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Uniquely entertaining, the wonderful Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour to the Southland President’s Weekend. Laughter and thrills are contagious at Honda Center, STAPLES Center, and Ontario Business Bank Arena.

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The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year.  Revised, and with a major twist, online voting is now open here, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown.

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With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K DaleyBig Easy LoftonFlight Time LangHi-Lite Bruton, and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT MaddoxT-Time Brawner, and Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

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A collaboration with METRO allows riders to save $5 on select tickets by showing their valid TAP card, Metro employee ID at the box office, or use the promo code: METRO when purchasing tickets online.

WHAT: The Harlem Globetrotters 
WHEN:
Honda Center Saturday February 15 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm | STAPLES Center Sunday, February 16 at 12:30 pm and 5:45 pm | Citizens Business Bank Arena President’s Day – Monday, February 17 at 2:00 pm
WHERE: Honda Center | 2695 East Katella Avenue | Anaheim, CA 92806 | STAPLES Center | 1111 East Figueroa Street | Los Angeles, CA 90015 | Citizens Business Bank Arena | 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway | Ontario, CA 91764

CONTACT INFO: Honda Center (714) 740-2000 | STAPLES Center (213) 742-7300 | Citizens Business Bank Arena (909) 244-5500

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter 

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where children of all ages find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx, and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes! Ringling Bros. presents Built To Amaze! will travel more than 30,000 miles over two years on the world’s longest, privately owned train to present audiences with riveting acts and astonishing animal presentations.

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Andrew McClain, Ringmaster and America’s favorite cowboy takes the Ringling Bros. reins and accompanied by his horse Comanche, leads his Built To Amaze! funny and mischievous super circus supervisors, to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances.

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Ringling Bros. is thrilled to introduce nine-time international award-winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia. Builders of their own right, Alex and Irina Emelin have spent years constructing unique acts full of comedy, animals, magic, and dynamic athleticism earning the married couple nine international comedy awards. The result is a custom-built comedic duo with an electric animal menagerie, including 16 black and white poodles. Hilarious mischief is non-stop as they compete against one another to construct The Greatest Show On Earth! In addition to their many Built To Amaze! responsibilities, Alex and Irina perform an animal magic transformation with an outcome so outrageous that it is guaranteed to leave audiences speechless.

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Ringling Bros. Tower Tumblers, a troupe of competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel, and pass through a three-story high translucent tower. The Tower Tumblers will leave audiences spell-bound by sing an unusual trampoline apparatus to perform rare acrobatic combinations of calculated strength and daring precision to defy gravity. The troupe uses two trampolines as spring boards to catapult their bodies in a whimsical but harmonized, freestyle aerial tumble where the dive over, around, and even through a three-story high translucent tower!

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Ringling Bros. brings a spirited and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City! The King Charles Troupe was first featured in 1969 by Ringling Bros. producer Irvin Feld, grandfather of producers Nicole Feld and Alana Feld. Now a new generation fo producer and performer has come together again. Twelve basketball players present a continuous, whirling display of one-wheeled excitement while perilously perched on unicycles, some teetering more than ten feet in the air! Audiences will be astounded at the troupes agility and balance as each team dribbles, passes, shoots, and weaves their way with outrageous skill and high-speed comedic antics in the wackiest game of b-ball ever played.

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Tabayara, standing fearless inside the tiger arena, eye to eye with 13 ferocious exotic big cats, creates a thrilling display of absolute amazement between a man and his tigers. In Built To Amaze!, he presents a remarkable new element as four tigers, each poised with just one razor-sharp claw on a spindle and using their hind legs rotate in perfect unison. Tabayara and these mighty tigers jump, roar, and dance, and have the audience on the edge of their seats.

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The Danuir Family dazzle as they raise the roof, looming high above the arena floor, on a high-wire as thin as a pencil, as they execute difficult acrobatics and dangerous stunts. The Danguir’s construct two-man pyramids and intricate jumps, including an incredible one man leap from one troupe member’s shoulder to another’s. Audiences also will witness the inconceivable and fearless high-wire attempt by troupe leader Mustafa when he jumps a car length’s distance over four troupe members balanced on the high-wire.

