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John Depko | October 21, 2010
I wouldn't be writing about the ridiculously immature "Jackass 3-D" if it didn't rack up $50 million on its opening weekend. I went to a rainy Tuesday night showing at Triangle Square and found two theaters packed with young people in their teens and 20s laughing like crazy at the juvenile antics on the screen. This eye-popping franchise has become a major circus sideshow show experience for our current generation. The movie is full of crazy amateur stunts and skits that take only a few minutes each.
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January 31, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Like many other local schools, Costa Mesa's newest one meets in a mobile classroom -- but it has way more perks. It overlooks an equestrian center and has a low student-to-teacher ratio and no tuition; and a native speaker teaches French lessons. But if you want your child to go there, you'll have to run away and join the circus. Cirque du Soleil pitched its trademark blue and yellow big top in town earlier this month for its latest production, "Varekai."
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By Jamie Rowe | July 28, 2011
Have you been following this "No Kids" movement going across the country? If not, allow me to fill you in. I first heard about it when Malaysia Airlines banned children from first class on certain flights. Then a Pittsburgh restaurant banned children younger than 6. Finally, an unknown theater had an adults-only screening of the new "Harry Potter" movie. I get it. You want to fly across the Pacific without your seat's back being kicked. You want to savor that duck confit without having food flung at you. You want to see how Harry and the gang handle the next adventure in peace.
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By Sue Thoensen | March 27, 2008
As a child of three, Aurélia was small enough to fit in her parents’ suitcase. It appeared as if her legs sprouted from the bottom of the luggage as the little girl scooted around or was carried off by its handle. But “appeared” is the operative word, as Aurélia was a pint-sized performer in “Le Cirque Imaginaire,” the small-scale, modern family circus created by her parents, Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée. The family business entertained audiences around the world.
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October 5, 2003
PETER BUFFA It's almost over. Frankly, I'm disappointed. We were promised a circus. When someone promises me a circus, I expect a circus. If this was it, it was pretty wimpy. Arnold is fighting his way through the now- traditional slime-the- frontrunner closing weekend, but most people will see through that. And now, in a matter of days, it will be done. Actually, that's not true. No matter what happens on Tuesday, there will be a boatload of recount demands, court challenges and who knows what.
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By Lauren Vane | July 26, 2006
Edward Russell and his son Stephen Michaels didn't need to run away to join the circus ? it was the family business. Russell has been in the circus trade for more than 40 years and Michaels ? who "changed his name for the show" ? grew up learning and teaching himself the tricks of the carnival trade. At 38, Michaels has been at it for 26 years. With a booming deep voice and dressed in a sparkling black-and-red-tailed tuxedo, Russell welcomed a crowd of eager onlookers to a show Tuesday at the Orange County Fair.
NEWS
March 18, 2004
To say that Cirque du Soleil came and went from Costa Mesa with hardly a peep is about the highest compliment the acrobatic show could earn. The last time a full-blown version of the nouveau French-Canadian circus put up its tent posts in the city, back in 1997, neighbors weren't exactly doing cart-wheels. Complaints began during rehearsals, got louder during the first week of the show and ultimately forced the show to spend $50,000 to quiet things down.
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By Michael Alexander | January 30, 2009
Local kids have a special guest rolling into town next weekend, as Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. In the new show, “Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town,” the Island of Sodor is preparing for the big circus when Thomas makes a mistake and must then prove his worth as a useful engine again. After a stop this weekend at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the show will move into Orange County and then Costa Mesa from Feb. 6 to 8. From its humble beginnings as a set of stories written by the Rev. W. Awdry to amuse his son Christopher as he suffered from measles, the characters have shown up in everything from the popular television series to merchandising worldwide.
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By Michael Miller | February 6, 2014
As the old song goes, "He floats through the air with the greatest of ease / the daring young man on the flying trapeze. " A daring young man or woman who grips the bar for the first time may not float with the greatest of ease just yet. But that's where Nick Selvy comes in. Since November, the owner of SwingIt Trapeze has offered lessons at the OC Fair & Event Center, where students can practice on a bar high above a very soft net. (Softness is...
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April 13, 2002
Young Chang Gabriel Judet-Weinshel originally wrote about 50 lines of dialogue in his script "The Broken Wings of Elijah Footfalls." He then edited out almost everything, leaving just eight lines of the spoken word. Wednesday, the small-budget film is being screened as a mostly silent movie in the Newport Beach Film Festival's features lineup. The work, which was inspired by the magic realism genre, Fellini's stylings and the work of Charlie Chaplin, relies heavily on images of a dusty, sullenly-pastel world that emanates something magical.
