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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday To-Do: 999 Eyes Freakshow

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM

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999 EYES FREAKSHOW
9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

Somewhere up in that big carnival in the sky, Tod Browning is smiling a thin, creepy smile at the 999 Eyes troupe. Freak-shows may be alive and well — tune into TLC lately? — but the old "gawk and holler" school of human oddities has been on the decline since its heyday as a staple of oceanside boardwalks. (Send your best Snookie joke to johntarpley@arktimes.com.) This traveling show, however, features stars with "genetic human anomalies." You've got The Lobster Girl, a bona fide cutie with fingers more crustacean claw than human hand; Peg-O the Leg-O, "the modern-day Elephant Man," and a few more self-explanatory performers: The Dancing Dwarf, the Gentle Giant, the Giant-Handed Man. Also along for the ride: 999 Eyes house act The Damned Band, whose music has been described as "a circus train that wrecked into a hobo camp where wandering Jews and Gypsies from Eastern Europe have been learning Irish drinking songs from Tom Waits."

Check it out:
999 Eyes promo

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