Smithfield: Community

August 1, 2014

Arts Notes: Aug. 3

Gaylon Pope and SweetWater will perform Sept. 6 at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. Pope is a former vocalist and emcee for the American Music Jubilee, which makes its home in the Rudy Theater.

Gaylon Pope returning to Selma

Gaylon Pope and SweetWater will perform Sept. 6 at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. Pope is a former vocalist and emcee for the American Music Jubilee, which makes its home in the Rudy Theater.

“I have fond memories of my years in Selma and the American Music Jubilee Show, and I hope all our friends in Johnston County and surrounding areas will come out to visit with me,” Pope said.

Pope’s Selma show will mix country, Motown, gospel and humor.

For tickets, which are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger, call 919-202-9927.

Music for lunch

This summer’s Music for the Lunch Bunch series continues Wednesday, Aug. 6, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Dara Edwards and four of her piano students – Lane Baggett, Alyssa Jennens-Cheong, Lauren Putney and Sarah Putney – will perform at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free.

Edwards has been a private piano instructor in Clayton for 34 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Also on Wednesday, Geraint Jennens-Cheong, a 13-year-old violinist, will perform.

The series concludes Aug. 13 with Molly Olah and her students.

Broadway in Benson

The Benson Foundation for the Arts will present “A Night on Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson.

A cast of 27 will perform songs from a number of shows, including “Spamelot,” “Annie,” “Cabaret,” “The Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Evita,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Gypsy.”

Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. For advance tickets, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.

American Music Jubilee

Here are this month’s performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. Aug. 9, 16 and 21. For tickets, call 877-843-7839.

Traditional music coming to Selma

Goldwing Express, which performs traditional American music, will play at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839.

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

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 Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band, Aug. 8; Without Further Ado, Aug. 15; and Louis Waymore, Aug. 22.

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

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

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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