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April 6th, 2017 by Stinkhead


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Ringling Bros’ final visit to Washington DC was last weekend and we got to go check it out. This tour’s theme is Out of this World and features a fantastic, cosmic flare. I loved all the planets, and astronauts, and intergalactic travel. A new twist was the inclusion of ice on portions of the floor. The clowns and acrobats incorporated seemingly effortless skating into their feats and tricks. Yes, the elephants have been retired, and they were missed, but the circus prevailed and the show went on, for this weekend and families in the DC area.

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March 31st, 2017 by Stinkhead


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I got to ring up Paulo dos Santos and talk about his role in the Ringling Bros circus, how he got his start and what the future holds. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be retiring from the road.

Paulo was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When he was 11, Paulo witnessed an acrobatics demonstration at his school and was hooked from that moment on. He wanted to do get into dance and martial arts, but as his size (4’3″) many of his classmates teased him and told him he could never do tricks and feats like the acrobats. That didn’t stop Paulo, as he got older he trained and became proficient in Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. In 2006 he got his certification of Master in Capoeira. After winning several competitions, including first place in the National Capoeira Competition, he was spotted by Ringling Bros talent agent and snatched up immediately.

Though bittersweet, this is the final tour of the Ringling Bros Circus. I asked Paolo and his favorite aspect of being with the circus is that he has been lucky to be a small part of something that’s been around for so long, be a part of that legacy. He’ll also miss the family of the traveling company and all the traditions of that family.




Image courtesy NH Register

We asked Paulo what was next, and currently he’s not sure. He’d love to get back to Brazil, but for now is exploring extending his Visa so he can stay in the states. Feld Entertainment has said they’re working to try and find employment for all of their circus personnel within their other productions. We asked Paulo if there was a future for him as a Monster Jam driver, but he laughed and said though not likely, it wasn’t out of the question!


In his three tours with the circus, Paulo brought a spark of energy and motivation to the company while on the road. We’ll be checking out Out of this World later this week. Paulo said to get excited about the motorcycles, the horses, and the amazing experience. Looking forward to it Paulo, and seeing where the world takes you next.


Don’t miss the last time you can ever catch the Ringling Bros circus. Click here for dates and tickets!


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February 29th, 2016 by Stinkhead


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Monster Jam landed with a bang at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena this past weekend. We watched Zombie, Grave Digger, Max D, Scooby Doo, Monster Mutts Dalmation and Rottweiler, and NEA battle it out in head to head and freestyle competitions. There were a lot of changes to the Monster Jam format. Check out my write-up and huge gallery of awesome pics, below.

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March 20th, 2015 by Stinkhead


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Last night we went to the 144th Ringling Bros Greatest Show on Earth at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. As you know from my interview with ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, we had been counting down the days towards the big night.

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March 18th, 2015 by Stinkhead


The Ringmaster Johnathan Iverson

It’s that time of year… the circus is back in town! We’re going tomorrow night, and I can hardly focus on anything. I did have to calm myself long enough to focus on speaking with esteemed ringmaster Johnathan Iverson. I got to interview him before our big night, and he shared some fantastic insight on what’s in store for us, and how he lives the life of a ringmaster and keeps up with the ever-changing show.

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March 17th, 2015 by Stinkhead


All the big cats

Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey are coming back to DC this weekend with their Legends show. And there’s a sweet deal with Metro, present your Metro Smart Card and get $8 off the ticket price! Details (plus save a $1 on every trip over a paper farecard, so it’s a good deal either way.)

The show runs March 19-22nd at the Verizon Center. Come back tomorrow for an interview with the Ringmaster! Click below for more details.

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March 9th, 2015 by Stinkhead



My son, King Crashling, is absolutely obsessed. Watch what happens when I show him photos of the all new Series 2 Crashlings on display at the 2015 Toy Fair.
And click below for the gallery of all the toys Wicked Cool Toys had on display.
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October 23rd, 2014 by Stinkhead


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Last night we took our favorite princess and her mom to the premiere night of Disney on Ice: Frozen at the Patriot Center outside of DC. The production had everything you’d come to expect from the Feld family, and everyone was singing on their way out. Click for more pics and info!

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October 21st, 2014 by Stinkhead


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Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in family entertainment, announces that its 34th Disney On Ice spectacular will bring to life the Academy Award®-winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, in Fairfax from October 22 – 27 at the Patriot Center.

Tickets are on sale now for all 13 shows, including a new show added on Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., an addition to the previously announced Fairfax schedule.

The Academy Award®-winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”

Patriot Center info


Date and Time of Performances:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Ticket Information: Tickets for Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Patriot Center from October 22-27 start at $20 (plus applicable service charges) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online atwww.ticketmaster.com, or via Phonecharge at 1-800-745-3000. After finishing it’s run there, it moves to Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena.

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    September 11th, 2014 by Stinkhead


    Red Skull and Capt America face off

    I took the family to witness Marvel Universe Live at the Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon, and it was epic! The comic pages come to life as your favorite Marvel heroes battle it out with special effects and lots of action. I’m a fan of Feld productions, such as Ringling Bros Circus, Disney on Ice, and of course Monster Jam. But this event was unlike anything I’d ever seen. If you have a kid, or any fan of the Marvel Universe, you need to experience it like this.

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