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You Have To Know Mistress K

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.28.2016 | Crime
Lester & Charlie

Ever think about getting stuck on death row for no reason and with no recourse? It's not a cakewalk. Take, for instance, the case of Glenn Ford, sente...

Ringling Brothers Took It Out of This World

Bailey Gaddis | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Bailey Gaddis

Holy acrobats-light show-unicycles y'all- Ringling Brothers brought it. And now, they're bringing it to you. "It" being their new show, Out of This Wo...

The Water Circus is Coming to Town

Party Earth | Posted 06.13.2016 | Chicago
Party Earth

Chicago is about to dive into the magical world of Cirque Italia, the first ever Italian water circus, when it returns to town with a brand new show J...

Friday Talking Points -- Our 'Dopey Donald' Contest

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pretty much every pundit in the mainstream media got down on their knees and thanked a recent poll which showed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck-and-neck in three key swing states this week, because they truly want this gravy train to continue.

The Show Will Go On

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

We know change is the only constant in life, and yet we are always rattled to some degree when it arrives. Ease and familiarity is what we crave most,...

Epic Animal Rescue Returns Lions to Africa

Julia Orr | Posted 05.11.2016 | Green
Julia Orr

Copyright: Animal Defenders International/Rey - as he was in a Peruvian circus There have been some truly wonderful stories of animal rescues, such a...

A Wale(s) of a Tale: Bianco at St. Ann's Warehouse

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.08.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Delia Ceruti in Bianco. Photo by Teddy Wolff. I have always loved watching circus performance for the same reason I love watching dance. Both of thes...

Ringling Bros Elephants Are Officially Retired

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 05.02.2016 | Green

Elephants at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are officially retired. The last of the group's performing elephants made their final appea...

This Is Why You Shouldn't Go To The Circus

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.31.2016 | Green

This is the depressing truth behind the greatest show on Earth....

From Showgirl to Ringmaster and Everything in Between: The Amazing Vanessa Thomas

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.29.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"It was only going to be a year," said Vanessa Thomas about her intentions upon joining the cast of The Greatest Show On Earth®. I said the exact sam...

Who Can Help Nosey?

Kim Basinger | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Kim Basinger

An elephant by the name of Nosey has become quite a symbol of so much that has gone awry with our society and our governing agencies. This is just one single case of pure injustice that has gotten lost in the system.

Animal Cruelty Is Part of the Fabric of the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Animals as well as humans have suffered from greed and neglect across the former Soviet Union, animals-rights activists say. Some of the worst offenders have been organizations owned by the government, such as zoos and circuses.

Cambodia and Laos: Hidden Gems in Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang

David Code | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
David Code

"Until I learned English, I felt like a deaf person--surrounded by all these foreigners I couldn't understand," she told me. I knew Christmas in ...

A Long-awaited Victory for Circus Elephants

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.13.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The industrial exploitation of wild animals across a suite of different forms of intensive captivity is heart-breaking and cruel. But with the conviction of an ever-growing legion of compassionate citizens, change is coming.

Breaking News: Retirement to Come Sooner for Ringling's Beleaguered Elephants

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.11.2016 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Performing elephants are typically struck to instill fear in them, in order to control them. It's time to finally end the era of wild animal acts in circuses, and the accelerated timeline for Ringling's retirement of its elephant acts is a hopeful sign.

From The Dumpster Back To The Big Top

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The first thing anyone ever notices about Jenny Vidbel is her smile. It's the purest smile I've ever seen. It emanates from a soul steeped in genuine gratitude, abundant joy and love for her craft.

Circus or Cirque: The Wonder Thrives on

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Circus (or cirque) thrives on living art for audiences of every age and conceivable walk of life, be it under the big top, the theatrical stage or the many sumptuous arenas that host The Greatest Show On Earth.

Artist Joe Coleman Paints Serial Killers And Celebrities

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.23.2015 | Arts

When artist Joe Coleman lost his mother, he honored her legacy with what he referred to in an interview as a "pretty intense funeral ritual." The per...

After Twenty Years Of Being Chained, This Circus Cat Is Finally Free

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.21.2015 | Green

An elderly mountain lion who spent his life chained to the back of a truck has finally gotten a taste of freedom....

Mountain Lion Freed From Illegal Circus After 20 Years In Chains

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.20.2015 | Good News

This is the emotional moment a mountain lion who'd lived in chains for 20 years was finally set free. Mufasa sat patiently as wildlife officials in an...

Without Elephants and Trapezes, Circa Turns Circus Into an Art Form

Michael Levin | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

Circa is a circus that pushes the boundaries of the art form. In a dozen years, the Australia-based company has performed in 33 countries on six cont...

Stage Door: Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Big Apple Circus, now at Lincoln Center, is an artistic wonder. The acts are eye-popping, beautifully executed and thematic. This year, Joel Jeske has created and Mark Lonergan, artistic director of Parallel Exit, directed "The Grand Tour" with panache.

All The World's a Stage

John M. Eger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

With apologies to Shakespeare, it seems that public art has taken on a new dimension. Music and theater festivals, opera without walls and the second three-day WOW Festival, for Without Walls, held earlier this month by the acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse in California has raised the bar.

Being The First

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was young and so very green, but I knew this was an enormous opportunity. However, it came with something a lot weightier -- history. Holst, himself a former Ringmaster, informed me that if I were to accept the position I would be the first black American in what was then the 129-year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to preside as Ringmaster.

Astoria Characters: The Ghosts Guide

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.22.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Just when you think you've heard everything odd about Astoria, Marie Carter starts telling stories.