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Calendar, Night&Day clowning around

clowning around

Genie and Audrey's Dream Show draws its material from two distinctly different art forms: circus and poetry. Genie Cartier, who started the show with longtime friend and clown Audrey Spinazola, has an MFA in creative writing from SF State,…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Value for Flips, Tricks, and Trapeze

The last few years have been tough for the S.F. Circus Center. There were leadership changes, a mysterious closure, and a surge in competition from other schools (some run by alumni). But the organization that spawned the Bay Area's flourishing…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Clowns are Back in Town!

The Clowns are Back in Town!

Local and international circus artists, students, comedians, and clowns come together to bring San Francisco a different kind of cabaret. The "Picklewater Clown Cabaret" -- which includes Pi the Physical Comedy Troupe -- is an event that's a nice change…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Best of All Possible Stage Shows

The Best of All Possible Stage Shows

The circus arts — juggling, acrobatics, clowning, and the like — are dogged by corniness. They are not fine arts. They are not unfunny. They wear too many sequins. But local troupe Sweet Can Productions fights the corn and wins…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Best of All Possible Stage Shows

The Best of All Possible Stage Shows

The circus arts — juggling, acrobatics, clowning, and the like — are dogged by corniness. They are not fine arts. They are not unfunny. They wear too many sequins. But local troupe Sweet Can Productions fights the corn and wins…
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Calendar, Night&Day Look at the Shoulders on That One!

Look at the Shoulders on That One!

It must be said: Pretty women flock to the San Francisco Circus Center. We can personally vouch that there are many serious stunners walking around the city constantly talking about the classes they take — and love — at the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kids of All Ages

Kids of All Ages

It's finally here: the chance to get your grubby mitts on the trapeze of your dreams. Fly through the air with the greatest of ease, at least in your mind. At the San Francisco Circus Center's Open House and Holiday…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Clown Matriculation

There was a time when the San Francisco Circus Center would have been called a "clown college" and would have devoted itself to turning out white-faced jesters bound for three-ring extravaganzas. But that was before the Great Circus Renaissance…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Clown Matriculation

There was a time when the San Francisco Circus Center would have been called a "clown college" and would have devoted itself to turning out white-faced jesters bound for three-ring extravaganzas. But that was before the Great Circus Renaissance set…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Clown Around

It's the only full-curriculum clown school in North America -- yes, more comprehensive than the famous but recently downsized Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College in Florida. If you want to be a clown, and get the degree…
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