Calendar: Jan. 5-11

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Wednesday, Jan. 5

Joe Truglio Trio
Drummer Joe Truglio has been an active player and sideman on the local jazz scene since he moved to Philadelphia from Long Island 10 years ago to study music at the University of the Arts. After sharing bills with Cypress Hill and Herbie Hancock, hitting the road with Vans Warped Tour, and playing several dates in China and England, Truglio released his first album as a group leader last year: Live, which captures recordings by his working trio with pianist John Stenger and bassist Ken Pendergast. For tonight’s show, they’ll navigate pieces from their new studio album, Past Life, inspired by modern jazz composers like Aaron Parks and Robert Glasper. -Elliot Sharp

7pm. $10. Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131. chrisjazzcafe.com

A Moon for the Misbegotten
On the eve of the play’s opening night, the Arden Theatre Company presents a pay-what-you-can dress rehearsal of the regional theater’s first new production of 2011, Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. Each year, the Arden selects five community partners to benefit from the proceeds of these preview performances, and tonight the recipient is the Rosenbach Museum and Library, a treasure trove of rare documents and books that actually houses some original O’Neill manuscripts. Misbegotten was the Nobel laureate’s final play, and is an accompaniment to his classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Directed by Matt Pfeiffer, who helmed last year’s Romeo and Juliet, the intimate Misbegotten is a bittersweet romance between two people haunted by their pasts who yearn for redemption in each other’s arms. Tickets are available on a first-come basis and are general admission. -Micaela Hester

8pm. Pay what you can. The Arden, 40 N. 2nd St. 215.922.1122. ardentheatre.org
 
Thursday, Jan. 6

An American Chinese
When Philly outfit An American Chinese released their first EP in 2007, they created an ethereal, disturbing and anachronistic album that centered around off-kilter indie rock melodies, multitudes of instruments, ominous lyrics and a love of vintage recording equipment. On the group’s first full-length, Utopian Tree, they’ve seamlessly blended songs from the EP with new creations. The album is a amalgam of pop, folk and Gothic Americana, with guitar melodies and drum beats driving the album, from rousing rock to soothing ballads. With seven members, An American Chinese’s live shows have always been a sight to see, but their show at Kung Fu Necktie has an even bigger draw: At only $5, it’s an absolute steal. -Katherine Silkaitis

8pm. $5. With Steve Goldberg & the Arch Enemies + When I Was 12. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Friday, Jan. 7

The Elephant Man
Terrible disfigurement apparently makes for great entertainment—at least, that’s the basis of TLC’s primetime lineup. But before there were Little People in a big world and a girl Born Without a Face, there was Joseph Merrick—freak-show attraction, specter of the London streets and eventual toast of Victorian high society. The notorious Elephant Man roamed 19th-century England with a burlap sack over his bulbous head, gawked at by circus attendees, recoiled from by nurses and doted upon by socialites (tragically deformed people were the Pomeranians of the hoop-skirted set). Merrick rears his giant head in Philadelphia in Fever Dream Repertory’s production of Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 Broadway version of the fabulous freak’s sad life. Wade Andrew Corder follows in the footsteps of role originator Philip Anglim and modern-day iconic weirdos David Bowie and Mark Hamill, portraying Merrick sans makeup and prosthetics, depicting his deformation entirely through tortured movement. -Lauren Smith

Through Jan. 20. 8pm. $20-$25. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 267.997.3799. adriennelive.com

AGOGIC
Seattle may still call to mind the flannel-wearing grunge bands of the ’90s. But among the city’s more current ambassadors is trumpeter Cuong Vu, a searching avant-jazzer who recently returned home after a stint as a downtownish New Yorker (and sideman with the Pat Metheny Group, among others). Seattle friend Andrew D’Angelo (alto sax/bass clarinet), now a Brooklyn-based provocateur, joins Vu to give AGOGIC a spirit of purposeful abandon, but also a tender lyricism in spots. The two horns go up against skin-tight, bone-deep, wondrously supple rhythms from electric bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Evan Woodle, new talents who typify the Seattle jazz of today—youthful, resolutely DIY, resistant to easy classification. -David R. Adler

8pm. $12. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.895.6546. arsnovaworkshop.org

Philly Comic Creators
Webcomic fanatics rejoice—digital comic producers South Fellini Studios are bringing their traveling gallery to Brave New Worlds! South Fellini, established by Tony Trov and Johnny Zito, is a collection of DIY comic creators at the forefront of the digital revolution who produce comics about monsters and badass women. They’ve worked with DC Comics Online and Apple distributor Comixology and developed the comics Moon Girl, Black Cherry Bombshells and The LaMorté Sisters. Come to the Old City comic boutique and enjoy an evening of wine and webcomic discussion with artists, fans and people who just love comics in general. Rahzzah, Sacha Borisich, Mark Fionda, and Christine Larsen will be some of the artists featured in the show. -Sydney Scott

5pm. Free. Brave New Worlds, 45 N. Second St. 215.925.6525. bravenewworldscomics.com

Saturday, Jan. 8

The Portuguese Nun
It’s a late-December tradition to visit family and steal a few desperate hours of (relative) peace and quiet with the home crew at the movies, watching laser Frisbees or Robert De Niro continuing to piss on his remaining artistic cred. But now you’re back home, and you can return to recursive, subtitled art-house fare! Huzzah! The Portuguese Nun follows an actress playing a nun in a low-budget film shot in Lisbon and her experiences with her director (played by the 2009 film’s actual director, Eugène Green), an actual Portuguese nun and the warm, glowing coastal city in which all three are immersed. The film-within-a-film structure is ripe for referential wit, while the placid, meditative plot affords viewers plenty of time to enjoy the radiant cinematography and haunting interludes of traditional fado music. -Alexandra Jones

7pm. $8. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Cheers Elephant
Cheers Elephant is poised to deliver the first stellar local recording of 2011 when they usher in their second album, Man is Nature, with a release party tonight. We’ve only heard two new tunes thus far—“Shark Attack” and “My Bicycle Ride”—but they build on the promise the psych-flavored mod-pop foursome displayed on their eponymous debut LP of a couple years ago: Jangly, bouncy guitars, spry rhythms, and spirited harmonies feed the former track, while the loping latter track feels just as earthy and joyful while the vocals veer between Pavement drawl and high, yearning yelps. Dr. Dog fans will probably want to be all over this. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $13-$16. With the New Connection, the Fleeting Ends + Nicos Gun. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

Sunday, Jan. 9

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