Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: May 15

Film screening in Smithfield

The Ava Gardner Museum will screen “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Howell Theatre, 141 S. Third St., Smithfield.

In the film, Gardner stars as Pandora Reynolds, a predatory creature who destroys the lives of all men who’ve been unfortunate enough to fall in love with her. James Mason plays Hendrick van der Zee, who proves to be Pandora’s match. It turns out that van der Zee is the legendary 17th Century Flying Dutchman, whose spirit is doomed to wander the earth until he is able to find a woman willing to love him with all her heart.

Tickets are $10 and include admission to the museum, 325 E. Market St., Smithfield. They’re available at the Howell Theatre and at the museum. For more information, call 919-934-5830.

Watercolors on display

Watercolors by students of Jim Brown are on display this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 Market St., Smithfield. The following have works on display: Carolyn Allen, Joanne Dunn, Carolyn Faison, Sally Heiderman, Janet Lampe, Tammy Langston, Ann Ragland, Pat Tabler, Betty Jo Watkins and Betsy Williams.

Separately, an art collection donated to the library by the county’s Center for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted has been relocated to a more visible, permanent location in the library’s main foyer. The collection includes works by the following: local artists Dorothy Hooks, Frank Creech and Susan Avera Booker; Jim Davis of “Garfield” fame; Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, who pen “Dennis the Menace”; and Hilary Price, whose “Rhymes With Orange” comic strip appears in the News & Observer.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the musical variety show at the Ruby Theater in downtown Selma: 1:40 p.m. Thursday, May 16; and 1:40 p.m. Saturday, May 18. For tickets, call 919-202-9927.

May at Melody’s

The following events are coming up at Melody’s Coffeehouse, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield:

Friday, May 17 – Ragged Company will perform Southern rock from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 25 – Greg Elder, author of “Gamblers Fight Back: A Professional Gambler’s Journey of How to Survive and Thrive in the Casino,” will sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, May 31 – Ceil and Dan Duo will perform popular folk music from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Open Mic Night – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Art by Carolyn Howard of Clayton is on display throughout the month.

Drama camps at Neuse Little Theatre

The Neuse Little Theatre will hold summer drama camps June 10-21 at The Hut, 104 S. Front St., Smithfield. A camp for children ages 8-12 will run 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and a camp for ages 13-18 will run 2-5 p.m. Students will learn acting techniques, technical skills and theater terminology. A performance will be held at the end of the camp. The cost is $150 per student, and registration is required by Wednesday, May 15. For more information, or to register, call Ruth Mills at 919-989-8194 or visit

Dance recitals

Several dance schools will hold spring recitals in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. To purchase tickets, call the JCC box office at 919-209-2099 or go to

Here are the dance schools and their recital dates:

DanceArt – Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Tickets will be available only from DanceArt students.

Smithfield Dance Academy – Friday, May 24. Tickets went sale April 22.

Academy of Arts – Tuesday, May 21. Tickets went on sale April 29.

A Step of Class – Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29. Tickets went on sale May 2.

Artistic Dance Academy – Saturday, June 1. Tickets went on sale May 6.

Tippy Toes – Sunday, June 2. Tickets went on sale May 9.

RENdancE Academy – Saturday, June 8. Tickets went on sale May 13.

Steps on Stage Academy – Wednesday, June 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 16.

Studio 5 – Sunday, June 9. Tickets will be available only from students.

Book club

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield welcomes new members to its evening book club. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each 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 Carrie Lee at 919-934-8146 or email