Arts Notes: Feb. 17

Art class for kids

Doodlebugs, an art class for children, meets weekly at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Sign up for a single class or a four-week session. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per class or $19 for four classes. For nonresidents, the cost is $8 or $30. To learn more, or to register for a class, call 919-934-1408.

Auditions in Smithfield

Auditions for “Elephant Sighs” are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 22-23, at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. The comedy has roles for five men.

Student art at JCC

Artwork by Johnston County high school students will be on display April 4-May 14 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Gallery hours are 5-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Paintings, photography on display in Clayton

Works by painter Elisabeh Flock and photographer Michael Morrison are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

Music in Clayton

Here are upcoming musical guests at The Flipside Restaurant & Pub, 408 E. Second St., Clayton: Russ Varnell, Feb. 19; 8 Track Minds, Feb. 20; Lauren Nicole, Feb. 26; and Louis Waymore, Feb. 27.

Country music in Selma

Here are upcoming shows at The Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma: Feb. 19, Kelley and The Cowboys; and Feb. 26, Michael Cosner. Shows are at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 919-631-3797 or email

‘Enslave’ in Smithfield

A performance of “Enslave,” a play by Carolyn Ennis, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The play compares slavery of the past to being enslaved in the present by the choices and conditions that impede spiritual, moral and financial growth. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Art and Food Festival seeks artists

The Johnston County Arts Council is seeking artists for the seventh annual Arts and Food Festival. Artists 18 and older may download the prospectus under “Events Calendar” at

The categories are painting, photography and pottery. Each category will award cash prizes of $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. The overall winner, or best in show, will receive $350.

The Art and Food Festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The cost is $40 per person or $75 per couples. Attendees will sample dishes from Johnston County restaurants, which will be competing for a number of honors. The evening will also feature music and a silent auction of artwork.

For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Judy Boyette at 919-255-0944.

‘Night of the Iguana’

The Neuse Little Theatre will present “Night of the Iguana” next month. Shows are 8 p.m. Feb. 19-20, 3 p.m Feb. 21 and 8 p.m. Feb. 26-27 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873.

‘You Can’t Take It With You’

The Clayton Youth Theater will present “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit

Art studio

The art studio at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The fee is $100 for six months. For more information, call 919-934-1408.

Palladian Series

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

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.

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