Tattoo and body piercing shop Body Manipulations recently turned 23. It's celebrating, naturally, with a night of acrobatic feats, Russian trapeze, body suspensions, contortion, and an exceptionally high pain tolerance. How does a piercing shop run off and join the circus, you might ask? "I had been training at the circus center in Chinese acrobatics and teeterboard on my days off from work," said Director Paul Stoll. "Discovered very quickly that the physical challenges in circus arts were even greater than those faced in piercing or suspension." Faint-hearted folks, take note. This aint your average acrobatic show. Flying Tiger Circus, a once-a-year ordeal, has been known to incorporate flesh hook trapeze, hot metal, straight razors, nails, rope, and skewered biceps, along with the more benign (but no less impressive) aerialist and handbalancer acts. Stoll promises, however, that the show is more art than gore. "It has to be something pretty and amazing to watch." Performers include Manasaurus Rex, Iron Monkey & Snow Ape, and the dizzyingly dazzling Chloe Marvel Light Axelrod, with a special appearance by pancake juggler Scot Nery.
Sun., Aug. 5, 9 p.m., 2012