Posts Tagged ‘circus’

OMG, It’s the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus – A Great Show at the Cow Palace – Eight Performances Through Labor Day

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Yesterday was media night at the circus (all the deets here). So I got tickets and you now get to see these photos and my impressions – that’s how it works.

I know some people/families who are planning on going on this long three-day weekend and I know others who aren’t interested at all. Me, I’d never been to a circus, except the deconstructed “human-only circus” known as Cirque du Soleil. So here we go.

Man, the 101 South had multiple accidents near Hospital Curve during yesterday’s Evening Drive? Sure seemed that way. The alternate route to the Cow Palace (camera right) was a hilly adventure in itself.

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An actual Showman:

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Man, this is one big road show – lots and lots of performers:

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I didn’t spot one tattoo. Amazing

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What’s this, Critical Mass? Lots and lots of BMX bikes

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If you like camels, this is the event for you – lots and…

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…and lots…

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…and lots of time with double-humped camels

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Bam, your high-wire act. This is impressive:

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Seats on the right side (I don’t know what to call it – the south side?) of our Cow Palace are particularly close to the action. They’re jumping around up there. For me, this was the highlight.

I’ve only seen this kind of thing in cartoons. Boom:

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What am I looking at here, is this real life? Some surreal scenes:

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Oh, a live orchestra in the pit? Didn’t expect that.

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And, ballerinas galore:

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And on and on.

Last night was the first show – they had $15 tickets available. The next eight shows start at $20. I paid $15 for parking, which I’d recommend paying for. If you see a free spot on Geneva right out front, you might want to go for that, but unless you show up way early, you’re not going to see that. They also have a more expensive lot close in but I wouldn’t recommend that.

Have fun!

OMG, the Circus is Coming to Town – Nine Shows At the Cow Palace Sept 3-7 – See the Elephants Before They Retire to Florida

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Well, here’s the news from National Geographic:

Ringling Bros. to Retire Its Circus Elephants – The circus will send its traveling Asian elephants to a conservation center by 2018.”

That means a 145-year tradition is about to end and this might be your last chance to see it.

I’m going, I’ll take a couple little squirts down there – I’ve never seen a circus.

At the Cow Palace this month, it’ll look something like this


Jan. 3, 2015 photo provided by Feld Entertainment Inc. – elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL

People seem to like this version of the road-show.


WHEN: Thursday, September 3 – Monday, September 7

Thursday, September 3 7:00 PM

Friday, September 4 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 5 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 6 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Monday, September 7 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM

WHERE: Cow Palace – 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA, 94134

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $27, $40 (VIP) and $75 (Front Row) Opening Night discount tickets are just $15! (select seating only; not valid on VIP/premium levels) All seats are reserved; tickets available thru, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office. *Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees

See you there!


All the deets:

“Extreme Thrills, Exotic Animals and Extraordinary Performers Take Circus to Max With The All-New Show
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME Coming To Sam Francisco September 17-20, 2015

(San Francisco, CA) – Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME.  Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at The Greatest Show On Earth.®  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME blends extreme circus displays for the ultimate family fun entertainment experience, playing  the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Thursday, September 3 through Monday, September 7.

Guided by Ringmaster David Shipman, Circus XTREME pushes the limits of excitement to features artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying beloved traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen contemporary spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Featuring an international assembly of over 100 performers spanning 13 countries around the world, the Ringling Bros. 145th Edition is highlighted by several unique acts including:

Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastics tricks
Caravan of Camels – the only act of it’s kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels
Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet
World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot from the cannon nearly 500 times
Mongolian Marvels strongmen create a human pyramid with a combined weight of over 880 pounds

Additional circus elements highlighted in the show including Bengal tiger presenter Taba; daredevil whirling Pendulum of Steel performance;  edge-of-your-seat high wire stunts, hilarious poodle tricks; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Be sure to arrive early to experience several fun-filled interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!”

