"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.
For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society has brought many of the United States' most famous musicians playing Big Band music to the Lehigh Valley.
The latest is Vince Giordano and his Nghthawks, 2 p.m. April 7, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The New York City-based 11-piece Nighthawks is the "house band" and has been seen on the hit HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."
"Backsliding," an exhibit of photographs by Ralph Lindgren, continues through April 29, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
An opening reception is 2 - 4 p.m. April 7.
"Backsliding" is composed 41 images, each of which illustrates how digital images can be enhanced by drawing upon aesthetic principles and techniques long admired in many of the more traditional visual media. The sources of inspiration include oil, pastel, acrylic, gouache, ink, engraving, pencil and several multi-media pieces.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 11, 16, 18, 25; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
"Company," 8 p.m. April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28; 3 p.m. 21, 25, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665
A number of Easter egg hunts are held this past weekend at area churches.
The Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum), native to the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan, was discovered by plant explorer Carl Peter Thunberg in 1777 and sent to England in 1819.
Missionaries and sailors carried the Easter Lily to Bermuda in 1853. Considerable commercial bulb production took place in Bermuda during the late 1800's, hence the other name for this bulbous plant: Bermuda Lily. When a virus destroyed the crop there in 1898, production moved to Japan where it continued until the outbreak of World War II.
Karl Stirner is a towering presence.
Not as towering as his sculpture.
But a towering presence, nonetheless.
Getting Stirner's large, heavy sculpture into the Payne Gallery, Moravian Campus, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem, for the exhibition, "Transformations: Works in Steel," continuing through April 7, was no easy task.
Community Music School (CMS), 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, holds its annual fundraiser, "Music: The Universal Language," noon - 3 p.m. April 28, Lehigh Country Club, South Cedar Crest Boulevard,
There will be food, auction items and music presented by CMS students and faculty.
This year's honorary chairs include: Amy Burkett and Ron Upton, Lawrence and Debra Johnson, and James and Mary Klunk.
Co-Chairs are Kelly and Jack E. Payne, Jr.
Amy Schumer, above, who appears on HBO's "Girls" and had a popular Comedy Central special, does her standup show, 8 p.m. March 29, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
An "Easter Nut Roll Sale" will be held, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 27, main lobby, Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown.
Large 14-inch bakery fresh Kolache rolls with nut, apricot, poppy seed, raspberry or Lekvar filling are expected to be available.
Pre-ordering is recommended. Call Beth Fogel, 610-776-5413.