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Next Up for the Santa Monica Pier is Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza"

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Cirque du Soleil helped the Santa Monica Pier celebrate its 100th birthday on 9/9/09. Next up for the partying centenarian is "Kooza," Cirque's new show that originated in Montreal.

"Kooza" arrives on October 16th and runs to November 29, 2009. Cirque's website describes "Kooza" as the tale of "The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world" told theatrically employing circus acrobatics and clowning. Adult ticket prices range from $65 to $135 (admission for children 2 - 12 runs from $45.50 to $94.50).

Cirque celebrants at the Pier's Birthday party
CIRQUE du SOLEIL PERFORMERS AND GUEST STILT ARTISTS

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Maria Akhlatkina ("O" at Bellagio) and Leisha Marie Knight ("LOVE" at the Mirage)
Photo by: Terry Gardner

STILT WALKERS GROOVE TO THE GOOD VIBES OF VYBRATION!
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Photo by: Terry Gardner

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Photo by: Terry Gardner

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T MEET MEN AT THE PIER (OR AT LEAST A NICE BUNNY)
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Terry Gardner with Bruce Weber from CRISS ANGEL "Believe" at Luxor
Photo by Paul Svoboda

FIRST FIREWORKS OFF THE PIER IN 18 YEARS!
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Photo by Terry Gardner