Art receptions for Cary’s monthly Final Friday are at 6 p.m. For more on the exhibits and a free shuttle between venues, go to caryartloop.org or www.facebook.com/CaryArtLoop. Starting this month, food trucks will be by Gather from 5-9 p.m. at 111 W. Chatham St., Cary. This month features American Meltdown.
▪ “Botanical Paper Sculpture” by Marilyn Bass at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave.
▪ “Koi Reflections” by Wade Carmichael in Cary’s Town Hall gallery, 316 N. Academy St.
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▪ “Super Cooled Flow” glass sculptures by Jean Cheely at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop.
▪ Artwork by Joann Couch at Studio 180 Salon, 312 W. Chatham St., suite 204.
▪ “Jordan Lake” photography by J.J. Raia at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road.
▪ “Small Treasures Juried Exhibit” at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St.
▪ “Wake County Senior Games” at Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. (Reception at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17.)
▪ Gary Bradley, David Foster, Ryan Fox, Sonia Kane, Ana Sumner and Ann Wease at Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, suite 209, Cary.
Young Cary Artists Scholarship Program
The application deadline for the Young Cary Artists Scholarship Program has been extended to Friday, March 27. Applicants must be high school seniors who live or go to school in Cary, and who have been accepted to a college or university visual art or design program. For details, go to caryvisualart.org.
German artist Alfred “Alex” Gockel, who designed the official U.S. Olympic team poster in 2006, has 10 new paintings and other limited edition works on display at Ashley’s Art Gallery, 701 N. Main St. Fuquay-Varina, through Saturday, March 28. For details, call 919-552-7533 or go to www.ashleyart.com.
African-American Literary Tea
Authors Cerece Rennie Murphy and Lynn Emery and book critic J. Pinkney will celebrate the written word at Kaleidoscope at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Admission is $10. Tickets are available through www.etix.com. For details, call 919-460-4963.
‘West Side Story’
The Cary will screen “West Side Story” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at 122 E. Chatham St., Cary. Tickets cost $5 at www.thecarytheater.com.
En Plein Air
Registration for Cary’s second annual En Plein Air: Paint the Town is open through 5 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. There is a $30 registration fee.
Painting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2. The rain date is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Finished artwork will be displayed in downtown businesses in May, then the Cary Arts Center and in the Silent Arts Auction and Gala on Friday, May 29. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
The Cary Arts Center will host Irish and Scottish music and dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets cost $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for children at www.sistercitiesofcary.org.
James Gregory will perform in the Clean Comedy Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students at www.etix.com.
The Holly Springs Community Band will present a free concert, “Mixed Tape,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St.
A concert by The Taters will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. The Swang Brothers will open the concert. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for ages 10 and younger at www.thecarytheater.com/tickets.
A children’s concert by the Triangle Youth Spring Orchestras will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
‘World Music 4.0’
The Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir, guitarist Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band will present the fourth installment of the “World Music” series of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and free for students with ID. For details, go to concertsingers.org.
The Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South will present the annual juried exhibition “ARTQUILTSreminisce” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
The Cary Players present the musical, based on the 2001 film of the same name, April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults with discounts for seniors, students and groups. Go to www.caryplayers.org.
The Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival
The annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival will be from 1-7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. For more information, go to www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org.
Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson
A concert by Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn seating costs $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show, general admission costs $40 and reserved table seats cost $40 at boothamphitheatre.com.
‘The Best is Yet to Come’
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
N.C. Symphony Summerfest Series
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24, for the symphony’s summer series at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The season, which kicks off Saturday, May 23, will feature the symphony performing concerts in a variety of genres. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. but gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo.
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
Celebration of the Arts Festival
The 12th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Alabama Shakes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show. General admission is $45, and reserved table seats are $45 at boothamphitheatre.com.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $39.75, reserved seats are $59.75 and reserved table seats are $59.75 at boothamphitheatre.com.
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The following shows were announced for Koka Booth Amphitheatre. For details and tickets, go to boothamphitheatre.com.
▪ Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson on Saturday, May 2.
▪ Alabama Shakes on Wednesday, June 10.
▪ Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Pixies on Monday, June 15.
▪ Jim Gaffigan on Friday, Aug. 14.
▪ Gregg Allman and The Doobie Brothers on Tuesday, Sept. 1.