This Week in the Circus District

Gallivant over to the Baltimore Theatre Project tonight (6/23) at 8 p.m., tomorrow (6/24) at 8 p.m.  or Sunday (6/25) at 3 p.m. to see Air(realist), a two-woman aerial show delving into time, space and altered states of mind to celebrate and enlighten human expression.

Hit up the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this Monday (6/26) at 6 p.m., when Sweet Spot Aerial Productions and Street Light Circus will offer you an amazing local circus show including straps, partner balancing, aerial sling, juggling, silks, dance trapeze and rope. What more could you ask for?

Next Thursday (6/29) marks the start of the Capital City Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival, where you can catch three nights of shows and two days of classes proving why classic vaudeville and burlesque are here to stay! Shows are at Gallery O on H (Northeast) and the Black Cat (Northwest), while classes are at the Cambria Suites hotel.

Juggling class at TSNY is on for this Sunday (6/25) at 1:30 p.m. Sign up here

The Baltimore jugglers will meet from 6-8 p.m. (note the time change! the club will meet at this time until further notice) on Wednesday (6/28) at the Locust Point Recreation Center and the Fairfax Jugglers will meet from 7:30-10 p.m. on Thursday (6/29) in the Key Middle School Cafeteria. There is no juggling club in Rockville this evening due to forecast thunderstorms, but in good weather you can find them Fridays, 6:30 p.m.-Dusk, at the outdoor meet-up across from the Rockville Senior Center (1150 Carnation Drive). Remember to check the DC Jugglers Facebook Group for the most recent news about club meetings and other events.

AND NOW (drum roll please), I PRESENT: THE BIG SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL 2017 UPDATE! The festival runs 6/29-7/9 (with the exception of 7/5).
But before I tell you about the events, how will you get to the key locations? You could drive in, but it would probably be a nightmare, so I recommend parking at a Metro station and taking the train into the city.
For the Big Top/Juggling Tent/Open-Air Ring: Get off at the Archives station, walk south on 7th St. NW, then turn right onto Madison St. NW. You should immediately see the Big Top tent on your left. For the Juggling Tent and Open-Air Ring, continue walking to the front of the the Museum of Natural History. Both locations will be on your left, just across from the museum.
For the Arts and Industries Building: Get off at the L’Enfant Plaza station, walk North on 7th St. SW and turn left onto Jefferson St. SW. Walk past the circular Hirshhorn Museum until you get to a stately brick building. If you get to the old Smithsonian Castle, you’ve gone too far!
For the Ralph Rinzler Stage: Get off at the Smithsonian station, and walk east onto the mall. The stage is just east of 12th St., halfway between Jefferson and Madison Sts.

OK, so be sure to grab your coffee Thursday morning (6/29) and head to the opening ceremony, beginning with a 10 a.m. show under the Big Top, featuring aerialist Dolly Jacobs, UniverSoul Circus, Circus Juventas, as well as live Japanese taiko drumming and Mexican conjunto (‘big band’) music. After the show, enjoy a circus parade through the festival grounds. Check out the FB event here.

D.C. Circus Day is Saturday, July 1st, and the schedule is as follows:

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: D.C. Circus Showcase (Ralph Rinzler Stage) featuring artists from TSNY-DC, SAX Lounge, Gymkana, Street Light Circus, Happenstance Theater and much more.
2:45 p.m.: Finding Hope and Trust in Circus (Circus Stories Tent) Moderated by TSNY-DC manager and flying trapeze instructor Mandy Keithan
3 p.m.: Contemporary Ground Arts Show (Arts and Industries Building’s West Hall) featuring Clowns Without Borders, Happenstance Theater, Street Light Circus, foot juggler Anne Weshinskey and partner acrobatics from TSNY-DC.
4 p.m.: D.C. Circus Forum (Circus Stories Tent) moderated by Shay Stevens of Washington Performing Arts.
6:30 p.m.: D.C. Circus Preshow (Big Top)

7 p.m.: Stars of the Circus (Big Top) Note: this is not a ‘local’ circus show, but you should see it anyway!

Keep in mind that the Juggling Tent will be operating throughout the festival, so drop in and say ‘hello’ any time! Special guests will include Thom Wall and Kellin Quinn.
According to the festival schedule, the other juggling events are as follows:
Sunday (7/2):
3-3:45 p.m.: Juggling Skillshare (Open-Air Ring)
Monday (7/3):
2-2:45 p.m.: Juggling Skillshare (Open-Air Ring)
6-7:30 p.m. Juggle Jam (South of the Juggling Tent on the Mall Lawn)
Tuesday (7/4):
1-1:45 p.m.: Juggling performance/demonstration featuring youth circus troupes and the Gentile Family (Open-Air Ring)
4 p.m.: Patrik Elmnert juggling performance (Ralph Rinzler Stage — 12th St. halfway between Jefferson and Madison Sts.)
Thursday (7/6):
2-2:45 p.m.: Juggling Skillshare (Open-Air Ring)
Friday (7/7):
2-2:45 p.m.: Juggling Skillshare (Open-Air Ring)
Saturday (7/8):
11-11:45 a.m. Juggling Skillshare (Open-Air Ring)

We will post more updates about the festival as they become available on the Circus District. Remember to keep us in the front row for all of your circus extravaganzas by submitting your events, classes and category-defying shenanigans to the BLOG and FB PAGE.