Plays, artwork, films, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville, plus what’s on stage at Booth Amphitheatre.
The murder mystery “Holly Spring’s Got Talent ... (and Murder)” is 7:30 p.m. April 6-7 at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets: $15-$20. 919-567-4000, hollyspringsnc.us
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The Fuquay-Varina High School Theatre Department performs “The Little Mermaid” April 6-8 at the school, 201 Bengal Blvd. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10. bit.ly/2ndW9SX
The Cary Players present Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery “The Mousetrap” April 6-9 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets: $18-$20. For information, go to caryplayers.org.
Science on Screen
Dinosaurs are the focus of the Science on Screen program 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Elena Schroeter, a researcher with the N.C. State Biological Sciences Department, is the guest speaker. The 1993 film “Jurassic Park” will be shown. Cost: $10. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Beer and Bacon Fest
The annual Beer and Bacon Fest is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event will feature 75 craft beers, live music and restaurant and bacon tastings. Tickets range from $39 to $79. 800-514-3849, boothamphitheatre.com
Singer/songwriter Ellis Paul presents a songwriting workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Cost: $25. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Six String Presents
▪ Ellis Paul featuring Dean Fields: Saturday, April 8.
▪ Danielle Miraglia and John Shain: Friday, April 28.
▪ “Sirens of Spring” concert featuring Mama’s Black Sheep, Christine Havrilla and Naked Blue: Saturday, May 6.
▪ Chuck Brodsky: Friday, June 9.
▪ Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie: Friday, July 28.
▪ Roy Bookbinder and Doug MacLeod: Saturday, Sept. 9.
▪ Jonathan Byrd and Corin Raymond: Saturday, Dec. 9.
World Voice Day
Actor, singer and director Lauren Kennedy will receive the 2017 Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness at the 11th annual World Voice Day Celebration Thursday, April 13, at the Cary Arts Center. The Raleigh native has appeared in shows on Broadway and at the New York City Opera, the Kennedy Center and more. She is the artistic director of Theatre Raleigh.
World Voice Day will be presented by the Duke Voice Care Center. This year’s program, “The Show Must Go On ...,” will focus on vocal health for performers – actors, singers, speakers, teachers and preachers. Classes, demonstrations, games and a vocal health fair will be featured, along with a performance by Kennedy. The event is 7 p.m. April 13 at the center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. Tickets: $9-$15; 800-514-3849, etix.com. For information: bit.ly/2ldFqvH, dukevoicecare.org.
The Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina free spring concert series kicks off with a performance by Jim Quick and Coastline 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-1430, fuquay-varina.org, bit.ly/2d5N33g
Other concerts in the series: Band of Oz, Thursday, April 27, and Pocket, Thursday, May 11.
The “Contemporary Mixed Media Sculpture and Fine Craft” exhibit by Carol Kroll and the Fine Arts League of Cary’s 22nd annual juried exhibit run through Friday, April 14, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. townofcary.org
The next SuperFun Saturday is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. Apex. The free event features arts and crafts activities for children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
The Cary Playwrights Forum’s “Son of PlaySlam” show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The event will feature new 3-minute plays by North Carolina writers. The audience will vote for the best play. Tickets: $11-$13. caryplaywrightsforum.org
The next JazzLive performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets: $12-$15. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
The Fine Arts League of Cary’s 22nd annual juried exhibit runs through Saturday, April 15, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. A reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 31. townofcary.org
Art quilt show
The 13th annual international exhibit of art quilts is on display Thursday, April 20, to Saturday, June 24, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. “ARTQUILTSrespite” is presented by the Professional Art Quilters Alliance - South. An artists reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 28. paqa-south.org
En Plein Air Paint-Off
Fuquay-Varina’s annual En Plein Air Paint-Off is April 21-22 throughout downtown. Artists will paint from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A live auction will follow at 6 p.m. Saturday. Rain date is April 28-29. fuquay-varinadowntown.com
Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer teaches dances for all ages 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Live, old-time string band music will be provided by local musicians for the dances, which will feature square, circle, Appalachian and other traditional styles. No experience or partner required. Cost: $5 per family or $2 per person at the door. apexnc.org
Marvelous Music Mainstage
The 2016-17 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series closes out its season with a performance by the award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets: $24-$26. bit.ly/1N2UNDm, bit.ly/2axyk3G
Cary Senior Center
The Wake County Senior Games exhibit runs through Friday, April 21, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. A reception is 10:30 a.m. April 21. townofcary.org
Gallery of Artists
The ninth annual “Small Treasures” juried exhibit by North Carolina artists runs through Saturday, April 22, at Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. 919-462-2035, carygalleryofartists.org
Wine and food fest
The 14th annual Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event will feature more than 200 wines, live music, food, a children’s area and arts and crafts. Tickets range from $20 to $55. 800-514-3849, boothamphitheatre.com
Music and arts fest
The annual Cary Music and Arts Festival is 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event will feature performances by area band, chorus and visual arts students. Free; $5 donation suggested. Donations will support arts programs at local high schools. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics allowed; food vendors on site. boothamphitheatre.com
Village Art Circle
The exhibits “Along the Outer Banks” by Chris Harris and “Not So Still Life” by Elizabeth Lee run through Wednesday, April 26, at Village Art Circle, 200 S. Academy St., Suite 130, Cary. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com
An art exhibit by Apex and Friendship high schools runs through Friday, April 28, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. apexnc.org
Bond Park exhibit
The exhibit “Songs Without Words: Variations and Meditations” by Ray Pfeiffer runs through Sunday, April 30, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary. townofcary.org
Hob Nob concerts
The band Tea Cup Gin opens the sixth annual Hob Nob series of jazz concerts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Other scheduled performers are Yolanda Rabun, May 10; Mint Julep Jazz Band, May 17; Peter Lamb and the Wolves, May 24; and Marcus Anderson, May 31. Tickets: $5; $20 for all shows. 800-514-3849, boothamphitheatre.com, etix.com
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention performs at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The performance is part of Cary’s Marvelous Music Family Series. Tickets: $8. 919-462-2055, bit.ly/1N2UNDm, bit.ly/2axyk3G, townofcary.org
Cary Arts Center
The exhibits “Lost Language” by Susan Brandeis and “Nature in Wool” by Ellen Jane Messina run through Sunday, May 21, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. 919-469-4069, townofcary.org
Cary Town Hall gallery
The exhibit “A Journey Through Colors” by Kyle Jerrett runs through Sunday, May 21, at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. townofcary.org
Herb Young Center
The exhibit “Nature Appreciation” by Yun Soo-Hoo runs through Sunday, May 21, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. 919-469-4069, townofcary.org
Paul Simon concert
Cary Visual Art’s ninth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is on display throughout town through June 15. For more about the featured sculptors and their works, go to bit.ly/1TuzGat. caryvisualart.org
John Mellencamp concert
Legendary rocker John Mellencamp performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Mellencamp’s Sad Clowns and Hillbillies tour also will feature performances by Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter. Tickets: $45-$119.50. 800-514-3849, boothamphitheatre.com, etix.com
Grammy-winning country artist Sturgill Simpson performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Simpson recently won a Grammy for Best Country Album. Tickets: $39.75-49.75. 800-514-3849, boothamphitheatre.com, etix.com
Ticket sales are underway for the 2Cellos: The Score Tour concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. General admission tickets are $42.50; reserved seats and reserved table seats are $64.50. 800-514-3849, boothamphitheatre.com, etix.com
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