Arts Notes: July 20

07/18/2014 7:19 AM

07/18/2014 7:21 AM

Country music in Selma

Andy Vaughan & The Driveline, a Richmond, Va., band, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma. The group’s third album is “Sinners and Saints.” Its musical influences range from the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens to 1970s Nashville, including Conway Twitty, Bobby Bare and Waylon Jennings. For tickets, which are $12, call 919-631-3797.

Brewing Up Some Art

The second annual Brewing Up Some Art is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton. Local artists will display their works, Wade Hill will perform, and the afternoon will feature activities for children and adults.

Organizers invite artists to display. The entry fee is $60, and the deadline to enter is Aug. 27. All entry fees will go to Pretty In Pink Foundation, which supports breast-cancer patients. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call 919-532-0532 or email

Variety show in Selma

Here is the next performance of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. Thursday, July 24. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to

Music for lunch

The next Music for the Lunch Bunch concert is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Classical guitarist Amy Brucksch and violinist John Malloy will perform. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Brucksch has released a CD, “Luminescence,” and performs regularly with Pan Harmonia, a chamber-music group based in Asheville. She was on faculties of the University of Toledo in Ohio and Adrian College in Michigan.

Malloy plays violin with orchestras in Asheville, Greenville, S.C., and Spartanburg, S.C. He has performed regularly with other ensembles, including the Greenville Choral Society, Asheville Lyric Opera and Asheville Choral Society.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

•  July 30 – Tori Howell, flute; and Catherine Hamner, piano.
•  Aug. 6 – Dara Edwards and students, piano.
•  Aug. 13 – Molly Olah and students, violin.

Auditions in Smithfield

Auditions for “Auntie Mame,” a Neuse Little Theatre production, are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. July 28-29 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. The show has roles for 25 men, 12 women and three boys. Show dates are Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-27.

Grants available

The Johnston County Arts Council is accepting grant applications. The grant program is open to nonprofits that promote and develop cultural-arts programming in Johnston County. Projects must take place by May 30, 2015. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 14. The application form and grant guidelines are online at For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

‘Aida’ in Clayton

Clayton Youth Theater will present Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26, July 31 and Aug. 1-2 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. “Aida” tells the story of an enslaved Nubian princess who finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the pharaoh’s daughter. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Taxes and fees are extra. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit On July 31, enjoy dinner at the Wagner House and then walk across the street to the show. Those tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students. For reservations, call 919-553-1737.

Art on display

Works by Kathleen Nobles are on display at Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St., Clayton. The works are for sale.

Art in Smithfield

Works by Impressionist painter Medrith Nuttle and potter Frank Grubbs are on display in the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield. The works are for sale.

Arts Faire seeking entries

The 16th annual Clayton Art Faire is seeking entries. The juried art show will award a total of $1,900 in two categories – photography and fine arts. The fine arts category will accept entries in painting, graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage and fiber arts.

Artists may submit just one entry, and the show is limited to 50 entries. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 26; art delivery date is Sept. 2. The entry fee is $25 for members of Clayton Visual Arts and $35 for all others. Make checks payable to Clayton Visual Arts Inc. or pay at

For a brochure with information and rules, email a request to Also, brochures are available at The Clayton Center 111 E. Second St.; the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St.; Right Angles Framing Shop, 215 E. Main St.; and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St.

Mail paper entries and checks to Clayton Visual Arts, Art Faire Competition, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.

Jammin’ on Johnston

Here are the remaining dates in the 2014 Jammin’ on Johnston Summer Concert Series in downtown Smithfield: Aug. 19, Backyard Groove; and Sept. 19, Coco Loco Party Band. All shows will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the corner of Johnston and Third streets. Admission is free.

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