Arts Notes: Nov. 25

New book explores 2008 financial crisis

A man with ties to Johnston County has penned a nonfiction book.

Carl M.W. Grenn is the author of “Crisis and Corruption,” subtitled “The government’s role in the 2008 economic and financial crisis and its corruption of the private financial capitalistic system.”

His wife is the former Mary Lee Johnson, who was valedictorian of the Clayton High School class of 1951. The couple, who have been married 61 years, make their home in Fredericksburg, Va. Mr. Grenn is retired from mortgage banking.

On a recent visit to Clayton, the couple donated a copy of the book to Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library. The book is available also by calling the author at 540-371-1479 or emailing him at

Maplass Brothers in Selma

The Malpass Brothers will perform Saturday, Dec. 12, at The Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma. Doors opens at 7 p.m. For tickets, which are $17, go to Here are other upcoming shows: Jonathan Parker, Nov. 20; Honky Tonk Experience, Dec. 4; Without Further Ado, Dec. 11; and Louis Waymore, Dec. 18. Tickets for these shows are $12.

Palladian Series

Here are remaining shows in the 2015-16 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center:

Dec. 12 – 3 Redneck Tenors presenting their Christmas show.

Feb. 13 – Franc D’Ambrosio, who played the Phantom in regional productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” will sing Broadway tunes.

March 12 – country and blues artist Lee Roy Parnell.

April 30 – gospel artist Mike Farris, who won a Grammy this year for Best Roots Gospel Album.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, call the box office at 919-553-1737 or visit Box office hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Broadway Voices

Here’s the lineup for the 2015-2016 Broadway Voices series at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner.

Nov. 21 – Carly Hughes, who has performed in “Chicago,” “Pippin” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Jan. 30 – Hugh Panaro, “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables” and “Side Show.”

April 30 – David Burnham, “Wicked,” “Light in the Piazza” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 919-661-4602 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. weekdays.

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