This Week in the Circus District

Tonight (9/21), bring your finest dance moves and best juggling vibes to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for Circus District: Juggle Jam! This all-ages and all-levels event is a great way to learn a few new tricks, and to watch your fellow jugglers shine. The jam runs from 6-7 p.m. at 545 7th St. SE and costs a $5 suggested donation to CHAW’s tuition assistance fund. More information is available at this link.


Online sales for tonight’s DC Weirdo Show end at noon today, so you should snag your tickets at this link now (or get them at the door for $20) for Weirdos for Life — a suicide prevention show benefiting Translife. The show features acts of spoken word, comedy, drag and belly dancing and is ASL-interpreted. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. at the Bier Baron Tavern.


Tomorrow (9/22), visit Joe’s Movement Emporium for Brooke’s Outlandish Birthday Bash, a combined birthday party and fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. to benefit Joe’s Home Improvement Campaign, which (among other things) supports maintenance and improvement of the facility that houses UpSpring Studio’s aerial classes. There will be a trapeze selfie station and many other surprises at this fun event that benefits a great local venue for dance and circus. Get your tickets at this link.


The Maryland Renaissance Festival is in full swing on Saturdays and Sundays through October 21st in Crownsville, Md. Variety artists include hoop enchantress Erin Jeannier, street magician Todd A. Brown and mime Cybelle Pomeroy. Get tickets and explore the full slate of festival offerings at this link.


If you’re looking to escape the DMV this weekend, visit Philadelphia to see what the circus school students of Circadium have been up to at their shows Autopilot and Galactic Garden Party, presented in tandem today, tomorrow and Sunday (9/21-23) at 8 p.m. This is a FringeArts show taking place at the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus (6452 Greene St., Philadelphia), and tickets are available at this link.


The amazing aerial feats of students at TSNY-DC will be on full display next Friday (9/28) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the All Aerial Showcase. The trapeze net is coming down as they prop up an array of thrilling and enchanting aerial routines on silks, static trapeze, lyra, rope and spanish web! Find tickets ($20 adults, $10 youth 12-under) by searching for 9/28 on the class registration page of their website. Note that youth and adult tickets must be purchased through separate transactions.


For any jugglers, clowns, aerialists, magicians and other under-21 performers interested in performing in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s Cavalcade of Youth, happening October 21st on Coney Island, contact Viveca Gardiner at Viveca@PlayfulProductions.com. Aerial acts must submit a video audition to her by September 30th. There is no audition for ground acts, just sign up in advance! This is an awesome annual event proudly representing the future of circus.


Juggling meet-ups in the coming week include:

• The University of Maryland Juggling Club will meet today (9/21) from 4-6 p.m. and Wednesday (9/26) from 5-7 p.m. In nice weather, they meet outdoors on McKeldin Mall by the sundial. In cold/rain, they meet in the atrium of the Art Sociology building.

• Open juggling practice at TSNY-DC is available on Fridays (9/21) from 6-7 p.m. and you can register at this link.

• The Ashburn Juggling Society will meet on Monday (9/24) from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Ashburn Library.

• The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursday (9/27) from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School Cafeteria.

Visit the DC Jugglers Facebook Group for regular updates on juggling meet-ups.


September Calendar

9/21 Circus District: Juggle Jam @ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

9/21-23 Autopilot/Galactic Garden Party @ Circadium

9/22 Brooke’s Outlandish Birthday Bash @ Joe’s Movement Emporium

9/28 All-Aerial Student Showcase @ TSNY-DC