Seven Days to Live 

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  • Sam Riggs

Wednesday 23


Louisiana's notorious Angola prison has rarely, if ever, been mentioned in the same sentence as Star Wars, yet both have found their way into Sam Riggs' live shows. "Fields of fear stretched far and wide, and razor wire goes to the sky," sings the Texas singer-songwriter on "Angola's Lament." After the show, fans can head to his merch table to find unauthorized Star Wars-themed beer koozies. "I've been waiting on a cease-and-desist order," Riggs recently told Rolling Stone, which favorably compared his country-rock music to that of Garth Brooks and Ray Wylie Hubbard. You can catch Riggs at 7 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) for $12 in advance, $14 at the door. — Bill Forman

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  • Hate Mail

Thursday 24


Rich Boy meets Artsy Girl. Boy gets girl fired from her job. Boy and girl fall in and out of love and loathing — Hate Mail is a classic tale of unconventional love (and hate), brought to you by the Funky Little Theater Company (2109 Templeton Gap Road, funkylittletheater.org). But, as familiar as it may sound, the hysterical story of Preston and Dahlia doesn't play out as you might expect: It's two performers reading letters and other correspondence between the loathe-birds as their relationship peaks and plummets. The final performances begin tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 ($15 during the weekend). — Craig Lemley

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  • Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

friday 25


Green chiles are just another pepper like fourteeners are just mountains — the people and the culture that coalesce around them make a difference that matters. In fact, the green chile harvest acts as a major point in culinary calendars across the Southwest. In other words, it's late September, and yes, that means it's time for North Union Avenue in downtown Pueblo to erupt in tasty smells and other street-fair fare in the annual Loaf 'n Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival (pueblochilefestivalinfo.com). Today's hours are 3 to midnight, and the fest runs through Sunday. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Ghouls Gulch Haunted House
  • Ghouls Gulch Haunted House

Saturday 26


A chill runs up your spine. Though it is dark, you know — know — that you are being followed by someone. You flee the mansion and the skeletal nightmares within, wading through a swamp, hoping that you may find some peace hiding in the graveyard. As you cower in the corner of an open crypt, you repeat to yourself, "It's just a haunted house. It's all for fun." If this sounds like a fine way to spend a Saturday night, check out Ghouls Gulch Haunted House and Sanitarium: Eyes of the Insane, both at 3910 Palmer Park Blvd. (ghoulsgulch.com). They're open at 7 p.m., with dates through Nov. 1. Tickets run $15 each or $26 for both attractions, with VIP upgrades available. — Griffin Swartzell

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  • Juan Morales

sunday 27

poetry & music

Straddling distinct Latin American ethnicities (Ecuadoran and Puerto Rican) can be tough enough. Doing so from the Rocky Mountain West is another thing entirely. Poet Juan Morales, born and raised in Colorado Springs, explores the far reaches of this challenging heritage while remaining rooted in lyrical purpose. Tonight, the Colorado State University-Pueblo associate professor of English reads from his new book, The Siren World, beginning at 7 p.m. at Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St., mountainfoldbooks.org). Joining Morales are poet Aaron Anstett and Blank Tape Records' Changing Colors, adding an Americana rhythm with a live set. — Vanessa Martinez

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  • Liberty in North Korea

monday 28


It's tough for Americans to wrap their minds around the reality of North Korea, where there are no freedoms of speech, movement, information or religion. Life is rendered even more bleak by chronic food shortages, political prison camps, forced adulation of the Kim family, and a propaganda machine that cranks up when you're in nursery school and follows you all of your days. Spend an evening enhancing your understanding of life north of the 38th parallel at a free presentation by the California-based Liberty in North Korea (libertyinnorthkorea.org), which works to bring opportunity to this isolated nation. It starts at 6:30 in Colorado College's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave. — Mary Jo Meade

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  • Feminine Line

Tuesday 29


William Blake wrote that "The nakedness of woman is the work of God." Now, there's no indication from the title Feminine Line that artists Ann Wildenstein, Nancy Leonard, Lisa Fabiano, Liz Kettle and Cass Mullane will necessarily spotlight the female body in their group show at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com). Rather, the exhibit description mentions "the feminine interpretation of organic forms, fluid lines, color, and texture" inside of abstract works, which may present as much of a Rorschach test as an art-viewing experience. Catch the art body for a $3 suggested donation between 10 and 5 today, or during regular hours through Oct. 17. — Matthew Schniper


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