The New Cirque du Soleil Show is Going to be Awesome – AMALUNA Starts 11-15-13 in SF, 1-22-14 in SJ – Buy Ticks Now

Monday, June 10th, 2013

I’ll ask you, have you ever been to a bad Cirque du Soleil?

Now, supposedly we had a bad one blow through town a few years back down at the Cow Palace. Your local MSM Arts crew was non-enthusiastic – not all of them wanted to go review it, see?  So comped tickets made it all the way down to people involved with lesser blogs, such as your truly.

And I’ll tell you, C du S in that ugly, ugly Daly City concrete blockhouse was awesome. They had like 17 bits to do and 16 of them were very impressive or better. And keep in mind that this was an older show that was put on not under the big tent.

So now we have a brand new show coming to town starting November 15th, 2013.

The time to buy tickets for it is right now. You’ll thank yourself later on.

All the deets:



Bonjour. Time is quickly running out for the pre-sale ofAmaluna in Northern California — tickets will be made available to the general public on June 14.*

San Francisco, CA
               At AT&T Park
Opening November 15, 2013
> Buy pre-sale tickets

San Jose, CA
               At Taylor Street Bridge – E Lot
Opening January 22, 2014
> Buy pre-sale tickets

Don’t miss this last chance to secure the best seats before everyone else!

We look forward to seeing you under the Big Top!

À bientôt !


OMG, Quidam from Cirque du Soleil is Off the Hook! See It Down at Daly City’s Cow Palace Before April 17th

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I’ll tell you, the only reason I know that the circus is in town is because it was on SFist the other day and I was like, well gee, I didn’t the memo on this one. Maybe it’s because it’s technically in San Mateo County on the east side of Daly City, this show didn’t get even a mention in the places where you think it might.

Well, I found that memo so I saw Quidam last night down at the Cow Palace* and let me tell you, everything in the joint, with maybe one exception, is totally off the hook, IMO.

This means that, in the opinion of Robert Sokol, I’m either:

1. A child: or

2. “Uninitiated

So, I don’t know, I’m not totally uninitiated in the sense that I saw bug-themed oVo a year and a half ago. Of course that was in a tent in SoMA and the Cow Palace is the total opposite of a high-cost tent in high-cost San Francisco. But I knew that going in, right?

Now do I think think that CduS sent its B-Team? Not at all. Everybody’s great. I wasn’t really into the gal up high on the swing bit, but that was the only act, IMO, that wasn’t amazing or that didn’t have something at the end that surprised you. And the clownish invite-audience-members-on-stage-gags were very amusing, very well done as well.

Oh, so there’s no review in the Chronicle, per se, but check out Sophie Brickman’s bit about what the performers eat on the road right here.

I don’t know, this is the second Cirque I’ve seen in my life so maybe that’s why I’m not offended by the idea of a human circus at the concrete and clay and general decay venue that is Our Historic Cow Palace.

Anyway, the fun ends this Sunday.

See you there!

All the credits after the jump

*Wow, the Cow Palace. Going there is like journeying into the past, into the 1960’s. I parked Mom’s Taxi across the street on Geneva instead of paying $15 to pahk the cahr in the yarhd. Good, good for me.


The Dos Equis Most Interesting Show in the World Tour 2009 is a Must See

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

As promised, the free, “hella entertainingMost Interesting Show in the World rocked San Francisco’s SoMA district last night at The Mezzanine. Dos Equis picked up the tab and brought a truckload of smooth, refreshing  XX Ambar (Amber?) and XX Lager to hand out for free. Verily, it was “dope.” If this is how our corporate overlords want to spend their money during a recession, whom are we to argue?

See below to discover if this show is coming to your town next. If you’re in Houston, Texas, you can get your ticks now. Otherwise, you’ll have to figure things out on your own. (You had to go through ShowClix to get tickets in S.F.)

