Plays, artwork, films, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville, plus what’s on stage at Booth Amphitheatre.
The exhibit “Carolina Seascapes” by Bruce Tarkington opens Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Rd, Cary. A reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31.
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Tickets are on sale for the Building Cultural Bridges Across Our Community: 2016 Citizen Diplomacy Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. Sponsored by the Sister Cities Association of Cary and International Focus. Cost: $15. Tickets can be purchase from Etix or The Cary theater box office. For more information: 919-460-4963, bit.ly/2coK0az, sistercitiesofcary.org.
Mixed media artwork by Nora Phillips is featured in the new exhibit “Threading Colors” in the Cary Visual Art gallery at The Cary News office on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St.
Phillips, who is from Argentina, is a local painter and fiber artist. Her artwork has been featured at the North Carolina Museum of Art and multiple galleries in the Triangle. The CVA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. caryvisualart.org
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
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 Band: 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.
Politics on film
Five films are featured in the new Cinema Studies Series, “Real and Unreal: Politics on Film,” at 2 p.m. on select Sundays through Oct. 9. Dale Pollock, professor of cinema studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will talk before the film and will lead a discussion afterward. The first film in the series is “Meet John Doe” on Sunday, Sept. 11. Cost: $10 per film.
Other films in the series are: Sept. 18, “The Candidate”; Sept. 25, “Wag the Dog”; Oct. 2, “Street Fight”; and Oct. 9, to be determined. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com/special-series
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
Live at Lunch
Cary’s fall Live at Lunch series of free concerts opens Thursday, Sept. 15, at Fidelity Plaza, 100 W. Chatham St. The concerts are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 13. Downtown restaurants will feature lunch specials or bring your own lunch. Picnic tables will be available. The bluegrass group the Charles Pettee Duo performs Sept. 15.
Upcoming performances: Sept. 22: Jimmy Weaver, top 40/beach music; Sept. 29: Dave and Rory, pop/country/rock; Oct. 6: Ariel Pocock Duo, jazz; Oct. 13: Chris Overstreet, classic and alternative rock. For more information, go to bit.ly/1bjjVnj.
The Cary theater continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “Houseboat” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The event features special discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. The next movie in the series is “The Lobster” on Thursday, Sept. 29. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.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.
Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer teaches dances for all ages from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Live, old-time string band music will be provided by local musicians for the dances, which will feature Square, Circle, Appalachian and other traditional styles. No experience or partner required. Cost: $5 per family or $2 per person at the door. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
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.
The Friday Flicks on the Field series continues with a showing of “Back to the Future” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 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. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anSYBb.
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.
The next SuperFun Saturday is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. Apex. The free event features arts and crafts activities for children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
Apex Music Festival
The Apex Music Festival, formerly the Apex Jazz Music Festival, begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, along Salem Street in Historic Downtown Apex. A variety of concerts will be featured at both indoor and outdoor venues. Performances begin at 3:30 p.m. Food vendors and a beer and wine garden will be on site.
North Salem Street will be closed from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Center Street and Chatham Street will be open to traffic. Free parking in downtown Apex and in public parking lots off Saunders Street, at Apex Town Hall and the Community Center complex. General admission tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to apexmusicfest.com.
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Cost: $10 adults; $7 seniors and students. 919-567-4000, bit.ly/2c3mXCl
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.
Tommy Edwards of the Bluegrass Experience performs from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bj53qQ.
In Cary, Jan Johansson & Friends perform traditional and bluegrass music from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bMBO0g.
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.
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 “The Tale of Despereaux” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Cost $1. Recommended for ages 3-7. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw.
Pickin’ in the Pines
The next Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series features a concert by the Johnny Folsom 4 and Canady Thomas Band (Patsy Cline tribute) at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics and leashed pets allowed; no alcohol. 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/29BlvCN.
Upcoming concerts: Sept. 28, The Garrett Newton Band with the String Peddlers; Oct. 5, Acoustic Manner.
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina free fall concert series continues with a performance by Liquid Pleasure at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 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 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.
Cary Gallery of Artists
An exhibit at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St., features works by Judy Abrahams, Shib Sankar Basu, Robert Hoppin, Ann Howe, Sherri Leeder, Dona McNeill and Derek Unger through Sept. 27. carygalleryofartists.org
Village Art Circle
An exhibit by Katie Liu at Village Art Circle, 200 S Academy S., Suite 130, runs through Sept. 27. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com
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.
Vivian Howard book event
Meet award-winning chef, TV personality and cookbook author Vivian Howard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Howard debuts her cookbook “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South,” which celebrates the flavors of Eastern North Carolina with more than 200 recipes and stories. Howard is the star and co-creator of the PBS series “A Chef’s Life” and won a James Beard Foundation Award this year for Outstanding Television Personality. For more information and to register, call 919-463-8500 or go to bit.ly/2bfgU7l.
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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