The Slaw Podcast

Ep. 28 Meet the Pittsburghers who joined the circus

We chat with the co-directors of the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative

🎪 Meet the Pittsburgh Circus Collective

The Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative features acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, flow artists, magicians, stilt walkers, and fire performers. The group performs all over the city — from a Downtown Pittsburgh Friday night market, to a Sunday evening in a Shadyside plant nursery, to a bar in Lawrenceville, to a private wedding reception. And now, due to social distancing mandates, some members are even performing through a window. We chat with co-directors Jason Kirin (aka Zero) and Joseph Kerr (aka Joker) discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their performances, the history of the group, and oh yeah, setting a world record for a vapor spin.

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A week ago @4thrivermusic held the COOLEST event of the winter, and the PCAC was smack dab in the center of it. Partygoers braved the elements, witnessed exhibitions of circus skill, and celebrated mother nature. With performances by @ickyvicky_sideshow , @thehillsandtherivers , @thestolenstitches , @visionsofzvzv and more, this celebratory shin-dig will be hard to beat. #thenightcircus #pghcircus #circusevents #tristennation #circusparties #circquetheburgh #pittsburghnightlife #pittsburghweddings #pittsburgh #juggler #circusarts #circusbirthdayparty #circusforhire #entertainment #pittsburghcreative #pittsburghlife #flowarts #pittsburghmagician #pittsburghjuggler #firebreather #pghacro #circuscircus #stiltwalker #ptbarnum #thegreatestshowman #greatestshowmanparty #starrymessenger

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Both Zero and Joker explain how they came to be professional circus performers and they reminisce on some favorite performances. PS. If any listeners can make this happen: They would love to perform on a bridge with the city skyline in the background. Or at the Benedum.

🎪 To virtually run away with the circus, we recommend you dig into their socials:

Pittsburgh Circus Collective: Website | Facebook | Instagram

To follow Zero on social media: Instagram @JugglingZero and Facebook @JugglingZero

To follow Joker on social media: Instagram @thejosephkerr and Facebook @flamesdean

What’s a vapor spin? You can get an idea, here:

As long as you guys keep enjoying these isolations I'm gonna keep practicing them!..#joker #pghcircus #pittsburgh #circuseverydamnday #circus #tarot #juggler #cirquetheburgh #fireeating #fire #flowarts #cabaret #pyromancy #firebreathing #dragon #aerial #rabbit #sideshow #acroyoga #aerialhoop #aerialsilks #juggling #flamesdean #makeballsoffiregreatagain #contortion #contortionist #hooper #shakespeare #practice #greenhair

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Since our podcast is all audio, we recommend you watch this short documentary by WQED: https://bit.ly/circusWQED

And remember, you can still hire them:

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This lockdown ain’t easy on any of us that’s for sure! No one seems to get this more than @oryantheomazing offering quarantine safe entertainment for all the little ones stuck at home. Need a clown show? Hit us up! Oryan will even send sanitized props and scarves to your house for your youth to learn with while he teaches and entertains safely through the window. Deaf friendly services too! We have an interpreter on our circus team! Drop us a line and let us know how we can get you a quarantine safe party! . . . . . . . #pghcircus #pittsburgh #circuseverydamnday #circus #juggler #cirquetheburgh #fireeating #cabaret #pyromancy #vape #sideshow #flamesdean  #makeballsoffiregreatagain #socialdistancing #covid19 #quarantineandchill #mypandemicsurvivalplan #duringmy14dayquarantine #pandemic #coronavirusoutbreak #coronapocalypse #covid_19 #coronacircus

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🛁 Pip & Lola’s soapy goodness

Soap is a hot commodity right now, and local soapmakers Pip & Lola’s is currently offering 25% off of all orders. Based in Homestead, their storefront is currently closed to the public, but they offer free shipping (and curbside pickup). There’s so many soap choices, plus shampoo bars, bath bombs and more. And while you cannot smell the bars in real life to make scent choices, they have such lovely, punny names that you can choose based on that alone. Pro Tip: If you have been in the kitchen more, their Cup of Joe soap made with coffee grounds is amazing at getting that garlic and onion smell off of your fingers after meal prep.

🥪 Take-aht dinners from Pittsburgh Sandwich Society

Our friends Pittsburgh Sandwich Society (of Sunny Side Up brunch fame; the masterminds behind that donut chicken sandwich), are offering two takeout dinners a week from their Lawrenceville commissary kitchen. It is usually burger night on Wednesday and Fried Chicken Fridays. Preorders are required, and you are assigned a pickup time. Your food is delivered via a social distancing slide.

Dinners sell out quickly, so stalk their Instagram account for the weekly announcements and then order on their website.

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