This Week — 22 October 2021

Interested in getting your taxes in line while working in multiple time zones or international jurisdictions? Want to apply to circus school starting next fall? Have a dynamite idea for a geeky burlesque act but don’t know where to start? The Circus District has your answers below!


EDUCATION

October 23

  • Give yourself the financial base to empower your artistic work across the globe at the Taxes for Professional Development Workshop presented by Hamiltonian Artists in D.C. This virtual program is led by Dunia Best Sunnreich, a musician, composer, and enrolled agent designated by the U.S. Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS. She is here to address the unique life situations of artists and address the complex issues of local and international artists alike. Register at this link.

October 27

  • Interested in learning the nuanced, entertaining and extraordinarily fun art of Nerdlesque? Look no further than the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nerdlesque presented by Maki Roll at The Nest at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Building at 6:30 p.m. This workshop will focus on character-building and how to engage audiences through your favorite icons of nerd-dom through burlesque. Get tickets at this link.

APPLICATIONS

  • Circadium is now accepting applications for Fall 2022 students. Visit this link to fill out the application for this three-year program, designed to bolster your movement and performance skills and prepare you for a professional career in circus arts The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. 
  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s December $1,000 microgrant. You can also consider applying for the upcoming tuition grant ($5,000), which can be used for any circus education related expenses. Find more information at this link.

CIRCUS BOOKS BY CIRCUS FOLKS


LIVE SHOWS

***Stay safe, and know before you go! Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.***


October 23 & 24 Final Weekend!

October 27 – November 7

November 11

November 18 – January 9

  • Omnium: A Bold New Circus lands in Tysons III for a long run of shows under the big top featuring a diverse and multi-abled cast of circus artists performing in an accessible environment. This production emerged in quarantine as a critically acclaimed virtual spectacle. The live version will offer ADA seating, audio description, braille and large print programs, integrated ASL interpreters, a calming area in the lobby, STEAM based study guides and more! Get tickets at this link.

GALAS

November 13

  • The 2021 Circadium Gala will be an in-person spectacle to behold this year, with proceeds supporting the first and only diploma-granting institution of higher education for circus artists in the United States. Visit this link to donate and get a ticket. If you can make it to Philly, look forward to an action-packed evening including live performances on the ground and in the air accompanied by the West Philly Orchestra from 7-10 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, consider participating in the online silent auction happening live during the gala.

GATHERINGS

October 27

October 28

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria. Visitors must wear masks and sign a liability waiver. If you would like to help with the club’s newly required insurance expenses, email bsperling@cox.net.

This Week — 8 October 2021

The circus world is abuzz with thrilling new offerings in print, on stage, in our hearts and (just as importantly) in our wallets. Look no further for excellent opportunities to SUPPORT LOCAL CIRCUS.


CIRCUS BOOKS BY CIRCUS FOLKS


SOLIDARITY

  1. Shows can’t happen without stagehands (with the Kennedy Center’s scheduled production of the Tony-award-winning Hadestown currently in jeopardy).
  2. The plight of stagehands overlaps with the plight of all performing artists in their reasonable demand of living wages for the professional and culture-shifting work that they do every day.
  3. Esteemed art houses and organizations with grand reputations frequently hide behind their big names to exploit artists, employees and staff at all levels. When we as artists or consumers stand in solidarity with technical crews and administrative workers, we fight this broader battle for the good of arts everywhere.

If you’re interested in supporting IATSE members during this difficult time, fill out the mutual aid form at this link.


LIVE SHOWS

***Stay safe, and know before you go! Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.***
October 9

October 9 – 24

October 16

October 27 – November 7

November 11

November 18 – January 9

  • Omnium: A Bold New Circus lands in Tysons III for a long run of shows under the big top featuring a diverse and multi-abled cast of circus artists performing in an accessible environment. This production emerged in quarantine as a critically acclaimed virtual spectacle. The live version will offer ADA seating, audio description, braille and large print programs, integrated ASL interpreters, a calming area in the lobby, STEAM based study guides and more! Get tickets at this link.

GALAS

October 16

November 13

  • The 2021 Circadium Gala will be an in-person spectacle to behold this year, with proceeds supporting the first and only diploma-granting institution of higher education for circus artists in the United States. Visit this link to donate and get a ticket. If you can make it to Philly, look forward to an action-packed evening including live performances on the ground and in the air accompanied by the West Philly Orchestra from 7-10 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, consider participating in the online silent auction happening live during the gala.

