A night of Indian percussion music

The Wichita Asian Association and the Wichita State University School of Music tonight will present a percussion program called Sanskriti. Here's what you need to know:

1) A five-member band will perform on instruments such as a santoor, a type of hammered dulcimer, and keyboard with traditional percussion instruments such as the tabla, a ghatam and a kanjira, which is in the tambourine family.

2) Sanskriti merges traditional music of southern and northern India, which are both very different in style, to form a new melody with fast rhythms.

3) The performance will be at 8 p.m. today at Wiedemann Hall on the WSU campus. Tickets are $10 a person at the door. For more information, call the box office at 316-978-3233 or go to www.indoasian.org.

A good deal

This year's Big Read —a community reading initiative — will feature the tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. A kickoff party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wichita Art Museum will includes book giveaways, readings and a presentation by Ballet Wichita. It's free. For more information, call 316-268-4351 or go to www.bigreadwichita.org.