Sunday October 15 Animal needs: If the idea of putting one foot before the other at 8 on a Sunday morning doesn't do much for you, think of what it'll do for the Denver Zoo. The 17th annual Run for the Zoo does begin at 8 a.m. (west of the Museum of Natural History in City Park) and it does raise money for new exhibits--in this case, Primate Panorama, which when completed will provide spacious digs for the zoo's cramped monkeys. Events include a 5K competitive run, a 5K noncompetitive walk, a 1K fun run and, for the silly, a 5K centipede competition that confuses sport with dressing up in costumes. Entry fees are $18 in advance ($12 kids and seniors) or $23 on race day ($17 kids and seniors); call 584-1545 for details.

Homing instinct: Only the most intrepid world travelers will be bored at the Global Village, an authentic and unglorified re-creation of ten habitats from exotic and not-so-exotic places around the world. Featuring such environments as a Southeast Asian stilt house, an African kraal and a Brazilian favela, as well as a more familiar American tenement and a refugee boat, village exhibits convey a message while educating viewers. Global Village will be open to the public from 9 to 6 today and next Saturday and Sunday, in one of Denver's emptiest environments--hangars 5 and 6 of the former Stapleton Airport. Although admission is free, tickets, available at King Soopers stores and United Airlines ticket counters, are required.

Monday October 16 Author! Author! He's been called a "pampered punk" and he has the flash and demeanor to prove it--when T. Coraghessan Boyle opens the Denver Public Library's Authors on Stage series today, nobody's going to snore. The hysterically funny Boyle, whose satiric novel The Road to Wellville was made into a film last year, will read from and talk about his new book, The Tortilla Curtain--and who knows what else--tonight at 7:30 at the Central Library's Schlessman Hall, 13th and Broadway. A reception follows, and for the curious, Wellville will be shown at the library October 18 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $17; call 640-6192.

Gray noise: Quirks, drones, noises and a simple kind of wacked-out joy mark the music of Yo La Tengo, the unique creation of former rock critic Ira Kaplan and wife/percussionist Georgia Hubley. They'll bring their cultish fuzz and jangle to the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, tonight at 9; tickets are $7.35 in advance ($8.40 day of show). Call 447-0095 or 830-TIXS.

Tuesday October 17 Sing out: A joyous sound will fill Boettcher Concert Hall tonight when the Harlem Boys Choir presents Song of Hope, a program whose musical offerings range from Billie Holiday to Mozart. The hardworking troupe of angel-voiced kids performs tonight at 7:30 at Boettcher, located at 14th and Curtis streets in the Plex; for tickets call 830-TIXS. Proceeds will benefit after-school programs of the Denver Metro Branch of the

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