News-Star: Community

Arts Notes: Feb. 15

Art, Food Festival March 19 at JCC

The sixth annual Art and Food Festival Gala is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Proceeds will fund the 2015 Artists-in-the-School program, award scholarships to JCC students and pay for free community arts programming.

Gala tickets are $40 for singles and $75 for couple. The evening will feature sample dishes from Johnston restaurants, which will compete for Best Presentation, Best Entree, Best Entree and Best Restaurant.

The Johnston County Arts Council will announce the winners of its juried art show, and local artists will display and sell their works. A variety of musicians will perform, and a silent auction will feature collaborative and individual artwork.

To attend, or for more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

Art in Clayton

Works by Charlotte McNutt of the Cleveland community and Lisa Chace of McGee’s Crossroads are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Admission is free.

Monthly art chat

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. has launched Third Thursday 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 Thursday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.

Grant workshop Feb. 19 in Smithfield

A workshop to help artists prepare a grant application is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. Artists in five counties, including Johnston, are eligible for grants from the Regional Artist Program. Grants vary from $200 to $1,500. The application is online at and For more information about the grant program or the workshop, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or Brandi Neuwirth at 919-839-1498, Ext. 205.

On stage in Clayton

The Clayton Youth Theater will present “Anatomy of Gray” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-28 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The coming-of-age story is set in Indiana in the late 1800s. When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray so that no one will ever suffer again. Her prayer is answered when a doctor arrives, but soon the town is struck with a mysterious illness. For tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, call 919-553-1737 or visit

Ice House Theatre

Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma: Eric Strickland and the B Sides, Louis Waymore, Feb. 20; Peewee Moore, Feb. 27; Andy Vaughan and The Driveline, March 6; and Without Further Ado, March 13. Show times are 7:45 p.m. For tickets, call 919-631-3797.

‘Blithe Spirit’ at NLT

The Neuse Little Theatre will present the Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” in February. Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 20-21, 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27-28 in the Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield.

About the show: Charles Condomine, a successful and cantankerous novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, so he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe Elvira exists. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’ current marriage. As the worldly and other worldly personalities clash, Charles has to figure out how to make the spirits pass on.

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.

Music in Clayton

Here are the remaining shows in this year’s performing-arts series at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 919-553-1737 and in the Clayton Center box office. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

Concert series announces lineup

Here’s the schedule for the 2015 concert series at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center on N.C. 42 East at Buffalo Road near Clayton:

April 12: The Embers.

May 10: The Tams.

Sept. 13: Jim Quick and Coastline.

Oct. 11: Band of Oz.

Admission is free.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ at JCC

Theatreworks USA will present “Charlotte’s Web” at 1 p.m. March 7 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 919-209-2099 or go to