7/16/2004 Add a comment

The following is copied directly from the Partners Healthcare, Inc. weekly "Perks" email highlighting 'discounted' tickets, cell phone plans, raffles, and the like: 
This week's featured tickets/performances currently on sale: (1)  New!  UniverSoul Circus  - has created a world all its own - a circus tradition like no other. BWH/MGH/PHS employees can purchase box seat tickets for the performance on Sunday, August 8, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. for $15.00 each.  (No discount available, but this price does not include the regular service or handling charges - typically found at Ticketmaster). It’s a magical world of electrifying performances, singing and dancing, aerialists, elephants, acrobats and chimpanzees. Join Casual Cal, the world’s first African American Ringmaster, under the UniverSoul big top at Brockton Fairgrounds.  UniverSoul Circus provides a one-of-a-kind showplace for performers from around the world. UniverSoul is a blend of circus artistry and urban showmanship never before witnessed under the big top.   The music, the rhythm and energy are a part of our unique formula. Tickets may be purchased at the BWH Perks Office Tower 2D-94 during regular ticket selling times.  Limit 6 tickets per employee with hospital ID badge.  Tickets will be sold on a first come basis!  For more information, visit website:  <http://www.universoulcircus.com/index.html
Clearly, it's "The Black Circus."  Why can't they say this?  This synopsis rivals the 'urban' music radio category and a pro athletes being praised for 'athleticism' for its euphamistic take on race--on one hand trying hard to capitalize on the associations brought up by phrases like 'urban showmanship' but at the same time trying to be PC by not being explicit about them.