N.C. State Fiction Contest
The N.C. State Fiction Contest will accept entries through Monday, Oct. 12. Any North Carolina resident who is not a tenure-track professor in the University of North Carolina system, an author of a published book or a previous winner may enter. ncsu.edu/creativewriting.
Calls for artists
▪ Cary Visual Art is seeking entries for the CVA Community Gallery at Apollo Medical Center through Monday, Sept. 14. Cary Visual Art is also looking for photographers for the annual Art Ball through Friday, Sept. 18. caryvisualart.org.
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▪ Artistic Expressions Gallery in Fuquay-Varina is seeking new members. The gallery is at 118 Raleigh St. The gallery will accept a limited number of admissions in a juried selection process. artisticexpressionsfv.com.
“Isn’t It Romantic” play
The Cary Players opens its season with the Wendy Wasserstein play “Isn’t It Romantic” Sept. 18-20, 25, 27, and Oct. 2-4, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The humorous play is about two women juggling New York, friends and romance. Times and ticket prices vary. caryplayers.org.
‘School of the Cool’
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra presents “School of the Cool” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. etix.com.
Apex Jazz festival
The Apex Jazz Music Festival is 3 p.m. to midnigh Saturday, Sept. 19, along Salem Street. Performers on the main stage are MikeMickXer, Sidecar Social Club, Brass-A-Holics Go-Go Brass Funk Band and Peak City Sound. Local and regional acts will perform at various other venues in downtown. Tickets are $10. apexjazzfest.com.
The Cary theater screens “Amy,” the documentary about singer Amy Winehouse, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, for $5 at 122 E. Chatham St.
A reception for artist Orr Ambrose is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary.
The Fine Arts League of Cary will host artist B.K.S. Varma from Bangalore, India, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. He will demonstrate his skill of creating art in a short period of time in front of audiences. Membership not required to attend.
‘The Birds’ and ‘Strangers on a Train’
The Cary theater will show movies chosen by retiring Town Manager Ben Shivar. “The Birds” is at 7 p.m. and “Strangers on a Train” is at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, for $5 each at 122 E. Chatham St. “North by Northwest” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, also for $5.
Art gallery 10th anniversary party
The Cary Gallery of Artists’ 10th anniversary Party is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at 200 S. Academy St., suite 120. The gallery’s party features jazz music by Greg Miller and Friends, an opening exhibit and artwork and crafts by dozens of local artists.
‘Dholi Taro Bhangra’
Hum Sub presents “Dholi Taro Bhangra - Dancing Under the Stars” for its 15th anniversary from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. boothamphitheatre.com.
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 Craicdown on Sept. 25. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not. Call 919-460-4963 for weather updates.
Pop-up jewelry shop
Cary Visual Art will host a pop-up jewelry shop with works by Kendra Scott from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Guess-Ogle Home, 215 S. Academy St., Cary, in downtown Cary. Some proceeds will go towards Cary Visual Art programs. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP:email@example.com. kendrascott.com.
Sculpture Scavenger Hunt
The Sculpture Scavenger Hunt for kids with Cary Visual Art and Natural Math will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26, at Cary Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St., Cary. The event incorporates math activities with public art. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brew ‘n’ Choo theater performance
New Hope Valley Railway will host a live theater performance in the railyard Saturday, Sept. 26. The Apex Community Theatre will perform “Murder on the Disorient Express.” Audience members will take part in solving the mystery. The event will raise money to help the railroad maintain and repair a steam engine. The railyard will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. There also will be food, beer and wine and train rides at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary at TriangleTrain.com.
Panther Creek Invitational
The Panther Creek Invitational eighth annual marching band competition is 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary. Twelve schools’ students will compete. Tickets are $10 ($5 for ages 4-10, free for children under 4). panthercreekband.org.
Comedian Dan Mengini performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors. thecarytheater.com.
The Cary Gallery of Artists will host Anne Chellar for a watercolor painting demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 200 S. Academy St., suite 120.
Art show and fundraiser
Cary artist Sudha Soora will host a solo art show and fundraiser for UNC Children’s Hospital at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh. A reception will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. 919-781-7635, uufr.org.
Artwork will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Oct. 11. All proceeds will be donated to the hospital. artforcharities.org.
Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina
The Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina concert series features The Embers with Craig Woolard at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Centennial Square at the intersection of Main Street and Academy Street. fuquay-varina.org.
Chris Tomlin with Rend Collective
Chris Tomlin and Rend Collective will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Reserved seats and table seats cost $35 and lawn tickets cost $25. boothamphitheatre.com.
Celebration of Children in the Arts
The 15th Celebration of Children in the Arts is 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3791 NW Cary Parkway. Performances include the Raleigh Boys Choir, Northwood High School group Pitch Please, the Philharmonic Association String Quartet, Cary Ballet Company and Turner Creek Elementary School choir. 919-481-6509.
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