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November 26, 1996
The Universal Big Top Circus, dubbed the "Cirque du Soul," is the only black-owned and operated circus in the country. It will run at Exposition Park until Nov. 27. Based in Atlanta, the circus went on tour this year for the first time, holding shows in Chicago before its Los Angeles stop. The circus was founded by Cedric "Ricky" Walker and Cal "Casual Cal" Dupree. Dupree is the ringmaster and greets the crowd with, "Yo, yo, yo," and dances to hip-hop and James Brown music.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1996
The Universal Big Top Circus, dubbed the "Cirque du Soul," is the only black-owned and operated circus in the country. It will run at Exposition Park until Nov. 27. Based in Atlanta, the circus went on tour this year for the first time, holding shows in Chicago before its Los Angeles stop. The circus was founded by Cedric "Ricky" Walker and Cal "Casual Cal" Dupree. Dupree is the ringmaster and greets the crowd with, "Yo, yo, yo," and dances to hip-hop and James Brown music.
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October 27, 1996 | Emory Holmes II, Emory Holmes II is a freelance writer based in the San Fernando Valley
Cedric "Ricky" Walker, 43, president and founder of the Universal Big Top Circus, eases forward onto the edge of his chair to explain just how crazy he is. "They all think it," he begins. "They've told me that about everything I've done." Walker is in Los Angeles to publicize his latest crazy idea, a "dream circus," which will arrive Nov. 8 at Exposition Park for a one-month run. "When I tried to create a rap festival, they thought I was nuts.
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October 27, 1996 | Emory Holmes II, Emory Holmes II is a freelance writer based in the San Fernando Valley
Cedric "Ricky" Walker, 43, president and founder of the Universal Big Top Circus, eases forward onto the edge of his chair to explain just how crazy he is. "They all think it," he begins. "They've told me that about everything I've done." Walker is in Los Angeles to publicize his latest crazy idea, a "dream circus," which will arrive Nov. 8 at Exposition Park for a one-month run. "When I tried to create a rap festival, they thought I was nuts.
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November 11, 1996 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tell a 6-year-old he's going to see the Universal Big Top Circus, the first circus in a century that is completely owned and operated by African Americans, and he will ask whether there will be clowns and elephants and whether he can still have cotton candy after cake and ice cream, a Sno-Kone and some popcorn.
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November 22, 1996
* THEATER: "Eleemosynary," Lee Blessing's sensitive exploration of the intricacies of mother-daughter relationships, features engaging performances by Meredith Bishop, D.J. Harner and Bobbi Holtzman at West Coast Ensemble. . . . Director Matthew Wilder's keenly attuned staging does full justice to Sam Shepard's blackly comic collage "The Unseen Hand" at Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood.
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