Circus Supreme

Circus Contraption and 520 Interchange are the stage highlights of the week.

Circus Contraption's Grand American Traveling Dime Museum

Only scoundrels will miss this final chance to peruse Circus Contraption's assemblage of oddities before the vaudeville troupe and band takes the show to New York City. Terry Podgorski's set evokes a Tim Burton-meets-Tony Millionaire aesthetic of twisted Victorian vagrancy—a fitting playground for the museum's singing fetuses, juggling caveman, and tap-dancing Hoochie Coochie girls in corsets and fluffy knickers (audience whooping is not discouraged). Those are just a few of the hats these punk dandies wear, as a given member will morph from dancer to banjo-player to acrobat in one scene. Their affection for old American curiosity plays out like the quick and charming scenes of a Jeunet film. After aerialist Sally Pepper (Kari Podgorski)'s sensuous routine, a friend said "I think I've had dreams like that"—accurately summing up the Grand American Traveling Dime Museum's spectacle. All shows contain mature content, recommended for ages 12 and up. Circus Contraption at Magnuson Community Center Auditorium, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $20-$23. Gala performance/party Sat. July 22, $35-$500. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Sun. July 23. RACHEL SHIMP

The 520 Interchange

Amid the political and economic hullabaloo that surrounds the proposed changes to the Highway 520 bridge, artist Cheryl dos Remedios has assembled a performance event that examines that physical landscape and our changing attitudes towards the environment. The program opens with a welcoming ceremony by Cecile Hansen and the Duwamish ensemble T'ilibshudub and ends with a performance by Alex Martin and BetterBiscuit Dance under the "ghost ramps" left over from the abandoned R.H. Thompson Expressway project, bookending an evening in which art becomes a part of civic discourse. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, or Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E. www.grassroutesarts.org. $5-$20. 5:20 p.m. Fri. July 21. SANDRA KURTZ

 
comments powered by Disqus