1. DRUM NIRVANA: The Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT is a big deal in the world of Japanese drumming groups. The ensemble has performed at the Academy Awards, the Grammys and the TV show “The Voice.” I was impressed when it performed at Fresno’s Shaghoian Hall in 2010. Now the group is back Saturday as the highlight of the 25th anniversary concert of Fresno Gumyo Taiko in Fresno High School’s Royce Hall. This will be a great chance to sample TAIKOPROJECT’s theatrical approach that includes storytelling, music, hip-hop choreography, multi-media and dance. [Details]
2. TAKE A TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLS: It’s the final weekend for two short-run plays in Fresno, and both are very much worth your time. Fresno State’s snappy “Wonder of the World” is seriously funny. My extended Beehive review is here. [Details]
3. A RIVETING STAMP-COLLECTING THRILLER: The other closing play this weekend is Fresno City College’s very fine “Mauritius.” Who knew stamps could be so exciting? My extended Beehive review is here. [Details]
4. DISTINCTIVE ART FROM INDIA: An opening reception 5-7 p.m. today celebrates the new exhibition “Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form” at Fresno State’s Madden Library. The show runs through Oct. 26. You can read more in Friday’s “7 Things to Do” roundup (second item). [Details]
5. INDIAN DUO ENTERTAINS: Continuing our India culture theme this week, you can catch a performance by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on santoor and Sri Hindole Majumdar on percussion. You can read more in Friday’s “7 Things to Do” roundup (first item). Details: (559) 438-3072.