Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Posted by Buckles at 10/31/2012 06:18:00 AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Posted by Buckles at 10/29/2012 06:44:00 AM
The last 4 days of our European romp were spent in Amsterdam
I was amazed to find a tremendous carnival setup in the heart
of the city in Dam Square directly in front of the Royal Palace
I had never seen portable major rides of such dimensions
The 24 enclosed tub wheel stood at least 80' tall & the tower
of the climbing chair o plane at least 100' (no exaggeration)
An immaculate operation with tremendous dark ride & fun house
All joints were sparkling trailer mounts with hanky panks
& alibis but no flat stores in a completely massive crowd
Rides & food doing turnaway biz but not the joints
Perfect flight back across the pond to DC for 3 days
REALLY great to be back in Dixie (home sweet home)
Posted by Buckles at 10/29/2012 05:45:00 AM
This came in overnight.
Posted by Buckles at 10/29/2012 05:32:00 AM
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1899; U.S. Library of Congress.
"Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010" is an exhibition now showing at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery. It is, as it sounds, a big look at the development and pageantry of the circus over time through many different angles. One of those is through music.
Leon Botstein, conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College, wrote about that part of the story in a catalog essay, "Circus Music in America." In it, Botstein discusses the composers behind the music of the circus, from Igor Stravinsky to Charles Ives, and the surprising influence their compositions had on modern American popular culture, from radio dramas to motion pictures to TV shows.
Posted by Buckles at 10/28/2012 06:28:00 AM