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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 35
February 2 - February 9, 1998

On the eve of my 18th birthday, I ran away and joined the circus. I'll never forget those days: letting them shoot me out of a cannon to test the reliability of the the safety net, helping the lion tamer get his head out of that big cat's mouth the day after I forgot to feed it (oops!), taking testosterone pills so I could grow my first beard....it was a young woman's dream come true. I never did come to terms with my fear of clowns -- not even after the day they attacked me with mallets to "shock" me out of my phobia -- but I still had a terrific time. And with physical therapy, I was able to walk again just a year later.

That's why I'm so very pleased to recommend a couple of fine stories in this week's Arts & Leisure section. This article couldn't be more fun: It's a Day at the Circus, as told by a fellow named Ian Blackburn, who, incidentally, is also afraid of clowns. (Hey there, Ian, I'd be happy to help you get past your fears, if you've got the time.) Another story explains the crazy, mad-cap antics of Cirque Ingenieux, a new breed of circus that turns "whimsical flights of fancy" into literal reality -- all the while telling a dramatic story. Now that's one kooky circus.

While we're on the subject of dramatic stories, be sure to take a look at this week's many theatre reviews. Whether it's a musical, comedy, homosexual monologue or a play related to the Titanic disaster, you can read about it here. We've also got articles about Old Salem, North Carolina and a museum exhibit based on a slave ship.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to hobble on over to my physical therapist's office for an appointment. Honk honk.


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [10]









Featured Articles
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Three-Ring Thrill
Who could we convince to jump on a plane, review the Ringling Bros. circus, and fly back the next day? Our systems manager -- the perfect man for the job. He's scared of clowns, plus he juggles. Here's his report. [2]
Ian Blackburn


Recreation
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Back to the Old Days
Old Salem, North Carolina gives visitors a taster - literally - of colonial America. [3]
Paul Gerald


Performance
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Out of the Ordinary
Just what is "Cirque Ingenieux?" [4]
Lydialyle Gibson

A Twisted Tale
Britten's "Turn of the Screw" is a twisted delight. [5]
Marcel Smith

Strip Search
Tim Miller presents a laugh-out-loud-but-moving performance piece colored by his first-hand knowledge of straight America's routine contempt for gays. [6]
Margaret Regan

The Art of Recycling
It's good to see some "familiar" comedies hold forth. [7]
Hadley Hury

Sinking Sensation
"Scotland Road" manages to make even the Titanic disaster seem boring. [8]
Margaret Regan


In the Gallery
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Voices From the Past
An old sunken slave ship resurfaces in the exhibit, "The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie." [9]
Lauren Mutter


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