UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour

Think of UniverSoul Circus as a Caribbean carnival meets African B-­boys meets a Brooklyn house party, just with elephants and trapeze artists. Oh, and some seriously hip clowns. Sure, there are the usual acts (acrobats, elephants, dancing girls, strongmen, daredevils and a ringmaster to watch over it all), but adds a healthy dose of funk to the mix. Among our favorites are the Queens of Sheba, a troupe of incredible teenage contortionists from Ethiopia. There’s also the Caribbean Callaloo dance troupe from Trinidad, the Men of Steel from Cuba and the Soul Illusion act from Trinidad. The single ­ring circus, founded by ­Cedric Walker of Atlanta, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Originally a showcase for black performers, it has expanded its roster to include artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Eastern Europe.

10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Joe ­Butler Stadium, 13755 South Main. For ­information, call 800‐745‐3000 or visit universoulcircus.com. $20 to $45.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 16, 12, 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 17, 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 13. Continues through Aug. 18, 2014

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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