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How Did I Get Here, February 11
At age 27, Sierra Quitiquit has mastered the world of skiing (starring in Warren Miller’s feature film Ticket To Ride) and modeling (on a Times Square billboard for American Eagle), but her journey hasn’t been easy. Watch the struggles and triumphs of her mercurial rise in her new documentary film. Pre-screening, enjoy music by percussive guitarist Grayson Erhard and alternative folk group Pandas & People while bidding on goods from such local establishments as Prana, Keen, and Stem Ciders in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled, an organization that provides adaptive recreation for children with disabilities. Thursday, 6 p.m.; The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave.; ticket prices vary
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Cult Following: Secrets and Confessions, February 12-13
Denver’s best improv actors take to the stage in this two-night exploration of love—in all its sordid, awkward, and hilarious forms. Denver’s own Jessica Austgen, Sarah Kirwin, Nanna Thompson, and Chris Woolf unite to bring the audience’s suggestions (and secrets) to life on stage. Rest assured, this humorous event will be more effective Valentine’s Day therapy than chocolate. Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m.; The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe St.; $15
Tea Time with Devon Murray and Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, February 13
Harry Potter film star Devon Murray (who played Seamus Finnigan) and associate producer Paula DuPre’ Pesmen aren’t allowed to practice magic outside of Hogwarts—but that isn’t stopping them from sharing their secrets with interested Muggles. Indulge in authentic English tea, mini quiches, and Butterbeer while listening to exclusive stories involving the movie-making process. Guests will take home autographed photographs of each speaker and a handmade wooden wand. A portion of the proceeds benefits There With Care, an organization that assists those suffering from serious illnesses as well as their families. Saturday, 8 a.m.; Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland; $68
Double Roller Derby Bout, February 13
Celebrate Galentine’s Day (February 13) by cheering on some hardcore ladies in this roller derby doubleheader. In the first bout, the Boulder County Bombers’ travel B-team, the Bombshells, takes on the Denver Roller Derby Standbys. Following the first match, grab a Colorado-made libation—from Black Canyon Distillery, Spring 44, or Spirit Hound Distillers—at the craft cocktail bar. Then, watch the BCB’s A-team, the All-Stars and the DRD’s B team, the Bruising Altitude. Whether you’re rooting for the People’s Republic or the Mile High City, you can gather at Breakers Grill in Longmont for the afterparty. Saturday, 6-9 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd.; $13-$15
RiNo Love Triangle, February 14
This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with the delicious beer and cider pairings at three of RiNo’s best breweries and bars. The day of love kicks off at Epic Brewing Company with a beer and cheese pairing, followed by a second course of cider and pork ossobuco at the Rackhouse, and a final spread of crêpes and beer at Ratio Beerworks. Guests can make their way between the three locations at a leisurely pace, with seating beginning each hour on the hour. Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; locations vary; $85