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Deception, lies and alibis at the Phippen Museum

Michael Coyote Peach

Michael Coyote Peach

What do a killer camel, a tornado-riding con man, a dead dragon and a naked horse thief have in common? Each is a character in the quirky stories from Southwest history told by award-winning actor, playwright and historian Michael Coyote Peach. And on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m., the Phippen Museum, 4701 Highway 89 N., invites you to listen to, laugh at and learn from these very tall (and mostly true) tales in his presentation, Deception, Lies & Alibis; like how Arizona forfeited a seaport for beer, how nature foiled the perfect bank robbery and how a bobcat terrorized a tavern.

For these stories based on Southwest history, facts are one of the things Peach is especially good at bringing to life. Attendees will not only leave this presentation with a smile, but they'll also have a few stories perfect for sharing around the campfire.

So please join the Phippen Museum and Michael Coyote Peach for this fun-filled presentation featuring outrageous stories of the American West. In addition to being a published author and cowboy poet, Peach has also created original plays that have been performed on numerous occasions, including the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Arts Festival. This special program is free for museum members and included in the price of general admission for guests. It is presented in cooperation with Arizona Humanities Speakers Bureau, AZSpeaks, and accompanies the museum's current exhibit, Taken by Storm, an exhibition of artwork inspired by the awesome power of Mother Nature and on display in the Kemper & Ethel Marley Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for AAA members, $5 for students with ID, and free for museum members and children 12 and younger. For additional information on this or any other event at the museum, call 928-778-1385 or visit their website at www.phippenartmuseum.org.

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