Help raise funds for the Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, which assists economically disadvantaged individuals in becoming self-sufficient, by attending the Groovin' in the Garden Smooth Jazz Concert and BBQ at Hillside Gardens (1006 S. Institute St.) from 5:30 to 8 tonight. Fresh off the Winter Park Jazz Festival, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX will perform along with Nelson Rangell. Minucci has backed pop icons Jewel, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. Tickets run $50 for a single and $80 for a pair. Purchase them by phone at 471-7870 or visit the PPCAA office at 722 S. Wahsatch Ave. MS
My first experience with a telescope was with Halley's Comet, back in '86. I was 8 years old, and my mom took my brothers and me to a soccer field, where some friendly space-types had set up a free viewing. I saw a burning streak, sure, but I'd really hoped to see E.T. through the lens. Since then, life's been a series of disappointments. But back to the point: If you'd like to view galaxies, planets, stars and more, attend the free Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Public Viewing at Palmer Park (3650 Maizeland Road) from 7:30 to 11 this evening. Call 651-8476 for more information. MS
The Garza brothers are the trio that makes up "Los Nios Solos." Actually that's the full Spanish translation of their true Spanglish name, Los Lonely Boys. Although this band has a slight Latin influence, it's mainly influenced by a variety of American greats, from Ritchie Valens to The Beatles. Originally part of their father's band, the brothers have a background playing Tex-Mex, country, blues and rock 'n roll. Joined by Latin rock band Del Castillo, Los Lonely Boys are performing at the Colorado State Fair (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo) at 8 tonight. Tickets, which run $20 to $30, may be purchased by calling 520-9090 or visiting ticketmaster.com. CR
If you're in the mood for some aesthetically pleasing quality time, head to Memorial Park (500 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Today marks the second day of the Commonwheel Artists 32nd annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival. Join participating artisans and artists to celebrate the final weekend of summer as more than 100 booths with handcrafted fine arts and crafts are presented along with food, live entertainment and children's activities. Locals The Jake Loggins Band and Andy Clifton are among the lengthy list of live acts performing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the three-day weekend. Call 577-7700 or visit commonwheel.com for more information. CR
As a Red Sox fan, it ain't easy to find joy in Mudville right now. But at noon today, about 2,000 miles from Fenway Park, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (1401 Recreation Way, near Garden of the Gods) is hosting a game that even the most bitter sports-radio caller would find hard to lambaste. It's the annual contest between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters and the Colorado All-Stars, where 1880 rules reign and reasonably priced hot dogs abound. You can bring a picnic, if you'd like, and access to the whole ranch will cost you no more than $6. Call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com; it'll be good for your hardened, Yankee-hating heart. Yeah, Joey from Revere, even yours. KW
Though the The Spill Canvas sounds like some kind of elementary school art accident, it's not. They're actually an up-and-coming rock outfit out of Sioux Falls, S.D. ... so, again, it's not at all like that time I got all that glued macaroni and glitter stuck in my nostril. Just so we're clear. The band, The Spill Canvas, just off tour with MAE, will be playing with Narhwhal and A Novel Form at 8 tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). Purchase advance tickets for the $10, all-ages show at ticketweb.com. MS
You've got some packing to do. Tomorrow begins the South Park Music Festival, and it's gonna be a long weekend up there at 10,000 feet. We're looking at four days, 15,000 fans and 120-plus bands, including The Thieves, Hot IQs and The Railbenders. This festival began just two years ago, and already, it's become a legitimate international attraction. You can pick up VIP passes if you want industry-talk and networking opportunities, but if you just want the music, performances at the five outdoor stages are free. Do bring cash, though: Bands will be hawking their CDs, and sponsor Pabst Blue Ribbon is sure to offer refreshments. Visit southparkmusic.com for more. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Chrissy Roller, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.