The circus isn’t the only eye-catching attraction involving animals coming to Baltimore this week.
The elephants made their final visit last year. Now, the rest of the performers are saying goodbye.
Five elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus took a final walk through the streets of downtown Baltimore on Wednesday to bid farewell to their fans before heading off to retirement May 1.
If you’re feeling a little blue that Barnum and Bailey have bounced from Baltimore, do not fear. While clowns and acrobats continued on their tour, and the elephants paraded onward, we were left with a circus-tent-shaped hole in our hearts. Charm City Movement Arts has come to the rescue, offering weekly circus and dance classes in Charles Village for those of us that may not be able to make it all the way down to their Clinton Street location by Patterson Park.
This Thursday at 2640, Red Emma’s collective arts venue location, Charm City Movement Arts is hosting Acro-Yoga and Moden/Jazz Dance classes for only $15. Step off that treadmill and try multitasking while you exercise; get fit and prep for your upcoming circus days. Who needs Barnum and Bailey when you can be your own greatest show on earth?
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
6:00-7:30p Acro Yoga
7:30-9:00p Modern/Jazz Dance
2640 St Paul St.
Because exercising while training to be an acrobat is far better than going for a jog.
$15 – drop ins welcome.
Barnum and Bailey are in Baltimore for the next few days, bearing bastions of clowns and menagerie of talented animals. Today at 11:45a, the elephants from the circus will parade through downtown, from the 1st Mariner’s Arena, through Hopkins Plaza, down to Lexington Market. I, for one, hope there will be gossipy lady elephants reminiscent of the Golden Girls, talking smack about a misfit toddler elephant. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by taking my lunch break downtown, and watching these elephants parade towards some crabcakes at Faidley’s.
On Tuesday, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received a letter from Jada Pinkett Smith. How exciting that would have been for her, had it not been an open letter all about elephants. The Baltimore native and actress called on the mayor to ensure that the city’s law forbidding the use of any “mechanical, electrical, or manual device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering” on a performing animal be upheld during the Ringling Bros. Circus’s performance at 1st Mariner Arena. Specifically, Pinkett Smith is seeking to ensure that bullhooks not be used to prod circus elephants.
How funny. I was in the middle of writing my own open letter to the mayor demanding that she make sure Ringling Bros. not charge too much for oversalted popcorn and soda that is mostly ice. But Jada’s right — this is more important.
Pinkett Smith’s letter, distributed by PETA, claimed that not only are these elephants poked with painful bullhooks, but that several of them suffer from arthritis and yet are scheduled to perform in Baltimore.
It’s unclear how Rawlings-Blake will respond to the letter. According to The Sun, she is a big fan of the circus and even played “a ceremonial role” when Ringling Bros. came to the city in 2010.