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Ringling Bros. beloved animal presentations will delight all as Ringling Bros. constructs a mesmerizing living carousel uniting powerful yet elegant Fijord, Friesian, and Arab horses that are remarkably synchronized with beautiful aerialists suspended above the arena floor.

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The most popular divas on the planet will astound as Ringling Bros. epic Asian elephants show off fresh and classic dance moves to contemporary music reflecting each elephant’s unique talent and personality.

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The Human Cannon Ball, Elliana Grace demonstrates explosive girl power! Just 20 years old, Elliana will amaze audiences as she slips down into the 24-foot long cannon with a diameter measuring just 30 inches! Inside the dark cannon barrel, she will be elevated to a forty degree angle where upon the Ringmaster’s command she instantly becomes the Human Cannon Ball. Elliana will rocket through the arena sky experiencing a G-force of 7, the same fore felt by NASA’s Apollo 16 upon reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, and land at an incredible distance of 100 feet!

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The dynamic Duo Fusion and Duo Solys hand-balancers, demonstrate powerful passion and insane flexibility in an exotic presentation of unbelievable symmetry where in a turn of unexpected events the petite females, Virginia and Tatiana are supporting their male partners, Giovanni and Hector. These very distinct yet captivating couples maintain perfect synchronized even as Virginia attempts to balance Giovanni, upside down on her shoulders, poised in three-inch heels and Tatiana attempts to elevate Hector with only one arm.

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The Wheel of Steel defies the forces of gravity as four outrageous daredevils including Flavia Costa, a 5’11 female acrobat, propel themselves with cat-like ease in and out the spinning double wheel. Flavia well demonstrate that there is no fear in this feminine feline as she undertakes an unfathomable attempt balancing dangerously on her partner’s shoulders as they spin the wheel rising 40 feet in the air.

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The world-famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley, are the foundation of Built To Amaze! and will fabricate the audiences’ funny bones with hysterical silly antics and clownish comedy.

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Ringling Bros. presents a one-of-a-kind, high energy acrobatic tumbling performance with an elite 10 person team featuring the best gymnasts and acrobats from Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine including former Olympic athletes.

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Celebrate the tradition today and experience its modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high-wire, witness the spectacle as they measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze!

WHAT: Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!
WHEN: July 10, 2013 – July 16, 2013 and July 26, 2013 – August 04, 2013
WHERE: 
STAPLES Center | 1111 South Figueroa Street | Los Angeles, CA 90015 and Honda Center | 2695 East Katella | Anaheim, CA 92806

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SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | STAPLES Center Yelp | Honda Center Yelp 

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I said a hip hop a hippie to the hippie to the Harlem to the hip hip hop you don’t stop a globe rockin to the bang bang boogie trotters say up jumps the boogie to the rhythm of the boogity basketball beat.

That about sums up a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game.

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater and comedy. The acts often feature incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots.

The Globetrotters started in Chicago, Illinois in the 1920s, where a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1,000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.

They decided to pick Harlem as their home city since Harlem was considered the center of African-American culture at the time, and an out-of-town team name would give the team more of a mystique. The Globetrotters were initially a serious competitive team, and despite a flair for entertainment, they would only clown for the audience after establishing a safe lead in the game.

In 1941, the Globetrotters signed Reece “Goose” Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team. By the end of the war the Globetrotters had played an incredible 30,000 games (losing only 2190) and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race. The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe.

The Globetrotters have appeared in their own movies and TV shows and have been seen by hundreds of millions of people in 120 countries. They are simply the most famous basketball team in the world.

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WHAT: The Harlem Globetrotters
WHEN: February 18 – February 19 | 1 pm and 7 pm
WHERE: Honda Center Anaheim | Staples Center Los Angeles

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