Arts Notes

February 7, 2014 

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show: 1:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit

Paintings, photos on display in Clayton

Works by painter Elizabeth de Sherbinin and photographer Chris Rodier are on display this month at the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

Chris Rodier of Clayton says his interest in photography began when he was stationed in Alaska with the U.S. Air Force and wanted to capture the spectacular scenery there.

Elizabeth de Sherbinin of Raleigh started painting in 1995 while living in Clayton. She began with drawing, moved to watercolor, then pastel and acrylic. Now when she paints, she puts down an acrylic base and paints water-soluble oil on top.

The free exhibit runs until March 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Student art on display

Winning entries in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards competition are on display through Feb. 21 at Barton College in Wilson. Among the student artists is Eric Johnson of Cleveland High School. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Case Art Building. For more information, call Mark Gordon at 252-399-6474 or the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477.

Art and Food Festival

The fifth annual Art and Food Festival Gala is set 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, with proceeds going to the Johnston County Arts Council. For tickets, call 919-938-0306 or email

Pottery in Clayton

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer the following pottery classes at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

•  Parent/Child Pottery – 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays for six weeks, starting Feb. 15. The cost for one child and one parent is $55 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Parents and their children will learn coil-building, slab work and glazing while making pinch pots.

•  Adult Wheel – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks, starting Feb. 12. Adults 18 and older will learn wedging, centering the clay, throwing a cylinder, attaching handles, trimming and glazing. The fee is $85 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresident. The cost of clay is another $15 for 25 pounds.

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.

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30 to 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.

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 $13 in advance and $15 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.

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.

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