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Arts Notes: Oct. 5

Day trip to museum

The Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College is putting together a day trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The current exhibit is “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.” The date is Oct. 20, and the cost is $15. For more information, call 919-209-2032.

Auditions at JCC

The Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will hold open auditions Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. For a registration form, which must be completed in advance, call 919-209-2099, email, visit or go to The registration form is available also in the auditorium lobby.

‘Rhapsody in Bluegrass’

The Annie Moses Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The Hall Sisters will perform.

The show is titled “Rhapsody in Bluegrass: The Art of American Music.” It puts a bluegrass spin on songs by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and others.

Tickets in advance are $22.50 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and the military. At the door, all tickets are $25. For tickets, go to or call 919-209-2099.

The Annie Moses Band is an ensemble of six instrumentalists and vocalists. The Hall Sisters, who performed with Annie Moses at Carnegie Hall, hail from Garner.

Acting class for teens

Clayton Youth Theater will offer an acting class this fall for students in grades 6-12. From Oct. 6 through Nov. 17, “Beginning Acting & Script Analysis” will meet Mondays at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The cost is $150. For more information, or to register, go to

The business of publishing

Johnston Community College will offer a free class titled “The Small-Business Side of Publishing & Promoting Your Book.” Have you written a book but don’t know how to launch a business to get the book published? An experienced author will take you through the start-up process. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. To register, go to

2015 exhibits seek artists

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. invites artists to apply for a month-long exhibition in 2015. The exhibit season at The Clayton Center begins in February.

Paintings, photographs, graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage, fiber arts – any two-dimensional, hanging art – will hang in the gallery.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 31; the application fee is $10.

Interested artists should apply by sending a resume, a portfolio of four to six images and the application fee to Clayton Visual Arts, Exhibits Committee, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.

Performing arts in Clayton

Here’s the schedule for the 2014-15 performing-arts series in Clayton.

Friday, Oct. 17 – The Capitol Steps. A Clayton favorite, the Capitol Steps return with their newest production, “How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying.” Tickets are $35.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – “An Evening With Groucho” with award-winning actor, director and playwright Frank Ferrante. Ferrante re-creates his PBS, New York and London portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Tickets are $25.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – Riders in the Sky. Tickets are $28.

Friday, Jan. 23 – storyteller Jeanne Robertson. Tickets are $30.

Friday, March 20 – “Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles’ Experience.” Tickets to this all-request concert are $25.

Saturday, April 11 – Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Tickets are $30.

The Clayton Center will also present native sons the Malpass Brothers, who hail from Goldsboro, in a special event on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $20.

All events presented by The Clayton Center begin at 8 p.m. For ticket prices and for more information on these shows, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737 or visit The Clayton Center is located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton. Box office hours are 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Writers Group

The Writers Group, a new group for writers of all genres, will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. For more information, email

JCC concert series

Here are the remaining shows in the 25th anniversary concert series at Johnston Community College.

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.

To purchase tickets, call 919-209-2099 or go to

Dinner theater

“The Haunting,” a mystery dinner theater, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Tickets are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples. Proceeds will benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly. For reservations, which are required, call 919-284-3431 or email

Art class for children

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for children ages 18 months to 4 years, has resumed at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. In sessions at 10 a.m. Friday, children experiment with dough, paper, watercolors, glue and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the costs are $7 and $27, respectively. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-1408.

Monthly art chat

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. has launched Third Tuesday Art Chat, a monthly gathering that offers artists a chance to share ideas, art products, resources, marketing tips, etc. The monthly chat is on the third Tuesday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.

Country music in Selma

Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: REB, with special guest Roy Allen, Oct. 10; Eric Strickland and the B Sides, Oct. 17; and Honky Tonk Experiences, Oct. 24. All shows are at 7 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.