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September 8, 1995 | GEORGE MILLER/ DAILY NEWS
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.
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June 10, 1990 | Special to The Inquirer / BOB WILLIAMS
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.
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August 29, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / PAOLA TAGLIAMONTE
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.
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May 20, 1993 | For The Inquirer / ELEFTHERIOS KOSTANS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2000 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 8, 2015 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
WITH apologies to Stephen Sondheim: Send in the clowns. There ought to be clowns . . . but wait, they're already here. How many Republican candidates can one get into one of those miniature cars in the center ring of the presidential circus now playing an extended gig in various locations throughout the country? There are already some 14, or is it 15, who want to be the GOP's nominee for the job no one in his right mind would want in the first place. Among the latest, of course, are the comb-over champion of the western world, Donald Trump, and the specialist in traffic jams, Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
ONE OF OUR local elected officials has quite the soft spot for our furry friends. State Sen. Daylin Leach has introduced a bill that would ban the practice of using wild animals in circus acts. He was in Bryn Mawr this past weekend to host a screening of the film "Lion Ark," produced by Jan Creamer , founder of Animal Defenders International. "Every day, more and more people from all over the world realize that we should not use cruelty and confinement to force animals to do tricks for our entertainment," Leach told me. "It's time to free circus animals from their cages.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN A MOVE sure to please animal-rights activists and the janitors who sweep up behind them, elephants are being phased out at the circus. This means when they travel, they'll no longer have to pack their trunks. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus , who have been parading pachyderms since P.T. Barnum introduced Jumbo in 1882, are putting their elephants out to pasture by 2018. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing, but soon they all will be retired to the circus' 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forget the oversize video screens, the thundering music, the light show, and the scores of sexy dancers. What matters to illusionist Andrew Basso, one of the seven headliners in the stage extravaganza The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible , is the intimate connection he develops with the people, usually wide-eyed and open-mouthed, who see him do his thing. "I love the live audience," Basso said during a recent visit to South Street Magic Shop in Center City. "Magic transmits something to the audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bread and circuses: They make the world go round. Sure, things weren't so hot this year when it came to bread. But the circuses were as healthy as ever in 2014, thanks to a constant supply of silly, stupid, narcissistic, and sex-obsessed celebs. But this year, the usual round of frolicking, twerking, punch-ups, meltdowns, and arrests was punctuated by some of the darkest sex scandals in recent memory. Explosive allegations brought down cultural icons as respected and admired as Bill Cosby and as popular as Stephen Collins . So we begin with the abysmal and abyssal and try to work our way up to the merely absurd.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
THE HARRISBURG porn circus consuming the state's Capitol added a third ring yesterday. The first ring: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane last month released a selection of explicit emails sent and received by Gov. Corbett 's top deputies when he was attorney general. The second ring: State Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery continued their long-running feud, swapping accusations this week after Castille disclosed that McCaffery sent and received many of the explicit images.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
IN RESPONSE to Robert Bryan's remarks concerning black people "crying" racism: What planet do you live on? Better yet, what country? After 300 years of slavery followed by 100 years of segregation and discrimination, do you think racism magically disappeared after the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Let's fast-forward to current events. It appeared, after the election of the first African-American president, that we had moved to a postracial era. Hardly, with the racial and derogatory terms used against him and the apparent lack of respect throughout Congress toward him. This historical event has been mired in hate-filled actions and has spawned extremist groups that did not exist under any other presidents.
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are all too familiar with the risks that come with performing death-defying acts to captivate audiences. Performers train for and live for the thrill of the big top and accept the dangers of the profession. For them, life is always a circus. A horrifying accident at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show in Rhode Island two weeks ago put a glaring spotlight on those risks and how performers cope with the dangers of the business. "You can't think about the accident when you perform," Svetlana Gololodova, a veteran aerialist with the Cole Bros.
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was all anyone at Philadelphia's circus school could talk about Monday: the horrifying accident that injured nine Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers during a Sunday show in Rhode Island. "My heart just dropped," said Lynn Lunny, a 32-year-old acrobat and teacher at the school. "A circus job," noted Lin Jun Ming, 35, another teacher and performer, "is a dangerous job. " That reality became freshly and shockingly plain in Providence, when a support on a suspended metal frame broke and sent eight female aerialists plummeting 20 or more feet to the ground.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
A chateau fit for Kimye Rumors are greatly exaggerated that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian plan to hold their scandalous, moneymaking circus sideshow (i.e., their wedding) at France's opulent Palace of Versailles, which Louis XIV made his HQ in 1682. No, it's another more recent gaudy, over-the-top spot the couple are eyeing: the equally luxurious, if seriously nouveau and arriviste , Ch√Ęteau Louis XIV, a faux 17th-century-style pile constructed between 2008 and 2011.
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