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Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera

If you want to do something awesome Saturday night but you’re not entirely sure what, try JooWan Kim’s hip-hop opera, Great Integration. It’s an allegory of end times (think 2012, Mayan-style) layered in a pulsing hybrid of hip-hop, jazz, and classical.

 
An exceptional and very different talent (so sayeth jazz legend Ahmad Jamal), Kim is also a Taoist, and elements of Zen creep into the fray. Ensemble Mik Nawooj plays out this apocalyptic saga on flute, clarinet, violin, cello, drum, piano, bass, and vocals.
 
August 21, 9 p.m. Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street. Tickets are $15-20. More information at www.redpoppyarthouse.org.