Marvelous Music series
As part of the third Marvelous Music season, performances will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors and $88 for a pack of four.
The Cary Arts Center will host Crafty Connection, a series of arts and crafts activities for ages 2-12, before each concert. Activities, schedules and prices are online.
Here’s the schedule:
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• Saturday, Feb. 15: Emile Pandolfi.
• Friday, March 21: “The Fantasticks,” presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
• Friday, May 9: Diane Shuur.
Jazz pianist Lenore Raphael will perform with Jimmy Mngwandi on bass and singer J.D. Miller at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. The show is part of The Halle’s JazzLive Concert Series. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for ages 16 and younger. For details, go to www.thehalle.org.
Gene Watson concert
Singer Gene Watson will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $25 for students and $20 for ages 12 and younger at www.etix.com.
Free Morning Movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will show “The Smurfs” for free at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. For details and the schedule of upcoming Free Morning Movie screenings, go to www.thehalle.org/movies.
Carolina Puppet Theatre
The Carolina Puppet Theatre’s “Cinderella” show will be from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $5 at www.etix.com.
The Cary Town Band will present “Czech Mates,” a free concert of music by Czech composers, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. For details, go to www.carytownband.org.
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 Ballentine St. Tickets cost $7, or $5 for students and seniors, at 919-567-4000 or www.etix.com.
String music in the library
The Triangle Mountain Dulcimer Association will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100.
Dennis Regan will perform in Holly Springs’ Clean Comedy Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for ages 13-21 at www.etix.com.
Winter Concert Series
Brean Reagin will perform in the Carole J. Wright Memorial Concert, the last part of the Winter Concert Series of the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Season tickets cost $60; tickets to individual performances cost $15 at www.etix.com.
Meet the Artisan: Books as Art
Bookmakers will give hour-long drop-in demonstrations at local libraries. A session with Jennifer Mahaffey will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.
‘East Meets West’
“East Meets West,” an exhibit of Chinese brush painting by Loretta Moskal and her students, will be on display through Friday, Feb. 28, at the Village Art Circle, 200 S. Academy St., Suite 130, Cary. For details, go to www.villageartcircle.com.
‘Forward Together: A Moral Movement’
The Turkish House will host a reception for photographer Kaitlyn Barlow’s exhibition, “Forward Together: A Moral Movement,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at 303 E. Durham Road, suite F, Cary. Admission is free.
‘The Golden Doorstop’
Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go! will perform Judy M. Dove’s play, “The Golden Doorstop,” for free at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Students will perform the play about a North Carolinian 12-year-old finding the nation’s first gold mine. To register, call 919-387-2100.
En Plein Air Paint-Off
The third annual En Plein Air Paint-Off will be from 2:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 11, during Art After Dark in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Artists will paint the local landscape.
Apply to participate in the contest by Friday, March 14, by sending an online application and three images of original artwork to email@example.com. The contest is open to all skill levels from high school students to professionals. For more information, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
A public auction of the paintings will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, on Vance Street. The top three winners’ paintings will be enlarged and placed on brick walls in the town’s historic district and added to the public art program organized by Fuquay-Varina Downtown and sponsored by Bob Barker, Inc.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Cary Visual Art’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition will begin July 18 and run though June 12, 2015, with the Best in Show winner announced July 18. There is an honorarium of $1,000 each for up to 12 finalists and $3,000 for one Best in Show winner. To participate in the contest, enter with a $35 fee by Friday, March 21, at www.caryvisualart.org/programs/ose/2014/Application. For details, go to www.caryvisualart.org.