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Maine performers react to circus school news

Much of Portland was shocked last week when it was announced that the tenants for the forthcoming Thompson’s Point development would include a Circus Conservatory of America/
Clowning around
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 30, 2013

Review: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

A pixie-haired girl (Erica Linz) catches the eye of a strapping young aerialist (Igor Zaripov) in a traveling circus, and the two are transported to a dimension that's made up of set pieces from every Cirque du Soleil show under the, well, soleil.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Nitro Circus: The Movie

At the beginning of Gregg Godfrey and Jeremy Rawle's loose documentary about the title troupe, two men dressed in Evel Knievel jumpsuits help launch a friend off of an impossibly high building for a base-jumping stunt.
Gregg Godfrey and Jeremy Rawle's loose documentary
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  August 17, 2012

Bozo-a-go-go: Four ways to get in touch with your carny side

Cirque du Soleil's Totem and the Big Apple Circus come to the city for a temporary stay, but a circus community exists in Boston all year. Here's how you can join it.
Stay home and join the circus
By SARAH DWYER  |  July 27, 2012
Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012

Big top on the small screen

Circus Smirkus, the Vermont-based youth circus that visits Maine every summer, will appear on Maine televisions in a documentary highlighting both the performances and the struggles — physical and financial — of a small traveling show.
Kids on film
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2012


Cirque de Ville will go over the top at the Dorrance

It doesn't take a particularly agile imagination to step back in time at the Dorrance, the restaurant and bar that opened in the old Union Trust bank building downtown last fall. The marble floors, the high ceilings, the stained-glass windows — they all
Three-Ring Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  February 24, 2012

Cirque Dreams gets seasonal at PPAC

There is plenty of color and spectacle for the little ones and dexterous skill for the big kids (aka adults), as Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles at the Providence Performing Arts Center through December 18.
An acrobatic Holidaze
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2011
night circus, book cover

The Night Circus

The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a
Excerpted from the novel by Erin Morgenstern
By ERIN MORGENSTERN  |  July 22, 2011

Ask a Carny III

One carny's solutions to everyday problems.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  July 08, 2011

Review: Circo

Out there on the dusty back roads of rural Mexico, that's where American documentarian Aaron Schock went to find a bona fide old-time circus, with a roaring lion and tigers and tightrope walkers under an actual big top.
Gran Circo Mexico
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2011


The World/Inferno Friendship Society | The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

Jack Terricloth once likened playing in a band to being married and having a full-time job. Hence, his World/Inferno Friendship Society fashion themselves a kooky circus punk co-op, not a band.
Chunksaah Records (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 18, 2011

Gift Guide 2010: Books that'll make your coffee table look smart

There are books, and then there are deluxe books. They're like normal books, but more badass.
 Rock of Pages

Photos: Jerkus Circus at Oberon [verging on NSFW?]

Jerkus Circus takes comedy, burlesque, and freaky stunts to Club Oberon on November 12, 2010.
Jerkus Circus, live at Oberon, on November 12, 2010
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 19, 2010

Photos: Solstice Circus's Autumnal Equinox Show

The Solstice Circus perform a special Autumnal Equinox show at Plough & Stars on September 23, 2010.
Solstice Circus celebrate the "FREAKquinox" at the Plough and Stars
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 08, 2010

Juggling act

Bobby works on his circus act.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 17, 2010


The joy of risk

The solo performances of Michael Moschen have many elements to them: dance movement, juggling, theater, pantomime, the balancing and acrobatic skills of a circus artist, the illusion-making craft of a magician.
Michael Moschen is alive!
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2010

Photos: Britney Spears at TD Garden

Photos of Britney Spears' Circus tour at TD Garden
Britney Spears, live at TD Garden on August 29, 2009
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  September 04, 2009

Slideshow: Britney Spears at the Garden

Photos of Britney Spears, live at the Garden, March 16, 2009
Britney Spears, live at TD Banknorth Garden, March 16, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  March 17, 2009