It’s a spectacle. It’s the stuff of cherished childhood memories. It’s an invitation to see a world where anything is possible. It’s the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Built to Amaze! Among our favorite performers (and there are lots!) are Dmitry Dolgikh and Nadejhda Tarasova. The Russian husband-and-wife team created a brand-new Iron Jaw act (he holds her some 30 feet in the air using just his jaw). There’s also Francleib Rodrigues, better known as “Flabson,” who works on the aerial foot loop (he hangs from his feet, upside down high over the arena floor with no safety net or harness, skipping, spinning and performing acrobatic stunts). There are also plenty of clowns, animal trainers, dancers and acrobats.
The fun starts well before showtime. Get an up-close look at the Asian elephants at the Animal Open House (90 minutes before the show) and meet the star circus performers at the All-Access Pre-show (an hour before the show). Various times daily. Through July 27. NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium), 2 Reliant Park. For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. $17 to $135. ($10 cash parking fee per vehicle).
July 10-27, 11 a.m., 2014