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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tourism for Locals: LeRoy King Carousel Takes Locals for a Spin

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda

No matter how old we get, San Franciscans will never stop being kids at heart —even when we get jaded and bitter from the rise of the cost of living. We're a city fostered in the spirit of youthful (albeit, child-like) creativity and enthusiasm.

For those looking to put a spin on their routine or seeking out an inexpensive excursion down Memory Lane , there's one location to go to unleash that inner child: The 109-year-old LeRoy King Carousel

Built in 1906, this intricately hand carved merry-go-round (carousels are comprised of solely horses) was constructed in Rhode Island by renowned designer and craftsman Charles I.D. Looff. The carousel was intended to be installed in San Francisco, however it could not be due to the great 1906 earthquake and fire.

In 1912 it was a permanent fixture in Sea Cliff's Playland-at-the-Beach until the fairgrounds closure in 1972. When Playland shut its doors, the merry-go-round was purchased by a private collector and put into storage in New Mexico. In 1983, it was brought out of storage and moved to Long Beach. 

Purchased by the City of San Francisco in 1998, it was fully restored and brought to Yerba Buena Gardens within the Children's Creativity Museum. It was renamed in 2014 after former SF Redevelopment Commissioner LeRoy King, who took his future wife on their first date on the carousel that now bears his name.

It’s a round-and round-trip that creates a lifetime of memories that's open Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4 per ride. 
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Monday, December 17, 2012

S.F.'s Seven Best End of the World Events

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

DEBBIE SMITH
  • Debbie Smith

We're gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the most popular song in the clubs this weekend will be REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Between the end of the Mayan calendar and the constant "fiscal cliff" blathering, the whole country is feeling positively apocalypsish. And while the world probably won't end on December 21st, it's always good to cover your bases, so we've rounded up the seven best Apocalypse-themed events on December 20 (and the coming weekend).

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Five Questions for a Guinness World Record-Holding Contortionist

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM

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You might not guess it to watch me type, but once upon a time, I was pretty flexible. This is in large part due to a class I took (more years ago than I care to admit) at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts called Acrobatic Stretching. At the time, I didn't realize that the teacher, Professional Contortionist Leslie Tipton, was in the Guinness Book of World Records and had performed in more countries than I had been to, but I did realize that she knew what she was talking about, and that stretching hurts. When I heard recently that the former competitive gymnast and 20-year circus arts veteran was starting her own contortion school in San Francisco, I went to her studio by Ocean Beach to get the lowdown, and meet her beloved cat Bean.

See also:

Local Circus Veterans' New Trick: Come to Shows that Never Happened

Seven Tips for a Great Audition

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Video of the Day: Twisted Beats and Circus Feats

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Simone Lazar
  • Simone Lazar

You might not associate clowns with rappers, but Australia-born hip-hop puppeteer Jesse Horne of Circadelix does. An admitted problem child, Horne found writing rhymes an antidote to his ADHD, and turned his inability to sit still into a successful career as a street performer. His clowning and juggling skills took him on a grand adventure that included performances for royalty in Abu Dhabi, the World Expo in Shanghai, and eventually the San Francisco Circus Center, where he met and fell in love with classically trained ballet dancer and aerialist Simone Lazar.

See also:

A Delicate Balance: Five Questions for S.F.'s Hottest Pole Acrobat

5 Clown Questions Debunked From a Ringling Bros. Pro

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Podcast Review: The Grimaldis Are Dead

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 9:00 AM

RACHEL GOLDEN
  • Rachel Golden

The Grimaldis Are Dead, a co-production by Dane Ballard productions and Circus Center San Francisco, is spectacular in theory. It combines circus, magic, improv, and musical theater, backed up by a live band and filmed projections; it follows generations of a family who were all in showbiz and all died ghastly deaths; and it takes place in a new and unconventional venue, Firehouse 8.

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Podcast Review: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Marks Elaborate Entrance for the Aurora's 21st Season

Podcast Review: The Collapse of Enron, with Puppets!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A Delicate Balance: Five Questions for S.F.'s Hottest Pole Acrobat

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

CALIBREE PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Calibree photography

If you're a regular at Supperclub, the Hubba Hubba Revue, or Bootie SF, you may have noticed that pole acrobat Kara Nova has become a constant presence in the D.I.Y. circus scene. With only four years of training, this 23 year old, self-proclaimed "ninja space angel" has performed at Bay Area institutions The Edwardian Ball and Sea of Dreams, as well as for larger acts like Primus and Bassnectar. Fresh from a gig in Las Vegas, she sat down with me after the Craft Spirits Carnival at Fort Mason to discuss training, success, and coffee.

See also:

Local Circus Veterans' New Trick: Come to Shows that Never Happened

7 Tips for a Great Audition

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bands, Burlesque, and Skee-Ball, Oh My!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

HANNA QUEVEDO
  • Hanna Quevedo

The great thing about living in San Francisco is you never run out of things to do. I'm not just talking about Fleet Week and America's Cup type things -- what really makes a city interesting are the nooks and crannies. It's those little morsels of culture that you couldn't find anywhere else, and we've got one coming up soon with the Rock 'N' Roll Carnival, presented by Broke-Ass Stuart, Tricycle Records, and Public Works.

See also:

San Francisco Best New Venue: Public Works

Loving the Nighlife in San Francisco

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Local Circus Veterans' New Trick: Come to Shows that Never Happened

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

JASON KRUPPA
  • Jason Kruppa

The most exciting and innovative circus in the Bay Area isn't coming from Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros., or any of the big schools. It's hiding out in an underground training location called The Royal Russian Kung Fu Circus Training Academy of Heaven Mountain by a few, and Sons of Cayuga, by everyone else. The pair responsible claim to have the highest skill level of any local circus in their shows (true), and disdain advertising, claiming that, "when you make mazes for people they try to find the end of the maze."

See also:

"Humor Abuse": A Son Remembers the Pickle Family Circus

The Hard Truth of Circus Life

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Seven Tips for a Great Audition

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

HANNA QUEVEDO
  • Hanna Quevedo

The first in an occasional series on life as a performer in San Francisco.

So, you've practiced those pirouettes, mastered your handstand, or finally beaten that hula hoop into submission, and it's time to get out there and strut your stuff.  Maybe you've signed up for backstage, or stared endlessly at that Cirque Du Soleil open call poster at the dance studio? Auditioning can be a harrowing experience for a veteran, and downright terrifying for a beginner.  Here are seven tips to help get you through:

1. Have your shit together 

You don't want to be that guy running in at the last minute drenched in sweat, clothes flailing, cellphone ringing, with no headshot, no resume, and no clue.  Go to bed early, set an alarm, be on time, and always, always, know what you're auditioning for.

See also:

Social Media Self-Promotion: The Only Advice You Need

How to Not Die in an Earthquake: Six Essential Tips

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Places to Take or Act Like a Kid

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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Life is hard enough without a screaming, running away, randomly pooping, peeing, puking, money-sucking companion at your side, whether it be your child, multiple children, or Chris Daly. If you've been feeling spread a little thin lately, we're here to help. Below are the top 10 places you can nourish your inner child, or entertain your real one(s).

(Key: Poot! = Take your toddler, Toot! = Take your kids, or Woot! = Take yourself!)

10. Urban Recess (Poot!)

Urban Recess
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