No time to clown around

Hard to be­lieve it, but the icon­ic 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Cir­cus is com­ing to a close. But be­fore you start sound­ing the “Oh No!” alarm, there is still a golden op­por­tun­ity to en­joy the show as the “Out of This World” tour is com­ing to the Wells Fargo Cen­ter Feb. 16-20, with mul­tiple per­form­ances a day. But, why now?

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Hard to be­lieve it, but the icon­ic 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Cir­cus is com­ing to a close. But be­fore you start sound­ing the “Oh No!” alarm, there is still a golden op­por­tun­ity to en­joy the show as the “Out of This World” tour is com­ing to the Wells Fargo Cen­ter Feb. 16-20, with mul­tiple per­form­ances a day. But, why now?

Par­ent com­pany Feld En­ter­tain­ment Inc. said the de­cision to end the cir­cus tours is a res­ult of high costs, coupled with a de­cline in tick­et sales, mak­ing it an un­sus­tain­able busi­ness.

“We are grate­ful for the hun­dreds of mil­lions of fans who have ex­per­i­enced Ringling Bros. over the years. Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to ex­per­i­ence the joy and won­der of Ringling Bros.,” Ken­neth Feld, chair­man and CEO of Feld En­ter­tain­ment, said.

Tick­ets are $15-$118. … 

While one act is com­ing to a close, a coun­try mu­sic su­per­star is re­turn­ing to Philly for the first time in 19 years. That’s right, the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Year­wood is com­ing to the Wells Fargo Cen­ter 7 p.m. March 25. Brooks was re­cently named the En­ter­tain­er of the Year at the Coun­try Mu­sic Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. But there is little time to pon­der that to-go-or-not-to-go de­cision as tick­ets ($74.98) go on sale 10 a.m. to­mor­row (Feb. 10). Vis­it well­s­far­go­centerphilly.com/Garth. …

In this week’s birth­day news, P’unk Bur­ger, 1823 E. Passy­unk Ave., is turn­ing 2, and own­ers Marlo and Jason Dilks are blend­ing to­geth­er one sweet deal for cus­tom­ers to­mor­row —  a free lim­ited edi­tion Yard’s chocol­ate love stout milk­shake fea­tur­ing cup­cakes from Sweet Box with Yard’s stout baked in­side. The av­en­ue eat­ery known for its or­gan­ic bur­gers, fries and shake BYO, will also have an al­co­hol-free birth­day cake shake op­tion (but­ter­cream, candy pieces and cake bat­ter ice cream) that is “per­fect for the mini-moos.” The free shake deal is be­ing offered from 5-7 p.m. to­mor­row, dine-in only. Dur­ing the cel­eb­ra­tion, all or­gan­ic build-your-own beef bur­gers will be $5 each and fries will be dis­coun­ted to $1. The shakes will also be on sale through Feb. 14 …    

Speak­ing of meal deals, East Passy­unk Av­en­ue is host­ing its fifth Res­taur­ant Week between Feb. 27 and March 10 in which pat­rons will be able to  feast on a three-course prix fixe lunch and/or din­ner at 24 award-win­ning res­taur­ants for either $15, $25 or $35. The chefs are busy put­ting to­geth­er spe­cial menus. Keep an eye on the east­passy­unkres­taur­ant­week.com web­site. … 

Pitch­ers and catch­ers have yet to re­port, but the Phil­lies are busy lin­ing up the en­ter­tain­ment for the 2017 sea­son. The or­gan­iz­a­tion has booked two Grammy award-nom­in­ated artists to head­line the Post­game Con­cert Series at Cit­izens Bank Park. The Avett Broth­ers will take the stage fol­low­ing the June 3 game against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants (4:05 p.m) while Hunter Hayes will fol­low the Phil­lies-Braves game on Ju­ly 29 (7:05 p.m.), the lat­ter be­ing part of the fourth an­nu­al Coun­try Mu­sic Night. Call it a two-for-one deal, as the base­ball tick­et is also good for the con­cert. … 

Su­per Bowl LI offered plenty of Monday morn­ing of­fice talk, but in these parts, the fo­cus is now be­ing placed on the next stage of the pro­cess (yes, the phrase works for the oth­er Philly sports teams, too). The 2017 NFL Draft, the NFL’s mar­quee spring event in which pas­sion­ate foot­ball fans try to play GM, is com­ing to the City of Broth­erly Love, more spe­cific­ally the steps of the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art,  April 27-29. The Birds will be pick­ing at No. 15 (part of the Sam Brad­ford trade). Let the guess­ing game be­gin.


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