Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Judy Finelli Circus Benefit

Judy Finelli is a long time San Francisco Circus maven and one of the very early members of the Pickle Family Circus.

Unfortunately, she has MS-- a real tragedy for a top notch juggler like her.

A benefit to help raise funds for her medical expenses was held last night (June 20, 2005) in San Francisco. Some of the top performers in the country performed(and most of them were directly influenced by Judy) Performers included Karen Quest, Avner Eisenberg, Jeff Raz, Diane Wasnak, Sara Felder, Lorenzo Pisoni, and many many more)

Over $40,000 was raised for Judy!

See a slideshow of Charles Haynes's photos.

See a gallery of Earl Crabb's photos.

Several people have asked if they could donate to Judy Finelli directly.

You can---

Mail your check to:

Circus Center
755 Frederick Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Please make your check to the order of Circus Center, specifying "Judy
Finelli Fund" on the memo. (Your donation is tax deductible)

Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle


The Forgotten Films of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle contains 32 classic silent and sound comedies directed by and starring master filmmaker Roscoe Arbuckle.

Arbuckle, known as the “Price of Whales” was a heavyset funnyman with an absurd amount of grace (think an elegant Jim Belushi). He was as much a household name as Chaplin, Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. But an unfortunate confluence of events led to Roscoe (a renowned drinker, womanizer, and party-giver) with being unjustly accused of raping and murdering a San Francisco Party Girl in 1921.While never convicted, he was banned from movie making, and his career died (as did he, a few years later)

We’ll never know how great Arbuckle could have been, but these DVD’s, lovingly restored, give us a clue-- very great indeed. There’s also a 36 page full color pamphlet that goes into some detail about Arbuckle, and his potential.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Huge Circus Archive Now Available Online!

Freaks! Acrobats! Jugglers! Clowns! (And Much Much More!)

A huge collection and archive of circus, sideshow, and related posters (over 8000 total) is now available online, thanks to www.circusmuseum.nl

It is the largest collection of circus posters in the Netherlands, and is now available for viewing (free of charge)

There is also a store, where you can buy re-prints of posters that strike your fancy. (Prices are in Euros)

The entire site is in Dutch (without an English Translation at this time), but you can pretty much figure it out. If you have problems, try using the free translation service babelfish.altavista.com


Enjoy-- it's a fantastic resource!