With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, there’s no time like the present to catch up on a few thousand years of Chinese civilization. Shen Yun gives quite the primer, rolling through classical music and dance representing each region and every dynastic era comprising the Middle Kingdom’s history. See more than 100 dancers, musicians and performers as they work their way through folk dances and traditional vocal performances, blowing through nearly 400 stunning costumes in the process. Shen Yun will dazzle in the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., for four performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. shows Saturday. Admission is $66 to $165; visit attpac.org to learn more or purchase tickets.
Thu., Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 4, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2014