Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes

‘Sing-a-long Grease’

Johnston Community College will host “Sing-a-along Grease” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Tickets in advance are $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors, students and faculty. Tickets at the door are $17.50. For advance tickets, call 919-209-2099 or visit

‘Grease’ in Raleigh

The Fine Arts Department at Wake Technical Community College will present “Grease” next month. Show times are noon April 9 and 7 p.m. April 10-12 in the Building E performance hall on the Northern Wake Campus, 6600 Louisburg Road. General admission is $10. For more information, visit

Jazz brunch in Clayton

A jazz brunch is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at American Legion Post 71, 1300 Old U.S. 70 West, Clayton. The jazz ensemble from N.C. Central University will perform. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going to Serve the Need of Johnston County and the Johnston County alumni chapter of N.C. Central. For tickets, call 919-585-2934 or 919-359-8548.

‘Fast Escape’

Author Bonnie Vause, a teacher in the Johnston County schools, is republishing her first novel, “Fast Escape,” the first book in The Davenport Saga. “Fast Escape” is a psychological thriller with a Southern flair. The book follows Dr. Elizabeth Davenport as she returns to her hometown and faces a past she had put behind her. For more information, visit

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.

Art on display

Works by acrylic artist Michael Morrison and photographer Katie Probst are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

‘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 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.

‘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.