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August 14, 1992 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even at age 3, Jonn Ross liked music. "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" was one of his favorite songs. Maybe he was prescient. Now, at age 18, the Malibu resident is starring with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as one of three singer-dancers in the rock 'n' roll band N/Motion. A rock band? In the circus ? "It's an experiment," explains Ross, of the decision by Kenneth Feld, Ringling president and show producer, to create a rock group especially for the company.
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August 14, 1992 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even at age 3, Jonn Ross liked music. "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" was one of his favorite songs. Maybe he was prescient. Now, at age 18, the Malibu resident is starring with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as one of three singer-dancers in the rock 'n' roll band N/Motion. A rock band? In the circus ? "It's an experiment," explains Ross, of the decision by Kenneth Feld, Ringling president and show producer, to create a rock group especially for the company.
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August 7, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The circus trainer donned a costume of sequins and red velvet, while assistants made sure his prancing horses and mighty elephants had on their plumed headdresses and multicolored capes. "The Greatest Show on Earth" was back in town. But this centuries-old tradition, which relies on the ageless appeal of performing animals, has run headlong into a 20th-Century phenomenon: animal activism. As crowds streamed into the Los Angeles Sports Arena last week for the opening of Ringling Bros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The circus trainer donned a costume of sequins and red velvet, while assistants made sure his prancing horses and mighty elephants had on their plumed headdresses and multicolored capes. "The Greatest Show on Earth" was back in town. But this centuries-old tradition, which relies on the ageless appeal of performing animals, has run headlong into a 20th-Century phenomenon: animal activism. As crowds streamed into the Los Angeles Sports Arena last week for the opening of Ringling Bros.
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October 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Nearly three months after slipping away from the Moscow State Circus, high-wire team Nikolai and Bertalina Nikolski got a standing ovation at their American debut Wednesday night and said they had no regrets about defecting. The Nikolskis said they shunned the big Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, choosing instead to perform for a month with Circus USA here. Then, they said, they will book dates on their own in hopes of earning more money as an independent act.
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August 30, 1986 | Associated Press
A safety net snapped when two circus acrobats were shot into it from a cannon and an eight-foot metal pole supporting the net was thrown into a crowd of spectators, injuring 15 people, officials said. The five adults and 10 children injured Thursday night at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Cow Palace were treated for bumps and bruises, according to officials at Seton Medical Center in Daly City south of San Francisco and Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.
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January 15, 1994 | From Reuters
Investigators focused on a possible broken wheel in the probe of a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus train derailment that killed two performers, federal officials said Friday. "A wheel was possibly involved in the accident. We are attempting to locate as many parts of the wheel as possible," said Jim Hall, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. Once collected, the pieces of the metal wheel will be sent to the safety board laboratory in Washington, D.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present "Goya: Another Look," an exhibition of 35 paintings and works on paper, April 11 through July 11. "Jasper Johns: Process and Printmaking" closes April 4. On Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closes at 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays. $8. $5 students and seniors. Free for ages 5 and younger. (215) 763-8100.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1992
As a recent graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College, I feel it my duty to uphold the honor of the profession that Bobcat Goldthwait has so ignorantly given a bad rap ("Clowning Glory?," March 7). If he has had a traumatic experience with one clown, by what logic does he condemn all? There are bad clowns, just as there are bad stand-ups. Clowns are people, too. If Goldthwait finds makeup frightening, then he should keep in mind that the makeup is only a tool used by the clown to communicate.
NEWS
July 12, 1990 | CORINNE FLOCKEN
When the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus arrives next week, locals can get a good look at its newest and perhaps least likely superstar: Thor, a 3-year-old white rhino with a surprising sense of rhythm. (Ever look at a rhino's feet? These fellows were not born to dance.) He'll be sharing the spotlight with nearly 200 performers--human and animal alike--in the circus's 120th anniversary show at the Anaheim Convention Center July 17 through July 24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1994
I found your article "Send in the Clowns . . . An Army of Evil in Oversized Shoes" (March 24) to be very offensive and negative to the--yes--"art of clowning." Maybe the reporter wrote in response to how his audition went: bad. Maybe he's just not funny. At any rate, with an attitude like the one throughout the article, I doubt if the public would welcome him into the world of the clown. I am a clown. I graduated from the very school in 1978 and have clowned in various circuses both here and in Europe, including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.
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