Have you ever noticed how a parking lot looks a whole lot prettier when you're drinking wine in it? Don't drive, sip: Entrust your keys to someone trustworthy and dive into a slew of regional vintages at the Colorado Wine Festival, a free weekend wine-tasting event featuring over sixty Colorado-made varieties of vino from twelve wineries. Colorado Farmers Markets will also participate, with booths offering produce, pasta and other fresh and edible goodies, and Outback Steakhouse will provide steak and shrimp sample plates. The festival takes place from 4 to 6 today and 1 to 6 tomorrow in the parking lot at Total Beverage, a spirits emporium at 770 East 104th Avenue, Thornton. You'll get a lot of bang for your buck; for details, call 303-280-3800 or log on to www.totalbeverage.net.
Those who think the drive-in experience is too passé (see "Drive On In," page 50) can still evoke some of the atmosphere when the Boulder Outdoor Cinema opens for the season, offering a whole new series of family films screened on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer against the back wall of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder. Tonight's kick-off flick,Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, begins at dusk (The Two Towers will screen in August), with Disney's Monsters, Inc. providing the yuks tomorrow night. Pre-movie entertainment will also be offered on select evenings (Kim Mallek performs tonight); as always, it's bring your own lawn chair. Admission is $3 to $5, which benefits the museum; call 303-444-1351 or log on to www.outdoorcinema.com.
Once in a while, a double bill so strong you can hardly believe it flies through town, and this is one of them, at least for the singer-songwriter set. Quintessential Austinite songsmith Guy Clark --a true favorite of the favorites in the country-tinged songwriting world -- headlines tonight at Swallow Hill Music Hall, 71 East Yale Avenue. Husband-and-wife duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, whose new example of teamwork in action, a CD aptly titled Never Gonna Let You Go, is set for release next week, will open the show smartly with their own handcrafted material. Promising to be both utterly contemporary and as old as the hills, the concert begins at 8; for tickets, $23 to $29, call 303-777-1003 or log on to www.swallowhill.com.
The baseball team that takes the term "rocky road" to a whole new level still has the power to make it all up to us here at home. And now it's your turn to contribute: Our lowly Rox, for better or worse, will host the Colorado Rockies Home Run, a benefit 5K run/walk and 1K kids' fun run for the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund, this morning at 8:15 at Coors Field, 20th and Blake streets. The course will take you around the ballpark's warning track and through surrounding LoDo streets before winding up back at the stadium for a repast of ballpark food and drink. The entry fee of $15 to $30 includes a T-shirt and two home-game ticket vouchers; for information and registration, call 303-430-2969 or log on to www.coloradorockies.com.
On the other hand, families with kids still too little to reach the T-ball might opt to participate in a Park Hill neighborhood Stroller Roll hosted by local businesses, including Dardano's School of Gymnastics, 2250 Kearney Street, and Spinelli's Market, 4621 East 23rd Avenue, to benefit the Denver Ronald McDonald House. The rolling trek caters to kids ages six and under and their folks; it begins at 10 at Ferguson Park, 23rd Avenue and Dexter Street, and wends its way down city streets to Dardano's for a 45-minute slate of gymnastic activities before heading back to the park for a picnic lunch and goodie bags. The entry fee is $10 per person; pre-registration is available at either Dardano's (303-355-0080) or Spinelli's (303-329-8143), or sign on at the park for $15 each, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
Chef and restaurant-verité author Anthony Bourdain made his name a household word among foodies with the biting exposé Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, but since then, he's been writing the next best thing: mysteries. You know, food, sex, mayhem -- all the stuff that made Kitchen Confidential famous. Bourdain will read from and sign his third whodunit, The Bobby Gold Stories, tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; for details, call 303-436-1070 or log on to www.tatteredcover.com.