|Clark Sides performs by creating intricate balloon art.|
ASHEBORO – The balloon art, magic and comedy talent of Asheboro native Clark Sides will be on display at the Asheboro and Randleman libraries in performances aimed at inspiring kids to read.
In Randleman it’s “Happy Halloween” and a “boo-ti-ful” time for all at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27, for kids in kindergarten and older,
In Asheboro, it’s “Reading is Magic, Inflate Your Mind” for all ages, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 8. Asheboro’s event is sponsored by Friends of the Library.
In Randleman, it will be a scary good time as Sides morphs audience members into Halloween characters and goes “ghostbusting.” In Asheboro, he’ll turn an audience member into a buccaneer and make it snow onstage.
All the while, he will talk up children’s books and reading. In the finales of both performances, he’ll work his whole body into a giant, six-foot balloon.
Sides began his entertainment career at age 9, performing magic and clowning with his older sister, January. In high school, he was mentored by Ringling Brothers clown Just Joey, learning how to juggle, perform magic tricks and display showmanship.
He added balloons to his repertoire in 2014, studying with some of the most highly regarded balloon artists in the country and launching his Raleigh-based Capital Balloons Studios. He has performed throughout North Carolina.
The Asheboro Public Library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6804.
The Randleman Public Library is located at 142 W. Academy Street. For further information call 336-498-3141.