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The 20th Annual Portland CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS Benefit Show!
Feb 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 7:00

$28 Advance
$38 At the Door
$50 Preferred Seating (first 5 rows of center section - available in advance only)
$15 Kids 12 & Under

The very best circus artists and physical comedians to benefit Clowns Without Borders.

Featuring
The strong and lyrical Shersten Finley on aerial straps; Iman Lizarazu’s world-renowned physical comedy; Portland’s favorite lasso and unicycle genius Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein; award-winning physical theater company A Little Bit Off; brilliant feats of juggling by Patrick McGuire of Cirque du Soleil; bold, athletic dance by Alicia Cutaia of Bodyvox; Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man; Jet Black Pearl, fabulous accordion diva; gorgeous aerial acrobatics by Lark Schuldberg of NightFlight; Charlie Brown’s absurd comedy and breath-taking juggling feats; Sarah Liane Foster’s wacky comedic brilliance; and live music by the Shoehorn Hat Band.

THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL SHOWING ON FEB 9TH AT 2 PM!!
Ticket sales ended Feb 9, 2019 10:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
The area’s best circus and variety performers volunteer their talent each year for Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show, making for a brilliant all-ages show for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support CWB-USA’s work of relieving suffering and promoting resilience through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s 2019 projects, many serving refugee populations in the Balkans, Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, and the USA.

Clowns Without Borders sends professional performers to areas of crisis around the world because laughter and humor have been shown to provide social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits to children and their communities. CWB-USA is funded mainly through events like these and small individual donations, and Portland’s CWB benefit show is the biggest and longest-running in the nation.

WARNING: LAUGHTER MAY CAUSE AUDIENCES TO FALL FROM CHAIRS AND/OR FEEL STRANGELY HOPEFUL. more >>>
David "Leapin’ Louie" Lichtenstein, a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling, reels out a hilarious comedy cowboy show and literally ropes the crowd in. Generally considered the most explosive Lithuanian Jewish Cowboy Comedian to ever come out of Oregon, Louie combines a unique comic character, high energy comedy, physical clowning, and a world class array of cowboy rope and whip tricks, plus improvisation and audience participation.

David has performed Leapin’ Louie shows in 28 different countries around the world including many tours of Europe and Japan, and a 33 city USA tour with country music stars Brooks and Dunn. In 2012 alone, David performed in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Australia.

David has a wife, two adult children, 3 chickens, and other unruly animals at home in Portland, Oregon, USA. more >>>
Co-founded by Amica Hunter and David Cantor, A Little Bit Off began as a theatrical collaboration between two acrobatic clowns dedicated to bringing wonder and laughter to the audiences of the world. Drawing inspiration from the old american vaudevillians, and work of French artist James Thierree, ALBO has grown to produce two fully developed shows with carefully selected themes, hilarious characters, intricate relationships, mind-boggling tricks, and a very quirky, off beat flavor. Their most recent work is a critically acclaimed full length physical comedy show called Beau & Aero featuring two bumbling, incompetent aviators. The show has won five awards, including one for Outstanding Physical Theater. ALBO has performed for audiences all over Europe and the United States, captivating audiences of all languages with their dialogue-free approach to story telling. more >>>
Patrick McGuire | 8:00 PM
Patrick McGuire is a juggler who calls Portland's Pearl District home when he's not on tour. McGuire has performed in various Cirque du Soleil productions off and on since 1994, and was in "Quidam" when it first premiered. He's also been seen by Portland audiences in several Do Jump! productions. more >>>
Charlie Brown | 8:00 PM
Charlie Brown is one of the finest cigar box jugglers in the world. And that's just the beginning for this consummate professional!

Whether it's blazing torches, balls, top hats, broadswords or tossing machetes on his double high teeter-board, Charlie delivers!

A hilarious multi-talented performer, Charlie manipulates his props and audiences with breathtaking skill. His special blend of absurd comedy and technical feats create a memorable experience for everyone!

Charlie is currently a semi-retired farmer in Damascus, Oregon, he is as funny as ever. more >>>
Shoehorn | 8:00 PM
Shoehorn is an original performance artist who creates music with his feet and dances with his horn. Michael Shoehorn Conley has combined organic body rhythms and sophisticated jazz forms and concepts into an entertaining spectacle. While specializing in sax and tap dance, he is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, utilizing a variety of wind and percussion instruments, original poetry and songs and an ear for music from around the world.

Dancer and saxophonist Shoehorn is an internationally recognized tap soloist, featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS TV documentary JUBA:Masters of Tap & Percussive Dance, and has recently toured Russia and Austria with other leading tap artists. He recently performed in Tap Treasures and Tap Masters at Tap City 2004, the New York City International Tap Dance Festival.

Shoehorn's Vaudeville Lounge played 5 sets at the Beaverton Summerfest July 17-18, featuring special guests Nancy King, Toshi Onizuka, TJ Yale and Artis the Spoonman. They were also featured at the BITE Festival in Portland on August 15th, with guests Roxane Butterfly on tap, vocalist Shirley Nanette, eccentric guitarist Baby Gramps and unicycle champion Rob Brown.

“Both an exceptional entertainer and a serious artist, Shoehorn's synthesized the juba-lent complexities of jazz and tap--mind-melding with both Honi Coles with John Coltrane--creating an utterly engaging blend of bebop toughness and fluid, feets-don't-fail-me-now panache.” Tim Duroche, Willamette Week

"The man they call Shoehorn not only plays the alto sax amazingly well, he also does some expert tap-dancing as he plays. That's some serious multi-tasking." The Oregonian -5/31/02

"Miraculous...a dance company and orchestra in one." - Boston Globe

"...amazing marriage of dancing and saxophone playing." - ChicagoTribune

"an amusing routine with a serious message..." - Christian Science Monitor

"impeccably tight and controlled dancing ... mean alto saxophone..." - Boston Herald

"Es un gran artista" - Flamenco master Ramon De los Reyes

"covering the boards with a sheet of sound..." - Boston Phoenix

"A sound to behold" - Twin Falls Times-News more >>>