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.
S A N F R A N C I S C O
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!
(Earworm: I’M BACK IN METROPOLIS, CIRCUSES AND ELEPHANTS, WHERE THE ORANGES GREW)
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!”