Rose Festival homophobes attempt to cancel Circus Project's 'Duende'

Jennifer Cohen of the Circus Project

The Circus Project seems like a great organization. A non-profit which utilizes the unique power of art to transcend social barriers and inspire personal transformation, they put on  world-class aerial performances and provide expert training, all the while funding outreach to homeless and at-risk youth in the Portland metro area.

But it seems, despite prior approval (which I don’t personally think is necessary) The Rose Festival coordinators threatened to cancel Duende,” after audiences complained about a kiss between two women. While the show does go on the times have been changed in order not to ruffle the feathers of “family friendly” audiences.

So please take a moment to read this letter and show your support in any way you see fit, be it attending a show, writing to the Rose Fest or otherwise taking up space as a big ol’ gaymo in this town.

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You still have 2 more chances to see Circus Artemis

One of Britney Walsh's amazing feats of athleticism

If you weren’t there last night and you’re not in attendance right now you have a mere 2 opportunities left to experience the wonder that is Circus Artemis with shows tomorrow at 2 and 7pm. Just because you’ll pay a quarter of the price that you would at Kooza does not mean less amazement. I paid any old man discomfort no heed as I sat on the floor last night looking up at the beautiful flying women above me. You really can’t argue with that.

But aside from simply staring at muscles that just seemed impossible the ladies of the circus approached their routines with humor and style in addition to their artistry.

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All women Circus Artemis takes the big top this weekend

Aerial Ladder Performed by Kricket Caffery, shireen press, & Brittany Walsh

The queer produced Circus Artemis will unfurl for three wonder filled days starting this Friday the 21st at Staver Locomotive (2537 NW 29th).

This Cirque du soleil meets Freak show a go-go will feature female operated fire dancing, contortionists, stilt walkers, trapeze artists, clowns and more. The ladies describe their mission as:

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Homo for the Holidays



Do Jump!‘s lesbo-riffic holiday show has always been a queer holiday staple. But this year there is a new kid in town, who promises a slightly edgier fare.

Put on by Collective of Geniuses, Homo for the Holidays, a new annual show for all those who feel the isolation of the comsumeristic holiday “season” this Saturday from 6-10pm at Switchyard Studios (109 SE Salmon St).

The evening will include brand a new clown performance by the CoG Acrobatics; Aerial by Jack StockLynn, Nikita, and Charity McKee; burlesque by Sahara Dunes, as well as performances by Val the Variety Act and many more.

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