Gil Scott-Heron. He made a triumphant return to recording this year with the wryly titled I'm New Here, a short, sharp postmodern blues album that is the 1970s soul-funk-jazz-R&B- griot-and-rap-godfather's first album in 16 years. The satiric and socially conscious 61-year-old songwriter did not get to put those songs across to Philadelphians in person, however, because his scheduled February appearances at the Tin Angel were scuttled by two-plus feet of snow. He'll be back this weekend to make up the dates.

- Dan DeLuca

7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. Tickets: $25. Phone: 215-928-0978.


Philadelphia Orchestra Carnival of the Animals. The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Zoo will offer a musical menagerie extravaganza - the Carnival of the Animals concert and the Zoo on Wheels. The orchestra will perform at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Verizon Hall.

- Monica Peters

11:30 a.m. Saturday at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. Philadelphia Zoo's Pre-Concert Adventure begins at 10 a.m. inside the Perelman Theater. Zoo on Wheels will be outside from 9:30 to noon. Admission: $7 to $46. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office, or by phone at 215-893-1999. Information: 215-790-5800 or


Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The Devon Horse Show, through June 6, is among the most prestigious outdoor equestrian events in the country. The Country Fair offers boutique shopping, great food, and family activities. Proceeds benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital.

At Lancaster Avenue and Dorset Road, Devon. Tickets: $5 to $50 for the entire show. Information: 610-964-0550, 610-688-2554 or