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Museum hosts cowboy poet for humorous storytelling performance

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A top-selling cowboy poet and humorist presents an evening of storytelling and laughter 7 p.m. Friday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd.

Baxter Black, a ranch hand and former veterinarian, will charm and enlighten audiences with his witty, family-friendly stories and poetry, which reflect his own life experiences, said Shayla Simpson, the museum's director of public relations and events. Black last appeared at the museum in 2006.

"We're very happy to bring him back," she said. "He takes his life as a rancher, his veterinary medicine, and uses all of that for his poetry and humor. He will keep you in stitches "? literally "? from the time that he starts talking until the time that he's done."

Black, who has been entertaining since the early 1980s, has written more than a dozen books, appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows, and writes a weekly syndicated column.

"He talks about real life, cowboy ethics," Simpson said. "That's his way of "¦ enlightening us with humor on the way we live our lives, the way we've changed in culture."

Guests can attend a 5 p.m. dinner before the show, available by reservation only. Tickets for the meal and show, which include preferred seating, are $50 for museum members and $55 for nonmembers. Performance-only tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For reservations or more information, call 478-2250.

"?Caitlin Harison

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