Clown by Law
The next generation
What schoolchild doesn't know the famous words of D'artagnan "Le Piddles" Lewis: "Give me a boy at six, and I'll give you a clown at sixteen"? Le Piddles' renowned clown academy created some of the greatest clowns of Europe's Enlivened Age, before being shut down by the Pope's army for "fostering mimes." This was a solid blow against the clownly arts, but now, the Richmond Heights Community Center (8001 Dale Avenue, 314-645-1476) is reviving Piddles' ancient school with a one-day course in clowning for kids ages six to twelve. Aspiring jongleurs will learn face painting, juggling, balloon-animal husbandry and so forth. The class runs from 10 a.m.-noon, costs $12-$15, and all would-be clowns must call ahead to register (this requirement should keep out the mimes, also). Somewhere, Le Piddles smiles through his tears. -- Paul Friswold
Disney has become the kiddie equivalent of crack: No kid can resist the potent blend of anthropomorphized animals, the absent-parents motif and song. For those kids who might be building a tolerance for the Disney video stuff, take 'em to Savvis Center (1401 Clark Avenue, 314-421-4400) between October 8 and 12 for a little Disney freebase, a.k.a. Disney on Ice. This year the show is a trifecta-combo of Jungle Story, Tarzan and the Lion King. Tickets are $10.75-$42.50, and there's no shame in admitting you like a toke off the Disney pipe yourself. That singin' orangutan is good stuff. -- Paul Friswold
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