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Princess Date

Tell your lady to practice her princess wave because the Princess Date option is all about royal treatment. Start off the evening with tickets to the Diana—A Celebration exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids). Nine galleries present more than 150 personal objects of the princess including her wedding gown, 28 designer dresses, family heirlooms and personal mementos. After ogling aristocratic life, a Princess Diana’s Favorites menu awaits at the 1913 Room located inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids).

Live vicariously through food and wine the princess enjoyed, including her wedding cake and her last meal. The first course, a duo of Warm Soufflés of Mushroom and Asparagus dotted with Mushroom Jus is, according to Lucas Grill, general manager of the 1913 Room, “a take on an asparagus and mushroom omelet” the princess had as her last meal. Flirt while sipping Champagne Emulsion (a champagne flavored froth) and indulge in the Princess Diana Wedding Cake—a fresh fruitcake of apple, banana and pineapple layered with cream cheese icing. The cake is served with Banana Cream, Apple Salad and Tuille Crown for a decadent experience. “At least 15 to 20 people come in per day and try the cake with coffee,” says Grill.

Funny Date

Scientific study upon scientific study confirms that laughter is a key component leading to interpersonal attraction, which is good news for the court jester but bad for the executioner, unless he possesses an ample dosage of gallows humor. Allow an aura of hilarity to strengthen bonds this Valentine’s week by following any of these suggestions.

Indulge in some throwback laughs. As part of the Meanwhile Movie Series, Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) will be showing the original frat house comedy, Animal House on Feb. 15. General admission is $5. Or wear a toga and try to get in for free. Long Islands are $3 afterwards at The Meanwhile (1005 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids).

Forego the drafty old castle for a stay at the JW Marriott (235 Louis Street NW Grand Rapids), which has a “Princess for a Day” package featuring “The Royal Luxury Package,” which offers accommodations in a classic guest room, two V.I.P. tickets to the exhibition and complimentary valet parking. Pampering is the princess’ second language, so the inclusion of the $50 Vasaio Spa & Salon credit (good toward any massage or body treat- ment) is another favor for your lady. The next morning involves breakfast for two in Bentham’s or room service (beauty sleep and breakfast in bed are essential for princesses).

The total cost for such a regal rendezvous is around $600. But it’s so worth it for bragging rights and some guaranteed snogging (hey now, that’s British for kissing and cuddling — sheesh). By Melissa Black

Grab a bite to eat at The Landing (270 Ann St. NW, Grand Rapids) on the night of Sunday the Feb. 13, while some of West Michigan’s up-and-coming stand-up come- dians take the stage. Host Brian B. corrals the local talent and typically showcases 10 or so comedians in a night. The restaurant boasts German and American cuisine, a full-stocked bar and the best deal on surf and turf in town: beef tenderloin filet and lobster tail for $25. Jokes start flying at 8 p.m. No cover charge.

Lewis Black isn’t really for lovers, or is he? On the one hand, Black’s dark comedy of scathing social insights belies a pissed-off pessimism not typically the stuff of romance. On the other hand, with his cathartic wit and moral outrage, Black yells so you don’t have to. Release any tension in your relationship by seeing at the Kalamazoo State Theatre (404 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo) on Feb. 17. Reserved seating costs $45. Admission costs $50 the day of the show.

Too busy this Valentines’ Week? Take a rain check by buying tickets in advance to the first-ever LaughFest GR, an 11-day comedy festival happening March 10-20. Comedy in all its guises—stand-up, improv, theatre, videotaped pets, candid kids, etc.—will be invading Grand Rapids. Find tickets for single performances or package tickets for a slew of events at By Mitchell Terpstra



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