Plays, artwork, films, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville, plus what’s on stage at Booth Amphitheatre.
Brews and Brushes
Enjoy your favorite brew while creating a masterpiece. Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage and the Cary Arts Center present the Brews and Brushes class from 7-8:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays beginning Aug. 24 at the Pharmacy bottle shop, 120 E. Chatham St. Classes run through Dec. 14. For adults ages 21 and older. Cost: $15 residents; $20 nonresidents. No experience needed; painting supplies provided. The theme for the first class is “Come Sail Away.” To register, call the arts center at 919-469-4069 or go to classweb.townofcary.org.
Other classes scheduled are: Sept. 21, “Paint Your Pride”; Oct. 19: “Skull Time”; Nov. 16, “Guitar Weeps”; Dec. 14, “Winter is Coming.”
Children’s film series
Bring the kids to Film Day - Fun Day, The Cary theater’s special morning film showings on select Tuesdays. The series continues with a screening of the film “Horton Hears a Who” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. Cost $1. Recommended for ages 3-7. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw.
Wind Down Wednesdays
The Embers perform at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Waverly Place shopping center, 575 New Waverly Place, Cary. Rescheduled from June. Free. Lawn chairs and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Outside alcohol, glass containers and coolers are prohibited. For more information, go to bit.ly/1TKrq9V.
Pickin’ in the Pines
The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series kicks off with a concert by the Grass Cats at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics and pets on leashes allowed; no alcohol. Variety of food and beverage vendors will be on site. Bring lawn chairs. Free parking on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Ticket packages for all five series concerts are available for $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/29BlvCN.
Other concerts in the series, all on Wednesdays, are:
▪ Sept. 7: Swift Creek
▪ Sept. 21: The Johnny Folsom 4 & Patsy Cline Tribute
▪ Sept. 28: The Garrett Newton Band with the String Peddlers
▪ Oct. 5: Acoustic Manner
‘Nature on Canvas’
The exhibit “Nature on Canvas” by Brian Moyer runs through Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary.
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina free fall concert series kicks off with a performance by Love Tribe at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. No pets or coolers. For more information and a list of upcoming concerts, go to bit.ly/2aWe117.
The 35th annual Greek Festival is Friday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Food, music and entertainment will be featured. Admission fees are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children ages 13-18, free for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. For more information, go to raleighgreekfestival.com.
The Friday Flicks on the Field series continues with a showing of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Salamanders Stadium at North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs. Seating will be in the stands; no outside food or alcohol. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Gates open at 7 p.m. Pre-movie activities benefit area nonprofits.
Upcoming movies are: “Back to the Future,” Sept. 16, and “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 14. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anSYBb.
Movies at Bradford
The Summer Movies on the Green series concludes its season with a free screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 8:30 p.m. (dusk) Friday, Sept. 9, outside the Bradford Apartments, 21035 Bradford Green Square, Cary. Bring a chair and snacks.
A nature photography exhibit and the “DEER DEAR Series” exhibit run through through Friday, Sept. 9, at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. The exhibits feature works by Michael Ligett, Trish Klenow, The Image Salon and Michelle Davis Petelinz. thehalle.org
The 75th North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The event will feature arts and crafts vendors and workshops. Admission: $2 adults; free for children 16 and under. For more information, go to ncgourdsociety.org/festival.
National Public Radio station WUNC celebrates its 40th anniversary from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event will feature live music, food trucks and children’s activities. Chatham County Line and the Red Clay Ramblers are scheduled to perform. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets, picnics or coolers allowed. Admission: $20. For more information, go to bit.ly/2aUShQ0.
Music in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series presents a concert by the Old Ceremony of Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
Six String Presents
Concerts in the Six String Presents series are at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., unless otherwise noted. Ticket prices start at $20. sixstringpresents.com
▪ The Claire Lynch Trio: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
▪ Celebration of North Carolina Songwriters: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.
▪ Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
▪ Richard Leigh: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
▪ Pre-Thanksgiving Benefit Jam: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
▪ Jonathan Byrd, Corin Raymond: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule
ZZ Top and Gov’t Mule performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are on sale for $54.50 for reserved seats and reserved table seats, and $44.50 for lawn general admission. boothamphitheatre.com
Meet the artist
Painter and muralist Autumn Cobeland will be available to discuss an exhibit of North Carolina landscape art from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free. For more information and to register to attend: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
The Lumineers 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
Movies in the Park
Morrisville’s Movies in the Park fall series opens with a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” rated PG-13, at dusk Friday, Sept. 16, on Field 1 at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Food trucks will be on site. Bounce houses and music will be featured before the movie begins. “The Jungle Book,” rated PG, will be shown Friday, Sept. 30. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bil6Hq.
