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The Taubman Art Museum reaches into the sky as viewed from the ground on Williamson Road.

The Taubman Museum of Art is about to celebrate its 10th birthday.

Technically, the museum is throwing the birthday party five days early, conveniently scheduling the “Arty Party” on Saturday. The $66 million Taubman building designed by the late Los Angeles architect Randall Stout officially opened to the public Nov. 8, 2008.

Festivities include performances by the Community Brass Band and Hampton-based Rainbow Puppet Productions and an excerpt from “The Nutcracker” by Salem’s Southwest Virginia Ballet. There will be a petting zoo in the museum atrium provided by Mill Mountain Zoo, face-painting done by Roanoke artist Katherine Devine — and birthday cake. Admission to Art Venture, the museum’s activity center for children, will be free that day.

“We want everyone in the community to know how much we appreciate their ongoing support over the years,” wrote museum deputy director of marketing and communications Sunny Nelson.

Mike Allen writes the Arts & Extras column for The Roanoke Times. The beat he covers includes visual art, classical music, opera, theater, dance, literature, museums and other arts and cultural nonprofits, and things even more eclectic.

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