DIVINE PERFORMING ARTS CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR7 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $27.
It's the Year of the Ox, y'all. Just two weeks after the official beginning of the Chinese New Year, a troupe of some 150 performers comes to Robinson to spread the grandeur of Chinese dance, a tradition the Chinese trace to the fourth millennium B.C. The Divine Performing Arts
ensemble's history doesn't quite stretch that far, but no one's sniffing at the 4,000 years the group's distilled into this show. With elaborate and colorful costumes, lithe dancers will re-enact histories, myths and religious practices. Dancers will show Mulan's legendary quest in an account that's bound to break from Disney's version. A dance dedicated to the relatively new spiritual discipline Falun Gong will bring the program up to contemporary times. Don't mistake the celebration of cultural heritage for nationalism. The Divine Performing Arts cultural organization, based in New York, exists independently from the Chinese government.