September 8, 1995 |
The $400,000 aluminum and glass modern sculpture that soars across the ceiling of the Convention Center's Grand Hall has been given a new name. First called "Virgo," its creator, New York artist Judy Pfaff, has now decided on a new moniker, "cirque CIRQUE. " That's circus, circus in French and it is something of a high-wire act. The $2 million art collection for the center has now been completed and the Convention Center Authority will honor the artists at a luncheon today.
June 10, 1990 |
The Backyard Circus found plenty of eager recruits in Caln Township earlier this month. The circus set up a tent at Brandywine Hospital's Strawberry Festival, and children from the audience dressed up as lions, acrobats and ballerinas. The circus was part of Midway Caravan carnival of Freeville, N.Y.
August 29, 1991 |
All aboard, for the final feat of the Moroccan Connection during a performance Saturday of the Bentley Bros. Circus. The circus' 19th annual show at the Devon Horse Show grounds benefited the Lower Merion Fraternal Order of Police.
May 20, 1993 |
The Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus brought its elephants, tigers, clowns and other performers to the Exton Square Mall over the weekend. Two shows each were performed Saturday and Sunday in a parking lot outside the mall.
April 18, 2002
FOR WELL over two centuries, members of the animal kingdom have played an integral role in the circus experience, in partnership with human performers who have loved and devoted their lives to their care. It is true that there exists the potential for abuse in this and most other forms of guardian or parental relationships, but wisely, society does not seek to ban or outlaw all nurturing of its children. However, there are misguided individuals and organizations trying to do just that in regard to the universally beloved institution we call the circus.
August 23, 1986
I am looking at the front page of the Aug. 12 Inquirer. A large picture shows two policemen prying open the trunk of a car that was abandoned for three days and from which, reportedly, a putrid odor was emanating. Hundreds of spectators are being restrained by police barricades. The obvious question: Why not tow the car to the privacy of a police garage and then open the trunk rather than make a circus out of something which, in a civilized society, should be the very antithesis of entertainment?
August 29, 2003
RE R.F. Houston's letter (Aug. 12) suggesting "wild animals live considerably longer in humane and protective environments," in defense of circus entertainment: Sure, but at what cost? We in prison have the same advantages as the caged animals. We too are kept in humane and protective conditions. Free room and board, food, utilities, and yes, free health care. Again, at what cost? You can't put a price on freedom. Granted, we screwed up and deserve to be here. However, given a second chance at life, we'd much prefer to pay our own way, and be out free.
August 1, 2003
IT IS regrettable that the prestigious Liacouras Center at Temple will be the site of a panorama of pain euphemistically termed a "circus. " Sterling & Reid Bros. will be bringing a collection of captive animal pawns forced to perform unnatural and frightening acts as a result of the generous use of whips, bullhooks, electric prods and deprivation of food and water. Circuses are nothing more than an exercise in cruelty and exploitation masquerading as family entertainment.
April 14, 2000 |
How would you like to be shot out of a cannon? Well, it's a living. Actually, John Weiss loves it. In the 19 years he's been with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, he has been a human projectile about 4,000 times. He is getting his highs now at the First Union Spectrum, where what is billed as the 130th edition of "The Greatest Show on Earth" opened last night for a 10-day run. In his act, Weiss wears a multicolored clown costume but nothing special for padding, just back and knee supports.
September 21, 2015
Three-ring circus After reading each day of the latest plans for the pope's visit and then "Towing to begin a week before visit" (Sept. 11), I have a clear image of a three-ring circus, with three simultaneous, unrelated tricks performed without a program. The viewer just watches as tricks unfold. What happened to good planning and execution? We would never survive in business with this poor rendition of planning. How can we show ourselves as world-leader-worthy when we have no one capable of putting together a truly integrated, positive event for all involved?