Dragon Tales

When: Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 10 2012

龙 年快乐! Didn’t get that? We’ll make it easy on you: “Lóng nián kuàilè!” In other words, “Happy Year of the Dragon!” Tonight, the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville hosts a production about Chinese culture and fables told through drumming, theater and modern dance to honor the Year of the Dragon. Of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, the dragon is the most significant, symbolizing abundance, prosperity and good fortune, and is so revered that the Chinese people call themselves 龍的傳人 (“Lóng de chuánrén”), meaning “Descendents of the Dragon.” Besides offering the most optimistic New Year perspective out there in 2012 (the Mayans haven’t got our backs this time), this gala event celebrates CAAN’s 10th year. The Chinese word for dragon — 龍 (“Lóng”) — also aptly describes the newly refurbished 60-foot dragon that will be used in the performance. In addition to this finale, acts include a cello performance and a Chinese take on the beloved American children’s book Make Way For Ducklings. Happy New Year, indeed.

Cayla Mackey

Price: $20, $15 seniors and students, $10 children

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