[UPDATE: Now you can get tickets for all shows by clicking on TOUR DATES here and then on “RSVP” for your town. Still a few ticks left in Fun Diego, I see…]

Sax-playing host Angelo Moore of Fishbone is the high-energy MC on the MISW ’09 tour:

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The crowd seemed to be in a good mood:

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It’s Melody Sweets!:

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Beatboxer Butterscotch accompanying what must be the world’s largest saxamophone – a purple bass:

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The Human Spring!:

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There were whips and crossbows in the house, but edged weapons were the order of the day:

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Mr. and Mrs. G have a Mr. and Mrs. Smith thing going on, apparently.

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Aiming a crossbow using a mirror to pop a balloon. Love hurts:

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The whole shebang was a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank

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This was the line early on going up Jessie Street betwixt 5th and 6th Streets. But everybody got in so long as they had their printed-out ticket. The Mezz at Triple Four Jessie appears to be a well run nightclub, with an aware but mellow staff that enforces rules without any unneccesary vitriol. Hurray!

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Is it the Most Interesting Show in the World? Check it:


 Oct. 20        San Francisco        Mezzanine
 Oct. 21        Los Angeles          Avalon
 Oct. 22        San Diego            4th and B
 Oct. 23        Scottsdale           Venue of Scottsdale
 Oct. 26        Denver               Cervantes Masterpiece Bllrm.
 Oct. 29        Houston              Warehouse Live!
 Oct. 30        San Antonio          Scout Bar
 Oct. 31        Dallas               Granada Theater
 Nov. 1         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 2         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 6         Chicago              Park West
 Nov. 10        Atlanta              Variety Playhouse
 Nov. 11        Charlotte            The Visulite Theater
 Nov. 12        Baltimore            Recher Theater
 Nov. 13        New York             Webster Hall
 Nov. 18        Tampa Bay            Skipper’s Smokehouse
 Nov. 19        Ft. Lauderdale       Revolution Live

FREE! – The “Most Interesting Show in the World” Comes to the Mezzanine on Tuesday, October 20th

Friday, October 16th, 2009

[UPDATE: The San Francisco show was a smash success.]

Here are some more details for the Most Interesting Show in the World coming  this Tuesday night. It’s being paid for by our corporate overlords at Dos Equis beer, but you still have to get your free ticket before they’re all gone.  

Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $0.00/ticket Age Limit: 21+
Dos Equis and the Most interesting Man in the World are proud to present
Hosted by Angelo Moore of Fishbone!

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See you there!

Featuring a collection of incredible, mind-bending acts from around the globe including:

Burlesque Singer, Melody Sweets
The Dangerous Mr. and Mrs. G
World Famous Contortionist, Melanie Chi
The Human Slinky
The World’s Most Dangerous Comic, Mark Faje
The Human Beat-Box, Butterscotch

The Dos Equis “Most Interesting Show in the World” Comes to the Mezzanine Oct. 20th 2009

Monday, October 12th, 2009

[UPDATE: Uh oh, the show in San Francisco is now sold out – even though (or especially because) it’s free, it’s sold out. Sorry. Stay thirsty, my friends!]

[REUPDATE: The San Francsico show was a hit.]

Hey, you know what you ought to be doing next week on the evening of Tuesday, October 20? You ought to be going to the Mezzanine at Triple Four Jessie in the SoMA to see The Most Interesting Show in the World.

Why’s that? Because it’s an “Upscale, Offbeat Variety Show” inspired by the iconic and controversial “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign for Dos Equis beer.

People, the price is right on this one – the only question is how much work it’s going to be for you to get in. The whole shebang will be run by this buzz-saw-wielding fellow, Jim Rose:

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And you’ll get to see the versatile Melody Sweets - probably not as Tina Turner…

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…nor as a luau dancer…


…but you know Melody will most likely be more in a burlesque mode, if this article from Austinist last year is any indication.

How do you get tickets? I don’t know, but figuring that out will be something to work on this week, in’nt?