EDUCATION

October 18

  • Listen to a free discussion hosted by the American Circus Alliance between a second-generation circus performer and a professional rigger for insight into aerial rigging from the performer’s perspective. This conversation will explore how to develop mutual trust between performers and riggers to create an innovative and fun working environment promoting ‘safe danger.’ Register at this link.

CONFERENCES

October 9-10


GATHERINGS

October 13

October 14

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria. Visitors must wear masks and sign a liability waiver. If you would like to help with the club’s newly required insurance expenses, email bsperling@cox.net.

APPLICATIONS

  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s November $1,000 microgrant. You can also consider applying for the upcoming tuition grant ($5,000), which can be used for any circus education related expenses. Find more information at this link. The deadline to apply for the microgrant is October 15, but a new grant will be available every month for the next year.

Photo by Bill Lane © 2013. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ https://flic.kr/p/ez1puK

This Week — 2 Oct 2021

You’ve got a surprising number of ways to enjoy live performances in the next 7 days, from thoughtful clowns to flaky follies. Remember to check with the venue for vaccine or Covid-19 testing requirements before heading to the show! 


IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES

October 2

October 3

  • Watch recent graduates of the Essential Tease burlesque performance program strut their stuff during the student showcase. Watch online or in person at 7 p.m. The show will be hosted by dynamo guest MC Lillian Bustle from Jersey City. Get tickets at this link.

October 2 – 24

October 6

  • Pie Shop DC will once again host Pies ‘n Pasties, a delicious and dynamite line-up of local burlesque artists with a mission to amaze you and awaken your senses. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. at 1339 H St NE. Get tickets at this link. Masks and proof of vaccination are currently required to attend this event.

APPLICATIONS

  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s November $1,000 microgrant. You can also consider applying for the upcoming tuition grant ($5,000), which can be used for any circus education related expenses. Find more information at this link. The deadline to apply for the microgrant is October 15, but a new grant will be available every month for the next year.

CONFERENCES

October 9-10


GATHERINGS

October 6

  • The Baltimore Jugglers will meet from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Locus Point Recreation Center. Assuming good weather, the gathering will begin outside and then head indoors when it gets dark. Join the Baltimore Jugglers page on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about future meetings.

October 6 & 8

October 7

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria. Visitors must wear masks and sign a liability waiver. If you would like to help with the club’s newly required insurance expenses, email bsperling@cox.net. 

This Week — 17 Sep 2021

This weekend brings you opportunities to throw things on campusactivate acrobats virtually for charity and nerd out on all things aerial. Go out (or stay in) and seize the circus!


WORKSHOPS

September 19

  • The American Circus Alliance is hosting an online workshop titled Employment Safety for First of Mays. This discussion is geared toward those who are new to the industry, but provides great advice for any working professional about signing good contracts, spotting inappropriate behavior by an employer, pre-empting bad experiences and finding external help in difficult situations. This session will be led by Elsie Smith (NECCA) and Polly Solomon (Young Adult Circus Arts Mentorship Program). Free registration is available at this link.

GATHERINGS

September 17

September 22

  • The Baltimore Jugglers will meet from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Locus Point Recreation Center. Assuming good weather, the gathering will begin outside and then head indoors when it gets dark. Join the Baltimore Jugglers page on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about future meetings.

ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

September 17


IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES

September 18 – October 24

September 25

  • DC Art All Night is scheduled from 7 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy live art activations in various neighborhoods of D.C. including Tenleytown, Dupont Circle, Shaw and more! The schedule is pending, but you can find me juggling in Tenleytown from 8-10 p.m. 😉 See the schedule here, or keep an eye on the website for updates.

October 6

  • Pie Shop DC will once again host Pies ‘n Pasties, a delicious and dynamite line-up of local burlesque artists with a mission to amaze you and awaken your senses. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. at 1339 H St NE. Get tickets at this link. Masks and proof of vaccination are currently required to attend this event.

CAUSES

September 19

  • Urban Evolution is hosting a Community Jam for Charity from 4-8 p.m. EDT to support The Education Trust, which works to close opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color. This event will be live-streamed, and viewers can redeem certain rewards (backflips, silks climbs, costumed foam pit jumps, etc.) by making donations. There is no admission fee, so apart from donations the event is free to view. Visit this link for more information.

RETREATS

September 24-26

  • Snag a spot in the ShellyFLEX Athletics contortion, flexibility and handstand retreat at the DoubleTree Hilton in McLean, Virginia. Whether you want to increase your range of motion, improve your handstands or reach your contortion goals, Shelly has the winning combination of expert coaching and fun relaxation time to get you there. Visit this link to register. You may have to add yourself to the waitlist, but spots are still open!

