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September 2007

The High Life
Against a backdrop of vibrant fall foliage, Vail Mountain School's 2007 Home Tour covers some of the most stunning houses in the Vail Valley. Guests and locals meander through six to eight homes in the Cordillera region, touring intimate interiors—even bedrooms and bathrooms—for an insider's glimpse of lavish mountain living. These homes have extras that take them from standard luxe to one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces, such as walk-in wine rooms, Jacuzzis with mountain views, rainforest marble countertops, and home theaters. Don't miss Juniper Lane, where a streambed winds right through the house. Proceeds support need-based scholarships for VMS, a college-prep school geared toward community-minded, intellectually promising students. Vail Mountain School Home Tour: Sept. 16, Cordillera Valley Club, Edwards

Green Means Go
Breckenridge hosts Colorado's first carbon- neutral mountain bike festival this month to highlight the idea of protecting the environment even while we play. The singletrack folks, along with Boulder-based eco-nonprofit Sustainable Travel International, will purchase enough carbon credits to offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions produced by the event (think group rides, live music, and clinics) as well as provide biodegradable beer cups and other recycling options. Plus, participants can purchase their own credits to offset the carbon they produce getting to and from the festivities. Breckenridge Singletrack Festival: Sept. 7-9, Breckenridge

A Worldly Affair
Musical theater is the theme of this year's Colorado Festival of World Theatre, a celebration of the world's most impressive acting, singing, dancing, composing, and directing. The diverse lineup includes productions heavy on international flair, such as Truth in Translation, the story of South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission set to music by one of Africa's top jazz and blues musicians. Plus, seven-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd) will be on hand during a two-night tribute to his work, entitled Beautiful Girls. Colorado Festival of World Theatre: Sept. 20-30, Colorado Springs

Through Another's Eyes
In a collaborative effort to blend two disciplines for one greater good, local artistic and scientific communities have produced the innovative exhibit "Weather Report: Art and Climate Change" to illuminate the gravity of climate change through a range of mediums. Curated by internationally known art critic and historian Lucy R. Lippard, the show touches on issues such as renewable energy, global warming, desertification, ocean acidification, and other human-induced conditions as interpreted by the artists. The artwork is meant to generate new ways of understanding environmental issues and reaching a broader audience. Weather Report: Art and Climate Change: Sept. 14-Dec. 21, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art