To love the circus as an adult means you're into some real kinky shit. It means you enjoy a very strange group ritual that involves chains, whips, beasts, clowns, children, and muscular, scantily clad gymnasts. That's right, the circus is in town! At the Holiday Circus during Clematis by Night at Centennial Square, your jaw will drop as gravity-defying acrobats penetrate knife-lined hoops and toss each others' sculpted, half-naked bodies around with the greatest of ease. Merchants will sell their holiday-gift-ready wares and a concert from vocalist Valerie Tyson will take place. The event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with the S&M show -- err circus -- beginning at 7 p.m.
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This is where the real kink comes in -- you can laugh and point maniacally at bondage-loving animals role-playing as your subservient entertainment for the night, all the while getting twisted gratification out of watching you watching them. You see, elephants and their lesser friends find it orgasmically sick -- in the masochistic way -- that mammals of another species actually take pleasure in ogling them as they are forced to do humiliating things at the command of their "masters." Of course, the real sick shit happens behind the scenes in the members-only section. So, if you really want to get into the whips-and-chains part of the party, you'll have to commit yourself more fully to the culture. For now, the 40-minute circus and the subsequent elephant feeding will have to suffice at Centennial Square (101 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach). Call 561-822-1515, or visit clematisbynight.net.
Thu., Dec. 22, 6 p.m., 2011