Plays, artwork, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Cary Visual Art has opened a new gallery at The Cary News office on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The group plans to curate exhibits and host other arts-related activities.
The inaugural exhibition, “Best Shot: Showcasing The N&O’s Best,” will be on display through June 4. The collection showcases some of the best photography from The News & Observer’s award-winning photojournalists.
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An opening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 27, during the Cary Art Loop Final Fridays. The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. For more information, call 919-531-2821 or email email@example.com. caryvisualart.org
An opening reception for the Latino Arts Exhibition is from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. The exhibit runs through Saturday, June 11. thehalle.org
‘The Elves and Shoemaker’
Carolina Children’s Theatre presents “The Elves and Shoemaker” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. The play also will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children under 18. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1T3CwbE.
‘Lyle the Crocodile’
Tickets are available for the Applause! Cary Youth Theatre’s production of “Lyle the Crocodile” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Reserved seating only. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 5 and younger. All tickets at the door will be $10.
Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle
The Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle’s concert “Dance, Dance, Dance” is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will show the film “Chicken Little,” rated G, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 17, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Bring your own snacks. thehalle.org
Carolina Puppet Theater presents “The Gingerbread Man” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets are $5 per person, free for children under a year old. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1TuO4Pj.
The Taiwanese-American Heritage Week Dance Tour performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets range from $4.68 to $9.37. bit.ly/1N2UNDm
Styx, Kansas and Don Felder
The concert will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are on sale for $59.50. boothamphitheatre.com
Band of Oz
The Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina free concert series features Band of Oz from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. Hip Pocket is the featured group for Thursday, June 16. bit.ly/26xnoHx
A photography exhibit by the Granpaparazzi Photography Club runs through Friday, May 20, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary.
Frankie Yankovic Day
The 21st annual Frankie Yankovic Day outdoor polka concert is from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. The Polka Plus Band will perform a musical tribute to the late Yankovic. Participants are asked to bring a chair. For information: 919-460-4963.
Chris Stapleton concert
Country singer Chris Stapleton, who won two Grammy Awards this year, performs at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are sold out. boothamphitheatre.com
A concert with the Cary Town Band will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
“Harmony, Hope & Healing” is presented by the General Assembly Chorus at 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets range from $10 to $20. bit.ly/1N2UNDm
Gourd art exhibit
The Holly Springs Cultural Center hosts “Manifestations of My Imagination,” an exhibit by gourd artist Sheron Jamel, through June 28. An opening reception for Jamel, also known as the Apex Gourd Lady, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the center, 300 W. Ballentine St.
The Route 44 Jazz Orchestra performs “That Old Man River” at 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/24A6wOj.
Comedian Russell Peters performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Reserved seats are $45.50 and lawn seats are $35.50.
Tickets are available at Booth Amphitheatre or through Etix at 800-514-3849 or etix.com.
Six String Presents
Concerts in the Six String Presents series will be at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St., this spring. Ticket prices start at $20. sixstringpresents.com.
▪ Tres Chicas with Steph Stewart perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
▪ Rod Picott and Chuck Brodsky at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10.
▪ Mike Craver, Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Joe Newberry perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24.
▪ The 3 Davids: David Hold, David Wilcox and David LaMotte perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9.
The Concert Singers of Cary perform “Timeless Voices” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham St., Cary. Tickets are $34.66. bit.ly/1N2UNDm
‘Rock Your World’
The benefit concert is from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Rally Point Sport Grill, 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary. Nantucket, Band of Brothers, Kyle Scobie and Kaylin Roberson are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $20. rockyourworldraleigh.com
The mixed art exhibit by Leatha Koefler and Brenda Brokke runs through Sunday, May 22, in the gallery of the Cary Arts Center Gallery, 101 Dry Ave.
Triangle Brass Band
Willie Nelson and friends
Willie Nelson & Family will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Special guests are Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers, featuring Ben and Noel Haggard in honor of the late Merle Haggard. Reserved seats and table seats are $59.50 and lawn seats are $49.50.
The exhibit “Canned Heat: The Art of Encaustic Painting” by Dianne T. Rodwell runs through Monday, May 23, in the gallery at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St.
The painting exhibit “Moods and Colors of Nature” by Michael Navascues runs through Monday, May 23, in the gallery at Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary.
The exhibit “Pencils, Paint and Pearls” will be on display through May 24 at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. carygalleryofartists.org
N.C. Symphony Summerfest
Tributes to film composer John Williams, late rocker David Bowie and Beethoven highlight the North Carolina’s Summerfest concert series that kick off at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre Saturday, May 28. Tickets can be purchased at boothamphitheatre.com or ncsymphony.org/summerfest. Each show features an instrument zoo with gates opening before the shows for picnics. A roving judge selects the best picnic spread before each show. Children 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn.
The schedule is:
▪ Saturday, May 28: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony
▪ Friday, June 3: Gershwin and Jazz with Joey Alexander
▪ Saturday, June 4: Classics Under the Stars
▪ Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11: John Williams Festival II
▪ Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17: Beethoven Festival
▪ Friday, June 24: Broadway at the Booth
▪ Saturday, June 25: The Music of David Bowie
▪ Monday, July 4: Independence Day with fireworks
▪ Saturday, July 9: Beach music with Jackie Gore and North Tower Band
‘Play with the Pros’
The 19th annual “Play with the Pros” concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Ticket prices for lawn seats are $30 in advance, $33 the day of the show; $17 for students with ID; and $33 in advance for table seats, $35 the day of the show. boothamphitheatre.com
‘Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue’
The Triangle Wind Ensemble presents “Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue: An American Celebration” at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $16 for adults; $13 for students, seniors and military; $26 for reserved tables; free for children 12 and under. trianglewind.org
Canceled: Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr announced he is canceling his show Saturday, June 18, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets bought with a credit card via box office, phone or online will automatically be refunded to the original credit card used. Tickets purchased through the venue box using cash must be returned to the box office for a cash refund. Call 800-514-3849 with questions.
‘Imagine an Island’
The photography exhibit “Imagine an Island” by Michael Ligett runs through Thursday, June 30, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary. An artist reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 24.
Exhibit on quilts
The exhibit “ARTQUILTSvoices: Professional Art Quilters” by Alliance-South runs through Saturday, July 2, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Modest Mouse and Brand New
A concert by Brand New and Modest Mouse is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Ticket prices are $40 to $50 in advance or $50 to $60 the day of the show. boothamphitheatre.com
Cary Visual Art has announced the recipients of its Young Cary Artist Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarships, funded in part by Mercedes-Benz of Cary and Wells Fargo, were awarded to area high school seniors who demonstrated artistic excellence and planned to continue their artistic studies at an accredited college or university in the fall.
Recipients are: Felix Chang, Green Hope High School; Madeline Denton, Athens Drive High School; Lavanya Gunturi, Green Hope High School; Emerald Johnston, Cary High School; and Julia McGillicuddy, Cardinal Gibbons High School.
The students will be recognized at the opening reception for the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. For more information: bit.ly/1W3PAyp.
Flight of the Conchords
The Flight of the Conchords concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Tickets are on sale for $50 for reserved seats and $35 for lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Tickets are on sale for $75 for reserved seats, $44.50 for single lawn seats and $125 for four lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are on sale for $129.50 for reserved seats, $50 for single lawn seats and $98.75 for reserved table seats. boothamphitheatre.com
The Lumineers will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are on sale for $49.50 for reserved seats and $39.50 for lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band
Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Tickets are on sale for $85 for reserved seats, $75 for reserved table seats and $49.50 for lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
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