Arts Notes: July 13

July 11, 2014 

“Lake” is a photograph by Mike Shield.

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Photos on display

Photographs by Mike Shield, a newcomer to Clayton, are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St.

His photos are in the south gallery, complemented in the north gallery by works created by 15 members of Clayton Visual Arts Inc.

Shield, who has lived in Clayton since 2012, was born in Norwich, N.Y., and has lived in Ohio, Utah, Texas and Virginia. His clients have included The Washington Post, Novartis, Habitat for Humanity and the University of Phoenix. Last year, his portrait of twin brothers appeared on CNN and cnn.com.

In the north gallery are works by Amy Beshgetoorian, Frank Dziepak, John Farr, Carolyn Howard, Tim Johnson, Michael Mackin, Kathleen Nobles, Medrith Nuttle, Heidi Lee Peach, Janie Prete, Don Stephenson and Francine Stephenson.

Todrick Hall in Clayton

YouTube sensation Todrick Hall will bring his whimsical, wacky world to The Clayton Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. He has begun his nationwide tour, Twerk du Soleil, after hitting 100 million YouTube views .

Todrick is an “American Idol” finalist, Broadway actor and YouTube entertainer. He was recently named one of Forbe’s Top 30 Under 30 entertainers.

In Clayton, Todrick will bring his viral videos to life, including his hot covers, comedic skits, Disney parodies and flash mobs. The show has a PG rating .

Fot tickets, which range $25 to $80, go to theclaytoncenter.com, call 919-553-1737 or stop by the box office, which is open from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 111 E. Second St. in Clayton.

For more information about the show visit TodrickHall.com.

Town Square concert

Steve Owens & Summertime will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 17, on the Town Square, 110 W. Main St., Clayton. Admission is free; concessions will be available.

Here are the remaining dates in the series.

•  Aug. 21 – Mostley Crue.

•  Sept. 18 – Nantucket.

Writers to meet

A new Johnston County writers group will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Selma Public Library, 301 N. Pollock St., Selma. For more information, email Gary Ridout at gridout@nc.rr.com.

Variety show in Selma

Here are the next performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma: 1:40 p.m. Saturday, July 19, and 1:40 p.m. Thursday, July 24. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.

Music for lunch

The next Music for the Lunch Bunch concert is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Flutist Brooke Mikuski and trumpeter Cameron Brewer will perform. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

•  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.

Auditions in Smithfield

Auditions for “Auntie Mame,” a Neuse Little Theatre production, are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. July 28-29 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. The show has roles for 25 men, 12 women and three boys. Show dates are Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-27.

Grants available

The Johnston County Arts Council is accepting grant applications.

The grant program is open to nonprofits that promote and develop cultural-arts programming in Johnston County. Projects must take place by May 30, 2015. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 14.

The application form and grant guidelines are online at jcartscouncil.org.

A grant-writing workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Industrial Park, Smithfield.

For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email info@jcartscouncil.org

‘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.

Art on display

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

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 Holiday Band, 6 p.m. Aug. 14; the Band of Oz, 6 p.m. Sept. 4; and The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, 3 p.m. Oct. 12. Admission is free.

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