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Alternative Valentine’s Day ideas

Here's Muddy's top 12 slightly offbeat picks for Valentine's Day fun that won't make you totally cringe.

Laugh yourself silly

Who doesn’t love a good giggle and with V day falling slap bang in the middle of The Comedy Festival there’s plenty of chances to have some serious LOL moments. Sophie Duker, the Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee is gearing up for a second bite at the comedy apple at Just the Tonic at BrewDog tickets £5 or PWYF.

Meanwhile the Attenborough Arts Centre is hosting the Comedy Art Gallery Tour. It’s exactly what it says it is – being led round an art gallery with award winning comedians as your tour guides – you get to see Sargy Mann’s exhibition and have a chuckle at the same time. Best of all? It’s free!

Elsewhere, Paul Sinha (professional quizzer onITV’s The Chase) is on at The Y Theatre with his show, Hazy Little Thing Called Love…but it’s as far as you can get from lovey-dovey. His solo show opens at 7.30 and is £14.

Go to see a Film 

Queen and Slim (pictured above) is a romantic crime flick that tells the story of a black man and a black woman who are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. They go on the run and these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances. Stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya. Odeon, Leicester. 

Have a laugh over at Harborough Theatre as they show Four Lions. The film tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point and shows that while terrorism is about ideology,  it can also be about idiots. £7 from 6pm.

Love a little bit of mystery? Phoenix Cinema are showing a monthly mystery film on the 14th. The films are chosen by Phoenix staff members and are a well-kept secret until the lights go down and the opening titles roll. With previous films including Gremlins (as last month’s Christmas treat), Mean Streets, Bonjour Tristesse, Twelve Angry Men and Modern Times, who knows what’s coming next? There’s also a slew of new releases you can catch here from Little Women to The Lighthouse and more.

Appreciate some art

Like your art? Well you’ll really appreciate this: The Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience is a multimedia experience that tells the story of the 19th century impressionist painter’s life and work. Projections, recreations and interactive elements of the artworks will fill the Grade I listed exhibition space. Over 200 of Van Gogh’s works will come alive with digital animation and an emotive sound track that isn’t confined to the edges of a picture frame on until Tickets from £13 and on sale here. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before. (All Saints Church, Highcross Street).

One of my fave local artists, Tim Fowler has his solo exhibition, Impact on at The Hub, Leicester (until 29 Feb open daily from 11am – 5pm).  Tim’s uses gorgeous vivid colour and explores tone and texture through portraiture and architectural paintings. You’ll probably already be familiar with his work without even knowing it.

Enjoy some live music

Who loves a bit of Bublé? Me, me, me! Okay, well we can’t promise you the handsome Canadian hunk but the next best thing would be tribute act, Nobody But Bublé aka Michael Risely. He’s on at Kilworth Theatre and will be serenading the audience as he recreates Bublé’s warmth and powerful vocals in a wonderful evening of singalong classics including ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ and many many more. £74.

Eat your fill

Masterchef contestant, Simon Spooner is running a Supper Club featuring five delicious courses with matching wines so is a great one for foodie fans. Taking place in his converted barn in Ketton (pic above) expect canapes and welcome drinks too. As always, the menu will be a true celebration of local and seasonal produce along with Spooner’s creative flair to help him create some really exciting and delicious dishes. Tickets £65.
Enjoy an unusual and incredible meal beneath the stars at the National Space Centre. Tuck into a four course meal and cocktails before joining the Centre’s scientists in the lab to discover the real chemistry of lurrrve (okay we had to make some reference to it).  From £49 per person (£98 per couple/table).
Meanwhile the oldest vegetarian cafe in Leicester, The Good Earth is hosting a Supper Club which is hearty, wholesome and and little more affordable too. For £14.95 you can enjoy a three course menu that will include dishes like rocket, pear, walnut and blue cheese salad, baked mushroom and spinach cannelloni and a dark chocolate and cherry cheesecake with a rich chocolate ganache. Prosecco, wine and beer will also be available to purchase. Book your table now.

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