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Flashback to Beijing

It’s common knowledge that the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing totally trumped the spectacle we witnessed in London in August. But what do you get when you combine the badass 2008 opening ceremonies with, say, the 2012 men’s Chinese Olympic gymnastics team (which won gold, in case you don’t remember)? Why, you get Cirque Chinois, a dazzling display of visual splendor, acrobatics, and gravity-defying feats. This internationally acclaimed show will roll through the Miramar Cultural Center|ArtsPark at 8 p.m. Friday. Whereas the Olympics is pretty straightforward, Cirque Chinois will take things to another level of showmanship, illusion, and entertainment. The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will fly from trapezes, juggle more things than you can count at once, and engage in “group contortionism,” all in a visually breathtaking setting. The show is part of the Cultural Explorer Series at the Miramar Cultural Center|ArtsPark (2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar). Tickets cost $35, $40, and $45. Call 954-602-4500, or visit
Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m., 2012

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