What a sketch.
"Parallel Lives" is a tour de farce of sketch comedy by two female actors who are, when you get right down to it, incredible to behold as they carouse through some 14 sketch-comedy scenes and an estimated 30 characters in an amusing two-hour show (not including a 15-minute intermission) produced by Allentown Public Theatre (APT) through April 7 at the Salemme Foundation gallery, Allentown.
The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is extending the run of two exhibitions. Originally scheduled to close on April 14, "Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection" and "Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection" will be open an extra week, through April 21.
"Fabulous Flappers," in the Museum's Scheller Gallery, transports visitors back in time to the fascinating decade of the 1920s with a display of approximately 150 items.
Toe-tapping song and dance is at its best at The Pines Dinner Theatre when a battered upright piano takes a young, talented troupe on a musical tour of the 20th century in "I Love A Piano" as they celebrate some of the best music from the Great American Songbook produced between 1911 through the 1950's.
The 23rd Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival, April 5 - 14, has added some new artists this year. And many other artists will be returning.
Among the newcomers are Brian Hughes, Babatunde Lea, Elan Trotman and Friends and Cyrille Aimee and the Surreal Band.
Dianne Reeves opens the jazz fest, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 136 N. Sixth St., Reading.
Reeves is the only singer to win Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance on three consecutive albums. She sings with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 100th anniversary.
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Still hopping: "When a child loves you for a long, long time ... then you become real." So says the Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams' literary classic, "The Velveteen Rabbit." A stage version, above, will be presented by Enchantment Theatre Company, 2 p.m. April 7, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The production, directed by Leslie Reidel, includes life-sized puppets and actors in masks. The script is adapted from the book by Leslie Reidel, Jennifer Blatchley Smith and Landis Smith.
Tickets are no longer available for the 7:30 p.m. April 11 address at Lafayette College, Easton, by world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, but the event will be televised live in Colton Chapel.
No tickets are required for the telecast. Seating is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Goodall signs books in Kamine Gymnasium, Kirby Sports Center.
Moravian College Dance Company presents its 38th annual spring concert, 7:30 p.m. April 5, 6, Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem.
The concert includes dance pieces choreographed by students, teachers and guests as the dancers showcase their skill in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, lyrical and contemporary dance.
Under the direction of Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, artistic director, are student choreographers Samantha Anderson '13, Caitlin Bach '13, Caitlin Benonis '13, Brooke Kuperavage '13, Christina Rocco, and Laura Shearman '13.
DanceBrazil performs 8 p.m. April 3, Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, 317 Hamilton St., Easton.
DanceBrazil has enthralled audiences around the world for more than 30 years with its fusion of Afro-Brazilian movements, contemporary dance and Capoeira, a dance-martial arts form that evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement.
The Camerata Singers performs its Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 6, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
The dramatic cantata by Vaughan Williams, "Dona Nobis Pacem," with the poetry of Walt Whitman begins the program, followed by Gabriel Faure's warm and lyrical "Requiem."
The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, with soloists: Leslie Johnson, soprano, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, perform with Allan Birney, conducting.
"Stoker" is an art-house shocker.
While the film's title has nothing to do with Bram Stoker's "Dracula," it has its ghoulish elements.
With little advance word about the film, I didn't know what to expect.
The story in "Stoker" begins at a funeral, that of Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney), who died in a mysterious car crash. We see his widow, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman), and his daughter, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowski).
India, who shared a special bond with her father through their hunting trips, is especially distraught.