Plays, artwork, films, comedy and live music in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Learn about art classes and workshop opportunities at the Cary Arts Center from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To sign up, go to bit.ly/1Ue9fFk.
Exhibits at Halle
The exhibits “Storytelling Photography” and “Art of Nature” will be featured through Friday, July 29, at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. thehalle.org
Music in the library
Pianist Charles Wolf performs a selection of popular music from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Tickets go on sale at noon Monday, Aug. 1, for the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival. The festival is returning 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
Call for artists
Artists working in any medium can submit an application for exhibition in any of the Town of Cary’s six exhibit venues. Deadline is Monday, Aug. 1. For more information: bit.ly/1YRUkFc.
‘The Green Mermaid’
The Carolina Puppet Theatre will present “The Green Mermaid” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Cost is $5 per person; free for children under a year old. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1TZWfYg.
Movie at Halle
The Halle Cultural Arts Center presents a free movie for teens and adults at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. The movie “Brooklyn,” rated PG-13, will be shown. For more information, go to bit.ly/2a5FCuE.
The Cary Players Community Theatre is seeking actors, singers and dancers ages 16 and older to audition for its production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma!” The play runs Sept. 30-Oct. 9 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Auditions are at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4, at the center. Participants are asked to bring a recent photo and prepare 16 bars of an upbeat, classic show tune. An accompanist will be provided. The auditions will include a simple dance routine. Callbacks will be Saturday, Aug. 6. For more information and to download an audition form, go to caryplayers.org.
Cary’s Young Talent
The Cary’s Exceptional Young Talent Performance is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and International Ballet Co. will perform. Cost: $10. Tickets are on sale through Etix, at The Cary theater box office or an hour before the performance at the arts center. For more information, go to philharmonic-association.org.
Music in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series presents a concert by reggae musician Étú-Bmik at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are on sale for $129.50 for reserved seats, $50 for single lawn seats and $98.75 for reserved table seats. boothamphitheatre.com
The Philharmonic Association Summer Session Concerts begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The Triangle Youth String Orchestra performs from 6-6:30 p.m. The Triangle Youth Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble perform from 7-8:45 p.m. Free. For more information, go to philharmonic-association.org.
Movies by Moonlight
The Movies by Moonlight film series will show “Zootopia,” rated PG, at 8:30 p.m. (dusk) Friday, Aug. 12, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Cost is $5; children 12 and under are admitted free.
Gates open at 7 p.m. Special children’s activities will be featured. Bring a blanket or chair. No pets. Picnics are allowed, including beer and wine. A portion of proceeds will benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital. 919-462-2025, bit.ly/1TTOVKl.
Summer at the Springs
The Holly Springs’ Summer at the Springs free outdoor concert series concludes with a performance by The Holiday Band from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, on the lawn of the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Bring chairs or a blanket. Food trucks and beer and wine concessions will be on site. hollyspringsnc.us
Movies at Bradford
The Summer Movies on the Green series shows free films at 8:30 p.m. (dusk) the second Friday of the month through September outside the Bradford Apartments, 21035 Bradford Green Square, Cary. “Inside Out,” rated PG, will be shown Aug. 12. Bring a chair and snacks. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown Sept. 9.
The exhibits “The Sky is Falling” by Jenn Hales, “A Winter Day, a Summer Morning” by Joe Lipka and “Bibelot” run through Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Charm City Junction
The acoustic roots group Charm City Junction performs at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Free. Food permitted; no alcohol. Friendly dogs on leashes welcome. For more information, call 919-469-4061 or visit bit.ly/1fEabFy.
‘The Princess Talks’
The Actors Comedy and the Town of Cary present “The Princess Talks” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, to Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The performance features a series of comedy monologues, lectures and skits. For more information: 919-462-2055, or bit.ly/2ab0WjC.
The exhibit “Parsley, Sage and Time” by Andria Linn runs through Aug. 19 at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. 919-469-4081
The Cary Gallery of Artists hosts “Garden’s Bounty” featuring paintings by Elda Hiser, jewelry by Monica Hunter and ceramics by Susan Luster at the gallery, 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120. The exhibit runs through Aug. 20. carygalleryofartists.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
▪ Jon Shain and Walter Parks Saturday, Aug. 6.
▪ The Honeycutters: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
▪ The Claire Lynch Trio: 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.
Cary Town Band
The Cary Town Band performs “Sister Cities in Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Free. The Markham Concert Band, from Cary’s Sister City of Markham, Ontario, Canada, will perform with the Cary band. http://www.carytownband.org/
The exhibit, “The Photography of Gordon Munro,” is on display through Aug. 26 at the Cary Visual Art gallery in The Cary News office on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Munro has spent much of his career shooting photos for magazines and is known for his fashion photography, studio work and celebrity portraiture. The 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
The 40th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival has expanded to two days of artwork, crafts, food and drink vendors, entertainment and more Aug. 27-28 on the Town Hall Campus in downtown Cary. On Saturday, Aug. 27, the festival is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 28, it runs from 12:30-5 p.m. 919-319-4560
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
Pickin’ in the Pines
The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series kicks off with a concert by the Grass Cats at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics and pets on leashes allowed; no alcohol. Variety of 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. Ticket packages for all five series concerts are available for $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/29BlvCN.
Other concerts in the series, all on Wednesday, are:
▪ Sept. 7: Swift Creek
▪ Sept. 21: The Johnny Folsom 4 & Patsy Cline Tribute
▪ Sept. 28: The Garrett Newton Band with the String Peddlers
▪ Oct. 5: Acoustic Manner
‘Nature on Canvas’
The exhibit “Nature on Canvas” by Brian Moyer runs through Wed., Aug. 31, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary. An artist reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.
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
The Lumineers performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are on sale for $49.50 for reserved seats and $39.50 for lawn seats. boothamphitheatre.com
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.
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.
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.
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
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