En Plein Air
Registration for Cary’s second annual En Plein Air: Paint the Town is now open through 5 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. There is a $30 registration fee.
Painting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2. The rain date is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Finished artwork will be displayed in downtown businesses in May, then the Cary Arts Center and in the Silent Arts Auction and Gala on Friday, May 29. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
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The Celtic Tenors will perform at the Cary Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at 101 Dry Ave. The three-man vocal group from Ireland sings Celtic, operatic and popular songs. Tickets are $26 with discounts for seniors and groups of four at www.etix.com.
Richard Leigh will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. Table seats cost $25. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and younger at www.sixstringpresents.com.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Cary Visual Art will accept entries for the annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition through Friday, March 20. Sculptures will be on display from July 2015 through June 2016.
Applicants must be 18 or older and live in the U.S. There is a $35 application fee for every two sculptures submitted; the $35 fee also applies to entry of a single sculpture. For details, go to caryvisualart.org.
‘The Velveteen Rabbit’
Raleigh Little Theater’s Youth Series presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” directed by Cary resident Kathleen Rudolph. Rudolph is the associated education director with RLT. The production features actors ages 11 to 86, including Calvin Noble from Apex. Shows continue through Sunday, March 22, in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. For tickets, go to www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
‘Super Cooled Flow’ reception
A reception for the “Super Cooled Flow” series of glass sculptures by Jean Cheely will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Sketching with the Sculptures
Draw at the Cary Arts Center from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at 101 Dry Ave. Cary Arts Center art instructors will offer 30-minute lessons in media including colored pencils, charcoal and pastels. Bring your own sketchbook. To sign up, go to www.caryvisualart.org.
German artist Alfred “Alex” Gockel, who designed the official U.S. Olympic team poster in 2006, has 10 new paintings and other limited edition works on display at Ashley’s Art Gallery, 701 N. Main St. Fuquay-Varina, through Saturday, March 28. For details, call 919-552-7533 or go to www.ashleyart.com.
African-American Literary Tea
Authors Cerece Rennie Murphy and Lynn Emery and book critic J. Pinkney will celebrate the written word at Kaleidoscope at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Admission is $10. Tickets are available through www.etix.com. For details, call 919-460-4963.
James Gregory will perform in the Clean Comedy Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students at www.etix.com.
The Holly Springs Community Band will present a free concert, “Mixed Tape,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St.
A concert by The Taters will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. The Swang Brothers will open the concert. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for ages 10 and younger at www.thecarytheater.com/tickets.
‘World Music 4.0’
The Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir, guitarist Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band will present the fourth installment of the “World Music” series of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and free for students with ID. For details, go to concertsingers.org.
The Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South will present the annual juried exhibition “ARTQUILTSreminisce” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
The Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival
The annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival will be from 1-7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. For more information, go to www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org.
Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson
A concert by Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn seating costs $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show, general admission costs $40 and reserved table seats cost $40 at boothamphitheatre.com.
‘The Best is Yet to Come’
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
N.C. Symphony Summerfest Series
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24, for the symphony’s summer series at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The season, which kicks off Saturday, May 23, will feature the symphony performing concerts in a variety of genres. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. but gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo.
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
Celebration of the Arts Festival
The 12th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Alabama Shakes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show. General admission is $45, and reserved table seats are $45 at boothamphitheatre.com.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $39.75, reserved seats are $59.75 and reserved table seats are $59.75 at boothamphitheatre.com.
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