Auditions in Benson
Auditions for a country music show are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Singers 12 and older should bring one country music background track on CD to perform for judges, who will evaluate vocals, presentation, stage presence and appearance. For more information, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.
Junior Brown at Clayton Center
Junior Brown, a country music singer and guitarist, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.
In 1994, Guitar Player magazine named Brown the No. 1 lap steel player and the No. 2 country with the No. 3 country alubum. His career includes a Country Music Association award, three Grammy nods and a Bluegrass Music Association award with Ralph Stanley.
Tickets are $25. They’re available online at www.theclaytoncenter.com, by phone at 919-553-1737 and in the Clayton Center box office, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
‘The Africa Series’ at JCC
Artist Jane Lillian Vance of Blacksburg, Va., will display paintings in "The Africa Series" from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Vance will speak at 5:30 p.m.
Music at St. Paul’s
A musical program is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Melissa Duffield and Wessley Futrell of Methodist University will join pianist John Drymon and soprano Theressa Rose in performing art songs, operatic arias and duets, including Broadway tunes and selections from the Great American Songbook. For more information, call 919-934-2675.
Chorale seeking voices
The Johnston County Chorale welcomes new voices. Registration is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays in January at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. The chorale’s first concert this year is its spring musical at The Clayton Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A call for artists
The Johnston County Arts Council is calling on adult artists to enter the fifth annual Johnston County Art and Food Festival. Artists may download the prospectus at jcartscouncil.org. Click on Events Calendar, then Painting and Photography. In each category, the show will pay $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. The Best of Show winner will receive $350. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Judy Boyette at 919-255-0944.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following classes. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
After-School Art – The six-week class, for ages 5-7, will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 21. The class will offer lessons in color mixing, shapes and design. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents.
After-School Art – The six-week class, for ages 8-10, will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 22. Children will paint, cut, sculpt, draw and print. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents.
After-School Art – The six-week class, for ages 11-13, will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 23. Children will explore color theory, texture, lines and composition. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents.
Adult Drawing – The six-week class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 21. Students will learn the fundamentals of composition, shading, shapes, lines and perspective using a variety of drawing media. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents.
Adult Painting – The six-week class will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 23. Students will learn about color theory, perspective and composition while painting in acrylics and watercolor. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents.