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The Nitro Circus is Coming to Town (video)

Published: November 7, 2013 (Issue # 1785)



  • Extreme athlete Travis Pastrana and his cavalcade of bikers, skateboarders, and riders are bring their Nitro Circus Live show to St. Petersburg.
    Photo: Nitro Circus / For SPT


  • Photo: Nitro Circus / For SPT


  • Photo: Nitro Circus / For SPT


  • Photo: Nitro Circus / For SPT

It takes a certain type of person to willingly risk their life day in and day out for the entertainment of others. While most would decline the opportunity to take a car, motorbike, skateboard, or bike and try to defy both gravity and physics, some are crazy enough to do so. Even if we don’t do it ourselves, we still get a thrill from just watching.

St. Petersburg gets its chance to witness death-defying stunts next week as Nitro Circus Live, extreme athlete Travis Pastrana’s cavalcade of bikers, skateboarders, and riders arrive after several successful shows at the Olimpyiski Arena in Moscow. The northern capital is one of the many upcoming stops during the international tour.

The Nitro Circus started as a television show on MTV that highlighted not only some of action sports most famous stars but their off-ramp antics as well. Travis Pastrana, the 27-year-old star, is one of action sports most recognizable figures and the show revolved around him and eight of his friends as they constantly tried to outdo each other.

This led to such jaw-dropping feats such as trying to back-flip a motorcycle over a ravine, jumping out of a plane without a parachute or jumping a Big Wheel 40-feet into the air into a crowded boat dock.

The current tour will feature the stars of the television show as well as a rotating cast of athletes including Brazilian skateboarder and X-Games medalist Bob Burnquist, as well as Russians Alexi Kolesnikov and Pavel Alekhin.

Nitro Circus made its debut in Russia at its Moscow show on Sunday, with promoter Mike Porra impressed by the reception they received.

“We really didn’t know what to expect,” he said in a post-show wrap-up published on the Nitro Circus website. “It was a new show in a new market and we weren’t sure if the fans in Russia would warm to our brand of over-the-top stunts.”

Fortunately, Porra was not disappointed. “We have been completely amazed with the result; the fans went crazy for us,” he said.

Nitro Circus Live will be performing at the Ice Palace on Nov. 12 and 13 with shows starting 7:30 p.m. For more information about the show, visit www.nitroshow.ru or to buy tickets, visit www.kassir.ru.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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