August 9, 2012 |
The favelas of Brazil are a familiar screen subject, and one not readily associated with showbiz whimsy. But a Rio neighborhood's unlikely big top is front and center in the effectively straightforward "Without a Net. " Kelly Richardson's debut film benefits from her considerable access to four young acrobats, each finding new purpose in the circus and envisioning a life beyond poverty. Social activist Junior claimed an abandoned lot in the city's Praça Onze section to illegally set up a circus school, aiming to break the drugs-and-crime pattern for local kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1986
Often, criticism reveals most about the critic. By calling Harold Ezell a "two-bit ringmaster" in a "media circus," The Times revealed itself as bigoted and abusive. What's more, by stooping to invective, The Times has forfeited its credibility. A public apology to Harold Ezell is in order. ARTHA WILBER Orange
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.