Arts Notes

May 21, 2013 

The N.C. Symphony’s outdoor concerts, the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Concert-goers can bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5 p.m. For tickets, call 919-733-2750 or visit


Sewing and quilting classes

Cary Quilting Company is offering sewing and quilting classes at 226 E. Chatham St., Cary.

• 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 21: Motion Machine Quilting 101.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22: Beginning Sewing.

Registration is required for each class. For details, visit

Hob Nob Jazz series – May 22 show

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre will present the Hob Nob Jazz Series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday, through May 29, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $5 for each concert or $20 for the entire series; free for children 12 and younger. All seating and music will take place on the Crescent Deck. Pets are allowed. Patrons can bring food but no beverages.

The series will feature:

• May 22: Mint Julep Jazz Band

• May 29: Outside Soul

For details, call 919-462-2025 or visit

‘Play with the Pros’

Amateur musicians from throughout the Triangle will join forces with the N.C. Symphony for the “Play with the Pros” tradition. The event, which will kick off the symphony’s Summerfest Series in Cary, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway.

The Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series will continue Saturday, June 1, with a performance of “At the Movies.”

Advance tickets for the May 25 show are $28 for lawn seats and $30 for table seats. Prices increase by $2 the day of the event. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free. For details, visit

‘An American Celebration’

The Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform at the sixth annual “An American Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The concert is a traditional Memorial Day weekend event that salutes American heritage and those who serve or have served in the military. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic.

Tickets are $12 for lawn seating, $25 for table seats. For details, call 919-462-2025 or visit

Art reception

The Cary Gallery of Artists will hold its monthly feature reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31, at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120, Cary. The show will feature clay work by Jayne Cluggish, jewelry by Diane Starbling and “Marsh to Mountains” paintings by Wendy Musser. The show will run through June 25. For details, call 919-462-2035 or visit

‘Seven O’ Clock Rock’ series

The intersection of Chatham and Academy Streets in downtown Cary will host “Seven O’Clock Rock,” a series of themed community block parties this spring, complete with dance lessons and live entertainment. Dance lessons start at 7 p.m.; concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The series will feature:

• May 31: Swing night with the N.C. Revelers Orchestra.

• June 27: Beach night with the Magnificents Band .

For information, call 919-469-4061 or search “Seven O’Clock Rock” at

Spring ballet performance

Infinity Ballet Theatre will hold its annual “Spring Spectacular” performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. The show, “A Story Without Words” will feature a combination of lively modern, neoclassical and jazz ballets to the music of Henri Mancini, created by resident choreographers Brian Youngkin and Cari-Lenn Orr. The show also features “Fairytale Dances” and a popular Spanish-inspired ballet, “Baile de Aranjuez.”

Infinity Ballet Theatre, a nonprofit based in Apex, is committed to building theatrical arts in the community by offering instruction and performance opportunities for young dancers. For tickets, call 800-514-3819 or visit

‘Coffee with the Artist’

The Cary Gallery of Artists will hold its “Coffee with the Artist” series from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1, at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120, Cary. Wendy Musser, Jayne Cluggish and Diane Starbling will be on hand to talk about their art. For details, call 919-462-2035 or visit

Celebration of the Arts in Fuquay-Varina

The 10th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The festival will feature more than 80 artists.

There will be a live auction for paintings from the En Plein Air Paint-Off held in April. Proceeds will be spilt between the artists and the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association.

For details, visit

‘Sscapes… the Space Between’

Sscapes, a group of dancers, storytellers, musicians and vocalists, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. Performers include Shana Adams, Jude Casseday, Tony Johnson, Glenna Batson, Jody Cassell, Melissa Pihos and Leah Wilks Dance. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for seniors and students. For tickets, call 919-249-1120 or visit

Apex Jazz Festival

The Apex Downtown Business Association will hold its third annual Apex Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, in downtown Apex. Performances will be featured in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues along Salem Street. There will be a beer garden in conjunction with an outdoor stage located on the Apex Chamber of Commerce property. Tickets are $10 and go on sale in June.

Sponsors and volunteers are also needed for the festival. Sponsors should contact Sue Mooney at 919-608-6532 or Volunteers should contact Melissa Van at 919-303-3345 or

For details, visit

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