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Circus Chimera

The circus comes to town

— — Yuri Zagidko supports his daughter Ekaterina Bazarova — in a show of skill and strength.

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Circus Chimera will be bringing its one-ring big top, one of the tallest circus tents in the world, to Scienceworks today and the Rogue Valley Mall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from both locations will benefit the educational programs at ScienceWorks, which last year served more than 10,000 school children from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Circus Chimera performances at ScienceWorks are today at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Performances at the Rogue Valley Mall are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Circus Chimera sets up its big tent and celebrates the remarkable art of circus by combining extraordinary human feats with theater and international flair. Children and adults are mesmerized as aerial artists swing above, acrobats tumble and twirl, and the juggler controls balls in the air with his hands while dancing flamenco with his feet.

Circus Chimera was designed with a family audience in mind and has no performing exotic animals. The intimate one-ring setting under a 60-foot-high &

big top&

provides children and families unique exposure to the stunning human endurance and ingenuity that define circus. And the theatrical lighting, music, costumes and smiles on the performers&

faces simply captivate the audience.

Last year, the circus performances were extremely popular and families throughout the region enjoyed the old-fashioned fun. This year&

s show, &

Magimystical,&

tells a magical story with characters from around the globe. The story is not told through words but through scenes, sets and circus techniques, making it accessible to very young children and entertaining for the whole family.

— — Guennadi Tregoub is artistic director and lead clown — for Circus Chimera.

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Proceeds from the circus will benefit ScienceWorks&

educational programs. ScienceWorks provides school field trips that include innovative science programming and labs, to schools throughout the region. ScienceWorks also has an Outreach Education program which provides teacher training, workshops and science performances for schools, community groups and youth organizations.

Circus Chimera is a fundraiser, and tickets may be purchased ahead of time at a discount. General admission advance tickets are $7. Advance tickets are available online at www.scienceworksmuseum.org or at Small Change Children&

s Store in Ashland and GI Joe&

s Sports, Bad Ass Coffee, and Grocery Outlet in Medford. Gates open one hour before the performance. Tickets the day of the performance are $10. The performance lasts two hours.

ScienceWorks is open Wednesdays through Sundays. During the summer the museum will be open later with hours Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Beginning Sept. 1, ScienceWorks will close at 4 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 2 to 12, and free for members and children under 2. Located at East Main near Walker in Ashland, the museum has ample parking and is conveniently located a few minutes drive from downtown. For more information on events, directions and membership, call 482-6767 or visit www.scienceworksmuseum.org.