Friday, September 16, 2011

Circus Event Roundup & Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Fest Highly Recommended!

Come on out to Eckhart Park (Chicago & Noble) this Friday through Sunday for circus fun and more!   Gates are at noon daily.

What's it all about?
The ability to let oneself go and be enthralled by a Brilliant moment of entertainment and spectacle is at the heart of human experience. At every corner of the globe people come together to enjoy both the most Popular and also obscure ways of human amusement. Some might say that Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements hopes to reinvent the traditions of Vaudeville for a 21st century audience –  a live mash up of art forms and entertainment under one umbrella. 

Our ultimate goal is to create a distinct environment that allows a wide audience to be entertained with the most creative ideas and performers regardless of genre. As a production the event has no stylistic boundaries, it can  incorporate circus artists, music, comedians, short film and hopefully more. Additionally it is not wedded to a festival, time or place. We may pop up in your neighborhood park, at a nearby theater for one night, or just parading down your block.

Our inaugural event will run three days and transform Chicago’s Eckhart Park into a playground for adults and children alike September 16-18, 2011.

Access to the event grounds will be free and open to the public, where patrons can enjoy an outdoor music stage, sideshows, the renown Renegade Craft fair and a hand selected farmers market. For featured ticketed shows two large big top circus tents will feature performances from a variety of music, circus performers and audio visual experimentation. Performers to include:

Shellac, El Circo Cheapo,

Bill Callahan, School of Seven Bells, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, The Amazing George Orange, 

Bomba Estereo, Dan Deacon, Sidi Toure, Charles Bradley, Richochet Project,  A Taste of Zoppe, Fool’s Gold and more.

Circus Here & Now
This weekend only: Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement – a music, film, crafts, comedy and circus – at Eckhart Park (W Chicago and N Noble). Catch afternoon shows with the GENTILE FAMILY in the new Zoppé European-style Big Top. Shows 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday ONLY. 

The new festival, produced by the same company that brings you the Pitchfork Festival at Union Park, will include performances by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus [sic] ( caveat: not always "family-friendly" shows, but producing New England's upcoming AYCO regional festival

and Chicago's own "underground" circus, El Circo Cheapo. El Circo Cheapo is a creation of the Aloft Loft and if you're lucky you might catch Brian P. Dailey and/or "Dizzy Lizzy" Gifford in the shows this weekend. Others you may know in the Cheapo show: Nich Galzin; Ariele Ebacher will perform with Zoppé.

There will even be carnival rides!    Check out their main web site for the full line up.    

This weekend opens a 6-week run of circus in Chicigo Park District Parks, in 
partnership with Chicago's Midnight Circus. This weekend they begin with shows at Welles Park. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Park District.   Check out their web site for details

Kelly Miller Circus, one of the few remaining "mud shows" touring US soil, performs in McHenry, IL tonight 9/15 and in Vernon 
Hills, IL tomorrow 9/16. 

Circus Save the date:
UniverSoul Circus will run 21September - 16 October at Washington Park.

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