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The Clown Who Stumbled Into Grace

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It was 2009 when Sister Dorothy Fabritze entered the office of Father Frank Cancro's parish in Charlotte, NC. She was there to petition funds on behal...

The Changing Business of Animal Exploitation

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

However, these changes don't happen without the efforts of committed and compassionate citizens across the country. Their voices--when raised in unison, with authority, and with fearlessness--can effect change most significantly.

Divided We Fall: What Contortion Taught Me About Love, Listening & Facebook

Caryn Andrea Lindsey | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Caryn Andrea Lindsey

My goal is to have this published in news outlets on opposite ends of the political spectrum. So, if you're reading this, I'm halfway there... Conto...

Cirque du Soleil Returns to SF With a Dazzling Luzia: Acrobatics and Visual Spectacles Amid Images of Mexico

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.22.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

In the foreground, a monarch butterfly; behind, a thundering metal steed Matt Beard, Cirque du Soleil At its best, Cirque du Soleil delivers asto...

Age, Agility & National Stamina

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.01.2016 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

It is a little known but verifiable fact that this writer is a graduate of Circus 101. Well, I completed the course, that is, some five or six decades...

Your Political Mess Is NOT A Circus

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I have no idea when, where or how it began. If it's not the ridiculous clown sightings, it's the mayhem of political campaigns, their candidates and ...

So, You Wanna Be A Ringmaster?

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.12.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"To be the voice of The Greatest Show On Earth® is a huge honor," explains current Ringmaster David Shipman of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® ...

Cirque du Soleil's Kurios Is A Soaring Steampunk Dream

Christine Horansky | Posted 09.09.2016 | Arts
Christine Horansky

In Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, the engine of human imagination sputters and whirs to life. Now playing in the nation's capital,...

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 02.08.2017 | 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 01.21.2017 | 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 01.13.2017 | 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 01.11.2017 | 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 01.08.2017 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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.