Arts Notes: March 23

March 21, 2014 

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.

Book talk at JCC

Anthony and Louise Darden will talk about their book, “Freedom From Addiction: Freedom From Sin,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Anthony Darden, a JCC graduate, is pastor of Heaven’s Outreach Embassy Ministries. The book is about his journey from hopelessness and addiction. Admission is free.

Comedy in Smithfield

Comedians Shang Forbes and Aaliyah Ford will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 269 College Road, Smithfield. For tickets, which are $9, go to jccperformingarts.com.

‘Sing-a-long Grease’

Johnston Community College will host “Sing-a-long Grease” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Tickets in advance are $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors, students and faculty. Tickets at the door are $17.50. For advance tickets, call 919-209-2099 or visit jccperformingarts.com.

Jazz brunch in Clayton

A jazz brunch is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at American Legion Post 71, 1300 Old U.S. 70 West, Clayton. The jazz ensemble from N.C. Central University will perform. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going to Serve the Need of Johnston County and the Johnston County alumni chapter of N.C. Central. For tickets, call 919-585-2934 or 919-359-8548.

Art on display

Works by acrylic artist Michael Morrison and photographer Katie Probst are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

‘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: 1:40 p.m. March 29, 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.

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