Circus coming to Palos Hills

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

 Event will aid sexual assault victims

There will be clowns.admin-ajax 5Franchesca Cavallini, above photo, is a trapeze artist who also sings and will be a part of the Carson and Barnes Circus that will come to Palos Hills Aug. 19 and 20.

There will be high-flying trapeze artists.

There will be elephants and camels.

Heck, there will even be a pygmy hippopotamus scheduled to make an appearance.

The Carson and Barnes Circus will attempt to offer all sorts of fun activities for members of the family when it rolls into Palos Hills Aug. 19 and 20.

But it will offer some painful and somber reflections as well.

The Circus, which will take place on Sunny Creek Drive and South Roberts Road, will feature shows each night designed for the state of Illinois victims and survivors and their families of violence, rape, missing loved ones or murder.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.

The shows will feature songs from Jacque Hollander, herself a victim of sexual assault. The ensuing legal action brought by Hollander against her alleged rapist — soul singer James Brown — helped change the law for victims to allow them unlimited time to bring a civil charge against their attackers, according to her LinkedIn account.

admin-ajax 1Hollander will auction off her own designed t-shirts and proceeds will benefit the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. One of the songs she wrote, “I am the Circus” was dedicated to the Carson and Barnes Circus, and 16-year-old trapeze artist Franchesca Cavallini sang lead vocals on its recording.

“Sexual assault, domestic violence, kidnapping and murder [has] now reached an epidemic level and we here at Carson and Barnes Circus want to be [a part] of shedding light on this matter,” circus officials wrote in a news release.

Tickets at the gate are $16 for adults and $10 for children. For more information and to purchase advance tickets visit