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Culture notes: Early Ringling Bros’ deal; wave bye (at least for now) to Big Apple Circus

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Ringling Bros. deal

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, bringing its “Fully Charged!” show to Philips Arena on Feb. 15-20 and to Gwinnett Arena on Feb. 23-26, is offering an incentive for those who purchase tickets early. Through Dec. 2, $15 tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com by entering code FULLY12 or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Also, infants under a year old will be admitted free and offered a free, personalized “Baby’s First Circus” certificate, printable online (details: www.ringling.com). HOWARD POUSNER

Bye, Big Apple
Big Apple Circus, a February fixture at Stone Mountain Park until this year, won’t be coming to Atlanta in 2012 either. That means Atlantans will miss the farewell tour of ever-popular Grandma, the star clown played by 29-year troupe member Barry Lubin, who plans to move to Sweden. Big Apple spokesman Joel Dein attributed the skipping of the metro area in 2012 to the same reason as this year — “financial reasons” — and would not speculate about future visits by the throwback one-ring circus. HOWARD POUSNER

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