital with a serious head injury Friday.
Wyoming has no statewide regulations governing ride safety at fairs and carnivals, an absence that left some local officials wondering Tuesday if more safety measures were needed as the summer carnival season approaches.
“As far as I know there is no inspection that goes on here, at all,” said Riverton City Manager Steven Weaver. “There is no inspection from the city, or any permit from the city to allow them to do that.”
The girl, who was not identified, was injured when she hit the padding at the base of the bungee jump and then rolled off the contraption, striking her head on the asphalt surface below, said Fremont County Fair and Rodeo Director Barney Cosner. The girl was in stable condition, Riverton Police Capt. C.T. Smith said Tuesday.
Fair officials were unable to determine why she rolled off the pad, which is typically used to propel riders into the air, Cosner said. They ultimately decided to take it down and the ride was shipped back to the manufacturer on Saturday, he said.
The Riverton fair, dubbed the “Fremont County Spring Spectacular,” opened Friday and ran through Sunday. The carnival’s operator, North Star Amusement, did not return a request for comment.
Counties and municipalities are given the option of conducting safety inspections under state statute, but they are not mandatory.
Criss Crozier, executive secretary of the Wyoming Association of Fairs, said Wyoming does not have statewide regulations relating to ride safety.
“It’s different in each county,” she said.
Cosner said Fremont County fair officials did not check the jump prior to the accident. Such inspections are now left to the carnival operator, he said. Cosner was unsure if increased regulations would increase ride safety. read more: http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/teen-girl-injured-on-bungee-jump-at-riverton-fair/article_e92ed3eb-9836-55e1-8410-a895b97e4838.html
When a Circus Clown Moves from the Bright Spotlight to the Glow of Film: 'Pierre Etaix'
Pierre Étaix in Yoyo (1965) from: popmatters.com By Michael Buening 6 June 2013
Last October the Film Forum in New York City screened the five features and three shorts that were created by the French film director and comic actor, Pierre Étaix. (The series was partially cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.) Film nerds were salivating. If you haven’t heard of Étaix you are not alone. His films have rarely been screened since their creation, due to a long legal fight with his distribution company, which has led to his movies being more or less scrubbed from film history. But the legal issues have finally been resolved, new digital masters were created from the damaged negatives in 2010, and after being shown at the Film Forum, they are now being released as a box set by Criterion.
The story of the film’s loss and rediscovery makes for a fascinating and attractive story. In addition to his work as a director, Étaix was also a skilled circus clown and draftsmen and worked for a time as a gag writer and set designer for Jacques Tati. Étaix is a close friend to Jerry Lewis. Most of his film’s scripts were co-written by Jean-Claude Carrière, a hugely important screenwriter in European film from the ‘60s until today. In the general enthusiasm at discovering a potentially forgotten master there has been a bit of over-adulation. Étaix is not Buster Keaton or Jacques Tati, and I don’t think any of his movies could be called masterpieces. But some of them are very good, they are imaginative and carefully composed, with a distinctive and accomplished vision that deserves rediscovery. read more: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/171854-pierre-etaix/
Circus star will dangle upside from helicopter above the Beau Rivage
Bello Nock performing the Bellocopter stunt. from: wlox.om By WLOX Staff Updated: Jun 05, 2013 BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Billboards of circus star Bello Nock and the circus theatrical show Funambula line parts of I-10. Tomorrow those billboards come to life. Comedic daredevil Bellow Nock, who is one of the performers in "Funambula ", will perform jaw dropping stunt to kick-off the Beau Rivage's summer production.
He'll dangle upside down from a helicopter with no safety net or tether, 350 feet above Beau Rivage's front gardens. You're invited to bring your family and lawn chairs to the free event. Complimentary hot dogs and refreshments will be served.
In addition to the food they'll have live entertainment, face painting, balloon artists, giveaways and more. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. The Bellocopter stunt begins at noon.
Bello Nock's stunt in 2012 was a tight rope walk on top of the Beau Rivage The theatrical show begins Tuesday, June 11 through Sunday, August 11. The show features an international cast of aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and tightrope walkers in the Beau Rivage Theatre.
