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“La Belle et la Bête” now in the Internet Archive!

Russ Sharek as Le Bete - photo by Ed Steele

Marie Martin’s wistful toy piano rendition of Peppina’s “Beastly Beauty” has been accepted into the Internet Archive! The song was original part of the Hitrecord project, and our involvement there allowed us to use it as part of a contact juggling clown performance. It’s now a permanent part of our repertoire, and a slightly more permanent part of history thanks to archive.org accepting the upload.

Listen Now: https://archive.org/details/LaBelleEtLeBete


About the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

Befriended by elephants

Endangered Ark Foundation

Endangered Ark Foundation

The Circus Freaks would like to thank the Endangered Ark Foundation for giving us an increasingly rare chance to spend some quiet time with some amazing creatures over the weekend.

The organization hosts a sanctuary for retired and rescued circus elephants, and allows groups to meet them up close. If you haven’t had the chance to get to know an elephant, we can’t recommend it enough!

Art and Seek Spotlight – Russ Sharek

I cannot be more grateful for the opportunity to have been interviewed as part of this collection of creative people in the North Texas area.

I do have a concern about these sorts of personality pieces, however.

They stress so much on “what I do/did” to get here.

The simple truth is that I’ve *none* of it alone. Every project is the result of a collaboration, a partnership, a deal made between passionate creatives wanting to make cool stuff happen.

One thing I’ve learned in this adventure is that there is no such thing as a soloist, and I’m the first to sing the praises of everyone who has helped me stand for a moment in the bright lights.

Sadly, a lot of those stories (and named mentions) didn’t make it to the final cut of the interview.

So, with that in mind, thank you for the help and enjoy *our* victory lap of the moment.

"Today we’d like to introduce you to Russ Sharek."
Voyage Dallas

Check out this online interview with our boss clown!

Off to Clown School!

The Clown Gym
The Clown (and then) Gym is on a brief hiatus…our clowns are off to clown school for a week!

Due to their absence, we’ll be closed this Wednesday (10/24) and next Monday (10/30).

Normal shenangans will resume November 1st!