Live Variety, Attractions, Kids

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged

When: Sept. 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 10, 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 11, 1 & 5 p.m. 2011

The circus is coming to town, and this year's offering from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey promises a "Fully Charged" affair: high-voltage high-wire acts, choreographed four-ton Asian elephants, and strongmen twirling telephone poles with brawny ease. Show up ninety minutes early to meet the circus animals and performers, try on costumes and learn some tricks, and get a chance to win a painting by what's being touted as the Picasso of pachyderms. At Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland) Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11.Call box office or see website for showtimes; $10-$100. 800-745-3000 or

Cassie McFadden

Price: $10-$100

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