know what you animal-rights types are going to say: How
dare we glorify the circus! You’ll probably say something
about the animals being beaten and mistreated, poorly housed
and malnourished. Well, you’re probably right about some
of that—the circus certainly is not a good place for elephants
and lions and tigers (oh my), although we’re sure they get
their share of payback from time to time. Seriously, try
to say you don’t get a bit of a chuckle every time you hear
about a “trained” tiger attacking its handler. That’s Darwinism
in its simplest form. A wise man once said, “You don’t tug
on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, and you
sure as hell don’t put your head inside the mouth of a freakin’
Anyway, let us dispel some of the hokum that is sure to
coincide with the Big Apple Circus’s arrival in Saratoga
this week. First, they’re dedicated to caring for the aminals;
in fact, their Web site claims the circus “never has, nor
ever will, condone any form of animal abuse whatsoever.”
So there’s that. Plus, this is a “classical” circus, rooted
in the old English tradition of interspersing equestrian
acts with jugglers, acrobats, and the similarly talented
folk—like the Mongolian Angels aerial act (pictured). It’s
all very colorful and lively and wholesome; not some sideshow
freak-fest like we’ve come to associate with the likes of
other circuses. So it’s good fun for the whole family,
even Tiny the Elephant.
The Big Apple Circus will stake its tent at Saratoga Gaming
and Raceway (342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs) beginning
Wednesday (June 29). The show will run until Monday, July
4. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35. For show times and
more information, call 584-2110.
weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human
heart to a mechanic’s toolbox, Mr. Hurley created elaborate
vistas in a musical version of outsider art,” sayeth The
New York Times.
duh: What would you expect from a Pennsylvania-born folkie
who spent the 1960s singing, writing, drinking wine and
smoking aspirin in Greenwich Village, and the subsequent
decades drifting around the country working odd jobs and
writing odder songs?
Hurley is the best kind of living legend, in the sense that
he has pursued an ad venturous, searching and singular existence
outside of every kind of mainstream you might imagine. And
his songs have resonated with musicians from the Holy Model
Rounders to Cat Power and Yo La Tengo. He’s also the kind
of guy who doesn’t come around often, so this performance
at Club Helsinki on Sunday qualifies as a “can’t miss.”
Michael Hurley will perform Sunday (June 26) at 8:30 PM
at Club Helsinki (284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass.).
Tickets are $12. For more info, call the club at (413) 528-3394.
thing is, we’d have thought that a guy with a nearly 10-inch
penis wouldn’t even have to bother trying to be funny.
Apparently, we’d have thought wrong.
Ron Jeremy (aka the Hedgehog), America’s most popular male
pornographic-film star, is also a stand-up comedian; and
on Friday, you can catch him at Northern Lights making with
the jokes. We can only guess at the thematic content of
Jeremy’s A material. In his almost 30 years in the skin-flick
biz, Jeremy has appeared in more than 1,700 movies and has
had, by his own reckoning, more than 3,000 partners. (We
don’t know if Jeremy counted himself in that tally. See,
he’s, um, rather more flexible than most men . . . if you
catch our simultaneously fascinated and entirely skeeved-out
drift.) So, chances are, he’s not going to be working the
“didja ever notice” routine. You know, because most of us
can’t blow ourselves.
Aside from those obvious job qualifications, though, Jeremy’s
dominance of the industry is a bit mysterious: As his nickname
indicates, he’s not what you’d call classically handsome—unless
maybe you’re a Hobbit. But his everyday, chubby, hairy shlub
vibe, his self-deprecating sense of humor and his healthy-seeming
perspective (and maybe, just maybe, his undergraduate degree
in theater), have kept Jeremy employed and remarkably stable
in a field known for burnout and tragedy.
In consideration of our advertisers and our more delicate
readers, we’ll stop short of calling him a role model, but
Jeremy’s workplace motto is one we think should be more
widespread (get it? Somebody gimme a rimshot . . . no, a
rimshot): “Work hard, show up on time, be hygienic.”
Ron Jeremy will perform at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146,
Clifton Park) tomorrow (Friday, June 24). Tickets for the
7:30 PM show are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more
information, call 371-0012.