St. Bonaventure’s Quick Center Sets Annual Cutco Family Day

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – October 10, 2016 — The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University will hold its sixth annual Cutco Family Day from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21.

Immediately following Family Day activities, at 7:30 p.m. in the Quick Center’s Rigas Family Theater, Cirque Mechanics of Las Vegas will present Pedal Punk, a performance that has been called “an acrobatic whirlwind on wheels.”

Family Day, sponsored by a generous grant from the Cutco Foundation, takes place in the Quick Center. Admission is free and open to all.

This year’s activities revolve around a circus theme. There will be carnival-like games of chance with an opportunity for youngsters to earn tickets to redeem at a special prize cart. Want to be a lion tamer? The Zany Zoo Photo Booth will let you choose props and a set as a backdrop for your own jungle adventure photograph.

Art activities will tap into children’s imaginations, letting them create high-flying acrobats, colorful circus clowns, or a circus elephant.

No circus is complete without a concession stand, and ours will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and drinks. The stand will accept cash transactions only.

“We are grateful to Cutco Foundation for their continued support of this annual family event,” said Ludwig Brunner, Quick Center director. “It’s an opportunity for families to enjoy a few hours at the Quick Center, learn about our varied art collections and exhibitions, and the arts in general. We hope many of the families who attend will have such a great experience that they’ll come back again and again.”

Cutco Family Day activities end at 7 p.m., which is when theater doors open for the 7:30 p.m. performance of Pedal Punk.

Described as “a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels,” Pedal Punk invites you to experience the excitement, artistry and thrills that occur when a zany bike shop mechanic creates wondrous machines that come to life, inspiring the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner “pedal punk.”

Cirque Mechanics presentations expose the synergy between man and machine, and Pedal Punk is no exception. The New York Times called the show “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”

The centerpiece of the show is the Gantry Bike, a pedal-driven roving mechanical marvel, a virtual giant playground on wheels. But there’s a lot more, including master trampolinists, a BMX bike rider performing extreme stunts, unicyclists presenting a romantic dance on wheels, even an aerial act high above the stage.

Tickets for Pedal Punk are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students. For tickets and more information, call the Quick Center at 716-375-2492. Visit the Quick Center on the web at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.