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Posted: August 20, 2009

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Comedy at the Zoo, peaches in Lafayette, and The Beatles return to Red Rocks

Rebecca Cole

Thursday
Feeling wild? Then live it up at Comedy Night at the Denver Zoo. Join comedian Adam Cayton-Holland and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a silent and live auction from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets $25. For reservations contact Carol Flohr at 303-376-4916 or cflohr@denverzoo.org

At long last, Cirque du Soleil: Kooza kicks off in Denver tonight under a special “Grand Chapiteau” big top next to the Pepsi Center. Running through Oct. 4, Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, “a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world,” and combines acrobatic performance and clowning. Tickets, $38.50-$215.

Friday
Head up to the foothills for Boulder Fest, the town’s newest extravaganza showcasing local music, brews, food and wine. Festivities kick off Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and continue on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

Or get your "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," on at Fiddler’s Green and catch Toby Keith and former “The Apprentice” finalist Trace Adkins do their thang.

Saturday
That’s a peach, hon! Visit the 10th annual Lafayette Peach Festival for live entertainment, arts and crafts, and of course, peaches from Palisade grower Morton’s Orchards. With 30,000 pounds of peaches, 4,500 servings of peach cobbler and 500 peach pies, you’re sure to find something good to eat!

Still-hip boomers can check out The Beatles’ 45th Anniversary Concert, “1964 The Tribute,” at Red Rocks. Scream, faint and relive musical history for this one-night only live event. Tickets are $25 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday
Point your feet (or car) south for the Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine and Art Fest Aug. 21-23. The Cortez event features wine tasting from some of Colorado's finest wineries, food from local and regional producers, art and music.

Tuesday
Get on the Dark Horse Tour and see Nickelback at Fiddler’s Green. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Check out:
Norman Provizer’s weekly Jazz Notes column for the latest news on upcoming shows, compliments of KUVO 89 Jazz.

Ongoing and upcoming:
Vail Jazz Foundation 15th Annual Labor Day Weekend Party
Head up to Vail Sept. 3-7 for a Labor Day weekend filled with jazz performed by some of the world's greatest musicians. Tickets $45-$350 and can be purchased online or through the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970-479-6146, or 888-824-5526. 

Plan your fall trip to Chaffee County to leaf peep and take in the 2nd Annual Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival, which runs Sept. 17 - 27. The autumn painting festival, set in historic downtown Salida, offers daily paint outs, “quick draws”, workshops and exhibits where you can purchase your favorite paintings and meet the artists.

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Rebecca Cole is the online editor at Rocky Mountain Institute, a non-profit "think-and-do" tank that drives the efficient use of energy and resources. Learn more about RMI's latest initiative, Reinventing Fire, to move the U.S. off fossil fuels by 2050.

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