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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 !


Have You Seen Cavalia Yet? It’s Leaving Us Soon…

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

That show under the biggest tent in the Western Hemisphere will pack up and leave Mission Bay soon:

Just saying…

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OMG, Cavalia is Coming to Town Nov. 16th! – Like Cirque du Soleil But With Horses! – A Big White Tent Near AT&T Park

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Five-star Yelp-rated, Little Man Standing on His Chair-worthy Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Man will run in San Francisco from November 16th to December 12th, 2010. Now, I don’t know how I missed this equestrian ballet back in ought-four (I was probably in Guat City* or the Dom Rep), but everybody loved it back then so you’re sure to love it this go-around.

The time to act is now. (The people who get better seats than you didn’t necessarily pay more, they just planned ahead a bit.) Tickets start at $44.50.

Tatiana Davidaud and Denise Verdonoq

Photos by Lynne Glazer

The biggest tent in North America, or something:

Right here on the map.

(Area NIMBYs are complaining already, actually. “I didn’t know about this,” etc. But this is a done deal. Aint no stopping us, now.)


All right, see you there!

*Parents, under no circumstances is it acceptable for your teens to tell strangers that they “built houses for poor people in Central America” over the summer. It just sounds terrible. Of course, this is a matter between your fam and Harvard’s acceptance committee, right? No one else needs/wants to know. Srsly.

Bug Dancers Take Over Union Square to Promote OVO from Cirque du Soleil

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

See? This was the warm-up to show folks how to do the hottest(?) dance since the Macarena. If you were able to imitate these critters well enough, you could have won yourself free tickets yesterday, or something.



The name of the song is “Banquete” and the singing is in Portuguese. The translation is “Feast”

People have been practicing for weeks, as we see, in the Castro:


Here’s more of the action from yesterday.

Congratulations to all the winners!

OVO from Cirque du Soleil is Fantastic – A Must-See

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to see OVO from Cirque du Soleil down at the Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park. Hurry, the whole shebang is heading down to San Hoser next month. 

OVO is fantastic.

Here are a bunch of photos from Adam Lau, but it’s hard to show what the show is like without video. And even then, you still don’t get the sense of how close you are to the action. 

OVO’s been going been going for a week or so, but people were calling yesterday’s performance Opening Night – the food was free for some reason and there were a lot of San Francisco Swells and/or People You’d Recognize in the crowd, including Olympic Gold Medal-winning Kristi Yamaguchi – she’s now Twittering about how she was in “constant awe” last night.

Myself, I liked the suspended rope bit from Maxim Kozlov and Inna Mayorova best but the whole show was great.

The kiwi ants were memorable…


…and the very flexible spider was off the hook:

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All the fun ends January 24th, 2010

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at AT&T Park Wins a Good Review from The Critic

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well, The Review from Robert Hurwitt is in, and it’s good. O.K. then.

But don’t pay the scalpers to see OVO, just get your ticks at the box office, or discounted at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy(!?)

Here are the crickets, up to something or other. Click to expand:


See you there!

Brace Yourselves – OVO From Cirque du Solei is Opening on Black Friday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oh no, it’s OVO! The latest production from Cirque du Soleil is buzzing our way down at the Great AT&T Park Parking Lot south of SoMA in the “emerging” Mission Bay part of town.

Looks like the opener at 8:00 PM on November 27th is sold out, but seats are available for shows a few days later. 

An team of athletic insects got the word out around town last Friday:


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It’s going to be mega!

OMG, OVO! Fantastic New Cirque du Soleil Show Opens November 27th at AT&T Park

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Get your tickets now for OVO, the new insect-themed show from Cirque du Soleil. Now I know what you’re thinking about the prices but you don’t need to get  the best seats in the house – they aren’t four times better than the worst, so try to focus on that if you get a little sticker shock during our Great Recession.

Conversely, contact your sugar daddy now if you want to get ticks in the Tapis Rouge Categorie Prestige Premium Level, where even 2-year-olds have to pay $175 per. I mean, why even have a sugar daddy if s/he can’t come through with $500 for the two of you when the Biggest Show Ever to Hit San Francisco hits San Francisco November 27th through January 24th, 2010?

Me, I’ve never seen a CdS show myself but the video previews look fantastic.

Benoit Fontaine © 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc. Click to expand:

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A bug’s life:

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This looks a little hard:

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So, even if you’re in the cheap seats paying $42+ as a child, student or senior or even $60 as a regular adult, you’ll be getting a good deal, a spectacle of live entertainment.   

I guarantee it!

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil will hold the U.S. premiere of its latest big top touring production Ovo in San Francisco on Friday, November 27, 2009 and on Thursday, February 4, 2010 in San Jose. Presented by iShares®, Ovo will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the AT&T Park in San Francisco (corner of Third St. and Terry A. Francois Blvd) and at the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose (corner of Taylor Street & Highway 87) Membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, ticket upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.Cirque du Soleil.Cirque du Soleil. This act is the most difficult in the world to execute in terms of the distance between stations. It combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair. The finale features 20 artists running; jumping and leaping straight up an 8m vertical wall.

Cirque du Soleil:
Guy Laliberté / Artistic Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix / Artistic Guide
Deborah Colker / Writer, Director and Choreographer
Chantal Tremblay / Director of Creation
Gringo Cardia / Set and props Designer
Liz Vandal / Costume Designer
Berna Ceppas / Composer and Musical Director
Éric Champoux / Lighting Designer
Jonathan Deans / Sound Designer
Fred Gérard / Acrobatic Equipment & Rigging Designer
Philippe Aubertin / Acrobatic Performance Designer
Julie Bégin / Makeup Designer

American Express are the official sponsors. Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 performing artists.Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2009, Cirque du Soleilwill present 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix and the Rose d’Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil‘s International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.Cirque du Soleil, visit
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The name Ovomeans “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerous insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, Ovo hides an insect in its name: The two letter “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose.

Ovois a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming withlife, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.

It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Ovo is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew.