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James Brown tickets on sale

Tickets for the James Brown concert Aug. 31 at the Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion in Vail are on sale now. There's no opening act for the 7 p.m. show with Brown and his band for a show for all ages. General admission is $35. Tickets are available at the Vilar Pavilion box office, (970) 476-2918, the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts box office, Mojo Music in Avon, B-Side Records in Edwards and the Vail and Lionshead information booths. The Vail Valley Foundation is producing the concert in conjunction with the Colorado Open Golf Tournament. For more information, call Great Knight Productions at 879-7179 or Avalanche Productions at (970) 544-2068.

Players present 'Fantasticks'

Summer Theater Festival presents The Steamboat Community Players in the classic musical tale, "The Fantasticks." The musical, directed by Matt Murphy, will run from through Aug. 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Steamboat Community Players also will take part in writing an original children's piece, "!Yo Yowzers!," which runs from July 25 through Aug. 2, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for "The Fantasticks" are available at All That Jazz for $15. "!Yo Yowzers!" tickets also are available at All That Jazz free for children 12 and under and $10 for adults 13 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 879-3254 for more information.

Learn a little about history

The Tread of Pioneers Museum presents the 2001 Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon every Friday through August. The Tread of Pioneers Museum is on the corner of Oak and Eighth streets. Smokey Vadergrift presents, "Histories, Stories and Moments: Capturing History on Video" today. Laura of Little Moon Essentials presents "Baths and Beyond" Aug. 3.

Come listen to chamber music

Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory presents a community chamber concert at 7 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church.

Llama trek set for weekend

Partners in Interpretation presents "Learn About the Wild" llama trek to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area July 28 through Aug. 1. The five-day, four-night excursion will allow participants to explore the ecology with low-impact camping, survival techniques, navigation skills and llama care. Dinner is provided each night, but participants must supply breakfast and lunch and must be in good physical condition. Cost is $600 a person, $200 deposit upon reservation. Llamas provided by Pyramid Llama Ranch. Call

871-9151 for more information.

Strings readies for busy week

Strings in the Mountains presents a week full of musical entertainment.

Call 879-5056, ext. 105, for more information.

Friday: A Different Tempo with Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster is sold out. For those with tickets, the show begins at 8 p.m. at the Strings Tent in Torian Plum Plaza.

Saturday: Chamber music "From Bach to Bax" featuring Bach, Bax and Franck with flute, harp, viola and piano at 8 p.m. at the Strings Tent. Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for children.

Monday: Family Concert: Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles at 5:30 p.m. at the Strings Tent. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for children.

Tuesday: The Youth Program Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles is sold out. For those with tickets, the show begins at 11 a.m. at the Strings Tent.

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers present original New Orleans jazz at

7 p.m. at the Strings Tent. Tickets are $18.

Wednesday: Musical Talks Visionary Voices: Composers and Their Inspirations featuring "Alexander Borodin and His Russian Comrades" followed by a free educational program with Ken Greene and Strings musicians. The free musical talk begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception to meet musicians and lecturer Ken Greene at 6:30 p.m. at the Strings Tent.

Thursday: Music on the Green with the Dahlia Quartet chamber music at 12:15 p.m. at the Yampa River Botanic Park; free. Bring a lawn chair, picnic and sunscreen. Also, chamber music "An Evening of Romance" with Borodin, Strauss, Spohr and Brahms at 7 p.m. Cost is $16 for adults, $5 for children. Dessert with the musicians follows the concert.

Fair scheduled in Carbondale

The 30th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair is today through Sunday in Carbondale. The free fair provides arts and crafts, live entertainment and an international food menu. Gazebo entertainment includes drum circles, The Motet, Larry Keel Experience and Seventh Hour. Contests include limbo, flycasting, wood splitting and desserts. Friday hours are 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (970) 963-1680 for more information.

Free concerts set in Denver

Goldsmith Metropolitan District and Denver Technological Center present the fifth annual Concerts at the Crescent free concert series at the Crescent Amphitheater in Denver, located at Belleview and DTC Boulevard (behind Yia Yia's Euro Cafe). All concerts take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and are open to the public for all ages. Patrons may bring picnic dinner, but no pets are allowed. Call (303) 595-8747 for more information.

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