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Music for a Change: TEDxPhoenix at Mesa Arts Center

Michelle Blades
Michelle Blades
Photos by Anthony Sandoval

Since 1984, TED has dedicated itself to providing a platform where world-changing ideas are exchanged from speaker to audience. The abbreviation stands for technology, entertainment and design. The "x" in TEDx simply means it's a completely independent event, organized by local volunteers; a new facet of the organization introduced in 2009.

Last night, TEDxPhoenix took over the Piper Repertory Theater in the Mesa Arts Center with an assortment of thinkers, doers and performers for the more than 500 guests that packed the venue. This year's theme was, "_____ for a Change." Speakers filled in the blanks with their respective topics.

Phoenix-based folk singer, Michelle Blades made a guest appearance as well.

Katie Goodman
Katie Goodman

Only four songs were played last night but the two performers made a lasting impression.

Blades drew a collective gasp from the crowd when her soulful voice filled the theater during a powerful rendition of "Nature Boy" while actress/author/activist Katie Goodman yukked it up with a song called "I Didn't Fuck it up."

Goodman led the crowd chanting, "I didn't fuck it up / You probably didn't fuck it up / But they, whoever they are, they fucked it up."

It's a flipping hilarious song that goes a little something like this:

While plenty of insightful and meaningful ideas were expressed over the night, the "Wow Award" had to go to artist and designer, Kelli Anderson after she shared a clip of a very unique wedding invitation she came up with.

Anderson creatively designed her friend's announcement that doubled as a paper record player. Using regular stock paper and a pin needle, she showed how disrupting the natural order of things could yield some pretty amazing results. How's that for thinking outside of the box?

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