New book recounts a year in Vietnam
David J. McGowan, a newcomer to Wilson’s Mills, has penned “Delta Shotgun,” about the year he spent in Vietnam flying reconnaissance in a two-seat Cessna. The book, which costs $2.99, is available as a download at http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Shotgun-David-McGowan-ebook/dp/B013L2FDLO.
Auditions for “The Night of the Iguana,” a Neuse Little Theatre production, are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4-5 at the Ava Gardner Museum, 325 E. Market St., Smithfield.
Billy Joel tribute band coming to Clayton
The Stranger, a Billy Joel tribute band, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. A reception will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Johnston County. Tickets are online at theclaytoncenter.com.
Country music in Selma
Here are upcoming shows at The Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma: B Sides, Jan. 8; Johnny Folsom 4, Jan. 15; and Jonathan Parker, Jan. 29. Shows are at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 919-631-3797 or email email@example.com.
Watercolors coming to college gallery
Students in Jim Brown’s watercolor class will display their works Jan. 5 through Feb. 14 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The exhibit, titled “Taking Watercolor Lightly,” is a project of the Down to Earth Garden Club.
A reception for the artists is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5. The artists are Carolyn B. Allen, Shirley Booker, Maria Blythe, Jim Brown, Ramona Cash, Carolyn Faison, Lori Hamilton, Dorothy Harris, Faye Lampe, Janet Lampe, Tammy Langston, Heidi-Lee Peach, Diane Pearce, Ann Ragland, Francine Stephenson, Glenda E. Toler, Betty Jo Watkins, Edie Voorhees, Haywood Anthony Watkins, Betsy Williams, Kathy Lassiter, Don Stephenson, Joanne O. Dunn, Betty Ramos and Pat Tabler.
Gallery hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Clayton library to host local author
A reception for Clayton author Susan Schild is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton.
That’s just a couple days after Schild will release her first novel, “Linny’s Sweet Dream List,” which one reviewer has called “charming, funny, feisty.”
The book is a small-town tale about charming men, missing money, stray puppies, girlfriends you can’t live without and finding true love when you think it’s too late.
This meet-the-author event will feature refreshments and drawings for door prizes.
“Linny’s Sweet Dream List” is available for preorder at SusanSchild.com.
For more information, call Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library at 919-553-5542.
Here are remaining shows in the 2015-16 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center:
Feb. 13 – Franc D’Ambrosio, who played the Phantom in regional productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” will sing Broadway tunes.
March 12 – country and blues artist Lee Roy Parnell.
April 30 – gospel artist Mike Farris, who won a Grammy this year for Best Roots Gospel Album.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, call the box office at 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Here’s the lineup for the 2015-2016 Broadway Voices series at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner.
Jan. 30 – Hugh Panaro, “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables” and “Side Show.”
April 30 – David Burnham, “Wicked,” “Light in the Piazza” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
All shows start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit garnerperformingartscenter.com or call 919-661-4602 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. weekdays.
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