Empathy Media Lab — Spring Variety Art Show

April 27th @ 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Embrace a Saturday full of quality entertainment at the Spring Variety Art Show, including flow arts, live music, DJs, comedy and food vendors. If you can’t see the show in person, be sure to log on to the Live Stream on Empathy Media Lab’s Facebook page. The suggested donation for admission is $10. Performances start at 6 p.m.

Food by Max’s Meats (Brazilian Churrasco)

Flow artists:
Jeremy ‘SaymoSaymo’ Manson — Juggling cigar boxes
Melly Huang — Expressions through fire
Malaka Hasz — Fire hoops
KutMaster Breezy — Shaolin fire staff
B-Swiz / D-Watz — Poi

Empathy Media Lab
5512 Taylor Road
Riverdale, MD 20737

Congress of Jugglers @ UMD

May 3rd – 5th @ Ritchie Coliseum

Enjoy three days of juggling euphoria at the University of Maryland during the Congress of Jugglers, an annual celebration of juggling, fire spinning, circus and variety arts. This event is free and open to all ages and skill levels. The festival starts on Friday (4 p.m.-Midnight), continues all day Saturday (11 a.m.-Midnight) and concludes on Sunday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Fire juggling will happen on Friday and Saturday night.

On Saturday evening (8 p.m.), enjoy a juggling show featuring a tremendous array of local talent. There will also be juggling games and workshops throughout the weekend.

Want to help organize, run a workshop, suggest a game or perform in the show? Contact the UMD Juggling Club by messaging them on their Facebook event page or email umdjugglingclub@gmail.com.

All events will take place at:

Ritchie Coliseum
7675 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Contemporary Viewpoints Festival feat. Cirque de Nuit

January 12th @ 8 p.m. and January 13th @ 4 p.m.

The Contemporary Viewpoints Festival features a mixed-bill performance of four different dance companies, including PrioreDance’s ‘Cirque de Nuit.’ Imagined in a time when circuses roamed the world, this movement work is a tale of social outcasts who galvanize to create magic inside and outside the circus tent.

Get tickets at this link.

Dance Place
3225 8th St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Richmond Juggling Convention

December 14th-16th @ Richmond Waldorf School

Spend a weekend in RVA for their second annual juggling convention, featuring open juggling, workshops and a Saturday night show. This year’s featured act is Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth, the ‘hilarious juggling juggernauts’ from Asheville, North Carolina. See the Facebook event page for more details.

Looking for cheap and beautiful housing? Check out Richmond’s recently opened (and super hip) HI Hostel at this link.

Richmond Waldorf School
1301 Robin Hood Road
Richmond, VA 23227

Sunset & Chill @ Catharsis on the Mall

November 9th @ 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Check out the hottest (literally and figuratively) regular fire jam in DC, this time in the heart of the nation’s capital! Performing on the opening night of ‘Catharsis — A Vigil for Healing,’ Sunset & Chill offers local fire spinners the opportunity to jam to local DJs while getting their flame on.

The jam will take place at ‘Love Wins’ stage on the north side of the Washington Monument. If you use the entrance just north of the monument walkway, turn left to find the stage.

Fire spinners MUST sign up in advance for this event, and pay particular attention to the rules and regulations of spinning fire on the mall to ensure that this can happen again in the future. To register for the limited number of fire spinning spots, fill out this form. Fire breathing or spinning with long props like jump ropes or whips is strictly prohibited. And unlike Sunset & Chill at the Olde City Farm & Garden, alcohol is not permitted at any Catharsis events.

For more information about Sunset & Chill, visit the Facebook event page. For more information about Catharsis on the Mall (November 9th-11th), visit the event website.

National Mall
Northern side of the Washington Monument
Between 15th St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW

Sticksout Baltimore

December 8th-9th

Sticksout Baltimore is the place to share and learn all about single staff, nunchaku, double staff, triads or buugeng. This two-day event provides access to a 24-hour practice space and a ticket to the Saturday night showcase.

Register at this link ASAP (registration is limited to 30 participants). Visit the Facebook event page for more information, and contact Noel Yee (noelyee@gmail.com) with any questions.

Creative Labs
1786b Union Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211

 

Weekend of Wonders Festival

June 13th-17th @ Baltimore Theatre Project

Celebrate the golden age of circus, marvel at outlandish sideshow, behold breathtaking magic, indulge in exquisite cabaret and giggle at stupendous family comedy during Baltimore’s Weekend of Wonders.

Schedule:

Wednesday, June 13 @ 8 p.m. NOVILUNIUM: A Dreambaby Cabaret
Thursday, June 14 @ 8 p.m. David London’s MAGIC OUTSIDE THE BOX
Friday, June 15 @ 8 p.m. Harley Newman’s RISKY BEHAVIOR
Saturday, June 16 @ 8 p.m. Rosman Family COMEDY REUNION
Sunday, June 17 @ 5 p.m. Happenstance Theater PINOT & AUGUSTINE

Buy individual tickets (or a festival pass) at this link. Facebook Event Page.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Hand to Hand Contemporary Circus Festival

May 29th – June 3rd @ FringeArts Philadelphia

Take a road trip to Philadelphia for an incredible display of circus arts at Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival. Find all the information and tickets at this link.

The lineup includes Montreal-based Barcode Circus Company performing Sweat & Ink, a surrealistic exploration of society’s relationship to memory and time. Their performers use cigar box juggling, Russian bar, hand to hand and aerial hoop to develop this theme and explain how our brains can remodel our recollections.

Also enjoy Circadium’s Innovations, a showcase of nine artists from the recently founded circus school in Philadelphia. They will perform 12 ensemble-based acts including hoop diving, juggling and contortion with live musical accompaniment.

At Test Flights, you’ll see some of the regions most ground-breaking circus artists workshop their new material that cross-pollinates with other art forms. Performers include Kyle Driggs and Andrea Murillo, members of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Sasha Harrington and Andrew Adams, Nicole Burgio and more.

Don’t miss this incredible event that represents the bright future of contemporary circus!

Schedule:
May 29th
8 p.m. Innovations, Tickets $10

May 31st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under

June 1st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 2nd
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Circus Midway (hands-on circus activities with Circadium), Free
2 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 3rd
7 p.m. Test Flights, Free

FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Water on Mars

June 1st @ 7 p.m., June 2nd @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., June 3rd @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The sheer amount of energy that jugglers Tony Pezzo, Wes Peden and Patrik Elmnert put into a single performance of Water on Mars could probably be used to power a small town. For a week or so. The occasionally color-coded, sometimes piñata-smashing, randomly backflip-throwing and always invigorating juggling patterns of this trio leave audiences in a preposterous state of joyful being. Don’t miss out on this extreme juggle party.

Get tickets at this link. Groups of 10 or more can save on tickets.
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

AcroLove Festival — East Coast

July 27th – 29th @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Join hundreds of acrobats for the 2018 AcroLove Festival, a three-day event including an acro tour of D.C., workshops with more than 50 supportive teachers and a Saturday night acro jam party. The 20+ classes per day on Saturday and Sunday draw from the knowledge and practice of yoga, circus, cheerleading and therapeutic movement.

Register and see the full schedule at this link.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001