Arts Notes: Oct. 27

October 25, 2013 

Bill Leslie will be in Smithfield this week.

JOHNSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

‘Music Man’ at JCC

The Neuse Little Theatre will present “The Music Man,” a musical by Meredith Wilson, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. For tickets, which cost $18, visit www.jccperformingarts.com or call 919-209-2099.

Bill Leslie at JCC

“Songs and Conversations: An Afternoon with Bill Leslie” is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Leslie, the morning and noon co-anchor of WRAL News and a member of the band Lorica, will share his book “Blue Ridge Reunion,” his music and new album, “Scotland – Grace of the Wild.”

Admission is free. For more information, call Jaxie Bryan at 919-464-2254.

Local dancers in Raleigh production

The Raleigh Dance Theatre will present “Tea for Ruby” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Fletcher Opera Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. The cast includes a number of dancers from the Garner and Smithfield areas. They are Allison Tormey, Camille Carroll, Chloe Driver, Grace Mook and Doria Mook. “Tea for Ruby” is based on the popular children’s book, and the book’s illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, will be on hand to sign copies of the book. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 919-834-1058 or visitwww.raleighdance.org.

Jubilee’s Christmas show opens Nov. 8

The American Music Jubliee will debut its 2013 Christmas show at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 919-202-9927.

Photos, fiber art on display in Clayton

Works by photographer Rhonda Peters and fiber artist Maureen Wartski will be on display in November at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at The Clayton Center.

Peters is a retired optometrist who moved to Goldsboro in 2007 after spending most of her career in Chicago. She has been behind a camera since 1987. In 2012, she won the Clayton Art Faire Award of Excellence in photography.

Wartski, a Raleigh resident who was born in Japan, has studied art in Japan, Thailand and the United States. In addition to creating fiber art, she has written nearly 50 novels.

The exhibit will run Nov. 1-Dec. 1. Admission is free. The Clayton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

B.J. Thomas at JCC

Five-time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. His hits have ranged from country to pop to gospel and include “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” Tickets in advance are $27.50 for adults and $25 for seniors, students and military. Tickets at the door are $30. For advance tickets, call the box office at 919-209-2099 or go to jccperformingarts.com.

‘Nightmare’ in Smithfield

Smithfield Cinemas will offer free screenings of “Nightmare on Elm Street” Oct. 29-31. For show times, visit www.smithfieldcinemas.net. The movie theater is at 175 S. Equity Drive, Smithfield.

High school play

The Clayton High School Players will present “The Curious Savage” at 7 p.m. Nov. 1-2 in the auditorium at Clayton High School, 600 S. Fayetteville St., Clayton. Tickets, available at the door, cost $10 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, visit www.ClaytonHighSchoolPerformingArtsBoosterClub.com.

Art class for toddlers

Doodlebugs, an art class for children from 18 months to 3 years, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Children experiment with dough, pudding, gelatin, crayons and watercolors. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the cost is $7 or $27. Registration is due the Wednesday before a Friday class. For more information, call 919-934-1408.

‘Porsche by Design’

The Fine Art Department at Johnston Community College invites Johnstonians to travel to Raleigh on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for an exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art. “Porsche by Design” features 20 automobiles owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, Janis Joplin and others.

The trip will depart JCC at 9 a.m. and return before 3 p.m. The transportation cost is $15 at the ticket booth and $16 online at www.johnstoncc.edu/performingarts. Exhibit admission, payable at the museum, is $18 for adults, $15 for military personnel and adults 55 and older and $12 for ages 7-18.

For more information, call Bill Gregory at 919-209-2032.

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