Art and Food Festival seeks artists
The Johnston County Arts Council is seeking artists for the seventh annual Arts and Food Festival. Artists 18 and older may download the prospectus under “Events Calendar” at jcartscouncil.org.
The categories are painting, photography and pottery. Each category will award cash prizes of $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. The overall winner, or best in show, will receive $350.
The Art and Food Festival is scheduled for Thursday, March 17. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Judy Boyette at 919-255-0944.
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‘Night of the Iguana’
The Neuse Little Theatre will present “Night of the Iguana” next month. Shows are 8 p.m. Feb. 19-20, 3 p.m Feb. 21 and 8 p.m. Feb. 26-27 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873.
‘You Can’t Take It With You’
The Clayton Youth Theater will present “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com.
Literary Hall of Fame to welcome Maron
The N.C. Literary Hall of Fame in Oct. 16 will induct three new members, include Margaret Maron of Johnston County.
Maron is the author of 30 novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries, her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League and Mystery Writers of America.
A Tar Heel native and a cousin of 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Shelby Stephenson, Maron lives on her family’s farm. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association ranked her “Bootlegger’s Daughter” among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century.
In 2004, Maron received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year. In 2008, she received the N.C. Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor. In 2013, Maron the Mystery Writers of America named her Grand Master for lifetime achievement. That same year, she won the R. Hunt Parker Award for Significant Contributions to the Literature of North Carolina.
Valentine’s Day pottery
A pottery class for children ages 6-14 is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Children will make Valentine’s Day pieces out of clay. The cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child. To register by Feb. 1, call 919-934-1408.
The art studio at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The fee is $100 for six months. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
Chorale seeking voices
The Johnston County Chorale is seeking voices for its spring show, “Best of Broadway.” Through Jan. 25, registration is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. The chorale welcomes high school students and adults; no audition is required. The registration fee is $35 for adults and $25 for students. The show is scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watercolors on display
Watercolors by Pat Tabler are on display this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 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: Jonathan Parker, Jan. 29; Louis Waymore, Feb. 5; and Without Further Ado, Feb. 12. Shows are at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 919-631-3797 or email email@example.com.
Watercolors at JCC
Works by students in Jim Brown’s watercolor class are on display 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.
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.
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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