Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: Sept. 24

The Capitol Steps are coming to Clayton in October.
The Capitol Steps are coming to Clayton in October. CLAYTON CENTER

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.

Clayton Piano Festival

The fourth annual Clayton Piano Festival will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 10 at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, with additional workshops held at area schools.

Here is the full festival schedule:

Sept. 29-Oct. 3 – Educational outreach performances at local elementary schools.

Oct. 4 – “Movie Tunes: Iconic Classical Music from the Movies,” with pianist Azamat Sydykov, 7 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Azamat Sydykov. Tickets are $20

Oct. 5 – “Sanctuary: The Inspiration of the Church on Western music,” with pianist Jonathan Levin, 3 p.m. at The Clayton Center. Tickets are $12 and $8.

Oct. 7 – “In Her Shoes: A Celebration of Women Composers,” with pianist Julia Mortyakova, 7 p.m. at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets are $20.

Oct. 8-10 – Young Artist Seminar, classes and events for local piano students. Location and schedule to be determined.

Oct. 10 – “From Brooklyn to Havana: Classical Music with a Popular Twist,” with pianist Milton Laufer, 7 p.m. at The Clayton Center. Tickets are $12 and $8.

For tickets, go to or call the box office at 919-553-3152.

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 respectively.

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 hold its first meetings next month. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6. Both meetings will be at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. For more information, email

Comedy in Clayton

Girl on Girl Comedy & Revue is coming to Clayton. The show, which features female, gay and lesbian performers, will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 8928 U.S. 70 Business. The lineup includes Christy Eidson, Mimi Benfield, Amy Hunt, Michelle Maclay, Blayr Nias and Gretchen McNeeley. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 919-879-8349 or visit

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

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre will present the comedy “Auntie Mame” at 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at The Hut at the corner of Front and Market streets in downtown Smithfield. Mame Dennis, a socialite in 1920s New York City, must suddenly care for her nephew, 10-year-old orphan Patrick. She teaches him free living and free thinking while trying to keep him from the clutches of the uptight world around him. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1832.

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.

Brewing Up Some Art

The second annual Brewing Up Some Art is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton. Local artists will display their works, Wade Hill will perform, and the afternoon will feature activities for children and adults.

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.

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

Country music in Selma

Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: Raymond Bradley and the Ramblin Fever Band, Sept. 26; and Jonathan Parker and the Bel Airs, Oct. 3. All shows are at 7 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.