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Family Picks: Kids will never forget Gustafer Yellowgold

CorrespondentJanuary 30, 2014 

Once your kids have seen Gustafer Yellowgold, they will never forget him.

This Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Carrboro ArtsCenter is your chance to experience this one-man show, which combines live music, storytelling and moving images to tell the story of Gustafer, a gentle creature who came to earth from the sun.

Through creator Morgan Taylor’s funny and poetic songs, you will learn that Gustafer once loved to play in a pool of warm butter, “Butter Pond Lake,” on the sun. He now lives in a home in the Minnesota woods with his pet, an electric eel named Slim, and enjoys eating pine-cone sandwiches. (Find the song “Pine Cone Lovely” on YouTube to learn all about Gustafer’s love for pine cones.)

Taylor is a former rock musician and producer who took some time off a decade ago to write a picture book. The project turned into several books, albums and DVDs and a live show that travels around the country.

Taylor’s quirky songs and stories appeal to both kids and adults. His Gustafer Yellowgold show has developed a bit of a cult following, and has even been used as an opener for rock concerts.

To see him at the ArtsCenter, go to artscenterlive.org. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Kids 2 and under are free.

‘Pinkalicious’ on stage

This weekend also offers an opportunity for fans of the book “Pinkalicious,” about a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink.

Broadway Series South is presenting a live musical based on the book. It’s playing all weekend at Fletcher Opera Theater, part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

They say the story will teach children about the importance of self-control and moderation.

Shows are Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $14-$37, or more if you want a combo that includes a goodie bag.

Go to dukeenergycenterraleigh.com for tickets and more information.

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