Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon
Subway: Red to Grand$15.50–$29.50
Event Info: (800) 745-3000 ticketmaster.com/shanghai
A summertime staple continues to soar and score high among audiences young and old. New for 2012 are chair-stacking and "wheel of death" acts, and the ever-popular motorcycle-in-globe sequence ups the ante from four to five performers. (Rumored for next year: blindfolded, plate-spinning hand-cyclists on flaming slack wire.) Miao Miao Chen directs.