Saturday, December 20

India, on stage and off: Choreographer Pina Bausch’s India-inspired dance piece, Bamboo Blues, unspools at BAM, performed by her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal. Say it again: Tanztheater Wuppertal. Tanztheater Wuppertal! And while stiletto sales and dearth of holiday office parties have been dominating the news of late, the brutal terrorist attacks in Mumbai remain for many the true and tragic story of this season. Tonight the Chabad Center for Jewish Discovery throws a benefit party for Mumbai; Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu will be performing.

[Bamboo Blues at BAM, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., 718-636-4100; Chanuka Benefit for Mumbai, Espace, 635 West 42nd Street, 9 p.m., www.standwithchabad.com]

mbryan@observer.com