If you're thinking it's a coup for Cowboys (25 N. Tejon St., 596-1212) to have a performer as widely known as Julianne Hough, you're surely not alone. Hough, the two-time winner of ABC's Dancing With the Stars who also ranks No. 25 on Maxim's 2009 Hot 100 women in the world, quickly is rising as a country singer, and the 21-year-old will showcase those talents here at 9 tonight. Already honored this year as country music's top new artist, she has been opening for the likes of Toby Keith and George Strait while also honing her own act. That might seem worthy of a larger venue here, but Cowboys has pulled it off, and the doors open at 5. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $19.50 online at cowboysdowntowncs.com. — RR
For the psychobilly-inclined, sunny Arizona's Creepsville 666 pretty much has it all: gleefully ghoulish lyrics, a coffin-shaped standup bass, and a sensibility situated somewhere between the Stray Cats and L.A. Guns. "First time I saw you I knew it was love at first sight / You killed my baby without even blinking an eye," sings frontcreep Geno Dellamorte, en route to the kind of "WHOA-oh-oh-oh-OHHH" chorus that's stock in trade for any retro-punk outfit worth its Doc Martens. Colorado's own Hellbound Billy — whose "Creepy the Clown" is one of the better rockabilly odes to coulrophobia in recent memory — kicks off the family funfest at 9 p.m. in the cloistered confines of the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave., myspace.com/therocketroom). Three bucks plus one immortal soul gets you in. — BF
Whether you're eco-conscious or not, the Pikes Peak EcoFestival won't leave you out to dry. To promote zero waste, this year's festival will provide all the unlimited water if you bring your own bottle, and a free pint coupon for Bristol Brewing Co. if you arrive by human power. Located at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3202 Chambers Way, pikespeakecofestival.com), the festival will host live music, eco-workshops and yoga classes, as well as plenty of local food. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there's a $3 suggested donation — but at least you won't go thirsty. — JK
Nothing says autumn in Colorado like crisp, cool air — except maybe a chili and salsa cook-off, or an all-you-can-stand jalapeño-eating contest. Good news: All three are available today between 10 and 6 at the 15th annual Chile and Frijoles Festival in downtown Pueblo (pueblochamber.org), which started Friday. Also enjoy a farmers market full of "every kind of pepper imaginable." And with mira sol chile as your fuel, consider joining the 5k run or two-mile walk. Donations of $1 are requested, unless you're a pet; in that case, they'd prefer you just stay home. — BC
What is faith and how much is reasonable? Allow me to answer the first part of that question for the people at Black Cat Books (720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitoubooks.com). Faith is believing that at 7 p.m. on a Monday, after a long workday, people will venture to the bookstore to discuss "What is tolerance and how much is reasonable?" But this Socrates Café discussion is sure to be lively, whether you're inclined to talk more about your neighbor's barking dog or religion in North Korea. Plus, it's free, which is very reasonable. — KW
All of us, as teenagers, kept secrets from our parents. (Admit it, that six-pack in your closet didn't belong to "a friend.") But the film Somers Town, tonight's offering from the Independent Film Society of Colorado, takes the deception to a new level. When Marek, a London teen, meets Tomo, a runaway, he invites Tomo to move into his room, unbeknownst to Marek's father. The result is a funny, fresh take on the buddy movie, which follows the two as they spend a summer doing odd jobs and vying for the attention of a pretty French waitress — all while attempting to avoid detection. You'll want to be in your seat by 7 p.m. at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, ifsoc.org). Tickets are $5 to $6. — JT
So we sent you to Pueblo for the Chile and Frijoles Festival already this week, but it wouldn't do to enjoy a Colorado fall without giving it up to our Western roots. Visit the free opening reception of Representing the West Art Exhibition & Sale at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., sdc-arts.org), on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., or visit it any time Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4 through Oct. 24 ($3 or $4). Western artists throughout the U.S. contributed their visions of the people and landscapes of this region. — EA
Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, John Knight, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.