Plays, artwork, films, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville, plus what’s on stage at Booth Amphitheatre.
Chinese Lantern Festival
The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival is open New Year’s Day and Monday, Jan. 2, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Hours are 6-10 p.m. The event runs through Sunday, Jan. 15, and is closed Monday, Jan. 9.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-17 and free for children ages 2 and younger. Discounts available: Tuesdays, $12 for adults ages 55 and older; Wednesdays, $12 for college students ages 18 and older; Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, $12 for members of the military.
Chinese cultural arts performances, featuring traditional Chinese dance and a juggler, are at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Free parking. 800-514-3849, bit.ly/1YgQHJ9, etix.com, boothamphitheatre.com
Frame by Frame
The Frame by Frame Better at the Movies cinema four-week study series opens with the movie “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Robert Milazzo, founder of the Modern School of Film, will deconstruct each film and lead a group discussion of techniques used. Cost: $10 per movie; special $35 package for all four films.
Other films scheduled: Jan. 10, “Reservoir Dogs”; Jan 24, “Certified Copy”; and Jan. 31, “The Babadook.” thecarytheater.com, 919-462-2055
Gallery of Artists
The exhibit “Twenty-Four Artists,” featuring paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber and glass artwork by gallery artists, is on display through Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. An opening reception is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, for a new exhibit featuring works by guest artists Cecilia Guitarte, oil paintings, and Susan Luster, ceramics. The show runs through Wednesday, Jan. 25. 919-462-2035, carygalleryofartists.org
Cary Senior Center
“The Value of Aging” exhibit, featuring works by local photographers, is on display through Friday, Jan. 6, at Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place.
Village Art Circle
An opening reception is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, for “Collective Charm: Perspectives of FALC” at Village Art Circle, 200 S. Academy St., Suite 130. The exhibit, which features works by the Fine Arts League of Cary, runs through Wednesday, Jan. 25. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com
Fine Arts League
The Fine Arts League of Cary’s annual Members Show is on display through Saturday, Jan. 7, at Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. An exhibit by Young Leem Pottery also is featured.
Tickets sales are underway for Cary Visual Art’s 20th annual Art Ball at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets: $250. For more information and tickets, go to caryvisualart.org.
Meet the artists
Meet members of the Colored Pencil Society of America from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free. No registration required. Artists will demonstrate and showcase their colored pencil creations. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x
The group also is available from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100, bit.ly/28JmtKu
Children’s film series
“Rio” shows at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Cost: $1. Part of the Film Day - Fun Day children’s series. Recommended for ages 3-7. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Cary Dance Productions performs “Create” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The performances are a benefit for the nonprofit The Carying Place. Tickets: $12-$15. bit.ly/1N2UNDm
The Comedy Worx Improv Show is 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets: $6-$15. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
The Alley Cats
The Alley Cats, an a cappella doo-wop group, perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets: $16-$43. 919-567-4000, bit.ly/2g1xPBM
Music in the library
Local musician Catrrine Ponall, who plays a Native American-style wooden flute, performs from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. No registration required. 919-387-2100, bit.ly/28JmtKu
Ponall also performs from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x
The next concert in the Friends of the Page-Walker Concert Series is Celtic Moods and Melodies at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. The fiddle and guitar duo of Mara Shea and Roger Gold will perform. Tickets: $14.99. 919-460-4963, bit.ly/2gvaCnq
Rough Cuts Review
The next Rough Cuts Review open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Afterward, discussions of the films will be led by Joseph Partin, film and English professor at Guilford Technical Community College. Free; tickets required. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of “Notes on Blindness” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. 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, Jan. 19, at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost: $5; $2 for ages 2 and younger. Pizza, bottled water, fruit and dessert are included. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title. thehalle.org
‘Always a Bridesmaid’
Stageworks Theatre of Holly Springs presents the comedy “Always a Bridesmaid” Thursday, Jan. 19, to Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10-$12. 919-567-4000, hollyspringsnc.us, etix.com
Golden Rod Puppets
International award-winning puppeteer Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets perform “Animalia” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets: $6 per person. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
Six String Presents
▪ The Taters and Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
▪ Michael Reno Harrell and Ben Bedford: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
▪ Gary Hannan and Julianne Ankley: “The Stories Behind the Songs”: 8 p.m. Friday, March 10.
▪ Ellis Paul: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8.
▪ Danielle Miraglia and Stephanie Urbina Jones: 8 p.m. Friday, April 28.
Cary Dance Productions
Cary Dance Productions presents solo, duet and trio performances at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets: $12. bit.ly/1N2UNDm
Cary Arts Center
The Cary Photographic Artists Members Show is on display through Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Herb Young exhibit
The exhibit “Nature on Canvas” by Brian Moyer runs through Monday, Jan. 23, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. For more information, call 919-469-4069.
The “Discover China 1016: International Fine Art Exhibit” runs through Monday, Jan. 23, at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. The exhibit, organized by the Fotosay International Science and Arts Center, will feature more than 100 pieces of artwork, including paintings, photography, calligraphy and folk art from award-winning Chinese artists. bit.ly/2dVKhlD
The Clean Comedy series presents Henry Cho at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets: $13-$27. 919-567-4000, hollyspringsnc.us
Marvelous Music Mainstage
The 2016-17 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series continues with a performance by neo-classical pianist Robin Spielberg at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Individual tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for seniors. For ticket information, go to bit.ly/2b3A1W5.
Other performances scheduled are: 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. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to bit.ly/2axyk3G.
Triangle Wind Ensemble
The Triangle Wind Ensemble presents “Music in Motion” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets: $8. bit.ly/1N2UNDm
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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