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First Friday: 6-9 p.m. first Friday of each month through May 6; Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences; art demonstrations, “No Shame” open-mic night; live entertainment and free admission to the Children’s Museum and Science Center; free; 972-1266;

Astronomy observations: viewings of sunspots and other solar features and sky observations using telescopes and other observing equipment; weather permitting; free; 972-1266.

  • 8-10 p.m. March 18 – Star party; City Lake.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19 – Sidewalk astronomy; City Lake.
  • 8-10 p.m. April 8 – Star Party; City Lake.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9 – Sidewalk astromony; City Lake.
  • 8:30-10 p .m. May 13 – Star party; Imperial Centre.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 – Sidewalk astronomy; Imperial Centre.
  • 8:30-10 p.m. Aug. 12 – Star party and meteor watch; City Lake.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 13 – Sidewalk astronomy; City Lake.

Victor R. Smalls Writers Series Lecture: 7 p.m. Monday; Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Barton College, 200 E. ACC Drive, Wilson; author Kim Byrd discusses her debut novel “Byrd”; free; Kathy Daughety, 399-6529;


“The Artist Palate, Painting At His Table”: Through Friday; Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council: 130 Bridgers St., Tarboro; works by Hobson Pittman; Joyce Turner, 823-4159;;

Maria V. Howard Arts Center: 270 Gay St.; 972-1163;

  • “Against all Odds” – Through May 15; works by Margaret Smithers Crump.
  • Handcrafted National Juried Show – Through May 15, 2016; mixed media.
  • 59th National Juried Art Show – June 1 through Sept. 4; entries accepted through March 18; mixed-media except installation; open to all artists 18 years old and older; $25 entry fee up to four works; juror Roger Manley, director, Gregg Museum, N.C. State University; detailed prospectus at; entries submitted at
  • Permanent collection – Sculptures, paintings, ceramics, encaustics, weavings, wood furnishings and media.

N.C. Wesleyan College galleries: 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.; Everett Mayo Adelman, 985-5268;

  • “Walking in Tradition” – Through Friday; Four Sisters Gallery; works by Haliwa-Saponi artists.
  • Friday through April 3 – Ed Newman; opening reception 7 p.m. Friday.
  • April 8-May 29 – Everett Mayo Adelman; opening reception 7 p.m. May 20.
  • June 3 through Aug. 7, 2016 – James Reid and Lori Reid Mizelle; opening reception 7 p.m. June 3.


Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center: 270 Gay St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; admission $6; free admission Sundays to Rocky Mount residents; admission includes Cummins Planetarium. 972-1266;

  • “Design Zone” – Through Dec. 31; interactive activities show how design concepts become real world experiences in the arts, entertainment and extreme sports.

Braswell Memorial Library: 727 N. Grace St.; 442-1951, ext. 244.

  • Dr. Seuss birthday party – 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday; Warner Room; program includes magic of Chris and Neal.


Cummins Planetarium shows: Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center, 270 Gay St.; free with $6 museum admission; 972-1266;; now showing:

  • “Solar Superstorms” – Through Aug. 31; exploration of magnetic fields and superhot plasma, flares, solar tornados and coronal mass ejections; 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope” – Through Aug. 31; exploration of Galilean moons, Saturn’s rings and spiral structure of galaxies; 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  • “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” – Through Aug. 31; exploration of the night sky with Sesame Street Friends; 11 a.m. Saturdays.
  • “Laser Motown” – Through Monday; laser show set to Motown music; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Laser Michael Jackson” –Monday through March 31; laser show set to the music of the King of Pop; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Colors of the World” – April 1-30; laser show set to the music around the world; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Lasers of Oz” – May 1-31; laser show set to music from “The Wizard of Oz”; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Laser Spirit of America” – June 1-30; laser show set to patriotic music; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Laser Beatles” – July 1-31; laser show set to the music of the Beatles; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
  • “Laser Floyd” – Aug. 1-31; laser show set to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”; 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.


Westridge Grill: 3629 Sunset Ave. (in Westridge Shopping Center). Rocky Mount; 937-7299; show times 7 p.m.; free admission.

  • 7 p.m. Tuesdays – Trivia contest.

Sharks-N-Shooters: 4470 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount; 937-8882; private club; entrance free with paid membership.

  • 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays – Cornhole tournament; $10 per team.
  • 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays – Weekly karaoke/dance party featuring D.J. Redeyez.
  • 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays – Dance party featuring D.J. Hipnotic.

R.A. Fountain General Store and Internet Cafe: Show times 7:30 p.m. except as noted; 6754 E. Wilson St., Fountain; $8.50 for general admission, $11 reserved except as noted; 252-749-3228;

  • Saturday – The Grass Strings.
  • March 4 – Sherman Lee Dillon and Dennis Cash.
  • March 18 – The Kevin Prater Band.
  • April 9 – Russ Varnell and The Too Country Band.
  • April 28 – The Bluegrass Sweethearts.
  • April 29 – Karl Shiflett and The Big Country Show; $12.50.


