Chamber Jazz Concert
Enjoy jazz music for all audiences. $25. 7:30-9:30pm. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. carycrosscurrentsfestival.com.
In Search of New Worlds Concert
Classical string music for families. $25. 7:30-9:30pm. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. carycrosscurrentsfestival.com.
Aug. 2, 3, 4
Clayton Youth Theater Presents Hairspray
Loveable, plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on a local TV dance program. Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. $11 adults, $6 students. 7:30pm. The Clayton Theater, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. 919-553-1737. claytonyouththeater.com.
Rock the Park: Crucial Fiya
Live reggae music. Bring chairs or a blanket. All ages. Free. 6-8pm. Old Farm Road Park, 7 Hedgerow Place, Durham. dprplaymore.org.
Enjoy a night of classical music. $25. 7:30-9:30pm. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. carycrosscurrentsfestival.com.
Aug. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31; Sept. 1-2
Paperhand Puppet Intervention's Annual Summer Pageant
Giant puppets, masks, stilts and music entertain an audience of all ages. Tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6pm. Suggested admission donation: $12/adults,
$8 ages 4-16. 3 and younger free. Pre-show begins at 6:20pm, main show starts at 7pm. The Forest Theatre, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-923-1857. paperhand.org.
ABBA The Concert
A tribute band performs ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me Knowing You," "Take A Chance On Me" and many more. $25-$40, children 2 and younger free. 8pm. Gates open at 7pm. Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-462-2025. boothamphitheatre.com.
Cirque du Soleil Presents Dralion
Enjoy a show featuring the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. $28-$75. 7:30pm Aug. 15-18; 1 and 5pm Aug. 19. PNC Arena, 1400
Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 1-800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
Concert in the Courtyard
The Southern String Band wields four fiddles, guitars, banjos and other instruments, and plays traditional music and songs from the upper South. $10 adults, $5 for ages under 12. 7-9pm. Joel Lane Museum House, 160 S. Saint Mary's St., Raleigh. 919-833-3431. joellane.org.