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April 3, 2011
A circus featuring mind-boggling human achievements, spectacular performances and dazzling sets vs. beaten-down elephants, whipped tigers and creepy clowns?  Cirque du Soleil wins hands down.  Katie Moore, Baltimore
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
If you happen upon Happenstance Theater during the next few weeks, count on some good old-fashioned entertainment. The ensemble makes its local debut at the Baltimore Theatre Project with two family-friendly shows celebrating vintage circuses and clowns. "We have a tendency toward the nostalgic," says Sabrina Mandell, who serves as co-artistic director, business manager, performer and more. The company got its start in the Washington metro area by, well, happenstance. Mandell, a visual artist and former sailer aboard rigged schooners, met Mark Jaster, a student of mime legend Marcel Marceau, at a clown workshop in 2006 and the two hit it off - so well that they got married and launched their own theater troupe, Happenstance Theater.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
The Thanksgiving meal waiting inside was warm and rich, but the scores of people standing in line outside at the Virginia S. Baker Recreation Center on Thursday morning looked somber as the cold wind whipped past them. But just after 10 a.m., a tiny woman in a leopard-print jacket and purple and black leotard showed up and began building an aerial rig resembling a giant swing set rising 22 feet into the sky in nearby Patterson Park. A group of friends — some buskers, some clowns, also dressed frivolously in tutus or cowboy vests — took to stilts or grabbed a hula hoop and began twirling.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Monster trucks, wild animals and figure skaters draw millions to Feld Entertainment's live traveling shows each year. But some of that magic comes from an unlikely arena — an industrial complex in Jessup. Thousands of stuffed toys, flashing light sticks and elephant-shaped snowcone cups move annually through Howard County, restocking concession stands at Feld's numerous events. The company produces such popular shows as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Disney On Ice and Monster Jam. "If you went to the circus and you didn't have the snowcones, cotton candy and popcorn, it wouldn't be the circus," said Feld spokesman Stephen Payne.
NEWS
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer | March 21, 1994
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus stars Vivien Larible and Dessi Espana are young European beauties with regal carriage and self-assurance that comes from defying death before thousands of people around the world."
NEWS
By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | June 23, 1995
Ladies and gentlemen, if you would give your undivided attention to the center ring, please.Presenting Mr. P. T. Barnum, showman extraordinarie, dreamer, schemer, patriot, newspaper editor and politician, in "Barnum," the play.The story of one of America's most colorful characters arrives on stage Thursday when Theatre on the Hill opens for its 13th season on the main stage of Alumni Hall on the Western Maryland College campus."He was the ultimate showman, he wrote the book on showmanship," said Ray Ficca, who plays Barnum.
NEWS
By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 19, 1998
THE STRIPED BIG TOP will go up in Manchester on Sept. 15, transforming the Manchester Carnival Grounds on York Street into the magic of the Roberts Brothers Three-Ring Circus.This circus is one of only a dozen or so in the nation that travel all summer, performing two shows a night at firehouses and parks in small towns like ours from New England to Florida.Show times in Manchester are at 5: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Tickets, available at Millers Market, are $6 for adults and $4 for children.
NEWS
December 16, 1992
Members of the Columbia Council deserve recognition for the entertainment they've been providing as they've labored these many months over whether the city should construct a new golf course. Chock full of so much theatrical buffoonery, the council's deliberations remind us of a B-grade circus. We all wonder with what pratfall or house-afire burlesque the show will finally end.Having all but promised a decision last week, a weak-kneed council once again put off a final determination on the golf course, a project that has been in the works in some form or fashion for close to a decade.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 22, 2000
The opening performance of a circus billing itself as the largest show under a tent was canceled yesterday by Anne Arundel fire inspectors for lack of proof that its tent set up early in the morning at the county fairgrounds met safety standards. County officials worked with management of the five-ring Carson & Barnes Circus to stage the show outdoors instead, according to Battalion Chief John Scholz, a fire department spokesman. While the circus operators decided to cancel a second performance last night, they planned to go on with the show and an altered schedule today under the biggest big top -- the sky -- at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Scholz said the fire department was alerted yesterday that the tent was being erected at the fairgrounds in Crownsville and found that the operators had not obtained a county permit for a tent being used for public assembly.
