Judy Townsan of Garner will sign copies of her book, “The Story Lady,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Aversboro Coffee and Gifts, 1401 Aversboro Road, Garner. For more information, call 919-779-9337.
Music off Main
Here is the 2013 lineup for the Music Off Main concert series in downtown Garner:
Concerts will be held 6-9 p.m. on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. Bring chairs or a blanket; food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.downtowngarner.com/musicoffmain.htm.
Extreme juggling in Garner
Comedian and juggler Mark Nizer will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 919-661-4602.
Auditions in Garner
Auditions for Disney’s “Mulan Junior” are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Auditions are open to young people ages 12-18. For singing roles, actors should prepare to sing 16 bars of their choice of music. Rehearsals are scheduled 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays starting Monday, July 8. For more information, visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.
Summer concert series
Here is this year’s line at the Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh:
For more information, visit www.redhatamphitheater.com.
Auditions in Clayton
Auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Clayton Youth Theater production, are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Auditions are open to students in grades 7-12, including 2013 high school graduates. For more information, visit www.claytonyouththeater.com.
Ham & Yam Festival
Two country bands will perform at this year’s Ham & Yam Festival in downtown Smithfield.
The Farm will take the stage Friday, May 3, and Casey James of “American Idol” fame will perform Saturday, May 4. Both concerts will be at the Neuse River Amphitheatre.
The Farm is made up of Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne and Krista Marie. The trio has released the single “Home Sweet Home,” which has charted on Hot Country Songs. Horne is a former member of John Rich’s songwriting group, MuzikMafia, while Marie is a former solo artist for Broken Bow Records. Hoffman plays fiddle in Kenny Chesney’s road band.
James, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Fort Worth, Texas, placed third on the ninth season of “American Idol.” During the finale, he performed a duet of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” with Bret Michaels. USA Today music critic Brian Mansfield suggested that James was “the best guitar player the show has seen.” His debut CD, released in March 2012, produced the singles “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” “Crying on a Suitcase” and “The Good Life.”
Admission to both concerts is free.
Music at JCC
The Johnston Community College percussion ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Admission is free. For more information, call music program coordinator Dennis de Jong at 919-209-2122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several dance schools will hold spring recitals in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. To purchase tickets, call the JCC box office at 919-209-2099 or go to www.jccperformingarts.com.
Here are the dance schools and their recital dates: