Arts Notes: March 30

March 28, 2014 

After-school art

An after-school art class for children ages 11-13 will begin April 8 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks. It will use favorite artists as a starting point. Students will keep a sketchbook. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A second after-school class, for children ages 8-10, will begin April 10 at the Community Center. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. Students will paint, cut, sculpt, draw and print. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre continues its season of comedies with “A Little Murder Never Anybody.” Show times are 8 p.m. April 4-5, 3 p.m. April 6 and 8 p.m. April 11-12 in the Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1832 and leave a message.

Gypsy jazz in Clayton

The Hot Club of San Francisco, a gypsy jazz ensemble, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $25, visit theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.

Beach Fest 2014

Beach Fest 2014 will get underway at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at The Farm, 215 Batten Road, Selma. The following will perform: Hip Pocket, the Band of Oz, The Embers, and Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. For tickets, which are $20, go to etix.com and search Beach Fest 2014.

‘Schoolhouse Rock’ at Clayton Center

East Carolina University’s Storybook Theatre will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. For tickets, go to theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.

Comedy in Clayton

Comedian James Gregory will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $25, go to theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.

First Friday in Raleigh

The Fine Art Department at Johnston Community College invites Johnstonians to First Friday in Raleigh on April 4. JCC’s Bill Gregory will lead the two-hour art walk, starting at 7 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh. To learn more, email wagregory@johnstoncc.edu.

Portrait drawing

A class in drawing portraits will begin Wednesday, April 9, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Designed for both beginners and advanced artists, the class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for six weeks. The class is for people 15 and older. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Painting class

A painting class for people 15 and older will begin Thursday, April 10, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet for six weeks. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

‘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 booksauthorsandartists.com.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show: 7:40 p.m. April 5 and 1:40 p.m. April 12 at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit amjubilee.com.

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.

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