"The Greatest Show on Earth" - hardly! Where were the three rings? Where were the lions and tigers? What about the high flying trapeze artists? Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey obviously has given in to PETA and other animal rights organizations and have "tamed" down their show. There is one token Elephant who struts around the rim of the arena, and a huge photo image of a remote pachyderm family, who might just as well have been in Africa.

We are true animal lovers, and do not approve of their mistreatment; however, we believe these allegations are grossly exaggerated. Where else would our children have the opportunity to see these wonders, and know that we are not alone in this universe? Now Ringling Brothers main attraction is a team of hat juggling acrobats. Sort of like a tacky vaudeville show - outdated and outclassed by the Cirque de'Soleil.

A more entertaining evening was spent at Concern Foundations 32nd Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios. Entitled "the Great Outdoors Adventure", this event featured a silent auction, rock climbing, casino gaming and live musical entertainment. Dozens of restaurants, including Fogo De Chao, Ago, and the Grill on the Alley, set up food booths, and more than 3,000 participants chowed down on everything from pizzas to paella.

For ticket info please call 818-888-6182. Hope to see you there on the Hollywood Beat.