Cary Town Band
The Cary Town Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. With a full moon that night, the band plans to perform a concert of “moonstruck music.” Free. Food permitted; no alcohol. Friendly dogs on leashes welcome. For more information, call 919-469-4061 or visit bit.ly/1fEabFy.
Comedy at The Cary
Michael Harrison and Ben Jones present a night of comedy beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets range from $13-$15. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2aVAKpg.
Exhibit on prints
“Printocracy,” an exhibit of prints by the Printmakers of North Carolina, runs through Sept. 16 at the Cary Town Hall Gallery, 316 N. Academy St.
Dragon Boat Festival
The third annual Dragon Boat Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre and Symphony Lake, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Free. The event will feature boat races, performances and food vendors. For more information, go to bit.ly/29vFBeQ.
Marvelous Music Mainstage
Ticket sales are under way for the 2016-17 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series, which features performances at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Prices for individual tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors; family and friends four-packs are $88. Tickets for the bonus performance range from $12 to $20. Season ticket packages are available. For ticket information, go to bit.ly/2b3A1W5.
Performances scheduled, all at 7:30 p.m., are: Saturday, Sept. 17: The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra; Saturday, Nov. 19: Billy McGuigan and the tribute show “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience”; Friday, Jan. 27: neo-classical pianist Robin Spielberg; Friday, Feb. 17: classical-modern tenor Ken Lavigne; Saturday, March 4: musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes”; Friday, April 21: bluegrass and acoustic group Balsam Range. Bonus performance: Friday, Oct. 14: classical flutist and jazz pianist Rachel Flowers.
For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to bit.ly/2axyk3G.
Movie in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series screens a family-friendly movie at dusk Saturday, Sept. 17, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
Cary Arts Center
The exhibits “Resilience: The Divine Power of Black & White” by Julie Niskanen Skolozynski and “The Common Wall: PoNC” run through Sept. 18 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Herb Young Center
“Afghanistan: A Country A People - Through the Eyes of the Men and Women of the U.S. Military (Part II)” runs through Sept. 19 at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary.
The Triangle Oktoberfest is 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 1-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The fundraiser will feature live music, dancing, traditional Bavarian food, German and local beer, games, children’s activities and the Sam Adams National Stein Hoist Competition. Tickets range from $15-$25; children ages 15 and younger are admitted free. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 800-514-3849 or go to bit.ly/2aX7cX8 or bit.ly/2beCpGX.
The 14th annual Senior Art Exhibition runs through Friday, Sept. 23, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. 919-469-4081
The ninth annual Panther Creek Invitational Marching Band Competition is 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Panther Creek High School, 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary. Fifteen high schools from across the state are scheduled to perform. For more information, go to bit.ly/2b8VhKD.
Music in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series concludes this season’s programs with a performance by saxophonist Marcus Anderson at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
Three exhibits are on display at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary, through Saturday, Sept. 24. Exhibits featured are “Flowers of France and Italy,” by Sonia Kane; “Weight as Real,” by Peter Marin; and “Orange: An International Mail Art Challenge,” by the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild. For more information, call 919-460-4963 or go to bit.ly/2aGuRku.
The Cary Players Community Theatre opens its 2016-17 season with a production of the musical “Oklahoma!” Sept. 30-Oct. 9 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Other performances in the season lineup are: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 1-5; “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised),” Feb. 17-26; and “The Mousetrap,” March 31-April 9.
Tickets are on sale. Season tickets are $66 for adults and $58 for seniors and students. Advance individual show tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Special discounts for groups of 10 or more. For more information about the shows, auditions and to purchase tickets, go to caryplayers.org.
Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band
Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band 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
Comedy at The Cary
Andy Hendrickson and Mia Jackson present a night of comedy beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets range from $13-$15. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2b85ip5.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Tickets are on sale for the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, which is returning in November to Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The seven-week event runs Nov. 25 to Jan. 15. More than 20 new displays will be featured. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-17 and free for children ages 2 and younger. 800-514-3849, bit.ly/1YgQHJ9, boothamphitheatre.com
Marvelous Family Series
Ticket sales are under way for the 2016-17 Marvelous Music Family Series, which features four family-friendly performances at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Separate craft classes for children also are available in conjunction with each show. Performance tickets are $8 per person, reserved seating. No season packages. For ticket information, go to bit.ly/21AaGHR.
Performances scheduled are: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17: The Cary Ballet presents “The Nutcracker Suite”; 3p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28: The Triangle Wind Ensemble performs “Music in Motion”; 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18: The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents “Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”; 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20: Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
For more information on performances and craft classes, call 919-462-2055 or go to bit.ly/MNZJ0f.
Cary Visual Art’s ninth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is on display throughout town through June 15, 2017. For more about the featured sculptors and their works, go to bit.ly/1TuzGat. caryvisualart.org
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