Drum­roll, please: TAO

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The per­form­ers with the TAO taiko drum­ming en­sem­ble just kill stages with a su­per- dra­matic mix of pow­er­ful drum­ming, mu­sic, dance, fash­ion, mus­cles, and grace. They play the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, March 2. The TAO: Seven­teen Samu­rai show adds cre­ative chore­og­ra­phy and a lively ath­leti­cism to Ja­pan’s tra­di­tional taiko drum­ming. Some of the stunts per­formed by the troupe’s en­er­gized men and women may even re­mind you of Cirque du Soleil. Founded in 1993, the group be­gan its North Amer­i­can tour with a Feb. 10 ap­pear­ance on The Late Show With Stephen Col­bert. Tick­ets for the March 2 show are $20-$55; avail­able by vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org or call­ing 505-988-1234. — P.W.

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