Sweet and sharp South Park honchos Trey Parker and Matt Stone collaborated with Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez on the satirical musical The Book of Mormon, won a Tony, and even got kudos from the LDS. The show goes on at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., and continues on a varied schedule to Dec. 27. Tickets are $67 to $177. Call 800-872-8997.
Jazz time Norwegian saxophonist and trumpeter Frode Gjerstad plays his angular, cerebral free jazz with his trio at 8 p.m. at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-545-4302.
With strings Violinist Soovin Kim plays an all-Beethoven recital at 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, 105 S. Fifth St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
The season arrives The ensemble Choral Arts Philadelphia and the period instrument group Philadelphia Bach Collegium perform O Antiphons, a set of commissioned Advent works by seven local composers - Mark Rimple, Daniel Shapiro, Anthony Mosakowski, David Ludwig, Melissa Dunphy, Kile Smith, and Riho Maimets - at 7 p.m. at St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 20th and Cherry Streets. Tickets are $20. Call 267-240-2586.
Feel the beat The innovative tap troupe Dorrance Dance performs works by Michelle Dorrance at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $57. Call 215-422-4580.
Story time Set in 14th-century Florence, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's historical drama Maraviglioso Boccaccio is based on the Renaissance poet's famed Decameron - though with five tales, not 10. As in the source, a group of wealthy young people flee the plague and set up in a country house, where they pass the time telling stories. The film screens at 7 p.m. at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Admission is free; tickets required. Call 215-387-5125.
Grand finale Drummer Charlie Rice, 96, who played with the likes of Jimmy Oliver, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Stitt, and Chet Baker in a stellar career that spanned seven decades, says he will be playing what will be his final gig at 7:30 p.m. at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave., Collingswood. Tickets are $10; $5 students. Call 856-858-8914.
Friday & Saturday
Smart pop The wonderful Brooklyn bassist and pointed lyricist Cindy Lou Gooden brings her fine, fuzzed-out grunge project,
, to a four-band bill at
, 1524 Cambridge St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $7. Call 267-971-6944.
World music The classical Arab chamber group Al Bustan Takht Ensemble teams with the choral troupe the Crossing and esteemed Palestinian vocalist Dalal Abu Amneh to perform settings of Andalusian poetry by Kareem Roustom and Kinan Abou-afach at Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, at 8 p.m. Saturday. $20; $18 seniors; $10 students; $5 ages under 12. Call 610-526-5210.
A complete guide to events in the region over the coming weekend will appear in the Weekend section in Friday's Inquirer. Send notices of events for "7 Days" to Michael Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.