Smithfield: Community

July 25, 2014

Arts Notes: July 27

Tori Howell on flute and Catherine Hamner on piano will perform when “Music for the Lunch Bunch” continues at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Admission is free.

Music for lunch

Tori Howell on flute and Catherine Hamner on piano will perform when “Music for the Lunch Bunch” continues at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Admission is free.

Howell, a 21-year-old Clayton resident, is a junior music-education major at Campbell University, where she studies under Catherine LeGrand.

Hamner is a staff accompanist at Campbell University. For 13 years, she toured 35 states with the National Opera Company, first as accompanist and then as music director and tour director. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

•  Aug. 6 – Dara Edwards and students, piano.
•  Aug. 13 – Molly Olah and students, violin.

JCC concert series

Johnston Community College has announced the lineup for its 25th anniversary concert series.

The series opens at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 with a concert celebrating JCC’s 45th anniversary. The Nu-Tones, JCC President David Johnson, The Hall Sisters and others will perform Billboard hits from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Tickets in advance are $20.69.

Also on the 2014-15 schedule are:

An Evening with Molly Ringwald – 7 p.m. Sept. 19. The stage and screen actress will present an evening of jazz vocals. Tickets are $26 in advance and $27.50 at the door.

The Annie Moses Band, with The Hall Sisters – 7 p.m. Oct. 11. The Annie Moses Band fuses Americana, folk rock and jazz. The Hall Sisters have appeared on JCC’s Country Music Showcase. Tickets are $23.50 in advance and $25 at the door.

Pianist Emile Pandolfi with vocalist Dana Russell – 7 p.m. Jan. 23. The two will perform popular standards and Broadway hits. Tickets are $23.50 in advance and $25 at the door.

Charlotte’s Web – 1 p.m. March 7. Theatreworks USA will present the popular children’s story. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door.

Season tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 5. To purchase tickets, call 919-209-2099 or go to

Book signing

Hattie Lofton of Smithfield will sign copies of her book, “Lessons from Seasons and Times in My Life,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Burke’s Outlet Store, 1229 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

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.

Other upcoming shows are Eric Strickland and the B Sides, July 25; Southern Storm, Aug. 1; and Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band.

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

Photos on display

Photographs by Mike Shield, a newcomer to Clayton, are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.

His photos are in the south gallery, complemented in the north gallery by works created by 15 members of Clayton Visual Arts Inc.

Shield, who has lived in Clayton since 2012, was born in Norwich, N.Y., and has lived in Ohio, Utah, Texas and Virginia. His clients have included The Washington Post, Novartis, Habitat for Humanity and the University of Phoenix. Last year, his portrait of twin brothers appeared on CNN and

In the north gallery are works by Michael Morrison, Amy Beshgetoorian, Frank Dziepak, John Farr, Carolyn Howard, Tim Johnson, Michael Mackin, Kathleen Nobles, Medrith Nuttle, Heidi Lee Peach, Janie Prete, Don Stephenson and Francine Stephenson.

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 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.

Summer concerts

Here’s the remaining schedule for “Concerts at the Crossroads” at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center at 4880 N.C. 42 East, Clayton: the Holiday Band, 6 p.m. Aug. 14; the Band of Oz, 6 p.m. Sept. 4; and The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, 3 p.m. Oct. 12. Admission is free.

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. Both 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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