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 Cary Players Community Theatre Co. opens its 2016-17 season with a production of the musical “Oklahoma!” through Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The event is the group’s 50th production. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and Thursday, Oct. 6. Sunday performances are 3 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to caryplayers.org.
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.
Politics on film
The Cinema Studies Series, “Real and Unreal: Politics on Film,” continues with a screening of the film “Street Fight” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Dale Pollock, professor of cinema studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will talk before the film and lead a discussion afterward. Cost: $10. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com/special-series
The photographic exhibit “Portraits From My Country” by Can Dickerson is on display at the Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Road, Cary.
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 $85 for reserved seats, $75 for reserved table seats and $49.50 for lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
A JazzLive concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Halle Cultural Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Performers are Steinway Artist and jazz pianist Lenore Raphael, guitarist Howard Paul and bassist Jason Foureman. Tickets range from $12-$15. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cQq4ZS.
The Classical Concert Series presents “An Afternoon at the Opera” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Halle Cultural Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. The North Carolina Opera Chorus will perform. Individual tickets range from $6-$12. For more information, go to bit.ly/2dx0XiJ.
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.
Taste of South
Bridgette Lacy, author of “Sunday Dinner,” discusses Southern food heritage and recipes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free; registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “Miss Sharon Jones!” on Thursday, Oct. 13. The event features discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
Pizza and a movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center shows a family-friendly movie at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost: $5; $2 for ages 2 and younger. Pizza, bottled water, fruit and dessert are included. For more information: 919-249-1120, thehalle.org.
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina free fall concert series concludes with a performance of beach music by The Embers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. No pets or coolers. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d5N33g.
The Friday Flicks on the Field series continues with a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 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.
The Cary Diwali celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Free admission and free lawn seats; lawn chairs and blankets allowed. Reserved seating is $20 per person. Parking is $5 per car, cash only. The event will feature exhibits, a bazaar, cultural programs, a performance by the North Carolina Symphony at 5:15 p.m., a concert by Ila Arun at 5:45 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. For more information, go to bit.ly/2dpjolP. boothamphitheatre.com
‘Politics of Love’
Artists can submit works for the fall juried exhibit “The Politics of Love” at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost: $5. Artwork is due Saturday, Oct. 15. The free opening reception for the exhibit is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the center. The show runs through Nov. 19. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d4rQYG.
The Carolina Puppet Theater presents “Halloween Month” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Cost: $5 per person; free for children under a year old. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2cZGPmZ or bit.ly/2d8BPzu.
Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer will teach dances for all ages from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 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. bit.ly/1TSQ4p0
The Lettermen perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets range from $16 to $43. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2cRgnK7.
Mixed media artwork by Nora Phillips is featured in the 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. The show runs through Oct. 21. 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 email@example.com. caryvisualart.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
▪ 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.
The exhibits “Visual Rhythms of Art, Science & Religion” by Robert Cassanova; “Time and Place” by Mark Stephenson; and “Home-Grown: The Surprising Elegance of Gourds” by Martha Danek are on display through Oct. 22 at Page-Walker Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Cary Arts Center
The “Nanci Tanton Student Exhibition” is on display through Oct. 23 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Herb Young exhibit
“Moments in Nature, the Master Inspirer” by Subha Raghu is on display through Oct. 23 at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary.
Short story programs
Learn more about writing short stories from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Eva Perry Regional Libarary, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Author Eryk Pruitt will discuss “Finding the Story in a Short Story.” Registration required; call 919-387-2100 or go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ.
In Cary, Pruitt will discuss “Keeping It Short: Short Fiction Mechanics” from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. Registration required; call 919-463-8500 or go to bit.ly/1qCRI2x.
Gallery of Artists
Exhibits by Ana Sumner, fiber art, and Lynn Patton, painted porcelain, run through Oct. 25 at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. carygalleryofartists.org
The exhibit “Carolina Seascapes” by Bruce Tarkington runs through Oct. 31 at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary.
Village Art Circle
“Komorebi,” featuring paintings by Susan LaMantia, Jillian Goldberg and Constance Pappalardo, is on display throughout October at Village Art Circle, 200 S Academy S., Suite 130. villageartcircle.com
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.” She 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.
Town Hall Gallery
“Living Long Lives” by Chris Adamczyk is on display through Nov. 18 at Town Hall Gallery, 316 N. Academy St., Cary.
The Cary Photographic Artists’ ninth annual Juried Photography Exhibition is on display through Nov. 18 at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place.
Marvelous Music Mainstage
The 2016-17 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series continues with a performance by Billy McGuigan and the tribute show “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Individual tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors; family and friends four-packs are $88. Season ticket packages are available. For ticket information, go to bit.ly/2b3A1W5.
Other performances scheduled, all at 7:30 p.m., are: 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.
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”; 3 p.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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