Avant garde cellist Zoë Keating isn't content with sticking to canon. Though her main instrument is the standard cello, she tweaks its sounds using a foot pedal hooked up to a MacBook. That noted, her performance tonight at the Colorado Music Festival, under the World Music banner, is cocked and ready to mesmerize: It's a world premiere collaboration with the Parker-based Apex Contemporary Dance Theatre, featuring costuming by innovative Denver techno-designer Lynne Bruning. Nice twist. See Keating at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, at 7:30 p.m.; get tickets, $12 to $42, at www.coloradomusicfest.org.
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The inimitable Rockstar Aaron hits his groove every Tuesday for Rollercoaster Tuesday, a recently instigated dance night at Beauty Bar that features a melange of music from the last century. Gather 'round host Stanley Thompson, hair maven of the Thompson & Co. salon, and enjoy free admission and $2 drinks all night long; Beauty Bar is at 608 East 13th Avenue. Visit www.beautybar.com.
No one puts on any airs at Denver's Tuesday-night Loops Bike Rides. It's just a chance to meet up with friends or like-minded cyclists and ride a central Denver route that's fifteen to twenty miles in length with three to four stops along the way; dress is casual and costumes are not required, and you can ride at your own pace. A weekly route map is published the day of the ride at www.xrocksthespot.com; meet at Crema Coffee House, 2862 Larimer Street, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but the last stop of the night is generally at a watering hole, so come prepared to quaff.
For more recommended events happening today and through the weekend, visit the Night & Day calendar page.