| Mar 7, 2012
| 10:44 AM
A day after Jada Pinkett Smith sent a heartfelt letter to Baltimore's mayor, pleading for her to stand up for circus elephants she believes are being abused, circus officials called the actress "completely misguided."
"She doesn't know the first thing...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 4:20 AM
Welcome to our first live show of the season. Cat is shiny in gold. I won't lie -- I look forward to seeing what she's wearing each week.
Since we're only getting one show a week this season, I was worried we wouldn't get the group numbers we used to...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 11:31 AM
The circuses are coming to town!
That's right, we're talking plural. Over the next week, both the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil will be landing in Baltimore for extended stays. Barnum & Bailey, in fact, is already here ...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 4:59 PM
An animal-rights group contends that an elephant performing in Baltimore with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus poses a health risk to the public because she has tested positive for tuberculosis, but circus and government health officials...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 6:36 AM
There can be no doubt that at this time in 1879, folks in Carroll County were still talking about the circus that came to town that year on Sept. 3.
The circus was billed as "W.W. Cole's Famous New York and New Orleans Circus, Museum, Menagerie &...
| Jul 6, 2011
| 12:04 PM
Way back when I was a kid, there was a time when I seriously considered being a cartoonist.
Over a span of many years, there were times when a lot of different potential careers were at the forefront of my thinking, to include astronaut, baseball player,...
| Mar 22, 2012
105 years of shows.
90,000 pounds of elephants.
And a bunch of shoes, size 28EEEEE. For the clowns, of course.
When it comes to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, an entertainment extravaganza that routinely, without being challenged, bills...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Samson, the Maryland Zoo's young elephant, made quick work of his vegetarian cake while a hillside of children and parents serenaded the birthday boy who is turning 4.
His arching and nimble trunk first went for the prize, one of four big carrot...
| May 24, 2012
| 4:29 AM
Long before the throngs of audience members generate "oohs" and "ahhs," the staff of the UniverSoul Circus begins to craft its unusual performances, spending months combing the globe for fresh acts.
The result includes performers such as the Shaolin Kung...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 9:20 AM
In the bright sunlight of a late November Saturday, Maryland Institute College of Art sophomore Colleen Collins was keeping company with a 12-foot-tall lion.
The 2009 River Hill High School graduate is a painter. Her latest — and certainly her...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 3:12 PM
If fiftysomething basketball players can spend thousands of dollars on fantasy camps with the likes of Coach K and MJ, if golfers make similar pilgrimages to the sport's birthplace in Scotland, why shouldn't hunters do the same at exotic venues in Africa?...
| Nov 21, 2009
I was ready to hand over my tickets to the Springsteen concert and tell them, "You need these more than I do, have a blast." If only I had 12 to Sunday's Ravens game.
"Do something nice," Judge Dennis M. Sweeney told the jurors in Mayor Sheila Dixon's...