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February 17, 2012

Weekend Picks, Presidents’ Day Edition: Bruce Springsteen Exhibition Opening, Independence Hall Tower Unveiling, Paleopalooza And More

After 18 months of rehabilitation, the iconic clock tower at Independence Hall is ready to be unveiled this Saturday with a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m., just in time for Presidents' Day. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

It’s a long weekend, with Presidents’ Day on Monday, and a solid four days’ worth of activity in Philadelphia.

The National Constitution Center’s blockbuster Bruce Springsteen exhibition officially opens its doors today, the Independence Hall scaffolding has come down and the city will celebrate with a special ribbon-cutting on Saturday and Shane Victorino’s time to shine on Hawaii Five-0 is here at last!

There is also a slew of brand new boutiques open, and you have an extra night this weekend to try out one of Philadelphia’s many decorated restaurants. In all, it’s set to be an awesome holiday weekend.

Our top picks for how to spend it, below:

Friday, February 17

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Opening Day!

Great Guinness Toast and Pour at Fado Irish Pub

Force of Nature at Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Kids’ Night Out at the Mercer Museum

Lila Downs at Montgomery County Community College

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Inis Nua’s Little Gem (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Pen to Publisher: The Life of Three Sendak Picture Books” at The Rosenbach Museum & Library (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Theatre Exile’s Knives In Hens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit at PAFA (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Saturday, February 18

Independence Hall Tower Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Top Picks For Some Of Philadelphia’s Newest Shops

“Freedom Bound: African American Women in 18th and 19th Century Philadelphia” at Stention

E-Textiles 101 Workshop at NextFab Studio (Sat, Sun)

Colonial Chocolate-Making at the Betsy Ross House (Sat, Sun, Mon)

“Let’s Move it Philly!” at the Sigma Sound Stage with Black Thought

More Weekend Picks, below.

Imagine Africa at the Penn Museum, Free Community Day

Clybourne Park at the Arden Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Semlor and a Movie at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Sunday, February 19

Paleopalooza at The Academy of Natural Sciences (Sat, Sun)

Time Stands Still at Act II Playhouse (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Charles Dickens Readings at The Dandelion

SA VA Spring Preview at Chez Colette at the Sofitel

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Concert at The Kimmel Center

Nomad Pizza Movie Night

Van Gogh Up Close at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Intelligent Design at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Philadelphia Theatre Company’s The Scottsboro Boys (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!

Zoe Strauss: Ten Years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Design Zone at Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Monday, February 20

Shane Victorino’s Hawaii Five-0 Episode airs

Foodways of Washington’s Time at the Mercer Museum Log House

Family Presidents’ Day Weekend in Historic Philadelphia (Sat, Sun, Mon)

The Franklin Institute Celebrates President’s Day Weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon)

President’s Day Weekend at the NCC (Sat, Sun, Mon)

Tour The Battleship New Jersey

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