What To Do This Weekend
First and foremost, get outside. Martin Luther King Drive is shut down both Saturday and Sunday, so get on your bike, strap on your roller blades (do people still do that?), have a Scrabble picnic — whatever. It also seems like an optimal time to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival, which has a host of springy events from Fairmount Park to the Main Line through mid-April. Or, take a trip to Valley Forge, Franklin Square, Washington Crossing… you get the idea.
In the concert world, there’s a ton of stuff happening, pretty much for every musical taste. The best of the bunch: Norah Jones (who killed it at Madison Square Garden last weekend) is at the Tower; the Vampire Weekend show at the Factory is sold out but the Drive-By Truckers there is not; the Easy Star All-Stars play their reggae versions of Beatles, Floyd, and Radiohead tunes at World Cafe Live. Also worth noting, at least for the curiosity/rareness factor if nothing else, are prog-rock pioneers Keith Emerson and Greg Lake at the Keswick. No word on what they did with Palmer.
Got kids? Your town or one nearby probably has an Easter egg hunt (Jewish kids like jelly beans, too!), so go find it. Plus, for the Earth-minded tot, Tyler Arboretum offers an FD&C-free Eco-Easter Egg workshop. If the kids are a bit older, you might want to get to the Penn Bookstore, where Making The Grades author Todd Farley will give you the dirt behind standardized tests.