NEWS
By Christian Science Monitor | February 4, 1992
HANOI, Vietnam -- Ever since Soviet communism collapsed, life has not been the same under the Hanoi Big Top.For years, the Vietnam Circus basked in the light of world communism. Under the umbrella of the famous Moscow Circus, Vietnam belonged to the fraternity of acrobats, animal trainers and clowns created to build socialist solidarity.But now that light is dim, says circus director Nguyen Tam Chinh. Sitting in her office chilled by Hanoi's damp winter and filled with the trumpeting of elephants housed nearby, the one-time acrobat ticks off a list of new problems:* Thirty Vietnamese performers are stranded in Moscow where their subsidies and training have stopped.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visited a Baltimore staple Wednesday for a mid-circus snack. In town for performances at the Baltimore Arena since March 26 through April 6, the elephants visited the Lexington Market for a vegetarian buffet. Four Asian elephants made the trip, munching on bananas, carrots, apples and more outside the venue. Circus fans and children looked on in a rare opportunity to see the pachyderms on city streets. The meal is a staple alongside the circus, and has been held annually for 30 years while the elephants are in town.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
The Thanksgiving meal waiting inside was warm and rich, but the scores of people standing in line outside at the Virginia S. Baker Recreation Center on Thursday morning looked somber as the cold wind whipped past them. But just after 10 a.m., a tiny woman in a leopard-print jacket and purple and black leotard showed up and began building an aerial rig resembling a giant swing set rising 22 feet into the sky in nearby Patterson Park. A group of friends — some buskers, some clowns, also dressed frivolously in tutus or cowboy vests — took to stilts or grabbed a hula hoop and began twirling.
EXPLORE
By Lane Page | May 22, 2013
The circus has come to town! And it's the clown, jokes Greg May, who is running the business. A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College graduate and former member of its circus troupe, May is the clown in question, and the Center Ring Circus School is his own arena. Raised in Columbia, the Hammond High School alumnus is the son of community pioneers Betty (a swim, dance and theater instructor) and the late Dr. Gerald (a theologian, psychiatrist, author and possessor of a “sense of humor every bit as wacky as his circus clown son”)
TRAVEL
By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
People come back to Ocean City for the traditions - a favorite restaurant, beach spot or mini-golf course. For visitors looking to try something different, this season has a lot of new things to offer, whether you eat at the town's new (and only) Jewish deli, grab a beer at a new craft brewery or take time to go to the circus. And while you're enjoying what's new under the sun, take a moment to look at what's beneath your feet. The town just finished up the second and final phase of its three-year, $6 million boardwalk renovation project.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Rudolph S. Gebhardt, who went from being a circus performer to a banker, died Sept. 10 of a blood clot at his Clearwater, Fla., home. The former longtime Glen Arm resident was 86. The son of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers, Mr. Gebhardt was born in Baltimore and made his circus debut when he was 9 at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City, performing with his family's horses act. After the 1939 circus strike, he and his family free-lanced and worked for other circuses, horse shows, fairs and rodeos.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
A Baltimore circus-arts instructor and her students are at Niagara Falls today, where they'll be helping to prime the live audience for Friday's televised walk across the falls by high-wire artist Nik Wallenda. "It's going to be chaotic," Erica Saben, founder of Charm City Movement Arts, said Friday morning after arriving at Niagara Falls the previous afternoon. "I hope we'll get a good spot to watch the walk ourselves. We'll have to see how big the media hype is. " Wallenda's family has been walking high wires as the Flying Wallendas for generations.
NEWS
By Sarah Gantz and Sarah Gantz,Tribune Washington Bureau | February 4, 2009
WASHINGTON - A coalition of animal protection organizations is suing Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey to stop what they call harsh methods of training and controlling the circus's Asian elephants. The group argues that the chains and instruments shaped like fireplace pokers are inhumane and violate the Endangered Species Act. In a trial that begins here today in U.S. District Court, lawyers for the plaintiffs will argue that Ringling abuses its elephants by using a hooked pole, or "bull hook," that punctures the animals' leathery hide behind the ears, under the trunk and on the legs, where skin is thinnest.
SPORTS
June 10, 2012
South Beach needs talents Omar Kelly Sun Sentinel Let us play connect the dots. The Dolphins are in need of solid, proven playmaking receivers, and general manager Jeff Ireland wouldn't rule out adding one after the draft. Ireland loves to explore acorns, and Ochocinco, a native of South Florida, seems to have just fallen off a tree in New England. Ochocinco grew up loving the Dolphins and often attended Miami's home games during his bye weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Long before the throngs of audience members generate "oohs" and "ahhs," the staff of the UniverSoul Circus begins to craft its unusual performances, spending months combing the globe for fresh acts. The result includes performers such as the Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats from China and hip-hop contortionists from Guinea. With this array of international talent, it's fitting that this year's tour has been entitled "US. " "In our mind, when you come to UniverSoul, you see a culture that really mirrors society," said Paula Murphy, executive vice president of the traveling circus, which performs at Security Square Mall through Sunday.
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