By Mike Gleason/Daily News staff from: Milford Daily News Jun 05, 2013
MENDON — The Mendon Lions Club will host the Kelly-Miller Circus once again this month, in an effort to raise funds for the club. The circus will be in town on Tuesday, June 25, and will host two shows. Tom Irons, a member of the Lions Club, said this is the sixth year the club has hosted a circus day. "In previous years, the money raised has been used for different things around town, like the pavilion at Memorial Field," Irons said. "This year, the money will be going to Lions charities, which primarily deal with eye-related issues. "We're able to raise several thousand dollars each time we have a circus," he added. The circus this year will feature numerous animals, including elephants, tigers and camels. There will also be a free tent-raising that morning. Irons said the turnout at the circus has been quite good. "The circus does very well in Mendon," he said. "Last year, they said, with the town before us, the tent was only half-full. Mendon sold out both shows." He said about 2,000 people showed up last year. The circus will hold its tent-raising at 8 a.m. on June 25 at the lot at the intersection of Milford Street (Route 16) and North Avenue. The shows will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1910063167/Mendon-Lions-to-host-circus-this-month#ixzz2VL4aDczK Follow us: @milforddaily on Twitter | 104182678168 on Facebook
Circus Sarasota adds managing director
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
SARASOTA - Circus Sarasota has promoted Jennifer Mitchell to managing director, a new position aimed at supporting the nonprofit’s growth.
She will lead the group’s day-to-day operations along with Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs-Reis, the founders and chief executive and associate director, respectively, of Circus Sarasota.
Mitchell joined Circus Sarasota in 2008 as marketing director, coordinating annual media events featuring aerialist Nik Wallenda, performer Bello Nock and others.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s of business administration from Everest University.
Mitchell is a former executive director and producer for the Miss American Teen Pageant Program and has coordinated hundreds of national events and activities during the last 20 years.
Circus Sarasota also announced that it has chosen Sarasota-based Be Creative Studios as its marketing agency of record to assist with brand, marketing and positioning strategy.
The organization is seeking to align the Circus Sarasota and Sailor Circus brands, “to elevate the circus performing arts message and raise awareness of its core community outreach programs,” the group said.
“These are exciting times for Circus Sarasota and we look forward to unveiling a whole host of new ideas next season,” Pedro Reis said.
By: KKTV Jun 04, 2013 Colorado Springs---The circus is coming to town this week, with a few changes that our viewers have been asking about.
We've learned that this year there will be no animal walk as part of the circus activities. According to a spokesperson for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Built To Amaze! show, coming to the Springs on Thursday, this year's animal walk will not take place.
Instead, circusgoers are invited to participate in the All Access Pre-show. All ticket holders are invited to join the fun and meet the Built to Amaze! international cast of performers as they prepare for the show. Additionally, ticket holders can gaze at the animals involved in the circus by taking a trip by the Animal Open House before each show.
Other activities include a dance party, the opportunity to try on custom designed costumes, learn circus skills and witness and win a one of a kind masterpiece created by Asia, Ringling Bros. own painting pachyderm.
Performers include Andre McClain, Ringmaster and cowboy; award-winning comedic animal duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia; the Tower Tumblers and the King Charles Troupe of unicyclists from New York City.
The shows will be held June 6-9 at the World Arena.
Resident seeks ordinance to ban circuses that use animals in their acts
Elephants and other circus animals are at the center of a debate in Milford, where a resident is pushing for an ordinance to ban circuses that feature animal acts. (File Photo) from: milfordmirror.com By Jill Dion June 4, 2013 Milford, CT--Circuses have long been a source of amusement and entertainment for young and old alike. They also have long been a point of contention between animal rights activists and the people who run the shows. Debates and studies can be found online, some supporting the animal right’s proponents, and others defending the treatment of circus animals. The show, and the debate, will be forefront in Milford next week when Cole Brothers comes to town with its elephants, tigers and other circus acts: In Defense of Animals will be there too, and is planning a protest on circus nights. “Classic Circus, American-style, complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns” will appear in Milford at the Westfield Connecticut Post mall from Monday, June 10, through Wednesday, June 12, with two Cole Brothers shows each day, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., according to a circus advertisement. The show features “Princess Vicenta’s astonishing assemblage of white tigers, awesome elephants with special guest star siblings, Babies Val and Hugo.” There will be daredevils, high wire acts, dogs, a human cannonball and clowns, the advertisement continues. Standing outside, likely at a distance as they have in past years, will be the people holding signs and urging others to put their wallets away and skip going to the circus. The protesters will include people like Milford resident Lorrie Davies, who is passionate about protecting animals and fighting for their well-being. read more: http://www.milfordmirror.com/7003/animal-rights-group-plans-to-protest-circus-in-milford/