The ArtsCenter in Carrboro always lines up some great acts from around the country. They often feature some of the country's highly acclaimed family acts.
Here's what's lined up for the 2014-15 SuperFun series, with descriptions from The ArtsCenter:
Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.
Mister G, a bilingual kindie rock star and winner of Parent’s Choice Gold Award, was recently named one of the “best live acts for kids and families”. He combines a mixture of music, fun, and learning techniques to inspire his audience. He is the creator of songs such as “Bossy E” and “ABC Fiesta”, and his dynamic interactive shows are sure to get both kids and parents dancing and singing along in this high-energy concert.
Rolie Polie Guacamole
Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.
Rolie Polie Guacamole started out in Brooklyn six years ago and has become a must see kindie band across the nation, with top picks by Boston.com, Time Out Kids NY, and Time Out Kids Chicago. Their high-energy interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. The band's latest album Triathlon won a Parents' Choice Silver Award and a NAPPA Honor's Award. Rolie Polie Guacamole is a must see show for the family!
Saturday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. (Note this concert is planned the Saturday after Thanksgiving when lots of us are looking for something to entertain family).
Farmer Jason returns to The ArtsCenter for a holiday show perfect for the entire family. Enjoy Christmas on the farm, Farmer Jason style, with this holiday concert. The show will feature new original holiday songs, some sing-a-long standards, and a few traditional carols while Farmer Jason shares the traditions of a rural Christmas with children and families.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Saturday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m.
Show description not available, but I'm sure it will feature the group's creative puppets.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.
Hiddi hiddi! That’s how to say hello on the Island of Elska, the imaginary volcanic island off the coast of Iceland that is home to the singer Elska and a cast of quirky characters, including her two-foot-tall best friend the Goobler, an Arctic Fox and a vast colony of Lost Socks. Her award-winning debut album, Middle of Nowhere, is packed with kid-friendly modern pop songs rendered in a spell-binding blend of vibraphones, chimes, bells, twinkling analog synthesizers and one of the most endearing and lovely voices in family entertainment. Live on stage, Elska combines theatre, storytelling, and musical performance in order to whisk away children and families on a musical tour of her Arctic home.
Animalia presented by Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets
Saturday, March 14,10 a.m.
After wooing ArtsCenter audiences in past years, Hobey Ford is back with another spectacular puppetry show. Combining science and art, Animalia brings the detailed movement of animals to life before your eyes. Take a peek into the world of birds, experience a frog and butterfly’s metamorphoses, and witness an undersea ballet of whales and frolicking dolphins. This performance is a visual treat that celebrates the world around us. Come and join us, and explore the wonderful world of animals through Hobey Ford’s foam puppets.
Jabali African Acrobats
Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.
Acrobatics, Contortions, Tumbling, Human Pyramids, and Chair Balancing…. Are you excited yet? Direct from Mombasa, Kenya, the Jabali African Acrobats are an all-male group of phenomenal performers that combine fast paced movement, music, dance, and daring acrobatic feats to create a thrilling, high-energy show. Using these skills, the acrobatic performance turns to dance, with the Congo Snake Dance, the Flaming Limbo Bar Dance, Skip Rope Footwork techniques and comedy to electrifying music. Audience participation is always included!
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 11 a.m.
If imagination is what you seek, this performance is what you and the family have been waiting for! Gustafer, a friendly creature from the sun, and his friends will spark your imagination and welcome you to a place that you won’t want to leave. Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance featuring a combination of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. Hailed by the New York Times as “a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss,” Gustafer Yellowgold is a growing international phenomenon among kids and parents alike.
Tickets are typically $8 for youth; $10 for adults; and $32 for a family four-pack. Check The ArtsCenter for details.