Talent show in Benson
“Benson’s Got Talent” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. On Friday, 25 acts will compete, with the top 12 advancing to the finals on Saturday. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7. For tickets, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.
The Johnston County Arts Council is seeking artists for the sixth annual Art and Food Festival on Thursday, March 19. The exhibit is open to North Carolina painters and photographers ages 18 and older. This year’s prizes are $350 for Best of Show and then $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place in each category. The prospectus is online at jcartscouncil.org under Events Calendar. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Judy Boyette at 919-255-0944.
Ice House Theatre
Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, 112 N. Webb St., Selma: Kelley and The Cowboys, 7 p.m. Jan. 30; Without Further Ado, 7 p.m. Feb. 6; Dale Watson, 6 p.m. Feb. 7; and Eric Strickland and the B Sides. For tickets, call 919-631-3797.
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer pottery classes this winter.
Starting Jan. 29, wheel throwing will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through March 5. A daytime class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays from April 21 through May 26. This class will introduce students to the pottery wheel. The cost is $100 for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $20.
To register for a class, call 919-934-2148.
Art in Clayton
Artwork by students and Clayton Woman’s Club members is on display through Feb. 2 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The display is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.
Art at JCC
Collaborative works by artist Sue Avera and photographer Johnny Dickerson are on display through Feb. 2 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.
‘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 theclaytoncenter.com, 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 jccperformingarts.com.
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.