Garner: Community

Arts Notes

Book signing

Judy Townsan of Garner will sign copies of her book, “The Story Lady,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Aversboro Coffee and Gifts, 1401 Aversboro Road, Garner. For more information, call 919-779-9337.

Music off Main

Here is the 2013 lineup for the Music Off Main concert series in downtown Garner:

May 9 – country singer Amanda Daughtry.

June 6 – rockabilly artist MikeMickXer.

June 20 – Top 40 group The Band Heartbeat.

Aug. 15 – dance band Honey.

Sept. 19 – bluegrass band Old Habits.

Concerts will be held 6-9 p.m. on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. Bring chairs or a blanket; food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

Extreme juggling in Garner

Comedian and juggler Mark Nizer will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 919-661-4602.

Auditions in Garner

Auditions for Disney’s “Mulan Junior” are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Auditions are open to young people ages 12-18. For singing roles, actors should prepare to sing 16 bars of their choice of music. Rehearsals are scheduled 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays starting Monday, July 8. For more information, visit

Summer concert series

Here is this year’s line at the Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh:

Thursday, May 2 – Bob Dylan with Dawes. Tickets start at $29.50.

Tuesday, May 7 – Smashing Pumpkins with AWOLNATION. Tickets start at $25.

Wednesday, May 8 – Imagine Dragons. Tickets start at $22.50.

Friday, May 31 – Summerland Tour with Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge. Tickets start at $20.

Friday, June 7 – The Postal Service. Tickets start at $30.

Saturday June 8-9 – Widespread Panic. Tickets start at $45.50.

Monday, June 10-13 – The National. Tickets start at $20.

Sunday, June 23 – The Good Kid m.A.A.d city World Tour with ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock.

Sunday, July 21 – O.A.R. Tickets start at $25.

Tuesday, July 23 – The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Sunday, July 28 – Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster. Tickets start at $25.

Wednesday, July 31 – The Jonas Brothers.

For more information, visit

Auditions in Clayton

Auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Clayton Youth Theater production, are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Auditions are open to students in grades 7-12, including 2013 high school graduates. For more information, visit

Ham & Yam Festival

Two country bands will perform at this year’s Ham & Yam Festival in downtown Smithfield.

The Farm will take the stage Friday, May 3, and Casey James of “American Idol” fame will perform Saturday, May 4. Both concerts will be at the Neuse River Amphitheatre.

The Farm is made up of Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne and Krista Marie. The trio has released the single “Home Sweet Home,” which has charted on Hot Country Songs. Horne is a former member of John Rich’s songwriting group, MuzikMafia, while Marie is a former solo artist for Broken Bow Records. Hoffman plays fiddle in Kenny Chesney’s road band.

James, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Fort Worth, Texas, placed third on the ninth season of “American Idol.” During the finale, he performed a duet of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” with Bret Michaels. USA Today music critic Brian Mansfield suggested that James was “the best guitar player the show has seen.” His debut CD, released in March 2012, produced the singles “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” “Crying on a Suitcase” and “The Good Life.”

Admission to both concerts is free.

Music at JCC

The Johnston Community College percussion ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Admission is free. For more information, call music program coordinator Dennis de Jong at 919-209-2122 or email

Dance recitals

Several dance schools will hold spring recitals in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. To purchase tickets, call the JCC box office at 919-209-2099 or go to

Here are the dance schools and their recital dates:

Alicia’s School of Performing Arts – Saturday, April 27. Tickets went on sale March 18.

Christy’s DancExplosion: – Sunday, April 28. Tickets went on sale March 21.

Clayton School of Dance – Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. Tickets went on sale March 25.

Prestige Dance Institute – Saturday, May 4. Tickets will be available only from Prestige Dance students.

Artistry in Motion Performing Arts – Sunday, May 5. Tickets went on sale March 28.

Baker School of Dance – Saturday, May 11. Tickets went on sale April 15.

DanceArt – Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Tickets will be available only from DanceArt students.

Smithfield Dance Academy – Friday, May 24. Tickets went on sale April 22.

Academy of Arts – Tuesday, May 21. Tickets went on sale April 29.

A Step of Class – Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 2.