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21 Days to Play – The Cary

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.

The Cary

Earlier this year a new “old” theater’s marquee was relit in downtown Cary. Once a clothing store, then an auto parts store and a recording studio (not necessarily in that order), “The Cary” once again was repurposed into a theater for live performances and film and reopened to the public in February. The renovated space features a 175 seat theater, large performance stage, concession stand (that includes beer and wine) and a sound/projection system to rival any multiplex. 

Since February, independent and documentary films, along with some classics, have been screened at The Cary weekly (Thursdays through Sundays) for a very affordable $5 admission. Sometimes the films are family/kid friendly. Sometimes there’s a thematic flim selection like the upcoming series celebrating National Dance WeekDirty Dancing, Flashdance and a Bollywood film Bride and Prejudice. Yeah, that’s where I’ll be hanging out for a few days this month. 🙂

But there’s more to this theater than movies. Long time Cary residents will remember the popular Six String Cafe and the wonderful musicians that played the beloved venue. Well, get ready to relive the good ol’ Six Strings days as a new series called “Six String Presents” debuts this weekend with American folk artist Claire Holley and Durham-based Jon Shain Trio (July 19 at 8 pm). Over the next six months ten more performances are planned (and you can find more information at the town’s website here). Tickets for Saturday’s show are available via, the Cary Arts Center Box Office (at 101 Dry Avenue) or at The Cary Theater one hour prior to each concert (based on availability). Tickets start at $15.

It’s so nice to have another cultural feature to enjoy in the Triangle and a great excuse to get out and explore downtown Cary. If you’ve not been to downtown Cary lately, you’re overdue for a visit…plus there’s Flashdance coming soon. 🙂


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