Easter is four days away and – to nobody’s surprise – the folks at wallethub.com

Easter is four days away and – to nobody’s surprise – the folks at wallethub.com have compiled a list. This one ranks the best cities to celebrate the holiday, and also gives a lot of other by-the-numbers facts and stats about church, candy and cash. Here is a sampling:

v $18.2 billion: Total Easter-related spending expected in 2018

v 77: Percentage of parents who will buy or make Easter baskets for their kids

v 90 million: Number of chocolate bunnies made worldwide each year for Easter

v 59: Percentage of Americans who eat the ears first on a chocolate bunny

v 52.4: Percentage of Americans who say the Easter bunny came before the Easter egg

“Empire” (8 p.m., Fox): Nurse Claudia (Demi Moore) kidnaps Lucious in the spring premiere. To find him, Cookie must race against time and use the skills she learned in prison.

“The Americans” (10 p.m., FX): In the season 6 premiere, it’s autumn of 1987 and as a major arms summit looms, Elizabeth is pushed to her limits.

“Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” (10 p.m., NBC): Glenn Close, John Legend and Lin-Manuel Miranda honor one of theater’s most celebrated composers.

TV listings, C3


Marty Stuart, Keb Mo concerts


The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., has announced four concerts: Marty Stuart and the Superlatives on May 13; Andy McKee on June 15; the Atlanta Rhythm Section on July 27; and an acoustic evening with Keb’ Mo’ on Sept. 14.

Tickets are $45 and $30 for Marty Stuart; $25 for McKee; $40 and $30 for Atlanta Rhythm Section; and $55 and $40 for Keb’ Mo’

Tickets for all four shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at thekentstage.com and by phone at 877-987-6487. Each show starts at 8 p.m. except Stuart, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Artist’s lecture is rescheduled


A free lecture by artist James Siena at the McDonough Museum auditorium at Youngstown State University has been rescheduled to April 18 at 5:10 p.m. The lecture was originally scheduled for March 21 but was canceled due to inclement weather.

Siena is an American artist based in New York. His art is typically created through a series of self-imposed constraints also sometimes referred to as visual algorithms — rules Siena decides on before sitting down to work. In most of his work he establishes a basic unit and action and repeats it indefinitely.

“At a certain point I wanted to make drawings and works that act as machines,” he said. “You have to find your way into them and find your way out of them. As you undo the making of them they come to life.”

Fashion show, DJ at Flambeau’s Live


MC Greg J will host an event Friday at Flambeau’s Live, 2308 Market St., from 9 p.m. to midnight. The event will include an all-white best dressed contest, a fashion show by Two Guys and Two Girls boutiques, and line dancing. Admission is $3.

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