On a date to: Denver Botanic Gardens
By saying: “Since ancient times, orchids have been a symbol of love, beauty, and strength.” (To be followed by a genuine comment on her beauty.)
This month: The Orchid Showcase runs through February 24.

On a date to: the Mayan Theatre
By saying: “Colorado is making an effort to increase film production here. New incentives have brought in more than $36 million since July 2012. Now if only that led to better flicks than The Lone Ranger.”
This month: Take your pick of the most buzzed about indie films.

On a date to: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
By saying: “There are nine elves hidden around the museum, some in the murals by artist Kent Pendleton. Let’s play a game: Whoever finds the fewest has to…”
This month: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opens February 14.

On a date to: Fillmore Auditorium
By saying: “In 1960, James Brown performed one of the first major concerts here—and that’s before the Fillmore was a music venue. If you could see any artist (alive or dead) live, who would you pick?”
This month: Classic alt-rock act the Pixies play February 13.

On a date to: the Denver Art Museum
By saying: “Remember sporks? Gio Ponti, the Italian architect behind the North Building, claims to have invented them.”
This month: Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western starts February 16.

On a date to: Little Bear Saloon
By saying: “Rumor is, during Prohibition, when this venue was Prince McCracken’s Drugstore, bootleggers used to sell booze out back. Let’s go in and grab a drink.”
This month: There’s live music most nights; just check the schedule.

On a date to: Lower48
By saying: “Would you listen to this?” [while picking up your drink coaster, which is an actual vinyl album cut].
This month: Share bite-size items ($2 to $3) from the “Each” menu.

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On a date to: Session Kitchen
By saying: “Someone told me that image over the bar [point to red woman] was the first piece the designer fell in love with. It informed the entire restaurant’s look—which includes 13 art installations from artists around the world.”
This month: Warm up with the comforting flavors of the pierogi and Brussels sprouts.

On a date to: Garden of the Gods
By saying: “Did you know that Colorado contains more than half of the U.S. land area with elevations over 10,000 feet?”
This month: Bundle up for your snowy walk. And remember that the park closes at 9 p.m. in the winter.

On a date to: a Colorado Avalanche game
By saying: “So, are you for or against the new Avalanche Ice Girls?”
This month: The Avs take on the Los Angeles Kings on February 26 and the Phoenix Coyotes on February 28.

On a date to: Cafe Brazil
By saying: [to your server] “I’ve heard that you have some hard-to-find rums available. Can you tell us about them?”
This month: Cozy up with the Cuba Libre (Angostura rum, fresh key lime, and cola).

—Illustration by Jan Feindt

This article was originally published in 5280 February 2014.
Daliah Singer
Daliah Singer
Daliah Singer is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denver. You can find more of her work at daliahsinger.com.