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Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of comedy with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two tickets to see River City Improv (an $18 value) at the Ladies Literary Club downtown. This Groupon is valid for two admissions ($9 each) to one of six performances: Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, or Dec. 4. Both tickets must be used at the same show. Shows start at 7:33 p.m., with doors opening an hour before.
61 Sheldon Boulevard Southeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
UICA fills 4,000 square feet of gallery space with innovative exhibitions by contemporary artists, screens films in a 198-seat movie theater, and organizes creative classes for youths and adults. The institute is going into its 35th year of sharing and inspiring innovative, challenging forms of visual arts, and it continues to engage the public with events such as a speaker series.
2 Fulton St
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
When the organizers of Grand Rapids Film Festival look at a blank movie screen, they see a field of possibility?a fresh canvas onto which writers, actors, and filmmakers can channel their dreams. The festival showcases those dreams once each year during a multiday juried film competition, which takes place throughout the city. The festival generally bypasses mainstream flicks in favor of underground cinema, eye-opening documentaries, and films that highlight the region. There's something for virtually every viewer, from the family-friendly movies shown at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to the edgier films played during a brew-n-view segment at Pyramid Scheme.
68 Commerce Ave. SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
Munch on tasty pub grub at Hopcat. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed-down fare. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Hopcat has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Fridays are for fun! Come check out the vibe at Hopcat. Skip long waits and head to Hopcat with your large group for easy seating. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Hopcat's outdoor patio. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy. Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Hopcat's busiest days. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. Getting your food to go is also an option. Patrons can park in a lot near Hopcat or take advantage of the generous street parking. Taste the greatness Hopcat is serving up with meals around $30. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
25 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
J. Gardella's Tavern offers casual comfort food for the formal and uncomfortable at its three-story location. Fire-up feasting from the menu with spinach artichoke dip ($6.99) or J. Gardella's chili, a cup of family secrets, beef, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and beans ($2.99). Once initial hunger pains have been tamed, guests can turn their stomach's sights toward a main dish. The pulled-pork sandwich accompanies its eats with barbecue sauce for dipping ($6.99), whereas the black-bean garden burger ($5.99) and the buffalo-chicken wrap ($6.99) spoil the stomach and spare the hog. Entrees include lake perch with fries ($8.99) and a chicken or beef burrito ($8.99), with the sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted dessert known as Elephant Ears ($3) providing a fitting finale to the feast. Vampires can use this Groupon for the late- night menu or to sip on some of the adult beverages at the full bar.
11 Ionia Avenue Southwest
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
Harlem Globetrotters Playing Three-on-Five Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating [roster](http://gr.pn/PHdb6w) of Globetrotter favorites?including three female players?takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard [TNT](http://gr.pn/rOe0P4) sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker [Quake](http://gr.pn/QTIGVh), whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 [Too Tall](http://gr.pn/PHdmPh) and 7-foot-4 [Stretch](http://gr.pn/1dYrbUt), the team?s tallest member. During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters? extensive travels haven?t gone unnoticed: they?re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
130 West Fulton
Grand Rapids,
MI
US
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