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Posted: August 26, 2009

A&E best bets: Cirque’s ‘Wheel of Death,’ Depeche Mode and comedian Greg Proop

Plus Parker's 'Art in the Park'

Rebecca Cole

Kooza's 'Wheel of Death,' Depeche Mode and comedian Greg Proops

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At long last, Cirque du Soleil: Kooza arrived in Denver last week 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. Our favorite act: the "Wheel of Death."  Tickets, $38.50-$215.

Thursday

Catch '80s English electronic dance band Depeche Mode when it makes a stop at Red Rocks during their “Tour of the Universe” We’re not sure what other planets they are visiting, but good to know Colorado made the cut. Tickets start at $55 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday
Yuk it up with ex-“Drew Carey Show” funnyman Greg Proops at Comedy Works South in the Denver Tech Center. So nice, you could even hit it twice, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $28.

Interested in edible fungi? Then venture down to the 29th annual Telluride Mushroom Festival this weekend. Films, lectures, workshops and daily forays into the San Juan forest to gather flavorful ‘shrooms. Cap it off with the Telluride Mushroom Parade down main street on Saturday. For tickets call 970-728-8312.

Saturday
Celebrate local artists at the 8th annual Art in the Park at O’Brien Park in Parker Aug. 29-30.  Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., over 100 artists will display a variety of mediums at the show along with live music, food and refreshments, and kids’ activities.

Sunday
Broncos vs Bears, 6 p.m. Prepare for a preseason rumble in the Rockies at Invesco Field at Mile High when the Chicago Bears and ex-Bronco quarterback Jay Cutler face off against ex-Bear Kyle Orton and the hometown gridiron gang. Tailgate and watch it live or gather ‘round the big screen. Pass the chips, football season is (almost) here!

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.

Those acres of rusty pine trees in the high country got you down? Then go to Frisco on Sept. 12 for the 2nd annual BeetleFest to help ward off the evil pine beetle. The event offers education about the beetles' impact and includes a 4K “Beetle Stomp” run, lumberjack show, bug petting zoo and live music. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District to support fire mitigation and restoration efforts.

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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