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Although most foreigners are devil-worshipping, atheist heathens, we still enjoy a well-dressed Christmas tree, twinkling lights and rosy-faced carol singers. BY AN DY WE S TMOR E LAN D


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American “humor” falls some- where between kindergarten and Germany, however the


second annual LaughFest asks that you overlook the absence of bearded men in dresses, deceased birds and other hallmarks of true comedy in sup- port of a good cause. “LaughFest encourages you to ‘Give the Gift of Laughter’ this holiday season,” said Leann Arkema, CEO and president Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Ticket packages are on sale now, or wait until January to buy individual show tickets if you’re a cheapskate.


Gilda’s LaughFest March 8-18 laughfestgr.org, (616) 735-4242


DRINK


The Brit abroad could wander far before discovering a water- ing hole as invi t ing as


Graydon’s. Its dark oak interior and real dart- boards are reminiscent of establishments in York (the old one), and with more than 50 draught selections – local and European – you’ll find plenty of reasons to become a regular here. The menu is equally diverse, combining English and Indian cuisine. The Bangladesh Burrito and a designated driver are highly recommended.


Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids graydonscrossing.com, (616) 726-8260


LISTEN


PotatoeBabies’ shows never fail to amuse, entertain, educate and disgust. When quizzed


about their appeal, Rev. Charles explained, “I’m kind of a big deal!” PotatoeBabies’ unique brand of entertainment consists of songs and anecdotes about local personalities, ex-wives and bodily functions. Expect plenty of audience participation and there are sure to be gifts; you may wish there weren’t. Moonrays, Alexis and Chyna Dawn will also perform.


Rev Charles’ PotatoeBabies Bad Santa Holiday Spectacular


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Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Clique Bowling Center 533 Stocking Ave., Grand Rapids cliquelanes.com, (616) 456-6123


EAT


English people never tire of hearing Americans attempt London accents (we really do


use the word “guv’nor” in every sentence). Sometimes however, you need something more authentic and London Grill’s two locations take their decor seriously with flags and maps from the old country, and even a red phone box. Toast The Queen with one of several British draught beers, and enjoy fish & chips in a casual, old English pub setting. Cheers!


London Grill 214 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo - (269) 381-9212 200 E. Bridge St., Plainwell - (269) 685-1877 london-grill.com


WATCH


Overseas it’s still commonplace to see armored champions fight to defend a maiden’s honor.


Here, maidens do battle to determine the victori- ous brewery in this yearly event. Quaff ale from the breweries as two teams of Grand Raggidy Roller Girls – Schmohz Bonecrushers vs. New Holland Brewhouse Bruisers – compete in four- wheeled combat. The evening starts with a round robin, triple team throw down pitting Grand Raggidy’s newest team, Rapid Assault, against Ann Arbor and Bath City. Ringo Deathstarr, cap- tain of Rapid Assault with the aplomb of a heavyweight boxer, says, “We may be fresh meat, but we’re going to kick some derby butt ... guv’nor!”


Grand Raggidy Roller Girls’ 4th Annual Beer Brawl Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI grandraggidyrollergirls.com


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