10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.

Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric, mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back    More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

Join the Circus: Wanderlust Video Shoot

Calling all circus lovers: Wanderlust needs you to bump, grind and bounce for the camera. Today, Portland's Wanderlust Circus invites the public to its Mega-Bounce video shoot. In promotion for a party this March, Wanderlust is filming a mock celebration. "We need 200-500 people to act like the crowd at a crazy circus party," organizers explain. "Lots of dancing, confetti cannons, bouncy balls, ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

The Greatest Pouf on Earth

Behold: the Circus Pouf. A 20-inch spherical pillow sewn from the pieces of a traveling circus tent—or so legend would have it. You can use it as a floor cushion and sit on it. You can treat it like an ottoman and rest your feet upon it. Your pet seal can balance and roll it on his nose. And so on. It is truly the greatest pouf on earth. If Retail Therapist had a soul, she would promptly ...   More
Friday, March 5, 2010 Retail Therapist

Live Review: Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

It's back, folks! The Seussy Cirque du Soleil has returned to Portland for just over a month with its disturbingly flexible contortionists (as in a woman breakdancing around her own eerily smiling head), customary hula hoop and trapeze tricks, dramatic background music, endearing (usually) audience abuse, and a vague story line tying it all together. The Canadian alternative circus troupe is ...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

PETA Takes The Fun Out of Everything

PETA protesters, calling the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus "The Cruelest Show on Earth," gathered downtown today to protest the circus's Sept. 2-5 visit to Portland. And in true PETA fashion, the animal rights group had a hook for its noon demonstration at the corner of Southwest Yamhill and Broadway. The protest of about 10 demonstrators was centered around Nicole Matthews, a ...   More
Thursday, August 12, 2010 Sarah Jacoby


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