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A country extravaganza, Cowtown’s anniversary and other stuff you’ll want to know about

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Taylor Swift will join in on this weekend’s Academy of Country Music fun.
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Academy of Country Music Extravaganza No longer simply a star-studded awards show, the ACMs’ annual Vegas visit now also includes two Party for a Cause concerts Friday and Saturday (headlined by The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, respectively), free Fremont Street Experience shows (also Friday and Saturday), a Fan Jam (featuring Brad Paisley) and post-awards All-Star Jam on Sunday, plus Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night on Monday. The streets of Nashville must feel so empty. April 5-8, times and prices vary, MGM Grand and Orleans.

Tigerbomb Matador at 21 will probably stand as Guided By Voices’ lone Las Vegas performance, but fans can drink, sing and chant “GBV” all the same when this Northern California tribute band brings Robert Pollard’s billion-song catalog to the Beauty Bar. With The Suicide Notes, April 6, 10 p.m., $5.

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Cowtown Guitars Anniversary Has it already been a year since the Amorosos moved Downtown? Celebrate with live performances by Crazy Chief, Reno’s Moondog Matinee and Jordan Kate Mitchell, free food from Nobu(!) and complimentary drinks from Ketel One and Firestone Brewery. April 5, 6-9 p.m., free, 1009 S. Main St.

Festival Generation Week October’s Life Is Beautiful festival is still months away, but you can get a look at what’s in store—and how it’ll fit in the global music fest scene—during three days of free events and interactive discussions with experts from across the music industry. April 4-6, schedule and locations at festivalgenweek.splashthat.com.

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Pyroclasm Traditional meets contemporary in the latest exhibit from artist Zak Ostrowski, who incorporates the Japanese process of charring wood with layers of color paint to create abstract works. Through April 27, Brett Wesley Gallery.

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Whoopi Goldberg She’s mostly known as a talk-show host these days, but Goldberg is still active in all facets of her career, stand-up included. April 5, 9 p.m., $68-$109, Treasure Island, 894-7722.

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