Arts Notes: Jan. 26

January 24, 2014 

Auditions in Benson

Auditions for a country music show are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Singers 12 and older should bring one country music background track on CD to perform for judges, who will evaluate vocals, presentation, stage presence and appearance. For more information, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.

Gypsy jazz in Clayton

The Hot Club of San Francisco, a gypsy jazz ensemble, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $25, visit or call 919-553-1737.

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre will present “Dracula Bites,” a comedy, at 8 p.m., Feb. 14-15, 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and 8 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $14 in advance and $14 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873 and leave a message.

Dinner theater

Gregory Vineyards will present “Love Letters,” a dinner theater, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the vineyard, 275 Bowling Springs Drive, Angier. For tickets, which are $30, call 919-894-7700. For more information, visit

Romantic comedy

The Clayton Youth Theater will present the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, visit or call 919-553-1737.

Grant workshop

A workshop on applying for a Regional Artist Program grant is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306.

Valentine’s Day

The Clayton Piano Festival will hold a Valentine’s Day dinner and concert Friday, Feb. 14, at the Wagner House on Main Street in Clayton. After a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., pianists Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva will perform. Dessert will follow their concert of music composed in and inspired by the romantic city of Paris. For ticket information and reservations, call Kelly Norman at 919-271-6398.

‘The Africa Series’

Artist Jane Lillian Vance of Blacksburg, Va., will display paintings in “The Africa Series” from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Vance will speak at 5:30 p.m.

A call for artists

The Johnston County Arts Council is calling on adult artists to enter the fifth annual Johnston County Art and Food Festival. Artists may download the prospectus at Click on Events Calendar, then Painting and Photography. In each category, the show will pay $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. The Best of Show winner will receive $350. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Judy Boyette at 919-255-0944.

The Art and Food Festival is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.

The evening will offer sample dishes from Johnston County restaurants, a silent auction and the chance to purchase works by Johnston artists. The following will perform: pianist Earl Worley Jr., violinist Molly Olah and singer-guitarist Bruce Naegelen.

Tickets are $40 each or two for $75. For tickets, call 919-938-0306 or email

Chorale seeking voices

The Johnston County Chorale welcomes new voices. Registration is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays in January at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. The chorale’s first concert this year is its spring musical at The Clayton Center. For more information, email

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