Rocky Mount Community Theatre: 270 Gay St.; $11 adults, $9 seniors and students, $7 children 12 and younger and $16 for miniseason; 972-1266;

  • “Oliver” – Story of an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London; 7:30 p.m. March 4-5 and March 11-12 and 2:30 p.m. May 6 and May 13.
  • “Crowns” – Musical in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman; 7:30 p.m. May 5-7 and 2:30 p.m. May 7-8; Booker T. Theater, 170 W. Thomas St.
  • “School of Rock” – Story of Dewey Finn, a substitute teacher who turns a strict private elementary into a rock band; 7:30 p.m. July 22-23 and 2 p.m. July 24.

Dunn Center for the Performing Arts: N.C. Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.; all performances at 7:30 p.m. unless noted; individual tickets on sale and vary by performance; 985-5197;

  • March 4 – “Ray Live!” Tribute to Ray Charles.
  • April 8 – Bill Leslie.
  • April 16 – Blues Brothers Soul Tour.
  • May 6 – Jason Coleman.

Tar River Orchestra and Chorus: 7:30 p.m.; $15 individual concerts, $65 season tickets, free for students; Jennifer Harris, 883-4090.

  • March 5 – Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra and Tar River Children’s Chorus; Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.; musical prodigies.
  • March 12 – Tar River Swing Band; Brown Auditorium, Nash Community College, 522 N. Old Carriage Road; swing music.
  • June 4 – Tar River Symphonic Band, Tar River Chorus, Tar River Children’s Chorus and Tar River Youth Wind Ensemble; Crocker family farm, 3358 Turkey Foot Road; patriotic music.

Wesleyan Players: N.C. Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.; 2015-16 performance series; all performances at 7:30 p.m. unless noted; Roger Drake; 985-5185.

  • March 21-23 – Ten-Minute Play Festival.
  • April 20-21 – “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare.
  • April 25 – Shakespeare birthday roast.

Edgecombe Performance Series: 7:30 p.m.;Keihin Auditorium, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro; Eric Greene, 823-5166, ext. 187.

  • April 28 – The New York Theatre Ballet; free admission, ticket required.

“Death of a Salesman”: 8 p.m. March 3-5 and 3 p.m. March 6; Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash St. N.E., Wilson; story of an aging salesman who recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it; $12; 291-4329.

Arts Council of Wilson African American Culture Series: 7:30 p.m.; 108 Nash St., N.E., Wilson except as noted; performances, forums and educational programs; series tickets $45 general, $35 students and seniors or individual tickets; group sales available; 291-4329;

  • March 15 – The Clothesline Muse; $20 adults, $15 students and seniors; lecture and demonstration 4 p.m. March 14, Edna Boykin Cultural Center.
  • April 8 – Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble, $15 adults, $10 students and seniors; lecture and demonstration 4 p.m. April 7, Edna Boykin Cultural Center.

Boykin Series XIX: 7:30 p.m.; 124 Nash St., S.W., Wilson; Sherry Myers, 291-4329;

  • April 1 – The Steady Drive Bluegrass Band; $15-$18.

Louisburg College concerts: 7:30 p.m.; Louisburg College Auditorium; children 12 and younger admitted free with accompanying adult; 866-773-6354,

  • March 18 – The Celtic Tenors.
  • April 8 – Cirque Zuma Zuma.

10th annual Duck Jazz Festival: 11 a.m. Oct. 9; Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road; educational workshop, artist appearances, an outdoor movie and live entertainment; free; Denise Walsh, 255-1234;


Braswell Memorial Library children’s programs: 727 N. Grace St.; 442-1951.

  • 10:30 a.m. Mondays – Mother Goose story time; birth through 3 years old; music, puppet shows and storytelling.
  • 11 a.m. Tuesdays – Preschool story time; ages 3-5; music, puppet shows and storytelling.
  • 1 p.m. first Saturday – R.E.A.D. Dog Chere; interactive program promotes confidence and love of reading in children; free; registration required.

Maria V. Howard Arts Center programs: Preregistration required; classes meet in the Arts Education Building at the Imperial Centre; nonresident premium fee waiver available for purchase; 972-1163;

  • Painting studio – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; painters use the center’s painting studio at the Arts Center for uninterrupted independent work; participants responsible for all materials; $15 city residents, $22.50 others per month.
  • Clay open studio – Hours based on studio program schedule; opportunity for potters who wish to work independently; includes firing and use of glazes on hand; participants must have taken at least one class with the center or show proof of good studio practices; city residents $71.50, others $107.25 per month; Jennifer Rankin, 972-1632.

Arts and crafts guilds: Jennifer Rankin, 972-1632,

  • Embroiderer’s Guild of America – 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month; meetings offer workshops, exhibits, stitch-ins and social activities.
  • Tar River Piecemakers Quilting Guild – 9 a.m. second Saturday of the month; work on fabric, design and art, including donations made to charitable organizations.

Rocky Mount USA Dance:7-10 p.m. second Saturday of each month; Imperial Centre Arts Education Building; chapter social dance preceded by a short class on the dance of the month; members $5, others $8; Judy Mesko, 452-1234.

Blount-Bridgers House tours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2-4 p.m. Sundays; 130 Bridgers St., Tarboro; 823-4159.

Countyline Bluegrass Barn: 5832 Hornes Church Road, Wilson; Kenny Pierce, 813-0930;

  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays – Bluegrass picking session; free.