Free Spirits Ensemble
A Free Spirits Ensemble concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for ages 12 and younger at www.etix.com.
Pro-Ject hip-hop performance
Black Irish presents a show with half-live and half-projected dancers at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary. The band Citizen Shade will perform on stage. Tickets are $15 to $20.
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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.
Artist Jan-Ru Wan will have a reception Friday, April 24 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., to unveil the project, “In Clothes We Remember.” The community project includes donated garments of significance that were made into panels. At 5 p.m., the Cary Teen Council will unveil a documentary they made about the process. At 5:30 p.m., a ReFashion Show will have garments created by Cary Arts Center sewing class students who have upcycled old articles of clothing. The project will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m.
The alternative country band performs at 8 p.m. Friday, April 24 at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary, as part of the Six Strings Presents concert series. Mary Johnson Rockers & The Spark is the opening act. Tickets are $20 to $25 with discounts for students and children through www.thecarytheater.com/tickets.
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.
Cary Music & Arts Festival
Students from music and arts programs in western Wake County will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Admission is free.
En Plein Air
Cary’s second annual En Plein Air: Paint the Town 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.
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.
Frankie Yankovic Day
The Polka Plus Band’s 20th annual Frankie Yankovic Day concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the garden at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
‘I Shall Rise Again’
The Triangle Brass Band will present “I Shall Rise Again” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For details, go to www.trianglebrass.org.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa will host a reception for Madonna Phillips’ exhibit “Order/Chaos” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary.
‘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.
A Swift Creek concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road.
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 are set 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.
▪ “Weird Al” Yankovic on Thursday, June 18.
▪ Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings on Saturday, July 18.
▪ Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat and Rachel Platten on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
▪ Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on Sunday, Aug. 9.
▪ Culture Club on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
▪ Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
▪ Jim Gaffigan on Friday, Aug. 14.
▪ Gregg Allman and The Doobie Brothers on Tuesday, Sept. 1.