Love's in the air this week.

No. Wait. That's just the pink-n-purple decor everywhere. Or me, all hopped up on the gallon of chocolate peanut butter ice cream I've been going to town on every night. But Valentine's Day approaches.

Me? Not a big fan. Sure I love wine and any excuse to drink it. But I remember this one year ... Or, OK, so there was one Valentine's .....

Fine. Ya caught me. I don't have any good, pithy, innuendo (in-your-end-o)-filled stories about Feb. 14. Guess we'll have to stick to the facts this column. And hope my stories about Duff Man and/or knocked-in bathroom doors become relevant one day.

Alexandra Sieh
Alexandra Sieh

Whether it's you and the hand of your choice this weekend, a certain someone you've been cyber-stalking for weeks, or that lover you keep around because they're nice to look at, you've got a few plans to figure out.

And if you've been procrastinating, I've got a couple of suggestions.

Like stopping by Boulder Beer (2880 Wilderness Place) on Friday for a pint or two. Folks there will be recommending the Shake and Shake Nitro, Raspberry Chocolate Cake beer-cocktail (whaaa) and a Chocolate Cherry Cask beer.

Sounds like a good dessert to follow any meal. Find yourself single? Make your date Colorado's craft beer, then, and head over to lova-ville.


The Hotel Boulderado (2115 13th St.) will be having a three-course meal on the mezzanine on Friday night, with the Chico Meira Trio accompanying the grub. Another three courses await at Centro (950 Pearl St.), filled with things like a short rib empanada and shrimp veracruz.

But enough about the night of lusty mistakes and 10,000 calories via box wine.

All weekend, you can opt out of the love and check out the Boulder International Film Festival Thursday through Sunday. Four days to celebrate cinema with new-but-unknown features, documentaries and shorts.

Get the info you need at You know, the schedule and background on all the films and filmmakers. You can also figure out ticket pricing there.

But just flipping through the films — "The Face of Love" featuring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, or "Political Bodies," a documentary on reproductive rights restrictions — there should be something for everyone.

Also running all weekend is "Weekend of a Champion," a film showing at The Dairy Center of the Arts (2590 Walnut St.). Roman Polanski spends a weekend with Jackie Stewart as he attempts to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

A nice break from the chick flicks I'm sure all you boys are going to be loving Friday night.

Keep the love a- …. well, whatever love does, this Friday at Twisted Pine Brewing (3201 Walnut St.). Out Boulder's Annual Red Party's rocking from 7 to 11 p.m., and is pairing their DJ and silent auction with Twisted Pine's brewskies. You can head to to nab tickets for the event. That'll get you a beer and a great night out.

The folks at The Laughing Goat (1709 Pearl St.) have Rowan performing Friday night, from 8 to 9 p.m. Good spot for an hour of great music.

The smarties at Fate Brewing (1600 38th Street) have crafted their own VDay night for you too. They've got a $32 three-course prix-fixe menu for you, with a free beer pairing. I saw the words “sirloin” and “cheesecake” on the menu and was sold. Mmm.

Cool news for Fate, earlier this week. “RateBeer” named the brewery the best new brewery in Colorado. Pretty great for a spot that just turned one last week.

And just because I love the film, head to CHEM 140 on Tuesday. Your Program Council folks are showing “Fargo” and serving up some popcorn. Study, or enjoy a quality film. Yea ...

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