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April 6, 2009

Some news, some notes, some whatnots

cirque du soleilMonday mornings are terrible things.

Late last night I drove by Cirque du Soleil as roadies were breaking down the tents. The show ended its run yesterday.

Cirque is one of those events I've kind of wanted to see but never wanted to pay for. It's expensive, man. I wonder how it did in this economy. Anybody know?

News flash: A bar/lounge called Clutch is coming to the space formerly occupied by Tiburzi's in Canton.

Looks like Midnight Sun commenter Mike W. was spot on. I'll try and get out there to snap a photo today ...

Also, over at Metromix, Mike wonders if sweet tea vodka could become Most Awesomest Drink 2009. It's a good question. And I like the sound of the sweet tea mojito he came up with. Mmm.

Mike is taking suggestions on the name of his creation. The Debutante ain't a bad name. But I figure since it's a mojito with a sweet tea twist, it should have some kind of half-Southern, half-Latin name. I'm open to suggestions.

(Sun photo of Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA by Chiaki Kawajiri)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:30 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


"Late last night I drove by Cirque du Soleil as roadies were breaking down the tents"

Roadies or Carnies? Circus folk. Small hands. Smell like cabbage.


Mickey: I'll tell ya what. I'll do it for a caravan.
Turkish: For what?
Pikeys: For a caravan.
Tommy: It was us who wanted a caravan.
[looking around]
Tommy: Anyway, what's wrong with this one?
Mickey: It's not for me. It's for me ma.
Turkish: Your what?
Pikeys: His ma.

Possible names:

Baby Nina
Baby Senorita

Got a few pitchers of Mojitos at Little Havana over the weekend. That sweet tea version sounds amazing though. I 'm liking the Magnolia Mojito name.

Also it seems like Fells Point was especially dangerous this weekend. 2 or 3 people killed in the area over the past three days? Yeesh...

what is the current murder rate?

Goes to show how much I know.. when did Tiburzi's close?


Sam! You should have gone a couple of blocks to the north-west and watched the other circus walk their elephants across Lombard Street to the B&O RR Museum from the Arena.

The elephants were slow and graceful and the crowd was quietly respectful of them. The elephants walked in line, trunks holding tails. They were followed by the horses and riders, who all then loaded on to the train cars.

It was one of the magical things about city life.

pigtown, I'm sure it was fun to watch. But I was blowing by Lot O past midnight, and I'll bet the elephants were in bed by then.

i watched snatch last night........then i turned on the tv and the movie was on.

Had a girlfriend buy me a ticket to a Cirqe De Soleil show a while back. I was sceptical going in, but it was really impressive and the music was quite interesting. Haven't rushed out to go again though.


I prefer the all-alcohol Ice Pick (Firefly & Stoli Blueberi, in my case). Those delicious concoctions will knock ya down real fast.

I had the chance to do a story on Kooza for b magazine, and I asked the publicist how ticket sales were doing. He said "Good, not great," citing the economy as the reason, and noted that the Baltimore Opera had recently shuttered, so people weren't spending on entertainment as they had in years past.

But when I actually went to the show (as someone else's guest) it looked pretty full, with the notable exception of the "Tapis Rouge" VIP area, which was really empty. (Those are the $200+ seats that get you an open bar beforehand and dessert at intermission.)

I had a great time, and I think that if it came to town again, I'd spring for the (relatively) cheap seats at $55 a pop. The tent isn't that big, so I don't know that sitting closer would make for that a notably better experience. It's a circus -- it's not subtle, and they play to the cheap seats. There are a lot of tent poles though, so I'd double check to make sure I didn't have an obstructed view.

We got tickets through a Valentine's Day promotion - buy one get one free. They were the cheap seats (luckily not blocked by a pole) but they were good. Place seemed pretty full on a Thursday night.

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