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Comedy, music, food all options for valentines

WORTHINGTON -- If love is in the air this frigid winter, meteorologists may predict quite a few lovesicles come Sunday. Thankfully, a variety of local entertainment and dining options will provide some relief this Valentine's Day weekend. And best of all, they're indoors.

New this year, laugh with your loved ones at the Comedy Lover's Valentines Show, set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Long Branch Saloon. The show features Twin Cities-based comedian Craig Allen, a member of the Minneapolis Comedy All-Stars who has opened for the likes of Louie Anderson and Mitch Hedberg.

"It's not Valentine's-themed," Allen said of his show. "I do quite a bit of relationship material based on my own life, but that's not the whole show."

He said while his show includes adult themes, he generally doesn't use filthy humor. Allen, who grew up in the small town of Brandon, near Alexandria, said he's excited to perform for an audience that share's his rural Minnesotan roots.

"It's going to be a fun warm-up show for me," said Allen, who is opening for Tom Arnold in Mankato on Valentine's Day. "The Worthington audience gets to see the show that we charge double the price for up in Mankato."

Comedian Tom Steffen, a former deejay for a hip-hop radio station, will open for Allen. Call 376-6087 for tickets.

For a more traditional Valentine experience, reservations are still available for the sixth annual Valentine Dinner, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Historic Dayton House.

The meal will be catered by the Hi-Lo Supper Club of Lakefield and will feature Wheeler Bread and a choice of crème Brie and apple chicken breast or tender cut of beef in wine and mushroom sauce.

The dinner raises money for operation of the house, and this year guests will be welcome to linger after the meal and enjoy the house's charms. Call 727-1311 for reservations.

Reservations are also being taken at BenLee's Café, which is hosting dinner and live music beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Guests can chose from roasted pork loin or chicken penne pasta.

Greg Klyma, one of a line of folk singer-songwriters who have visited BenLee's, will perform at 7 p.m. Klyma is billed on his Web site as a songwriter, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist whose music evokes "a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris."

"We're pretty excited about this guy, people have spoken so highly of him," said owner Deb Petersen, describing the café's dinner theater experience. "It's like you guys have your own Chanhassen and you don't even know it." Phone 343-3400 for reservations.

Here's a look at more heart-warming events planned for this weekend:


Valentine Sweetheart Dinner Show, with social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a catered candlelight dinner and performance at 8:30 p.m., Business, Arts & Recreation Center, Windom. For tickets, phone (507) 831-2375.

Dinner specials for two, 8:30 p.m. dance, Hickory Lodge Bar & Grill.

Romantic Valentine's Buffet, 5 to 9 p.m., Worthington Country Club.

Whiskey Grill steak dinner, 5:30 p.m., Elks Lodge.


Kinbrae Supper Club, lunch specials from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner specials starting at 4:30 p.m.

Valentine's Day Brunch, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Worthington Country Club.

Pancake breakfast, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Elks Lodge.