Triangle Stages Feature Family-Friendly Performances in July
July 2– Listen to one of the nation's premier youth choirs featuring 41 boys ages 10-14 with treble voices perform a program featuring sacred works and other classical, folk and Americana music. A freewill offering benefits the Society of St. Andrew. 7:30 p.m. Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd., Raleigh. 919-832-6435. nwchoirs.org.
Art of Cool July 4 Festival
July 4 – Enjoy a free concert featuring live music from The Beast + Big Band and DJ Apple Juice Kid. The Beast + Big Band will perform Sleeping in My Bed, a song written by band member and Durham father Pierce Freelon that attracted the attention of New York Times Motherlode blogger KJ Dell'antonia. The performance will be on the lawn in front of the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of the Center Stage at American Tobacco Concert Series. Free. 5-8 p.m. American Tobacco campus lawn, Blackwell St., Durham.
americantobaccocampus.com and thebeastmusic.com.
Children's Matinee Series: Brenda Angiel Ariel Dance Company
July 6 – The dance company combines the electric energy and excitement of flying with the expertise of modern dance. Angiel's work incorporates elements of the tango, hip hop and ballet, along with a cool soundtrack, to back the dancers as they soar to new heights. $15. 1 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-684-6402. americandancefestival.org.
Summerfest: 1812 Overture
July 6 – The N.C. Symphony performs music from Handel's "Messiah" and Tchaikovsky's epic "1812 Overture." $33 advance
tickets; $35 event day. Free for kids 12 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-462-2025. boothamphitheatre.com/events/1812-overture.
N.C. Museum of Art Summer Concert Series: Dale Watson and His Lonestars
July 12 – Enjoy live music, Texas style, followed by the movie "Bernie" at 9 p.m. $13 members, $18 nonmembers, $9 ages 7-18. Free for ages 6 and younger. 7 p.m. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923. ncartmuseum.org.
Cirque du Soleil Presents Quidam
July 10-14 – Young Zo is bored. Seeking to fill the void, she slides into an imaginary world of Quidam where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul. "Quidam" features a cast of 52 world-class acrobats, musicians and singers. $25-$105. 7:30 p.m. July 10, 11 and 12; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 13; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 14. PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
Children's Matinee Series:Paul Taylor Dance Company
July 13 – Enjoy Paul Taylor's 1981 masterpiece, Arden Court, and his newest work, Perpetual Dawn, in this show. $15. 1 p.m. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-684-6402. americandancefestival.org.
N.C. Museum of Art Summer Concert Series:The Duhks
July 13 – The Canadian string band performs traditional Celtic and Appalachian music. $13 members, $18 nonmembers,
$9 ages 7-18. Free for ages 6 and younger. 8 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923. ncartmuseum.org.
PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory Presents Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street
July 17-21 – High school students perform Stephen Sondheim's Tony award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd. Todd, a bloodthirsty barber, seeks revenge on villainous Judge Turpin with the assistance of an amorous accomplice, daffy pie-maker Mrs. Lovett. The performance is filled with comic turns and chilling drama. Purchase tickets online. $15 adults, $10 ages 17 and younger. 7:30 p.m. July 17-20; 2 p.m. July 21. Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-7529. playmakersrep.org.
Last Fridays: Blues on the Burwell Lawn
July 26 – Enjoy live blues music. Take a blanket and wear dancing shoes. Free. 6 p.m. Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. burwellschool.org.