Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: March 2

Cartooning, caricatures

A class in cartooning and caricatures will begin March 17 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays for six weeks. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Artists’ reception

Works by acrylic artist Michael Morris and photographer Katie Probst are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Dress is casual.

‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ at JCC

Johnston Community College will present “Blood Done Sign My Name” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

In “Blood Done Sign My Name,” playwright Tim Tyson recounts the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow, a black man in Oxford, and the events that followed. The play is meant to acknowledge America’s painful racial history.

After the performance, Tyson and actor Mike Wiley will answer questions.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Tickets at the door are $17.50. For tickets, visit or call 919-209-2099.

Lecture at JCC

A lecture on African ceramics is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Fine Arts Building at Johnston Community College, 245 College Rd., Smithfield. Dr. Elizabeth Perrill will speak. She is consulting curator for African art at the N.C. Museum of Art. Admission is free.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show: 1:40 p.m. March 8, March 15, March 20 and March 29 at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit

Day trip to museums

The Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College invites art lovers to travel to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill. The day trip will be Tuesday, March 18, with a van leaving the college at 9 a.m. and returning by 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-209-2032.

‘The Fantasticks’ at JCC

Johnston Community College will present “The Fantasticks” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The musical is a romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, their meddling and the wall that divides them. Tickets in advance are $16 for adults and $12.50 for seniors, students and military. For tickets, visit

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, it’s $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by class 919-934-2148.