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


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


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.