Not one, not two, but three -- count 'em, three -- circuses are coming to town this week. Which is the greatest show on earth? We'll let you be the judge.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins its run Feb. 10. The 135th edition includes thrills and chills courtesy the husband-and-wife human cannonball team of Brian and Tina Miser, the tiger-kissing Taba, acrobatic troupes and high-wire stunts. Show up an hour early and get a chance to hang out on the arena floor to learn how acrobats stay in circus shape, or try out your own skills at performing their daring acts. $12-$130. Show times vary, check website for details. Through Feb. 20. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-249-6400. www.ringling.com.
Just one day later, Feb. 11, the Big Apple Circus brings its one-ring show "Grandma Goes to Hollywood" to Stone Mountain Park. Mistress of ceremonies Grandma the Clown leads the audience through aerial stunts, jugglers, acrobats and trapeze flyers, as well as the hallmark of the Big Apple Circus: Shows that use only dogs, horses and other animals that have a natural relationship with humans. $10-$37. Show times vary, check website for details. Exit 39-B, Ga. 78. 404-249-6400. www.bigapplecircus.org.
The Atlanta-based Universoul Circus begins its hometown run Feb. 15. This year's hip-hop under the big top show features new performances from trampoline artists and acrobats who perform with elephants. For those who have seen the show: Beloved midget ringmaster sidekick Zeke is back. And Tony Tone, a stand-up comic and impressionist featured on BET and HBO, is this year's ringmaster. $10-$26. Show times vary, check website for details. Through March 5. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive. 404-249-6400. www.universoulcircus.com.