This Friday (August 14) promises an opportunity to see some homegrown circus performers in a stellar location, and also do some homegrown good. The Runaway Circus, from Asheville, and Knoxville's own Olive Tree Circus, will perform at Ironwood Studios (119 Jennings St.). Donations are accepted and encouraged, with concessions and a portion of the door going to Community Shares. "Runaway Circus is touring," says Community Shares Executive Director Shelley Wascom. "My friend Ingrid Johnson is a member. She called me with the idea of a benefit. I've not seen this particular circus, but every time I've seen her groups it's been really entertaining. There's lots of acrobatic balancing and juggling and great music. They do the—what do you call that thing that hangs down?—the trapeze. Olive Tree Circus is actually from Knoxville. They just got back from the olive harvest in Palestine, and their work is a little more political."
The show starts at 7 p.m.