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Arts Notes: Aug. 25

Art needed for auction

The “Let there be ART” Benefit Art Auction to support the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is seeking artists who work in any medium. Artists must register by Friday, Aug. 30. The auction will be on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Stars Theater and Arts Center, 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina. For details, go to

Village Art Circle show

The Village Art Circle will display work by 17 artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. The featured artist is Leslie Pruneau.

Auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Teens ages 13-18 can audition for Applause! Cary Youth Theatre’s fall production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Design-team interviews will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Appointments are required; email The play will be performed Oct. 18-20. For details, go to and search “applause.”

Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series

Tyler’s Taproom presents Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series on Wednesdays through Sept. 18 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Shows are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per show; kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Buy tickets from the box office or at Here’s the schedule:

•  Aug. 28: Old Habits

•  Sept. 4: Swift Creek

•  Sept. 11: Grass Cats

•  Sept. 18: Acoustic Manner

Art class with Grace Li Wang

Artist Grace Li Wang will teach two art classes for ages 12 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 21, at her studio at 319 Lochside Drive, Cary. Participants will learn about art composition, color and the use of oil- and water-based materials for drawing and painting. Classes, including supplies, cost $50 each. Registration is required. Email

Downtown Performers Series

Cary is hosting a series of free outdoor events at the downtown performance green on the corner of Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road. For details, call 919-469-4061. Here’s the schedule:

• 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7: Barleycorn & Rye, an acoustic band.

• 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28: Claire Lynch Band, a bluegrass band.

• 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12: John Floyd, a comedian.

Meet the Artisan: Musical Instrument Makers

Local artisans who make musical instruments will talk about their work at local libraries.

Jon Norris, who makes woodwinds, strings and percussion instruments, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at West Regional Library, 4000 W. Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Herb Shelley, who makes guitars, will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Family Dance at The Halle

The Halle Cultural Arts Center will host family dance nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 10, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Families can learn square, circle, Appalachian and more dances. Tickets are $5 per family or $2 per person.

Depot Concert Series at The Halle

The Halle Cultural Arts Center is presenting the 2013 Depot Concert Series. The free outdoor concerts will continue through October in the parking lot of the historic train depot at 220 N. Salem St. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Alcohol and pets are prohibited. Here’s the remaining schedule:

•  Saturday, Sept. 14: Shine.

•  Friday, Oct. 11: Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line.

For details, go to