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By Michael Miller | February 6, 2014
As the old song goes, "He floats through the air with the greatest of ease / the daring young man on the flying trapeze. " A daring young man or woman who grips the bar for the first time may not float with the greatest of ease just yet. But that's where Nick Selvy comes in. Since November, the owner of SwingIt Trapeze has offered lessons at the OC Fair & Event Center, where students can practice on a bar high above a very soft net. (Softness is...
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By Heather Youmans, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 3, 2012
"PSY," the newest and largest production from the Montreal-based circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main (seven fingers of the hand), will spring into its debut at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for four performances only, starting May 10. Most known for their international hit Traces, 7 Fingers' fourth creation, "PSY," was conjured up in 2010. "PSY" explores the surreal underworld of the human psyche, while merging acrobatics of the body, mind and soul. Founded in Montreal in 2002, 7 Fingers' initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale.
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By Sarah Peters | October 15, 2011
IRVINE — Jim Gardner had a good reason for wearing a head-to-toe dog suit to City Hall on Tuesday night. His furry alter ego, "Big Dog," and other animal activists turned out en masse to the public hearing of an animal welfare ordinance that bans the retail sale of cats and dogs in Irvine and also bans rodeos and circuses featuring exotic animals. "In normal street clothes, I'm one of 100 in the audience," Gardner said Wednesday. "There's no impact. Sitting there as a dog helps bring forward the impact of the issue to the council members.
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By Jamie Rowe | July 28, 2011
Have you been following this "No Kids" movement going across the country? If not, allow me to fill you in. I first heard about it when Malaysia Airlines banned children from first class on certain flights. Then a Pittsburgh restaurant banned children younger than 6. Finally, an unknown theater had an adults-only screening of the new "Harry Potter" movie. I get it. You want to fly across the Pacific without your seat's back being kicked. You want to savor that duck confit without having food flung at you. You want to see how Harry and the gang handle the next adventure in peace.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 22, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — When hobbyist Russell Cross volunteered to craft a wooden train for his granddaughter's grad night party, he didn't realize the scope of his offer. The 27-foot-long, red and black locomotive became the largest project he's ever made or designed. During the last two months, the 66-year-old retired Long Beach police officer clocked in some 300 man-hours over the last couple months building the replica train. Improvisation plays a large role in his work. "There's no plans," Cross said.
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John Depko | October 21, 2010
I wouldn't be writing about the ridiculously immature "Jackass 3-D" if it didn't rack up $50 million on its opening weekend. I went to a rainy Tuesday night showing at Triangle Square and found two theaters packed with young people in their teens and 20s laughing like crazy at the juvenile antics on the screen. This eye-popping franchise has become a major circus sideshow show experience for our current generation. The movie is full of crazy amateur stunts and skits that take only a few minutes each.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | January 30, 2009
Local kids have a special guest rolling into town next weekend, as Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. In the new show, “Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town,” the Island of Sodor is preparing for the big circus when Thomas makes a mistake and must then prove his worth as a useful engine again. After a stop this weekend at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the show will move into Orange County and then Costa Mesa from Feb. 6 to 8. From its humble beginnings as a set of stories written by the Rev. W. Awdry to amuse his son Christopher as he suffered from measles, the characters have shown up in everything from the popular television series to merchandising worldwide.
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By Jacquelyn Rumfola | July 18, 2008
It’s kind of like an old cliche. Kid sees the circus and loves it. Kid runs away to join the circus. Kid grows up and becomes the ringmaster. But for Edward Russell it’s been the story of his life. “When I was a kid I always wanted to do this,” said the 73-year-old owner of Russell Brothers Circus. “One summer I went and did it, and I never went back. I ran a side show and introduced all the odd, unusual and bizarre acts.” Speaking of bizarre coincidences, the inspiration for the name of his family owned company isn’t his own moniker.
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By Sue Thoensen | March 27, 2008
As a child of three, Aurélia was small enough to fit in her parents’ suitcase. It appeared as if her legs sprouted from the bottom of the luggage as the little girl scooted around or was carried off by its handle. But “appeared” is the operative word, as Aurélia was a pint-sized performer in “Le Cirque Imaginaire,” the small-scale, modern family circus created by her parents, Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée. The family business entertained audiences around the world.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | July 26, 2006
Edward Russell and his son Stephen Michaels didn't need to run away to join the circus ? it was the family business. Russell has been in the circus trade for more than 40 years and Michaels ? who "changed his name for the show" ? grew up learning and teaching himself the tricks of the carnival trade. At 38, Michaels has been at it for 26 years. With a booming deep voice and dressed in a sparkling black-and-red-tailed tuxedo, Russell welcomed a crowd of eager onlookers to a show Tuesday at the Orange County Fair.
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