June 14, 2016 |
WHEN YOU go to the circus you only want to see the bearded lady once. You could watch the daring young man on the flying trapeze over and over again, but nobody keeps going back to the freak show The senior tour has its bearded lady. John Daly last month joined the PGA Tour Champions. Now he travels from town to town in his superbus, playing powerful, indifferent golf and drawing his NASCAR crowd: fans who love his folksy manner but know that, at any moment, he might crash and burn.
May 14, 2016 |
As the traditional circus changes with the times, the list of entertainment that brands itself as such has grown beyond Barnum & Bailey (although, we've got that, too). It's a season filled with acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers. Philadelphia looks even more like a three-ring circus than it usually does. Cirque du Soleil's OVO The Franco-Canadian import Cirque du Soleil has changed the energy of the circus art form with subtle touches when it comes to slapstick clowning, hand-to-hand balancing acts, choreographed movement, and athletic, jazzy aerial work.
May 11, 2016 |
THE ELEPHANTS are gone from the Ringling Bros. circus. I am glad and amazed. The orca shows at Sea World are next to go. Glad and amazed again. These decisions are "game-changing," according to Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal advocacy group. The elephants are also gone from the Philadelphia Zoo, glad again, although I know children miss the thrill of their gentle enormity. Zoos elsewhere have or will shed their pachyderms.
April 13, 2016 |
WHEN HE was 12, he ran away to join the circus. He didn't really know why. Sixty years later, Michael Margolis realized he wanted to be a Strongman. Strongman is an archaic term describing a muscular man you would find in almost every circus sideshow. Some lifted enormous weights. Some tore telephone books (remember them?) in half. Some burst through steel chains around their chests. Some bent steel - and that's what Margolis decided he wanted to do, last October. Today, you can see him doing it on his Facebook page.
April 6, 2016
By Toby ZinmanFOR THE INQUIRER Philadelphia Artists' Collective has gently transformed the dignified and beautiful Broad Street Ministry into a circus tent, with red and white banners and strings of colored lights. The occasion is their production of He Who Gets Slapped , another of their unearthed forgotten plays, although this one might have stayed buried with nobody the sadder. Written by Leonid Andreyev and translated from Russian to English in 1922, this current adaptation is by Walter Wykes and is directed by Damon Bonetti.
February 23, 2016 |
Animal-rights activists standing watch this weekend at the Broad Street entrance to the Wells Fargo Center were unsuccessful at keeping Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus showgoers at bay. The protesters held well-worn signs warning "Animal Abuse Inside," "Caged for Life" and "Wild Animals Belong in the Wild" - most directing the inquisitive to visit circuses.com, which actually links to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "Those with tickets are still driving in," admitted Camden-based sign-toter Brian Foglia, sporting a Cumberland Valley SPCA logo on his jacket.
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | ANIMAL TREATMENT Captivity endangers circus elephants The death last month of a 2-year-old Asian elephant named Mike at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' breeding and training compound in Florida is another stark reminder that elephants do not belong in captivity. Mike probably died from elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, a pathogen commonly found among captive, young elephants. Research suggests that young elephants are susceptible to the virus because of the stress of captivity.
January 17, 2016
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Game Change writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann cover the 2016 presidential race in this weekly show. 8 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy's great novel done by Lifetime, you say? It's not as bad as it sounds. Paul Dano ( Love and Mercy ) leads a cast that boils down the Russian saga to its most exciting bits (think romance, death) without the bothersome moralizing. 9 p.m. Monday on Lifetime. Baskets . Zach Galifianakis could have kept doing middling movie comedies ( The Campaign , anyone?
January 10, 2016 |
The big problem in reviewing the exceptional triple bill of Delaware Valley rock acts that performed Thursday at Johnny Brenda's - West Philly's I Think Like Midnight, Fishtown-connected Creem Circus, and headliner Brother JT, based in Easton - is obvious. Just noting these veteran local players' pedigrees would take more space than we have here. Best to highlight the music, and let respective backstories emerge in details. I Think Like Midnight lived up to their self-describing motto, "future instrumentals for your now," dipping into their debut album, Warm Seclusion Structure , for a few numbers - including the propulsive "Ground Effect Aircraft" - before assaying a wealth of new material, including the Philadelphia-specific "River Wards.
November 2, 2015 |
A 19-year-old trapeze artist was injured after falling Saturday during a UniverSoul Circus show in West Philadelphia. The show identified him as Chenglong Wu, a performer with the Wuhan Flying Trapeze act of China. Police said he fell 30 feet from his apparatus and was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. UniverSoul said Wu suffered a lower-back injury and was expected to make a full recovery. Fateemah Daniels, 27, of South Philadelphia, said she was at the 4 p.m. show in the 2,000-person-capacity tent set up on the 5200 block of Parkside Avenue.