Ba Da Boom

Part of the fun of talking about music is all that onomatopoeia: the bang of a drum, the twang of a banjo, the clang of a cowbell. From the People’s Republic of China comes the term “jigu” (pronounced jee-GOO), which literally means “to beat or touch the drum.” Jigu! Thunder Drums of China, a 28-member troupe, brings together thousands of years of Chinese theatrical history and musical prowess passed down through generations. Using traditional costumes, songs, dances, percussion and wind instruments, the performers share cultural stories and illustrate ancient battles, mythical characters, elements of nature, and life’s trials and triumphs. The performance at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall (12345 College Boulevard) starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 or $18 for kids. To make reservations, call 913-469-4445 or see jccc.edu/theseries. — Angela Lutz

Fri., Nov. 12, 8 p.m., 2010