Get Out of the House: Last days of summer offer comedy, music & more

Looking for summer’s last ha-ha? You don’t have to go far!

Laughs abound in Garner this weekend, as comedian James Gregory hits the stage with the down-home humor that’s earned him the title of Funniest Man in America.

Untucked, carefree and hilarious, Gregory has been entertaining audiences with his comedy for more than two decades.

This one-night-only show is the latest installment in the It’s Showtime series at Garner Performing Arts Center, and will take place this Friday night, Aug. 24 at 7:30.

Tickets are $27, and can be purchased at or by calling (919) 661-4602.

GPAC is located at 742 W. Garner Road.

Guns ‘n’ Hoses

Keep the laughter going on Saturday, as cops and firefighters take to the ice for a broomball game to benefit the Garner Police Athletic and Activities League.

The game happens on Aug. 25 at 3 p.m., at the Garner Polar Ice House, located at 103 New Rand Road.

Features include the Carolina Hurricanes’ mascot, Stormy, members of the Storm Squad cheerleaders, a silent auction from 1 to 4 p.m., and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, or $25 for a family ticket, and include a free ice skating session at the Ice House from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. that day.

You can get tickets at the Garner police station, 900 Seventh Ave.; the Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue station at the corner of Main Street and Benson Road; or at the door.

10th Anniversary Season

In Clayton, it’s time to celebrate The Clayton Center’s tenth anniversary season, with big-name performances set throughout the year.

Individual show tickets are now on sale, as are tickets for coming-soon pre-season performances by former Men at Work front man Colin Hay and renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

Nunset Boulevard

Here’s a glimpse of this special season:

Colin Hay, Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m.

Tommy Emmanuel, Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.

Nunset Boulevard, Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
A zany musical comedy starring Cindy Williams of TV’s Laverne & Shirley, and the original NY cast.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
It’s feel-good big band music, with hits including Go, Daddy-O.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
The Tony award-winning adaptation of Hitchcock’s classic film, a hilarious whodunit for all ages.

10th Anniversary Gala, Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Dinner, dancing, and Jim Witter’s The Long & Winding Road, the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
Subtitles mean you can sing along, and take part in a fancy-dress competition.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Hear the Grammy Award-winning music icon.

Blues Bash VII: The Next Generation, Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m.
Featuring noted blues artists Bart Walker Band and Matt Anderson.

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m.
Peter Gros introduces exotic animals and tells tales of travel and wildlife filming.

Tickets and more information on these shows are available online at

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