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And a night on the town with dinner and a show

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

When Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, it’s a bit harder to find somewhere to take your sweetheart.

The best bet is to go out for a romantic dinner. Several locally owned restaurants are planning special menus or packages for the evening of Feb. 14, but some may want to defer their special evening until next weekend, or give tickets or plan a weekend getaway for later.

Some locations will combine food and entertainment.

Dinner theater

Yesterday’s Event Center at 15631 Brownsferry Road in Athens plans a Valentine’s Dinner Theatre for Feb. 14. Dress is casual, with private candlelit tables and an open dance floor.

Cost is $20 per person, including a complete meal and a short program of romantic selections by local musicians.

The meal will be served from 6:30 to 7:30. Reservations are required by Tuesday; e-mail or call 232-2506 for information.

Special dinners

Several area restaurants are planning special menus Wednesday.

Curry’s on Johnston Street, which is usually open only for lunch, will be open for Valentine’s dinner. Several entrees will be available on the a la carte menu, such as chicken cordon bleu, wahoo (fish), cowboy pork chop, seafood enchilada and blackened prime rib. Call to see if reservations are available, 350-6715.

At Simp McGhee’s on Bank Street, no reservations will be taken for the 5:30 to 9 p.m. dining hours. Reginald Jackson will play saxophone and piano, and a limited-choice menu will include specialties such as a Ponchartrain fish dish, roasted salmon and Dean’s Delight (steak over pasta), with chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce for dessert.

Café 113 on Grant Street is nearly booked up for its $250-per-couple Valentine’s Day package, which includes open bar, appetizer, soup, entree, dessert and gift basket including chocolates and roses. Call 351-1400.

Market Street Café overlooking the water will have a four-course dinner with choice of prime rib, baked salmon or chicken tetrazzini, with appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert, plus champagne and a rose. Reservations for the $29.95 meal are required; call 351-0300.

In Hartselle, Giovanni’s on Railroad Street will offer stuffed lobster tail in a butter cream sauce on Valentine’s Day. Call 773-9669 for reservations.

Elvis and more

If you’re planning to celebrate next weekend, you may want to take in the Saturday Dennis Ballentine show, “A Tribute to the Legends.” The first of two shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. at David’s Catfish Cabin in Hartselle.

Ballentine is known for his Elvis impersonation, which will be featured in the second show that evening. His first show will feature songs by Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Darin and other rock ’n’ roll greats.

Dinner will be available; show tickets are $10 each. Call 784-5596 or check www.dennis

Concert, play tickets

Plan ahead now to get tickets and take your honey to concerts, theater, rodeo and other performers.

Check www.ticketmaster
.com for ticket information, or call (800) 277-1700 or, for plays, 518-6155.

Here are some upcoming events at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville (box office 551-2345):

Feb. 19: Blue Man Group

Feb. 23-25: Longhorn Rodeo

March 2-4: “On Golden Pond” touring play

March 6: 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks

March 17: Heartland

March 30-April 1: “Wonderful Town” touring play

April 11: The Rowdy Frynds Tour: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr.

April 14: Widespread Panic

April 19: Mercy Me, Audio Adrenaline.

These events are coming up at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, (205) 458-8400 or (800) 277-1700:

Feb. 13-18: musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Feb. 27-March 4: musical “Sweet Charity” starring Molly Ringwald

Feb. 26: Billy Joel

March 9: Harry Connick Jr.

March 17: Alabama Symphony Orchestra pops concert featuring Marvin Hamlisch

March 24: Cirque Du Soleil: Delirium

April 10-15: musical “Mamma Mia!”

April 13: Blue Man Group

April 14: Bill Gaither & The Homecoming

April 30: Norah Jones and The Handsome Band

Mary 4: Martina McBride with Little Big Town

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