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Cirque Italia returns to Milwaukee in June

Published May 16, 2016

Cirque Italia - the first traveling water circus in the United States - will make a second splashdown in Milwaukee this summer, returning to the Italian Community Center the weekend of Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.

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Awaiting the Wisconsin walk: My chat with highwire artist Nik Wallenda

Published April 17, 2015

The Wisconsin State Fair's Main Stage lineup this summer features some of the biggest names the celebration has wrangled up in recent note. And the biggest of the bunch - or at least certainly the most unusual - is tightrope artist extraordinaire Nik Wallenda. OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to talk one-on-one with the stuntman about preparing for another life-threatening performance and being in a highwire family dynasty that shows no sign of stopping.

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Dazzling "Varekai" redefines the circus

Published Dec. 4, 2014

"Cirque du Soleil: Varekai" comes to the BMO Harris Bradley Center Dec. 18-21, but OnMilwaukee.com's Molly Snyder got a sneak peek of the show in New Orleans last month.

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The Steampunk Circus celebrates 40 years of the Milwaukee Public Theatre

Published Sept. 6, 2014

The theme is Steampunk, which is essentially a Victorian alternate reality in which electricity was never discovered, but steam-powered clockwork-based technology continued to move forward regardless. Thus the fashion show should feature gears, glass and leather laden corsets, top hats and other Victorian-esque paraphernalia.

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Wisconsin makes measly presence in Guinness World Records

Published April 27, 2005

During the past 100 years, Wisconsin has made the Guinness Book of World Records five times, and never did the stunt take place in Milwaukee. But Wisco is home to the furthest cricket spit and the most stacked bowling balls.

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UniverSoul Circus raises big top in Brew City

Published Aug. 4, 2003

The UniverSoul Circus, the first circus in a century to be owned and operated by African Americans, pounds its stakes into Milwaukee's Summerfest grounds, August 5-10.