Arts Notes: Aug. 10

08/08/2014 7:35 AM

08/08/2014 7:36 AM

Music in Benson

Jim Quick and the Coastline Band will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair; concessions will be available. The Eric Strickland Band will perform Sept. 25. For more information, call the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.

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.

Pour It & Paint

The next “Pour It & Paint” is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Roady, Smithfield. The SRAC supplies the canvas and paint; participants supply the wine. The class is open to adults 21 and older. The cost is $35. For more information, call 919-934-2148 or 919-934-1408.

Johnston man pens novel

Carl Wile of the Bentonville community has penned a novel, “Baqir.” The novel is set in Fayetteville, where detectives Jason Roberts and Ken Niles are chasing an elusive criminal bent on terrorizing the residents of this military. The book is available through

Music for lunch

This summer’s “Music for the Lunch Bunch” series concludes Wednesday, Aug. 13, with Molly Olah and her students. They will perform at 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield.

Olah is a professional muscian who teaches violin, viola and cello in the Johnston County school. Also, she offers private lessons and performs with symphonies and Fayetteville and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Olah leads with North Carolina Strings, a group that plays weddings and corporate events.

She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the New College of Florda. Olah received her master’s degree in education from Campbell University.

Pottery, paintings at chamber office

Pottery pieces and paintings are on display this month and next at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. The works are by members of the artists’ studio at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.

Art on display

Works by photographer Deborah Coates and artist Jacqueline Balog are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coates, who taught for 31 years before retiring from Clayton Middle School, finds inspiration in her travels. She recently returned from China.

Balog, who taught high school for 30 years, works in many media, though colored pencils are the focus of her Clayton show.

Arts Council accepting grants

The Johnston County Arts Council is accepting applications for state Grassroots Arts grants. The application is online at, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 14. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

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.

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. 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. 22; and Louis Waymore, Aug. 29.

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

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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