Thursday, March 17, 2016

Up in the Air

Posted on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Courtesy of the Humboldt Juggling Festival

This weekend, you can't throw a rock without someone juggling it. From Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, Humboldt State University's West Gym is commandeered by the juggling juggernaut that is the 16th annual Humboldt Juggling Festival (free). From 10 a.m. to midnight, all manner of spinning, juggling, circus skills and theater workshops are on offer free of charge. Even the truly butter-fingered can pick up some moves.

And while you may not be quite ready to run away with the circus, you'll be more than ready to appreciate the nimble hands of the folks making it look easy in Weightless at the Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. ($15, free to kids 12 and under). Acts with names like Doctor Bonkers, Justin Credible and Something Ridiculous mean you should expect clowns, acrobats, illusionists and, of course, lots of juggling.

It's not part of the festival, but on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m., The Flying Karamozov Brothers throw down at the Van Duzer Theatre ($46, $26, $10 HSU students). Even funnier than the Dostoyevsky novel that is their namesake, the brothers are fast and furious. Keep your eyes peeled for the part where they juggle the toughest items the audience can come up with.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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