‘Next to Normal’ performances
The Deep Dish Theater Company, in partnership with the town of Cary, will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “Next to Normal” from Friday, March 1, to Sunday, March 24.
The musical will play Wednesdays through Sundays through March 17 at the Deep Dish Theater in University Mall in Chapel Hill. Performances will be held March 22-24 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for seniors, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Student tickets are $14. On Wednesday, March 6, all tickets will be $10. For tickets, call 919-968-1515 or 919-481-5190, or visit www.deepdishtheater.org.
A leadership seminar for teens in grades six through 10 will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
The Triangle Sisters in Crime chapter, in partnership with the town of Cary, will host a short-story workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Award-winning mystery authors will teach five sessions. Writers with all levels of experience are welcome. Pre-registration cost is $35 for Sisters in Crime members and $45 for nonmembers. Registration on the day of the workshop is $5 more. Space is limited. To register, go to www.trianglesinc.com/short-story-workshop.html. For more information, email Toni Brown at email@example.com.
Cary Ballet Spring Gala
The Cary Ballet company will perform “Caravan” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at its annual Spring Gala at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The show was choreographed by professional dancer Tom Shoemaker. “Tales of Athenian Forest,” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the a capella group Grains of Time will also be part of the event. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-17, seniors and members of the military. For more information, go to www.caryballet.com or call 919-481-6509.
Raleigh-Wake Senior Games seeking participants
The 2013 Raleigh-Wake Senior Games will be held during the month of April at various sites throughout Wake County. Senior Games is an athletic and artistic competition for adults ages 55 and older. The program features more than 30 sports events, as well as competition in visual, literary, craft and performing arts. Medal winners will be eligible to compete in the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals in the fall.
The deadline to register is Thursday, March 7. For details, contact Jody Jameson at 919-469-4081 or visit www.rwseniorgames.org.
Call for artists
The Cary Gallery of Artists is currently seeking artists for its fifth annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit to be held March 28 to April 19 at 200 S. Academy St., Cary. The exhibit will feature small works of art by North Carolina artists. Nancy Tuttle May will be the juror, and there will be more than $700 in cash awards. Entry and fee deadline is Friday, March 8. To download an entry form, visit www.carygalleryofartists.org.
The Eva Perry Regional Library will host its second annual Puppet Palooza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The library’s puppeteers will present three morning shows. Professional puppet troupe Grey Seal Puppets will present two afternoon performances of “A Tangle of Tales, Folktales from Around the World.” There will be puppet crafts for kids to make their own puppets to take home. Registration for the Grey Seal Puppets shows is required. To register, stop by the library’s Youth Service Desk or call 919-387-2100.
Anna’s Angels Gala
The 10th annual Anna’s Angels Gala will be from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 9, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. Guests include Lauren Potter from the TV show “Glee” and local ABC news anchor Steve Daniels. The event will be black-tie optional with dinner, dancing, silent and live auction and a diamond raffle. Tickets are $115 per person.
Anna’s Angels was started by Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills, following the birth of their second child, Anna, who has Down syndrome.
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will perform a selection of big-band classics at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 Ballentine St., Holly Springs. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. For tickets, call 919-567-4000 or visit etix.com.
African-American literary tea
The town of Cary will host an African-American literary tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. Guests include Margaret A. Brunson, Sandra Dubose and Suzetta Perkins. Tickets are $10 and are available through Etix or the Cary Arts Center box office. For information, contact Shelia E. Morris at 919-460-4963.
Apex blood drive
The Apex Arts Council will sponsor a blood drive from 2 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Lowe’s Foods, 5400 Apex Peakway, Apex. Advance registration is available online. To register, visit www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?apexblooddrive.
Teens in grades six through 10 can celebrate Pi Day from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex. There will be pie and math games. Bring your favorite kind of pie to share.
Plein Air workshop
Nationally recognized Plein Air and studio artist Perry Austin will offer a three-day painting session titled “Plein Air Simplified” beginning en Plein Air and ending in the studio from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17. Cost is $385. To sign up, contact Monica Linares at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.waverlyartistsgroup.com.
Compiled by staff writer Michelle Ferencak.