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Big top magic

HANOVER, N.H. — For a few fleeting moments, they are just kids again. No clown noses. No pancake makeup. No stilts or silly pratfalls. No calliope music. And no enraptured audience to please. Just kids with athletic bodies under a hot July sun, splashing in the Connecticut River and having the time of [...]

By |2019-08-05T07:47:17-05:00August 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Big top magic

Two Peru natives keep circus tradition alive playing, building rare instruments

PERU – When Jacob Minns was 12 years old, his piano teacher took him to the Peru Circus City Festival for a special excursion to try his hand on a one-of-a-kind steam calliope. Minns sat down at the miniature keyboard, played a song called “Oh! Dem Golden Slippers” – and was hooked. “I [...]

By |2019-07-22T02:23:52-05:00July 22nd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Two Peru natives keep circus tradition alive playing, building rare instruments

Minnesota History: Recalling St. Peter’s circus couple with elephant at grave

Something quirky caught William Pedersen's eye as he pedaled past Greenhill Cemetery during a bike ride along Sunrise Drive in his hometown of St. Peter, Minn. "I thought it was a strange sight, especially in a cemetery," Pedersen said in an e-mail. "It was a replica of an elephant, apparently set in as [...]

By |2019-07-22T02:17:55-05:00July 22nd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Minnesota History: Recalling St. Peter’s circus couple with elephant at grave

In First For Berklee, Students Join The Circus (Sort Of) To Make Music Fit For Clowns

Circuses are visual extravaganzas, often featuring jugglers, high-flying acrobats and wacky clowns. But there’s another dramatic element in the big top experience, and it's usually one that goes unseen: the music. To make this art more visible, a Berklee College of Music professor recently pulled back the curtain on one of his own [...]

By |2019-07-22T02:12:19-05:00July 22nd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on In First For Berklee, Students Join The Circus (Sort Of) To Make Music Fit For Clowns

Giffords Circus creator Nell Gifford interview: ‘This circus is my lifeline during cancer treatment’

The sound of a trumpet player tuning up comes from the walled garden of Chiswick House. Giffords Circus has come to town and there’s an hour to go before showtime. A dance troupe from Havana are stroking the horses and excitement is in the air after a visit from Phoebe Waller-Bridge earlier in the week. [...]

By |2019-07-14T10:17:45-05:00July 14th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Giffords Circus creator Nell Gifford interview: ‘This circus is my lifeline during cancer treatment’

Calder’s Delightful Tiny Circus is Back in Town

Treats keep popping out of the Whitney Museum of American Art like clowns from a Volkswagen. Behold its reinstallation, on view starting June 28th, of one of the most beloved, fun, and radical works of 20th-century American art: Alexander Calder’s completely refurbished, transcendentally joyous Circus. Made between 1926 and 1931, when Calder, the son [...]

By |2019-07-04T00:22:54-05:00July 4th, 2019|2019, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Calder’s Delightful Tiny Circus is Back in Town

How a Former Trapeze Artist Is Honoring His Past by Making Pinot Noir

In the late ’90s, Michael Browne and Dan Kosta famously made a single barrel of Pinot Noir. The rest, as they say, was history.  Kosta Browne Pinot Noirs garnered so many fans over the years that allocations became prized commodities, and wait times for their mailing list long. Looking back, Browne admits that those early Kosta [...]

By |2019-06-21T00:18:35-05:00June 21st, 2019|2019|Comments Off on How a Former Trapeze Artist Is Honoring His Past by Making Pinot Noir

Wisconsin bar owner uncovers huge, 134-year-old circus poster

All Ron Berger wanted was to install a door between two buildings. Instead, much to his astonishment, he opened a window into the early history of Durand, Wisconsin, on Labor Day weekend 2015 when he cut a hole in the wall separating the family business from the property next door to accommodate an [...]

By |2019-06-01T10:56:22-05:00June 1st, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Wisconsin bar owner uncovers huge, 134-year-old circus poster

Sarasota Sea Lion Preserve owner dies

UPDATE: (Gathering of family and friends for Marco Peters will be held 2-4 p.m., May 18 at the Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton) In December, Myakka City's Marco Peters was thrilled to open his Sarasota Sea Lion Preserve to the public, allowing the community to meet his [...]

By |2019-05-17T05:07:53-05:00May 17th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Sarasota Sea Lion Preserve owner dies

Julio Revolledo, Considered the Greatest Historian of Mexican Circus, Has Died.

Julio Revolledo Cardenas, widely considered to be the number one historian of Mexican circus, passed away last night in the city of Cuernava, Morelos.  His legacy consists of his efforts to rescue the history of the circus in Mexico, and his work in creating the Bachelor’s degree program in Performing Arts and Contemporary [...]

By |2019-05-08T09:30:33-05:00May 8th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Julio Revolledo, Considered the Greatest Historian of Mexican Circus, Has Died.