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Run, rock and roll this weekend

Every weekend brings a new lineup of rocking events around the Valley, and does this weekend rock. Lace up for an Arbor Day 5K, catch some live music and BBQ or prep some questions for a Q-and-A with Anderson Cooper in Phoenix.

Arbor Day Run
The Arbor Day 5K is in its fifth year. Proceeds from the run go to Trees for Tempe. The event allows runners, residents, and businesses to get involved with making the city greener. The route winds around Kiwanis Park. Runners will be timed via chip. Day of activities start at 4:30 pm with the run starting around 6 p.m. Kids can run for free in the Kids Dash.
Kiwanis Park, 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, April 24, $20 in advance, $25 day of event

Anderson Cooper
CNN personality Anderson Cooper will be at the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. This Delivery Democracy Lecture will discuss the meaning of the word democracy. The lecture is a yearly event that brings in a guest speaker. Cooper is a social justice advocate. This Emmy-winning media icon will present his ideas on participatory democracy. The event is free, but you’ll need to reserve a ticket in advance.
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, April 25, Free

Grooves, Hooves, BBQ and Blues
This second annual event mixes scenic views and BBQ for the all day event. The BBQ includes Western BBQ and a pig roast. There will also be a chicken wing-eating contest with cash prizes for the top four finishers.  If food contests aren’t your strong suit, there will also be a corn hole tournament with cash prizes for the first and second place teams. Essence Groove Factory will provide live music alongside Lady Jai. The event runs from 11 am until 3 pm.
Rustler’s Rooste, 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, April 26, $25

MIM celebrates five years
Since 2010, the Musical Instrument Museum has provided engaging experiences for the community. The MIM opened as the first and largest global musical instrument museum. The community is invited to come and celebrate their five-year milestone. Events will feature performances by some of the museums favorites. While you’re there, be sure to check out their current featured exhibition Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World.
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, April 25-26, $20

Rock n’ Roll by the Pool
Talking Stick Resort will be hosting their summer Pool concert series. This week’s star lineups include Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers in addition to ZZ Top. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers is a band from Tempe that have been rocking across the country since the ’90’s. They will be at the resort’s pool Friday night. ZZ Top will take the stage Sunday night. Formed in 1969, this classic American rock band is still at it today. Both take the stage at 8 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, April 26, $30+

Taylor Swift, Photo: Flickr, avrilllllla

Special Artist Exhibit At MIM To Honor Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Exhibit: Banjo“We, are never ever, ever, getting back together!” sings Taylor Swift on her newest smash hit. With its fun, bubblegum-pop feel and easy-to-memorize lyrics, it is no wonder why Miss Swift has hit another homerun on the pop charts and radio waves. It would seem these days that fans just can’t get enough of the doe-eyed, blonde beauty as they await the impending release of her fourth studio album “Red.”

However, fans everywhere can rejoice as the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix has a special surprise for people who love all things Swift-related. MIM is proud to announce the opening of a Taylor Swift exhibit in its artist gallery. The gallery will open on October 20, two days before the release of her new album, and will honor the artist’s achievements in the music industry.Taylor Swift Exhibit

The exhibit is divided into two sections, with the first detailing the beginning of Swift’s career. This section will showcase various milestones, such as when Swift began playing guitar and writing songs, to when she released her very first single, “Tim McGraw,” off her self-titled debut album. Some of the objects that will be on display include her handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw” and her signature, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots that were featured in the single’s music video.Taylor Swift Exhibit

The second section will tell the story of Swift’s rise to super-stardom, demonstrated through the use of instruments, stage wear and set pieces from her “Speak Now” World Tour. The artifacts that will be on display for this part of the exhibit include various instruments used during the world tour, such as a Deering banjo, a Leilani ukulele and her sparkling-red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that she played during performances of her hit-single “Mine.” The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large prop bell and interactive set piece that was used during performances of her song “Haunted.”

MIM President and Director, Dr. Bill DeWalt, is excited for the new artist gallery and hopes that fans see the extent of Swift’s talents when viewing each part section of Swift’s career.

Taylor Swift Exhibit“Not only is Taylor Swift one of the most successful musical artists in the world,” DeWalt said in a press release, “she is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter. We are honored to showcase some of the important artifacts from Swift’s career, and we hope this exhibit inspires our guests of all ages to play an instrument and make their own music.”

To celebrate the addition to MIM’s artist gallery, the museum will host fun activities for visitors during the gallery’s opening weekend (October 20-21). Guests can participate in a songwriting workshop with the Arizona Songwriters Association, watch Taylor Swift music videos in the MIM Music Theater and listen to students from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School sing songs from the singer’s music catalog — just to name a few exciting events.

For more information regarding the Musical Instrument Museum’s Taylor Swift exhibit and a complete list of activities, please visit mim.org.

If You Go: Taylor Swift Exhibit Opening Weekend

When: Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Contact: (480) 478-6000
Online: mim.org
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