Arts Notes: June 29

June 27, 2014 

‘Aida’ in Clayton

Clayton Youth Theater will present Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26, July 31 and Aug. 1-2 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. “Aida” tells the story of an enslaved Nubian princess who finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the pharaoh’s daughter. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Taxes and fees are extra. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com. On July 31, enjoy dinner at the Wagner House and then walk across the street to the show. Those tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students. For reservations, call 919-553-1737.

Music on Town Square

Here are the remaining dates in the Town Square Concert Series in Clayton.

•  July 17 – Steve Owens & Summertime.

•  Aug. 21 – Mostley Crue.

•  Sept. 18 – Nantucket.

All concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Town Square at 110 W. Main St. Admission is free; concessions are available.

Pottery for teens

A hand-building class for teens will begin July 10 the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. The cost is $65 for Clayton residents and $80 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Art on display

Works by Kathleen Nobles are on display at Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St., Clayton. The works are for sale.

Acting classes

The Zebulon United Methodist Church School of Music will offer acting classes starting June 30. The church will offer an introduction to acting for ages 10-12 and 13-16; musical theater, ages 13-16; monologues, ages 10-12 and 13-16; and monologues for adults. To register, call 919-810-3472 or www.zumchurch.org.

Art in Smithfield

Works by Impressionist painter Medrith Nuttle and potter Frank Grubbs are on display in the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield. The works are for sale.

Arts Faire seeking entries

The 16th annual Clayton Art Faire is seeking entries. The juried art show will award a total of $1,900 in two categories – photography and fine arts. The fine arts category will accept entries in painting, graphics, printmaking, mixed media, collage and fiber arts.

Artists may submit just one entry, and the show is limited to 50 entries. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 26; art delivery date is Sept. 2. The entry fee is $25 for members of Clayton Visual Arts and $35 for all others. Make checks payable to Clayton Visual Arts Inc. or pay at claytonvisualartsnc.org/artist-invitation/art-faire-2014.

For a brochure with information and rules, email a request to claytonvisualarts@rocketmail.com. Also, brochures are available at The Clayton Center 111 E. Second St.; the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St.; Right Angles Framing Shop, 215 E. Main St.; and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St.

Mail paper entries and checks to Clayton Visual Arts, Art Faire Competition, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, N.C. 27528.

Music for Lunch

Here’s the remaining schedule for this year’s Music for the Lunch Bunch series:

•  July 9 – Julie Stewart and students, vocal.

•  July 16 – Brooke Mikuski, flute; and Cameron Brewer, trumpet.

•  July 23 – Amy Brucksch, classical guitar; and John Malloy, violin.

•  July 30 – Tori Howell, flute; and Catherine Hamner, piano.

•  Aug. 6 – Dara Edwards and students, piano.

•  Aug. 13 – Molly Olah and students, violin.

All performances will be at 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Free concert at JCC

The 440th Army Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The college will accept donations to benefit the performing arts.

The band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts and parades. For more information, call 919-209-2099 or visit jccperformingarts.com.

Jammin’ on Johnston

Here are the remaining dates in the 2014 Jammin’ on Johnston Summer Concert Series in downtown Smithfield: July 15, The Main Event Band; Aug. 19, Backyard Groove; and Sept. 19, Coco Loco Party Band. All shows will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the corner of Johnston and Third streets. Admission is free.

Summer concerts

Here’s the remaining schedule for Concerts at the Crossroads at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center at 4880 N.C. 42 East, Clayton: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, July 10; the Holiday Band, Aug. 14; and the Band of Oz, Sept. 14. All shows are from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

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 calling 919-934-2148.

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