Hob Nob Jazz Series
Cary’s Hob Nob Jazz Series concerts will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 3 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Tickets for each concert cost $5 (free for ages 12 and younger). The entire series costs $20. Patrons are allowed to bring food and pets on leashes, but no alcohol. For details, go to boothamphitheatre.com.
An American Celebration
An outdoor concert featuring memorable musical moments from films is Sunday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. The Triangle Wind Ensemble will play songs from “Ghostbusters,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and patriotic tunes. Tickets are $16 for general admission on the lawn and $26 for reserved tables with discounts for student,s seniors and military. Children 12 and under are free. Call 919-462-2025 or go to www.trianglewind.org.
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Live at Lunch concert series
The Town of Cary hosts a free concert series every Thursday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fidelity Bank Plaza, 100 W. Chatham St. The series features Peter Lamb & Mark Wells Duo (jazz) on May 28. Tables and chairs will be set up. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch.
‘The Dining Room’
The play “The Dining Room” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors at www.etix.com.
Galleries have exhibit openings every final Friday of the month in Cary. For details, go to www.caryartloop.org. This month’s event on Friday, May 29 includes:
▪ Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120: “Natural Expressions” featuring photos by Barry Udis, paintings by Jan Kinlaw and jewelry by Diane Starbling. A reception is at 6 p.m.
▪ Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road: “Keepsake Moments In Time” photos by Lyn Stuart. A reception is at 6 p.m.
▪ Studio 180 Salon, 312 W. Chatham St., Suite 204: Abstract art by Auf Dem Essen. A reception is at 6 p.m.
▪ Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place: “Paintagonia” by Fabrizio Bianchi.
▪ Town Hall Gallery, 316 N. Academy St.: Paintings by Caroline Coven
▪ Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave.: “Remnants of a Technical World” by Leatha Koefler
En Plein Air Art Auction and Gala
The second annual En Plein Air Paint the Town silent art auction and gala starts at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. The free event features more than 40 original works of art painted outside around downtown Cary. The silent auction is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bidders must be 18 years old to make a bid. The gala, with jazz and dancing, is at 7:30 p.m. Food, wine and beer will be sold by Belle. At 9 p.m. awards will be given and the auction winners will be named, including the People’s Choice Awards. For information, call 919-469-4069.
Sertoma Concert Series
Sertoma concert series performances will be on May 29, June 5, 12, 13, 26, July 11 and Aug. 8, in Sertoma Amphitheatre at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. On May 29, the Triangle Brass Band presents Big Band music including “Strike Up the Band” and “In the Mood.” Upcoming acts and times vary. All shows are free and will be held rain or shine. For details, call 919-469-4069.
Jamie Anderson and Chris Rosser
The singer-songwriter folk singers will perform Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary. Tickets are $20.
N.C. Symphony Summerfest Series
The symphony’s summer series has regular concerts at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The next concert is Saturday, May 30, with light classics.
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.
“Jane Austen Drinks the Young Wine”
Twelve playwrights adapted “Pride and Prejudice,” resulting in a play with time and space travel and a ballet sequence, among other twists. The production is is produced and directed by Jason Tyne-Zimmerman. Shows are at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 through eTix or the Town of Cary box office. For information, go to www.caryplaywrightsforum.org.
“Couture” dance performance
A contemporary hip-hop performance, titled “Couture,” will be presented by the Black Irish dance troupe at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Shows are Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20 through Sunday, May 31, and $20 to $25 through the day of the show. For details, go to www.thecarytheater.com or www.iamblackirish.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.
Cary Photographic Artists
An exhibit of photography by Cary Photographic Artists members will be open from Saturday, June 6, through Monday, July 6, at Jordan Oaks Retirement Center, 10820 Penny Road, Cary.
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.
Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Series continues with Smile from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina.
The free concert series will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, through Sept. 25, in the gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. The series features Bluegrass on June 26; Moment’s Notice on July 24; Jamrock on Aug 28; and Craicdown on Sept. 25. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not. Call 919-460-4963 for weather updates.
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.
▪ 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.
▪ Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red Tour with Rend Collective on Thursday, Oct. 15
The North Carolina Symphony Summerfest Series includes shows through July 9 with traditional classical music, ’80s tunes, Broadway songs, the music of Harry Potter and the Eagles. They also will perform at the popular, free July 4 concert with fireworks.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with most shows at 7:30 p.m. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
May 30: Your Favorite Light Classics
June 6: Totally ’80s
June 12 and 13: White Night’s Russian Festival
June 19: An Evening of Broadway
June 20: Symphonic Wizardry featuring the music of Harry Potter
June 27: The Music of the Eagles
July 4: Independence Day concert. The free show includes fireworks. Gates open at 3 p.m.
July 9: The Hot Sardines (The symphony won’t perform at this show)