Calendar: Feb. 5-12

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The coming-of-age drama "Trousers" makes its Philadelphia premiere at Off-Broad Street Theater (see Friday previews, below).

Photo by Inis Nua Theatre Company

Wed., February 5

Poet-tree En Motion 2014 Winter Performance
The free Poet-Tree En Motion series returns to the Rotunda with a winter performance featuring a diverse range of dance, theater, live music, spoken word and more. 7pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

Tragedia Endogonidia with Nick Stuccio
FringeArts president and producing director Nick Stuccio leads a discussion on the importance of Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci. This free event will feature a screening of Castellucci’s work Tragendia Endogonidia. 6pm. Free. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.9006.

Editor's note: The Danilo Perez show listed in this week's print edition has been postponed. The new date is June 25. More info at World Cafe Live.

Thursday, February 6

Paper Diamond
When he’s not rocking crowds of sweat-saturated revelers, Paper Diamond is Alex B, a non-descript dude who runs a collective/label/storefront/gallery called Elm & Oak at 13th Street and Spruce—not in Philly, but in Boulder, Colorado. And guess what? Their 13th and Spruce also lies between Pine and Walnut. For real. Google Map it. Then move that field of vision around, and you’ll find the University of Colorado campus, where Paper Diamond conducts classwork. Yup, universities are now totally open to the idea of multimedia DJs and electronic music producers teaching—or at least conducting learning exercises. That already fits this guy’s M.O.; at Elm & Oak, he has monthly art shows and music nights, video artists hold rank, and graphic designers turn out aural assaults. And those folks constantly counsel local students about how they stay on the grind and ultimately succeed. Paper Diamond, though, is telling and showing.

His genre of choice is dance music cast widely: mumbathon, dubstep, trap, hip-hop instrumentals are all employed. For those of you (like me) who cringe at the idea of skronky, molly-friendly, bugout EDM, this guy’s actually a really nice toe-dipping entrypoint. Yes, some PD tracks are a little hype, evidenced by his endorsement by Mad Decent, but it’s more than possible to have a really pleasant, totally sober wile-out at Theater of the Living Arts tonight. This is a date bounce fans aren’t going to want to sleep on. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $20. With Loudpvck, Gent & Jawns + DJ Ruxbin. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South

Director Mark Devries premieres a new documentary that seeks to expose some of the nation’s biggest secrets about factory farming and animal cruelty. Devries will be available for a Q&A following the screening. 7pm. $12. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St.

Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare’s classic tale of power, envy and politics gets a fresh take at Lantern Theater. Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon leads a talented cast for this modern look at a timeless political drama. 7pm. $20-$56. Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow St. 215.829.0395.

Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic
Filmmaker Tiona McClodden presents the first movement of her four-volume epic film Be Alarmed, subtitled The Visions. Set in modern-day North Philadelphia, the visual-heavy picture will be supplemented at the gallery with a live collection of artifacts and memorabilia that appear in the film. 5pm. Esther M Klein Art Gallery, 3600 Market St.

Friday, February 7

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding by artistic director Tom Reing, the Philly-based Inis Nua Theatre Company focuses specifically on contemporary theatrical productions from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; their very name translates to “new island” in Irish Gaelic. With the casual theatergoer believing only traditional pieces come from the UK, Reing and his co-conspirators continue to show just how modern these islands can be. “All of those cultures have a great tradition of storytelling,” Reing says. “I also think there’s a connection with language. These plays are totally immersed in another culture, but you can still see they’re grappling with issues that America is dealing with—immigration, rich vs poor. I had gone over to Ireland, seen great work, and thought, ‘Wow, I can’t wait for these [shows] to make it to America,’ and they just kind of stayed there.”

Reing’s developmental involvement has resulted in him receiving two illustrious Barrymore Awards for his past programs at InterAct Theatre, and tonight’s Philadelphia premiere of Trousers puts another notch on the theatre company’s belt. “It’s about dealing with expectations, dealing with the past,” Reing explains: The play follows a pair of friends in a comedic look at the dramatic shift from youth to adulthood. It stars Jared Michael Delaney and Adam Rzepka and is directed by Reing himself. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through Sun., Feb. 23, various times. $25-$30. Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St. 215.454.9776.

Tap Into A Cure
City Tap House and Victory Brewing team up for a fundraising night benefitting the Delaware Valley Chapter for Scleroderma Foundation. Donations at the door earn you a bracelet for a free Victory brew and various drink specials throughout the night.  8pm. $5 donation. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. 215.622.0105.

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