Salaam, Bombay! India's epic Bollywood musicals are big business, but only a small part of the country's vast entertainment legacy. Consider dancing, which has preserved some of India's most vivid tales of abducted princesses and fearless heroes, and dates back to the centuries-old devotional odissi dance of Indian temples. At the Classical Indian Dance Festival, Nupur Dance Company founder Jyoti Rout demonstrates the graceful art of odissi, while Jyothirmayi Lakkaraju blends dance with drama in the kuchipudi style, and Chitresh Das Dance Company veteran Megan Black performs kathak, a storytelling style combining folk movements, Rajasthan temple dance, Hindu mythology, and 16th-century Mogul culture. The dances, preceded by introductions explaining the connotations of their movements and the stories behind them, begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College (at Derby), Berkeley. Admission is $12-25; call 974-4313. Western eyes are more accustomed to bharatanatyam, India's richly costumed, most popular form, with its stylized hand movements, intricate footwork, and expressive focus. The Kala Vandana Dance Troupe shows how it's done with "Stories From the Epics of India" at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento (at Van Ness), S.F. Admission is $7-9; call 474-1608.
SOMA Goes Pomo A century after the Philippines transferred hands from Spain to the U.S., Filipino culture is still sorting out its multiple personalities. At the Post-Modern American Pilipino Performance Project, a prelude to next weekend's Filipino American Arts Exhibition, the Alleluia Panis Dance Theater dips into the past with Cleanse by Smoke, a look at time-honored cultural rites pertaining to death, grief, and mourning. Steamroller, meanwhile, looks ahead with Sticky, a bracing parody of fetishized Asian sexuality, as go-go boys and girls jump and swing off a 7-foot pole to Fatboy Slim in a nightclub setting. Between it all, the comedy troupe Tongue in a Mood greets the approaching millennium with Apokalyptic Adobe, which asks, "What would you do if you knew the end was in five years? Five months? Five days? Would you finally tell Tita Fely to shave?" The show begins at 8 p.m. (also Sunday) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Mission & Third Street, S.F. Admission is $12-15; call 978-ARTS.
Planet Hop Global culture comes full circle as Stern Grove closes its summer season and Yoshi's opens its World Music Festival. The crossover begins at Stern Grove with Congolese rumbero Sam Mangwana, whose style of soukous, or Congolese rumba, blends Nigerian highlife with salsa and Brazilian music. Mangwana plays with Malian guitarist Habib Koite, who balances Mali's griot tradition and open-stringed playing with blues and flamenco turns. Koite then opens up the World Music Festival on Monday, followed on Tuesday by Mangwana. A midweek appearance by tabla percussion virtuoso Zakir Hussain and friends is followed Saturday by the 14-piece Cuban ensemble Bamboleo, whose mix of jazz and salsa brings us back 'round to Africa. The Stern Grove show begins at 2 p.m. in the Grove, 19th Avenue & Sloat, S.F. Admission is free; call 252-6252. Koite plays at 8 and 10 p.m. tomorrow night at Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. Admission is $16; call (510) 238-9200. Mangwana plays Yoshi's Tuesday at 8 and 10 p.m.
Why Can't We Be Frenze? Those angry, thirsty, overspent kids who looted and pillaged this year's Woodstock during the Red Hot Chili Peppers set necessarily bring to mind the few thousand underagers who tore down a main tent at Sydney's Big Day Out Festival during Frenzal Rhomb's set, causing a massive electrical fire and a subsequent evacuation. And though the band lives half a world away, Frenzal Rhomb knows what moves the youth of America: beer. It's part of what appealed to their Vans Warped tour audience, and what their new Fat Wreck Chords release, A Man's Not a Camel, is all about, as related to brawling ("Do You Wanna Fight Me?"), night crawling ("We're Going Out Tonight"), and love and loss, tearily realized in their tongue-in-cheek ballad "I Miss My Lung." Softball opens this all-ages show, followed by My Superhero, at 8:30 p.m. at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Texas), S.F. Admission is $7; call 621-4455.
Cliff Notes When Jimmy Cliff sings "The Harder They Come" at this month's upcoming One Festival (and his fans aren't likely to let him leave until he does), it will sound so much more poignant to everyone who saw the 1973 Jamaican film The Harder They Come, which stars Cliff as a gun-toting folk hero. An actual Jamaican outlaw from the '50s inspired Cliff's character, Ivan, a country boy who comes to big-city Kingston hoping to launch a reggae career. After a sleazy record mogul attempts to cheat him, and his subsequent career in the ganja trade goes south, Ivan starts fighting back against the city's widespread corruption, and his reputation as an underground avenger sends his record to the top of the national charts. Though it may look like a patchwork piece of filmmaking by modern technical standards, it's still an exhilarating story, told in the splashy colors and textures of the time. The now-classic soundtrack also includes Desmond Dekker's "Shanty Town" and Toots & the Maytals' "Pressure Drop." The movie screens at 7:15 and 9:25 p.m. at the Red Vic, 1727 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is $3-6.50; call 668-3994.