If you're into Mexican (and New Mexican) food, hopefully you've discovered Pueblo's many great eateries. The flavor has to come from somewhere, and much of it traces to peppers grown in the area. They'll be on display this weekend at the 14th Chile & Frijoles Festival, celebrating the annual harvest with plenty of music, artwork for sale and other produce, plus bean-spitting and jalapeo-eating contests. It's one of Pueblo's can't-miss events every year, downtown on Union Avenue (just off Interstate 25) between First and B streets. Hours are 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more, go to pueblochamber.org or call 800/233-3446. RR
Isn't it enough that West Africans, Haitians and pretty much everyone in New Orleans practice some form of voodoo? Do we really need hillbillies doing it, too? Quite possibly we do, if Hillbilly VooDoo's Tamlyn and Lance Weaver are any indication. Straight out of Helper, Utah, the couple has spent the last 15 years writing and performing songs whose influences range from Townes Van Zandt to Gillian Welch, all with an old-time string-band sensibility. The results are more haunting than most of the urban upstarts currently hellbent on passing for Dust Bowl refugees. Catch them at 7:30 p.m. at Jimbo's Take 2 (2427 N. Union Blvd.) for a mere $7.50. Call 244-1601 for more. BF
If you're interested in "ear rattling" orchestral performances, the acclaimed Colorado Springs Philharmonic will follow up its Saturday night show with another at 2:30 p.m. today. Joined by the Colorado Springs Chorale and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, the Philharmonic opens 2008-9 with Orff's Carmina Burana and Liszt's Les Preludes. Contributing to the Medieval poetry and powerful sound of the former are soloists Judeth Shay Burns, Brian Patrick Leatherman and Peter Tuff. Tickets for this Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) show are available for $10 to $50 at the box office, online at ticketswest.com or by calling 520-SHOW (7469). Visit csphilharmonic.org for more information. EA
Golfers and do-gooders, have we got a deal for you today! The Urban Peak Golf Challenge: Six hours of golf at Woodmoor Pines Golf & Country Club (18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument). Your own cart. Free balls. As many holes as you can play (sort of the duffer's dream buffet) starting at 8 a.m. If we haven't caught your attention yet, perhaps prizes and free food and drink will suck you in? Still not sure? We'll tug at your heartstrings then, because this is a fundraiser for homeless youth. And you set the dollar amount. A dollar a hole? A hundred bucks a birdie? Call 630-3223 to RSVP or visit urbanpeak.org for more. KA
Back in 1999, England's droney space-rock band Spiritualized played a nuanced, mesmerizing, frequently brilliant set at the inaugural Coachella Festival. Too bad most of their songs (along with those of succeeding act Underworld) were drowned out by the sounds of main-stage hogs the Chemical Brothers, whose block-rocking, karaoke-sans-vocals performance echoed throughout much of the Mojave Desert. Happily, that won't be a problem when frontman Jason Pierce's latest incarnation, consisting largely of the no-less-eccentric Julian Cope's former bandmates, gets the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver) all to itself. Showtime is 9 p.m., tickets are $25, and block-rocking beats (and those under 16) are not invited. For more, call 303/830-2525 or visit ogdentheatre.net. BF
Everyone has regrets in life, and one of mine was buying tickets and planning to join the kids for Fleetwood Mac's 1997 reunion tour stop in Denver then backing out at the last minute because of being too busy at work. Huge mistake, as those now-adult kids still remind me. For us still-loyal Mac followers, the latest opportunity comes with guitarist-vocalist Lindsey Buckingham bringing his Gift of Screws tour (the title is his latest CD, just released) at 8 tonight to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (14th and Curtis streets, Denver). Tickets range from $46 to $66 plus extra charges via ticketmaster.com, and if you buy two tickets online, you get the new CD free. RR
This week's 7 Days contributors: Kirsten Akens, Elizabeth Anderson, Bill Forman and Ralph Routon.