Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: Sept. 1

Music in Clayton

MikeMickXer, whose music ranges from rockabilly to reggae, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, on the Town Square on Main Street in Clayton. Admission is free. Concessions will be available.

Pottery class in Clayton

A youth pottery class will begin Monday, Sept. 16 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class, for home-schooled children ages 8-12, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays for six weeks. The cost, including clay, is $75 for residents and $90 for nonresidents. To register, call 919-553-1550 at least once week before the start of class.

Library programs

Southeast Regional Library, at 908 Seventh Ave. in Garner, has scheduled the following arts programs. For more information, or to register, call 919-662-2250.

Musical instruments – The library invites patrons to learn how to make and play musical instruments. From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, a staff librarian will help patrons explore online resources about favorite instruments and demonstrate an online database about music.

Songwriting – Songwriter Chuck Champion will share tips on writing and marketing songs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Bluegrass – 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Gene Brown will trace the origins and evolution of traditional musical forms in North Carolina.

Trivia – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Test your knowledge of books, authors and more with a Bingo-like game for adult readers.

Local authors – 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Authors Brynn Bonner, Margaret Maron, Tamara Ward, Sharon Ewell Foster and Barbara Claypole White will talk about how living in the South has influenced their work.

Instrument maker – Sally Mullikin, who makes violins, will talk about her craft at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Concert – 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Musicians from the Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform.

JCC Concert Series

Johnston County Community College has announced its 2013-2014 Concert Series lineup. All shows will be in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

Generation Bluegrass – The bluegrass band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Advance tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military. All tickets at the door are $15.

B.J. Thomas – Singer B.J. Thomas, a five-time Grammy Award winner, will perform songs from his album “The Living Room Sessions” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Advance tickets are $27.50 for adults and $25 for seniors, students and military. Tickets at the door are $30.

“The Music Man” – The Neuse Little Theatre will present Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $18.

“Seussical” – The Cat in the Hat will emcee “Seussical,” a musical featuring Dr. Seuss classics, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Advance tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military. Tickets at the door are $15.

“Blood Done Sign My Name” – 7 p.m. Friday, March 14. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military. Tickets at the door are $17.50. In “Blood Done Sign My Name,” Tim Tyson recounts the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford. A question-and-answer session with playwright and actor Mike Wiley and author Tim Tyson will follow the performance.

“The Fantasticks” – 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors, students and military. Tickets at the door are $17.50 at the door. “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in history, is a romantic comedy about a boy, a girl and their meddling fathers.

Comedians Shang Forbes and Aaliyah Ford – 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. Tickets are $8. Forbes has appeared on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and BET’s “Comic View Grand Stand.” Ford has performed on the BET Apollo Live and J Spot.

“Grease” – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors, students and military. Tickets at the door are $17.50. In this participatory musical, audience members are invited to dress as their favorite “Grease” characters and sing along to the music.

Comedian Tim Hawkins – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Tickets are $20 for upper-section seating and $30 for lower-section seating. For the 9 p.m. show, VIP lower-section seating can be purchased for $50. The cost includes a meet-and-greet and dinner.

JCC faculty, staff and students are eligible for one free ticket per person for the following shows: “Blood Done Sign My Name” and comedians Shang Forbes and Aaliyah Ford. Also, students, faculty and staff can receive a 10 percent discount on the following shows: B.J. Thomas, Generation Bluegrass, “Grease,” “Seussical” and “The Fantasticks.” For tickets, call the JCC box office at 919-209-2099 or visit

Clayton concert series

The Clayton Center has announced its 2013-2014 Palladian Series lineup. All shows will be at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. For tickets, call 919-553-1737, visit or drop by the box office.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand – The bluegrass band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $22.

Chic Gamine – The Canadian quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Tickets are $20.

Barbara Bailey Hutchison – The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter will perform her alternative folk music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Artwork by local high school students will be on display. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre – The stage adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $20.

Big Band Christmas – The Tar River Swing Band will perform classic jazz infused with holiday flair at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $20.

Junior Brown – The country and rock artist will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $25.

Hot Club of San Francisco – The gypsy jazz ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $25.

The Celtic Tenors – The group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $25.

James Gregory – The comedian will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11. Tickets are $25.

School House Rock: Live – East Carolina University’s Storybook Theatre will present the children’s show at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children.

Book club

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield welcomes new members to its daytime book club. Meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members suggest the titles to read, and the library lends copies of each month’s selection to the members. For more information, call Morgan Paty at 919-934-8146 or email

Drama group seeking members

A drama group is seeking members in the Clayton area. All levels of interest and experience are welcome. The group will collaborate on pieces by playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Henrik Ibsen and more. For more information, call Camille Sprague at 910-315-4529.