Tickets for “Showdown,” the summer extravaganza from Circus Juventas — North America’s largest youth circus — go on sale July 5. The shows usually have some kind of plot weaving together the feats of derring-do by their young performers. This performance is cowboy-themed, featuring the most foot-stompin’ hair-raisin’ high-ridin’ spectacle East — and West — of the mighty Mississippi. Adding to the mystique is the venue: all performances take place under a real-life big top tent. The shows are Aug. 3-19; 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul; $30 to $13.50; 651-699-8229 or

— Pioneer Press

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