What To Do This Weekend

Victor's Picks: Cellos, roller girls, and Harry the K

If you want my full rundown of the weekend’s events, check out Wednesday’s edition of the Weekender. But my best bets:

The Philadelphia Orchestra plays Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring – a performance described by a friend who went last night as “chilling” – all weekend at the Kimmel; foot-tapping Woodstocker Richie Havens, who gave Hendrix his start (sort of), is at the Colonial; Johnny Brenda’s welcomes punk cello trio Rasputina (whose leader used to play strings for Nirvana) on Saturday and the Maynard Ferguson-loving Big Horn Cavaliers on Sunday; and Wilco visits the Electric Factory.

One new play to take note of: Theatre Exile does Conor McPherson’s Shining City, which has been called (by the Times no less) “as close to perfection as modern playwriting gets”. And if you still haven’t seen The Arden’s version of Romeo & Juliet, get thee to 2nd Street right quick, because the run ends on Sunday.

And briefly noted: bookworms invade the Mt. Airy Kids’ Lit Fest; South Jersey kicks off its Restaurant Week, and I’m glad to see Blackbird on there, but where’s IndeBlue?; before we make it to the Phillies home opener on Monday, we’ve gotta get through the season debut of the dreaded Philly Roller Girls and our newest team to cheer (or boo), the Philadelphia (well, Chester anyway) Union soccer team, which gets things kicking at the Linc on Sunday, since their stadium is incomplete; and, finally, Harry the K gets a museum.