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OMG, It’s the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus – A Great Show at the Cow Palace – Eight Performances Through Labor DayFriday, September 4th, 2015
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.
An actual Showman:
Man, this is one big road show – lots and lots of performers:
I didn’t spot one tattoo. Amazing
What’s this, Critical Mass? Lots and lots of BMX bikes
If you like camels, this is the event for you – lots and…
…and lots of time with double-humped camels
Bam, your high-wire act. This is impressive:
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:
What am I looking at here, is this real life? Some surreal scenes:
Oh, a live orchestra in the pit? Didn’t expect that.
And, ballerinas galore:
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.
OMG, the Circus is Coming to Town – Nine Shows At the Cow Palace Sept 3-7 – See the Elephants Before They Retire to FloridaTuesday, 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.
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 Ticketmaster.com, 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:
(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 NowMonday, 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:
|AMALUNA UNDER THE BIG TOP
ACCESS TICKETS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE
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
San Jose, CA
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 !
More Cowbelle: OMG, the San Francisco Bulls Cow Belles “Ice Girls Squad” is Adore-A-Bull – Union Square SkatingMonday, December 10th, 2012
Hurry on down to Union Square before the holiday ice skating rink leaves us on January 21, 2013.
This was the scene on December 6th: Drag Queens On Ice 2012: Bigger, Better and Bawdier!
Simply everybody was there to cheer on the queens, including members of the San Francisco Bulls hockey team and the concomitant Cow Belles:
San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team’s Cow Belles
Today’s ‘Xam has an ad for a singles night – maybe they’ll have another one of those soon.
All right, see you there, in the square!
OMG, Your Chance to Audition for the “X Factor” Show on Fox-TV is Coming Up April 18-20, 2012 – See You at the Cow Palace!Friday, March 9th, 2012
All your deets are right here.
“What are we looking for?
We’re looking for solo singers, girl groups, duos, boy bands or vocal groups. Maybe you and your friends have always wanted to form a group? Now is your time!
The competition is open to everyone that is 12 years old (as of January 1, 2012) and above, with no age cap.
Any type of music works – pop, rock, rap, country, R&B, alternative, hip-hop… you name it!
Where are we going?
This could be your first step to competing for the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music. We are only going to six cities, so make your plans now!
Kansas City, MO – Kemper Arena March 14th (registration March 12 &13)
Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center March 22nd (registration March 20 & 21)
San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace April 20th (registration April 18 & 19)
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum May 1st (registration April 29 & 30)
Providence, Rode Island – Dunkin Donuts Center May 10th (registration May 9)
How does it work?
You MUST register and pick up your wristband the day prior to the audition. The registration is simple – you can stop by anytime within 24 hours prior to the audition day – starting at 6am. If you plan on bringing family and friends to your audition, they must register as well.
You MUST bring two (2) forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card).
You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work freely in the US, and not currently under a recording contract.
Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning or supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name).
If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor’s parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child’s birth certificate that includes the parent’s name with the child’s name on the certificate.
Check out the eligibility requirements on http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ and make sure you are eligible to participate!
On the day of the audition, you need to arrive at the venue before 8am. Please prepare a verse and a chorus of 3 songs without tracks or instruments. Pick your song choice wisely as it should represent you as an artist. Whether you are a soloist or a vocal group, remember this is your time to shine, so make sure that you are well rehearsed and dressed to impress!
There will be a long wait so prepare for the day with suitable snacks, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thexfactorusa.com/.
If successful, you will need to be available the next day
DISCLOSURE: The fact that you have received this message should not be interpreted as a guarantee of eligibility or success in our competition. Response (or lack of response) to this message, and forwarding (or not forwarding) this message will have NO influence on your standing, if you choose to attend auditions. This is merely an attempt to inform the performing community at large of our open auditions.”
OMG, Quidam from Cirque du Soleil is Off the Hook! See It Down at Daly City’s Cow Palace Before April 17thWednesday, 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.
This means that, in the opinion of Robert Sokol, I’m either:
1. A child: or
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.
Here’s the scene at 5:00 AM this morning down at Daly City’s California State Livestock Pavilion where 2400 roadies (road bike riders) and their volunteer road crews (aka roadies, it’s confusing I know) just took off for L.A. in the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event.
First-time ALC cyclist Greg and a bunch of bikes at the Cow Palace this AM via WeberSF
The bro in this shot from last year (note the fog – it’s a tradition) could be YOU next year! Why not?
All the deets, below.
“AIDS/LifeCycle Begins as 2,400 Hit the Road to Raise Awareness and $10 Million to Fight AIDS. San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bike ride is world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser
SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, June 6 – A colorful stream of 2,400 bicyclists and volunteer “roadies” from nearly every state and eight countries left San Francisco this morning on the way to Los Angeles as participants in AIDS/LifeCycle, the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event. In its ninth year, the event is expected to raise $10 million to care for those living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections. In the seven days it takes to ride to Los Angeles, more than 1,000 people in the United States and 50,000 people around the world will be infected with HIV.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 545-mile bike ride — not a race — that supports the HIV/AIDS services provided by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. It also raises awareness that HIV/AIDS is a growing scourge that continues to have a devastating impact on our communities, especially here in California. More than 1 in 10 of the nation’s HIV-positive people live in California and California ranks second among the states in cumulative AIDS cases.
“With the ongoing budget crisis and last year’s horrific cuts to HIV-prevention funding, the money raised through AIDS/LifeCycle is more important than ever,” said Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. “It’s important for people to realize that the HIV pandemic isn’t over and that there are still many in our community in need of quality medical care. The HIV services supported by AIDS/LifeCycle save lives year-round.”
Participants range in age from 18 to 82 and are at various levels of physical fitness. Whether gay or straight, HIV-positive or HIV-negative, they share a common commitment to ending HIV and caring for those living with the virus. So much so that each cyclist raises at least $3,000 (most raise more than $4,000) to participate in what many consider to be a life-changing experience. Since its inception in 2002, AIDS/LifeCycle has raised more than $60 million to fight AIDS.”
Ever more deets, after the jump.
This is what it looks like when American Idol comes to town and they let people sleep in line at the Palace. However, the cold night air of Daly City can’t be good for your singing voice. So this year, it’s all about wristbands.
Smart contestants already have a guaranteed slot, having cleared one hurdle by singing at Skip’s Music in Elk Grove, CA.
There is some controvesy this year concerning the writers for the show. You’d think American Idol wouldn’t require writers, but they do, apparently. Oh well. San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Senator Carole Migden have worked on these issues lately.
Good Luck contestants!