Plays, artwork, films, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville, plus what’s on stage at Booth Amphitheatre.
Politics on film
The Cinema Studies Series, “Real and Unreal: Politics on Film,” continues with a screening of the film “Wag the Dog” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Dale Pollock, professor of cinema studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will talk before the film and lead a discussion afterward. Cost: $10 per film.
Other films in the series: Oct. 2, “Street Fight”; and Oct. 9, “Weiner.” 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com/special-series
Cary Gallery of Artists
An exhibit at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St., features works by Judy Abrahams, Shib Sankar Basu, Robert Hoppin, Ann Howe, Sherri Leeder, Dona McNeill and Derek Unger through Tuesday, Sept. 27. carygalleryofartists.org
Village Art Circle
An exhibit by Katie Liu at Village Art Circle, 200 S Academy S., Suite 130, Cary, runs through Tuesday, Sept. 27. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com
The Cary Players Community Theatre Co. opens its 2016-17 season with a production of the musical “Oklahoma!” Sept. 30-Oct. 9 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The event is the group’s 50th production. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and Thursday, Oct. 6. Sunday performances are 3 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to caryplayers.org.
Other performances in the season lineup are: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 1-5; “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised),” Feb. 17-26; and “The Mousetrap,” March 31-April 9.
The photographic exhibit “Coastscapes” by Natalie Ammarell runs through Friday, Sept. 30, at Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. chathamhillwine.com
Have an idea for a zombie film? Sign up by Saturday, Oct. 1, for Zombiepalooza at The Cary theater. The theater will hold a screening of short zombie films, from 1 to 5 minutes each, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and the audience will vote for the best film. Open to experienced and novice filmmakers. Besides zombies, a can of shaving cream must be visible in each film. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw.
Paint the Page
The Young Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel host the free Paint the Page contest for teen artists from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Teens ages 13-18 can paint, sketch or color any aspect of the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. A reception is 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. All artwork and winning entries will be displayed. For more information and to register for the contest, go to bit.ly/2cTtNuw.
Bring your favorite teacup and talk with local writers from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the North Carolina Author Tea at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free; registration required. For more information and to register: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1Ue9fFk.
Children’s film series
Bring the kids to Film Day - Fun Day, The Cary theater’s special morning film showings on select Tuesdays. The series continues with a screening of the film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Cost $1. Recommended for ages 3-7. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw.
The Carolina Puppet Theater presents “Halloween Month” at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 and 18 at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Cost: $5 per person; free for children under a year old. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2cZGPmZ or bit.ly/2d8BPzu.
Pickin’ in the Pines
The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series concludes its season with a concert by Acoustic Manner at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics and leashed pets allowed; no alcohol. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Bring lawn chairs. Free parking on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/29BlvCN.
Movie at Halle
The Halle Cultural Arts Center presents a free movie for teens and adults at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 919- 249-1120 for the movie title. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cRhXM7.
Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band
Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Tickets are on sale for $85 for reserved seats, $75 for reserved table seats and $49.50 for lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
Comedy at The Cary
Andy Hendrickson and Mia Jackson present a night of comedy beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets range from $13-$15. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2b85ip5.
Taste of South
Bridgette Lacy, author of “Sunday Dinner,” discusses Southern food heritage and recipes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free; registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “Miss Sharon Jones” on Thursday, Oct. 13. The event features discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina free fall concert series concludes with a performance of beach music by The Embers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. No pets or coolers. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d5N33g.
The Friday Flicks on the Field series continues with a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Salamanders Stadium at North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs. Seating will be in the stands; no outside food or alcohol. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Gates open at 7 p.m. Pre-movie activities benefit area nonprofits. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anSYBb.
The Lettermen perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets range from $16 to $43. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2cRgnK7.
Mixed media artwork by Nora Phillips is featured in the exhibit “Threading Colors” in the Cary Visual Art gallery at The Cary News office on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The show runs through Oct. 21. The CVA gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. For more information, call 919-531-2821 or email email@example.com. caryvisualart.org
Six String Presents
Concerts in the Six String Presents series are at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., unless otherwise noted. Ticket prices start at $20. sixstringpresents.com
▪ Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
▪ Richard Leigh: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
▪ Pre-Thanksgiving Benefit Jam: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
▪ Jonathan Byrd, Corin Raymond: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
The exhibit “Carolina Seascapes” by Bruce Tarkington runs through Oct. 31 at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary.
Vivian Howard book event
Meet award-winning chef, TV personality and cookbook author Vivian Howard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Howard debuts her cookbook “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South,” which celebrates the flavors of Eastern North Carolina with more than 200 recipes and stories. Howard is the star and co-creator of the PBS series “A Chef’s Life” and won a James Beard Foundation Award this year for Outstanding Television Personality. For more information and to register, call 919-463-8500 or go to bit.ly/2bfgU7l.
Marvelous Music Mainstage
The 2016-17 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series continues with a performance by Billy McGuigan and the tribute show “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Individual tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors; family and friends four-packs are $88. Season ticket packages are available. For ticket information, go to bit.ly/2b3A1W5.
Other performances scheduled, all at 7:30 p.m., are: Friday, Jan. 27: neo-classical pianist Robin Spielberg; Friday, Feb. 17: classical-modern tenor Ken Lavigne; Saturday, March 4: musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes”; Friday, April 21: bluegrass and acoustic group Balsam Range. Bonus performance: Friday, Oct. 14: classical flutist and jazz pianist Rachel Flowers.
For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to bit.ly/2axyk3G.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Tickets are on sale for the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, which is returning in November to Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The seven-week event runs Nov. 25 to Jan. 15. More than 20 new displays will be featured. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-17 and free for children ages 2 and younger. 800-514-3849, bit.ly/1YgQHJ9, boothamphitheatre.com
Marvelous Family Series
Ticket sales are under way for the 2016-17 Marvelous Music Family Series, which features four family-friendly performances at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Separate craft classes for children also are available in conjunction with each show. Performance tickets are $8 per person, reserved seating. No season packages. For ticket information, go to bit.ly/21AaGHR.
Performances scheduled are: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17: The Cary Ballet presents “The Nutcracker Suite”; 3p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28: The Triangle Wind Ensemble performs “Music in Motion”; 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18: The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents “Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”; 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20: Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
For more information on performances and craft classes, call 919-462-2055 or go to bit.ly/MNZJ0f.
Cary Visual Art’s ninth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is on display throughout town through June 15, 2017. For more about the featured sculptors and their works, go to bit.ly/1TuzGat. caryvisualart.org
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