JOBS


CONFERENCES

September 17/18 & 24/25

October 9-10


Photo circa 1949 from the National Archive (Fotocollectie Anefo) of the Netherlands. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Circus_Mikkenie._Acrobatiek,_Bestanddeelnr_903-4033.jpg

This Week — 10 September 2021

Circus artists continue to be a source of light, love and social change in these difficult times. As we remember an artist and performer who emanated those virtues during his too-brief time on earth, let’s treasure the opportunities we have to share our art and knowledge with one another in the coming months.


CAUSES

  • Help the family of a promising young acrobat taken from us way too soon pay for funeral expenses by donating to the Gian Nardin memorial fund. Gian was a supremely accomplished artist specializing in teeterboard, tumbling, and the jaw-dropping feats of his acrobatic collective Hoops Désolé. He had recently been touring with the Cirque du Soleil show Drawn to Life.
  • Sweet Spot Aerial Productions successfully matched $3,000 of donations to Connecting Circus Students Around the World, which is now very close to reaching its $25,000 goal to provide a year of micro-grants to circus artists of color. Donate to this organization so they can continue to support the creative and educational circus work we desperately need in the coming year.

September 19

  • Urban Evolution is hosting a Community Jam for Charity from 4-8 p.m. EDT to support The Education Trust, which works to close opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color. This event will be live-streamed, and viewers can redeem certain rewards (backflips, silks climbs, costumed foam pit jumps, etc.) by making donations. There is no admission fee, so apart from donations the event is free to view. Visit this link for more information.

RETREATS

September 24-26

  • Snag a spot in the ShellyFLEX Athletics contortion, flexibility and handstand retreat at the DoubleTree Hilton in McLean, Virginia. Whether you want to increase your range of motion, improve your handstands or reach your contortion goals, Shelly has the winning combination of expert coaching and fun relaxation time to get you there. Visit this link to register. You may have to add yourself to the waitlist, but spots are still open!

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

September 13 – November 29

September 17/18 & 24/25


GATHERINGS

September 10 & 17

  • The Washington DC Unicycle Meetup will host Unicycle Hockey from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Freedom Plaza. Beginners are welcome to attend this fun and low-key event. Bring your electric unicycle if that’s your vessel of choice! RSVP at this link (there are two events listed as 9/17, but one of them is for 9/10).

September 15

  • The Baltimore Jugglers will meet from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Locus Point Recreation Center. Assuming good weather, the gathering will begin outside and then head indoors when it gets dark. Join the Baltimore Jugglers page on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about future meetings.

ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

September 10


IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES

September 11 – October 24

September 25

  • DC Art All Night is scheduled from 7 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy live art activations in various neighborhoods of D.C. including Tenleytown, Dupont Circle, Shaw and more! The schedule is pending, but you can find me juggling in Tenleytown from 8-10 p.m. 😉 See the schedule here, or keep an eye on the website for updates.

October 6

  • Pie Shop DC will once again host Pies ‘n Pasties, a delicious and dynamite line-up of local burlesque artists with a mission to amaze you and awaken your senses. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. at 1339 H St NE. Get tickets at this link. Masks and proof of vaccination are currently required to attend this event.

Photo by Patricia Barden © 2016. https://flic.kr/p/NQ2DZm https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

This Week — 27 August 2021

Local circus gyms and studios continue to offer great classes to keep you flying, moving and flipping through the end of summer. Check out the options below to discover your new circus obsession — or indulge an existing muse even further.


CLASSES

Where are the classes listed below?
Make a guess, then find out by clicking the link. Be sure to check out each company’s vaccination and mask policy before registering.


WORKSHOPS

September 13 – November 29


GATHERINGS

September 1

  • The Baltimore Jugglers are scheduled to meet up from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Locus Point Recreation Center. Assuming good weather, the gathering will begin outside and then head indoors when it gets dark. Join the Baltimore Jugglers page on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about future meetings.

IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES

August 28 – October 24

September 25

  • DC Art All Night is scheduled from 7 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy live art activations in various neighborhoods of D.C. including Tenleytown, Dupont Circle, Shaw and more! The schedule is pending, but you can find your listserv author juggling in Tenleytown from 8-10 p.m. 😉 See the schedule here, or keep an eye on the website for updates.

SUPPORT


Photo from the Arlington County Fair by M.V. Jantzen © 2021 https://flic.kr/p/2mj6bn1