Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
This week-long festival brings the best parts of Japan to Philadelphia through fun family events in Center City, Old City, Fairmount Park and the Main Line. Activities range from music and dance performances to sushi-making classes, contests, films and a 5k/10k walk/run. For more information, call (267) 348-0250 or visit subarucherryblossom.org.
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea concert
Academy of Music
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are among the most important jazz influences of our time. In a rare duo performance, jazz royalty reigns as two legends come together for one very special concert.
The Color Purple starring Jennifer Holiday
Kimmel Center, Merriam Theatre
“The Color Purple” is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker that won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction, later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. “The Color Purple” was hugely successful as a novel, on screen and on Broadway. For more information, visit kimmelcenter.org.
Kimmel Center presents PHILADANCO
Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater
Join PHILADANCO as it performs its annual spring concert in Perelman Theater. Now in its 45th season, PHILADANCO continues its legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides.
Blues at the Clef Club
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz
The Clef Club presents in concert two legendary modern Blues men: Frank Bey and The Swing City Blues Band and Blues Man Ray Schinnery. The times for the concert will be at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information, visit clefclubofjazz.org.
University of Pennsylvania
High school and college track stars will compete at the world’s oldest and largest track meet in the nation. Events include 5k and 10k meets, road races, a decathlon, a hepathlon and a celebratory carnival.
Philadelphia Science Festival
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
April 24-May 2
With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival that takes place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Science Festival takes science out of the lab and demonstrates the role it plays in everyday life. For more information, call (215) 448-1200 or visit philasciencefestival.org.
Dinosaurs of the Deep
Adventure Aquarium (Camden, N.J.)
The earliest and most enormous marine reptiles in history invade Adventure Aquarium with ancient fossils, life-sized replicas and skeletons on display. Interactive exhibits such as “Touch a Living Dinosaur” bring the primeval experience to life. Guests can also come face-to-face with a 34-ft. full scale Liopleurodon, one of the ancient oceans’ most dangerous predators. For more information, visit adventureaquarium.com.
The Art of Brick
The Franklin Institute
Art and science come together at The Franklin Institute during this special exhibition that features 70 toy sculptures made of LEGO bricks, created by Nathan Sawaya, including a 20-foot-long T. Rex dinosaur skeleton. For more information, call (215) 448-1200.
460 N. 9th St. (9th and Spring Garden streets)
This is a place where jazz is played and music reigns supreme.
Cobre Restaurant and Lounge
812 N. Broad St.
SoulFul Fridays — The restaurant and lounge will be offering a different type of getaway on Friday, as the week can be washed away with neo-soul and classic R&B. Old school hip-hop will also be played. This setting is intended to create a smooth adult atmosphere. Up to $10.
724 Arch St.
The lounge is designed with the urban professional in mind and targets the social elite. Plasma TVs, hand-painted murals and illuminated bar and walls highlight the new structure. “Sultry Thursdays” will be a staple to the establishment as neo-soul genius Eric Roberson will bring in up-and-coming artists from throughout the country. There will be dance hall, reggae and soca played every Friday.
50 S. 2nd St.
Only for 21 and older, this nightspot holds “Hot and Sexy and Hollywood Wednesdays.” The dress for the club is stylish, so come dressed to impress.
Urban Educational Center
7571 Haverford Ave.
WDL Oldies Cabaret — This event happens every third Saturday and the dress is very fashionable. The cabaret provides vintage oldies and R&B. This place will be playing all the old-school jams.
520 N. Columbus Blvd.
Party like a rock star each and every Sunday at Xandu night club. You never know which star will grace the place on “Celebrity Sundays.”