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Garth Stein

Quail Ridge Books and Music—Many books have been written about humans learning Valuable Life Lessons from dogs, but has there been one about dogs learning about life from humans? In Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain, the tale is told by Enzo, a dog on the brink of death, as he looks back at his life with his owner, a race car driver. Observing humans, along with television, enables Enzo to help his master when life hands him a series of painful setbacks, as both learn about what it takes to cross the finish line. It's the sort of tale that's guaranteed to make you go "awwww." Stein appears tonight to promote the trade paperback release of the book, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 828-1588. —Zack Smith

Gustafer Yellowgold

N.C. Museum of Art—Those who missed the all-ages alt-rock of Gustafer Yellowgold when he came through Carrboro earlier this year have a second chance—the pointy-headed character's latest DVD/CD set, Gustafer Yellowgold's Mellow Fever, is being promoted with a special concert in the N.C. Museum of Art's auditorium at 1 p.m. Preschoolers and parents alike can groove on Gustafer's witty but gentle tunes, as written and performed by Morgan Taylor, a collaborator with the likes of Wilco and the Polyphonic Spree. Tickets are a mere $3; call the box office at 715-5923. For more on Gustafer, visit and check out our interview with Taylor at —Zack Smith

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