Arts Notes: Aug. 11

August 9, 2013 

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 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 www.jccperformingarts.com.

Music for lunch

This summer’s Music for the Lunch Bunch series concludes at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Soprano Shelley Maddox will perform, with accompaniment by Casey Whaley.

Maddox is a voice instructor at Chowan University in Murfreesboro. She has performed as Anna Gomez in Menotti’s “The Consul” and as Susanna in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Whaley has a bachelor’s degree in music education and music performance from Appalachian State University. She is minister of music and organist at First Christian Church in Wilson.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email info@jcartscouncil.org.

Painting at First Presbyterian

The first Visual Artists Paint-In, the successor to Painting at Melody’s, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Participants can paint a still-life setup or work on their own projects. Bring your own materials. For more information, call 919-965-9785.

Call for artists

Clayton Visual Arts is seeking artists to enter the 15th Art Faire competition.

Prizes are the $750 Margaret Ritchie Award of Excellence in fine art, the $750 Award of Excellence in photography, three Judge’s Choice awards of $100 each and the Sunnie Chance People’s Choice award of $100.

Entries are due by Wednesday, Aug. 28. The entry fee is $35.

Entry brochures are available at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.; the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St.; the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St.; and Right Angles frame shop, 215 E. Main St. Also, brochures are online at claytonvisualartsnc.org/artist-invitation/2013-art-faire, and they’re available via email at claytonvisualarts@rocketmail.com. Entries may be emailed to the same address or mailed to Clayton Visual Arts, Art Faire Competition, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528. For more information, call 919-553-1242.

Music in Clayton

The Town Square Concert Series continues Aug. 15 with the Johnny Orr Band, which will play from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Clayton Town Square, 110 W. Main St. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available.

Grants for nonprofits

Through Aug. 15, the Johnston County Arts Council is accepting applications for grass-roots grants from the N.C. Arts Council. Applications are available to local nonprofits promoting arts programming in Johnston County. For more information or for an application, visit www.jcartscouncil.org.

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 mpaty@pljcs.org.

Johnston Chorale seeking voices

The Johnston County Chorale welcomes new voices. Starting Aug. 26, rehearsals will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. Auditions are not required, and members perform in the chorale’s Christmas, spring and Broadway concerts. For more information, email sjernigan003@nc.rr.com.

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.

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