All the deets so far: 

Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Show in the World Returns With 16-City Nationwide Tour

Upscale, Offbeat Variety Show is Inspired by the Iconic ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ Campaign

Dos Equis today announced the return of “The Most Interesting Show in the World” tour (MISW), a one-of-a-kind, touring upscale, offbeat variety show inspired by the award-winning “The Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign.  This year’s MISW will once again feature a menagerie of multinational performers, including acrobats, beatboxers, burlesque performers, contortionists, crossbow marksmen and daredevils that will excite and delight audiences in 16 cities from coast to coast.

“We had great consumer response to the launch of the Most Interesting Show in the World last year and are focused on building upon that success to create an even more dynamic and unique brand experience,” said Paul Smailes, brand director for Dos Equis.  “We’re bringing together engaging new entertainers and previous fan favorites to thrill consumers and continue to reinforce Dos Equis as the champion of interesting.”

Angelo Moore, poet, spoken word performer, saxophonist and founding member of the influential punk rock band “Fishbone,” will serve as the show’s host and MC.

Beginning with San Francisco on Oct. 20, the MISW will travel from the West Coast to the East Coast and make 16 tour stops, including shows in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, enthralling audiences at upscale nightlife venues across the country with a unique blend of humor, seductiveness and visual entertainment.

New York-based Mirrorball is the experiential marketing agency in charge of the development and implementation of the multi-award winning MISW tour.

The show is written and produced by Randy Weiner and Weiner Entertainment Group.  Weiner is the creator of the “The Donkey Show,” a variety program that has toured New York, London, Madrid and Seoul, as well as the Las Vegas show “Beacher’s Madhouse.”

The MISW tour will be supported by online media and local in-market promotions.

 All MISW attendees must be 21 or over.

 For more information, please visit


 Oct. 20        San Francisco        Mezzanine
 Oct. 21        Los Angeles          Avalon
 Oct. 22        San Diego            4th and B
 Oct. 23        Scottsdale           Venue of Scottsdale
 Oct. 26        Denver               Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
 Oct. 29        Houston              Warehouse Live!
 Oct. 30        San Antonio          Scout Bar
 Oct. 31        Dallas               Granada Theater
 Nov. 1         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 2         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 6         Chicago              Park West
 Nov. 10        Atlanta              Variety Playhouse
 Nov. 11        Charlotte            The Visulite Theater
 Nov. 12        Baltimore            Recher Theater
 Nov. 13        New York             Webster Hall
 Nov. 18        Tampa Bay            Skipper’s Smokehouse
 Nov. 19        Ft. Lauderdale       Revolution Live

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Mother’s Cookies are Back! Circus Animals Return for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Boy oh boy, the Bay Area was bummed when Oakland-based Mother’s Cookies went belly up last year. But they’re back, baby, just in time for Mother’s Day, 2009. So it’s time to don your hipster T and wallow in nostalgia. Cue the Heavy Action fanfare from Monday Night Football and then contemplate the Howard Cosell-style voiceover (sadly banned from YouTube these days) copy you’d write to herald this news.  

That’s not to say that the old factory in Oakland has been secretly chugging away all these months behind closed doors Willie Wonka-style. That is to say Kelloggs is making Mother’s Cookies now. (Manufacturing tasty treats in the San Francisco Bay Area is a tough business, of course.)

Here are the old-school pink and white colors of Camel, Pig, Rhino, Elephant, Lion, and Bear – and look for yourself below to see the special Halloween colors:

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Here’s today’s press release:

The Comeback Cookie: Mother’s(R) Cookies Return

Kellogg Company Reintroduces the California Original – Mother’s(R) Cookies

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 5 /PRNewswire/ — Crestfallen cookie lovers once again can enjoy the sweet symbols of so many fond memories. Mother’s(R) cookies, the long-time family favorite, are making a comeback. With the same great taste fans remember, Mother’s(R) cookies made their highly anticipated return to store shelves in the Western region of the United States starting on May 4 – just in time for the 95th anniversary of Mother’s Day as well as the Mother’s(R) brand.

