You can watch as careers are made or waylaid during the Colorado Independent Film Festival and Screenwriting Contest, a day-long event at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., filmmakers, writers, performers and models will duke it out for top honors in various categories. It's the kind of three-ring circus we don't see often enough in these parts; for information call 303-400-1525.
The Hard Rock RockFest isn't exactly a stadium show, but it should be as loud as one, with high-energy bands such as ska-punkers Smash Mouth and the power-popping Marvelous 3 performing tonight at 7 in the West Parking Lot at Mile High Stadium, one of six stops on the Hard Rock Cafe-sponsored tour. Purchase tickets, $16.50, in advance at the Denver Hard Rock Cafe, by calling 303-825-4849 or by logging on to www.ticketweb.com.
Many happy returns: Summer at Chautauqua just wouldn't be right without a stopover by Richard Thompson, whose combined gifts for storytelling, songwriting, blending influences and playing wicked hell out of the guitar never cease to hold an audience spellbound. But it all seems just a little bit deeper and a little bit spookier when heard under the rustic roof of the Chauatauqua Auditorium, where Thompson has often sung solo, but has now taken to bringing along a band so he can rock out. Either way, he'll knock you out. Thompson performs tonight at 8 at Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; for tickets, $22 to $28, call 303-440-7666 or 303-830-TIXS.
The blues meet the Celtics tonight, and we're not talking basketball. This is a unique concert bill featuring headliner and modern blues phenom Robert Cray along with upbeat openers the Young Dubliners at 8 at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. That should make for an interesting crowd--admission is $22.50; to reserve tickets call 303-830-TIXS.
The wienie roast is an integral part of anyone's summer (so integral, in fact, that someone had to invent a vegetarian wiener), but did you ever stop to wonder why? We eat them at ballgames and picnics without pondering for a moment what they're really made of or why we can't resist them, but now all those frank questions can be laid to rest: A Hot Dog Program answers them for us, taking sidetrips to visit dog-eating contests and hot-dog shaped diners and a reindeer-dog vendor in Alaska. Go to the store, buy your wienies, buns, mustard and relish, start up the grill and then tune in at 7 p.m. on KRMA-TV/Channel 6. You could do wurst.