"Backyard" art: An opening reception for Elizabeth Johnson's "Backyard Painting," is 7 - 10 p.m. May 3, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The exhibition is composed of a colorful series of oil paintings, including "Bicycle Alley," above, depicting the cluttered alleys and backyards near Johnson's home in Easton. The reception is part of Bethlehem's First Friday, with receptions and events along Third and Fourth streets, including ArtsQuest's Banana Factory. Fox Gallery information: 610-332-2400
Dana Carvey, 8 p.m. May 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Emmy- award winning comedian is best known for his "Saturday Night Live" characters, including the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz body-building duo; and Garth, Wayne Campbell's (Mike Myers) "Excellent Co-Host" in the sketch "Wayne's World." Ticket information: 610-252-3132
Muslims and Christians United holds a potluck supper and program, 6:30 p.m. May 2, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
A panel of Muslims and Christians from Wesley Church, Moravian Academy and Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley will moderate the program. Information: muslimschristiansunited.org
"Chicago" is as brash a musical as can be expected to be set in America's second-city, where crime, scandals and front-page newspaper headlines are second to none.
The musical, directed stunningly with that brash spirit by Dennis Razze, chair of theater, DeSales University, and Associate Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, continues 8 p.m. May 1 - 4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 on the main stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
The Claremont Trio performs 8 p.m. May 3, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Hurd Campus, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.
The award-winning piano trio performs Mozart, Trio in E Major, K. 542; Gabriela Lena Frank New Work (2012), commissioned by the Claremont Trio; and Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor, Op.66.
Single tickets are expected to be available at the door. Information: cmsob.org
The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music will present the Outstanding Alumnus Award to conductor Diane Wittry as part of the School's Honors Convocation May 16. She will also address the USC Thornton graduating class the following day during the Commencement Ceremony.
Wittry, who graduated with honors from USC Thornton in 1983 and received a Master's from the school two years later, is music director of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lehigh Valley is sponsoring a May 9 post-performance talk-back at Civic Theatre of Allentown, Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, about mental health issues raised by the Pulitzer-winning musical "Next to Normal." The post-show talk back is free.
A panel will be led by Lehigh Valley Health Network Vice Chair of Inpatient Psychiatry Laurence Karper, M.D., retired psychologist Dennis Geiger, Ph. D. and psychologist Peter Langman, Ph.D, formerly KidsPeace clinical director.
The restored Ironton Railroad Caboose No. 6 will be the centerpiece of a dedication program Saturday, June 1, which also is National Trails Day.
For years, the caboose has been located in the Whitehall Parkway, off South Church Street.
The Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission took on the task not only of raising the funding to restore the caboose but also moving it to a more ideal location – near the IRT trailhead in Stiles, off West Coplay Road, Chestnut and Ruch streets in Whitehall.
The big move took place last July.
"Art Without Limits" scrolled in white letters amid a blue sky on the Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2013 poster is like cloud-based graffiti spelling out a prediction from above for great art, great weather, and a great future for Mayfair Festival in its new home on the grounds around the Agri-Plex Hall at the western end of the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.
@Body.8 Days Head:CIVIC THEATRE OF ALLENTOWN
@Body.8 Days:527 N. 19th St., Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
"The Place Beyond the Pines," 4:45 p.m. April 24; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. April 25, Theatre514
"The Company You Keep" 5, 8 p.m. April 26; 2, 5, 8 p.m. April 27; 1, 4, 7 p.m. April 28; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. April 29 - May 2, Theatre514
"Mad Hot Ballroom," 7:30 p.m. April 24, Theatre514
@Body.8 Days Head:ARTSQUEST CENTER
@Body.8 Days: Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. artsquest.org, 610-332-1300