Sick of the standard "Ringling Bros. and yadda yadda" circuses? Well, I'd suggest you ease on down to see the UniverSoul Circus, which kicks off its run in Charlotte today. Unlike those other run-of-the-mill animal/clown-infested big-top events, UniverSoul delivers a truly international and multicultural brand of entertainment; be on the lookout for acts like the West African contortionists of Twisted Soul, the Chinese Foot Jugglers, and artists from the Dominican Republic jumping through the Wheel of Death, among many others. And all the excitement is set to bumping, funky music -- not some lame-o organ grinder. $10-$28. Times vary. Runs through Nov. 22. Freedom Shopping Mart Center (across from Freedom Mall), 3146 Freedom Drive. www. universoulcircus.com. 800-316-7439.