Since 1914, Mother’s(R) cookies have been delighting generations with favorites like the pink and white sprinkled Circus Animal(R) cookies and the rich, creme-filled Taffy(R) sandwich cookies. When the iconic brand ceased production in late 2008, cookie lovers lost not only a delicious snack, but a closely held family tradition. In December 2008, Kellogg Company acquired the trademarks and original recipes, ensuring that the cookies will continue.

“We’re thrilled to bring back a classic, beloved brand that calls to mind such strong feelings of nostalgia and happy childhood memories that parents want to pass down to their children,” said Doug VanDeVelde, senior vice president, marketing and innovation, U.S. snacks, Kellogg Company.

The Mother’s(R) cookies returning to the Western region of the United States include:

 —  Chocolate Chip
 —  Circus Animal(R)
 —  Cocadas(R)
 —  Double Fudge
 —  English Tea(R)
 —  Iced Lemonade
 —  Iced Oatmeal
 —  Macaroons
 —  Oatmeal
 —  Taffy(R)

 —  Vanilla Creme

 Mother’s(R) Milestones
From Mother’s(R) cookies’ humble beginnings on a street corner cart to the introduction of Original Circus Animal(R) cookies, today’s comeback would not be possible without Mother’s(R) cookies’ many loyal fans. Here are some memorable Mother’s(R) cookies milestones from the last 95 years:

1914 – N.M. (Noah) Wheatley runs a newspaper stand on the corner of San Francisco’s Market and Kearney Streets and decides to purchase the rights to a recipe of some home-baked cookies from one of his customers.

Circa 1915 – Wheatley trades in his corner stand and relocates to a small, one-person operation on 12th Avenue in Oakland, Calif. where he bakes about 2,000 cookies each day and night. His cookies sold for $1 a box, and his vanilla cookies were an overnight hit.

Circa 1920 – With help from a young woman named Leopoldine, the bakery grows and a romance begins. Noah and Leopoldine marry and together run the company until their son, Floyd Wheatley, is old enough to take over.

1922 – The bakery needs more space and moves to 18th Street, forcing the Wheatleys to sell their home and even their piano to pay for the move.

1949 – Success is sweet, and the bakery moves to 810 81st Avenue in Oakland, Calif. and grows to employ more than 750 people across several Western states.

1952 – Mother’s(R) cookies launches a unique promotion involving baseball player cards inserted in packages of cookies and continues to give them away as promotions at games until 1998.

1983 – Mother’s(R) cookies moves to the big screen in the movie Scarface.

2002 – Mother’s(R) cookies bakes more than 17 million cookies a day to keep up with demand.

2006 – Tough times force the company to close its operation in Oakland, Calif. and shift production to plants in Canada and Ohio.

 2008 – Mother’s(R) cookies closes its doors

 2009 – Mother’s(R) cookies return and fans everywhere rejoice.


For more information and to help spread the word about Mother’s(R) cookies return, visit

About Kellogg Company

With 2008 sales of nearly $13 billion, Kellogg Company is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods.  The Company’s brands include Kellogg’s(R), Keebler(R), Pop-Tarts(R), Eggo(R), Cheez-It(R), All-Bran(R), Mini-Wheats(R) Nutri-Grain(R), Rice Krispies(R), Special K(R), Chips Deluxe(R), Famous Amos(R), Sandies(R), Bear Naked(R), Kashi(R), MorningStar Farms(R), Gardenburger(R) and Stretch Island(R).  Kellogg products are manufactured in 19 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries.  For more information, visit  Kellogg Company’s Corporate Responsibility report including its approach, progress and future direction in the marketplace, workplace, environment and community can be found at  For information on Kellogg Company’s commitment to nutrition, visit