CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1986
I am appalled at your scurrilous editorial (Sept. 5), "The Circus Is in Town--Again," against one of the most courageous, committed public servants we have. I refer to Harold Ezell, Western District director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Your self-serving, pro-illegal stance is well known but not supported by the public in general. Perhaps you are not a victim of job displacement, crime, your children in overcrowded schools, or seeing any savings you try to accrue from your salary check dissipate in oppressive taxes.
June 14, 1992 |
Nobody roams with Culpepper and Merriweather for the money. Certainly not David Volponi. On stilts, he is nine feet tall. On the ground, he is 5 feet, 8 inches of peace--soft-spoken, always smiling, a gentle soul. The circus is his sanctuary against an outside world, its hard knocks and false friendships. Five years ago, Culpepper and Merriweather visited Volponi's home town of Groveland, near Yosemite National Park. He walked on stilts to promote the circus for the local Lion's Club. "Mr.
March 20, 1988 |
Luigi Guidotti, who left his wife and joined the circus 15 years ago, was reunited with her after she spotted him from the audience working under the big top. Guidotti's wife and daughter were in the stands last week when they noticed him moving equipment between acts in a traveling circus that stopped at Civitanova Marche, on Italy's Adriatic Coast. She called a policeman and then confronted her spouse.
June 12, 1989 |
A circus acrobat who fell during a show at Busch Stadium was in stable condition Sunday, a Jewish Hospital spokeswoman said. An audience of about 35,000 was watching Oscar Garcia, 29, of Sarasota, Fla., perform on a wheel suspended 25 feet above the ground when he lost his balance and fell backward Saturday night. Garcia suffered a dislocated left wrist and broken right elbow.
January 26, 1996 |
And how did the Kings respond to the trade of popular right wing Rick Tocchet? In losing, 8-2, to the Hartford Whalers on Thursday at the Civic Arena, it was their most one-sided defeat of the season, and certainly the most embarrassing. They had not yielded eight goals in a game since losing, 8-2, at Dallas on March 6, 1995. Now, the Kings are winless in their last eight games, going 0-6-2, and have only one road victory in the last 17 games.
February 10, 1985 |
The thesis novel; what a heart-sinking notion. It suggests the same relation to literary beguilement that the metronome has to music. Angela Carter's novel quivers with ideas about many things, including feminism. It hums and buzzes and stamps its feet even at the rare moments when it is standing still. Yet, its ideas are not theses but hypotheses. "Nights at the Circus" is not about how men and women ought to be, but how they just conceivably might be.
September 22, 1997 |
Vaudeville and Ed Sullivan are dead, Las Vegas lounge acts have almost disappeared, and just about the only circus that comes to town has a French name and serves cappuccino at intermission. So, where can a juggler, clown, unicycle rider, balloon animal artist and contortionist still find work? Welcome to a niche of show business known as the county fair circuit. "Ladies and gentlemen, here is something you have never before seen!"
April 8, 2011 |
"Circo" is a marvel of a documentary, a clear-eyed and affectionate film that tells a remarkable story with both visual and personal sensitivity. More impressive still, it's largely the work of one man. Filmmaker Aaron Schock made eight visits to Mexico over a 21-month period to record the activities of the tiny Gran Circo Mexico and the 10-member Ponce family, including five children, who make it happen. He not only produced and directed, he was his film's cameraman and sound recordist as well.