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St. Patrick's Day is coming up on Wednesday! As such, the weekend of March 12 to 14 has plenty of Irish events from cultural explorations to pub crawls.
St. Patrick's Day
- Friday 7 p.m.
- House of Blues
Massachusetts’ favorite Irish punk rockers, the Dropkick Murphys, are playing all-ages shows at the House of Blues nightly through March 17.
- Friday 8 p.m.
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
- Robinson Theatre
- $32 to $45
The Reagle Players and guests conduct a review of Irish entertainment, including dance, music and comedy featuring a cast of more than 60 performers.
- Saturday 1 to 11 p.m.
- Irish Cultural Centre of New England
- $3 to $10
Children's activities in the afternoon include a puppet show and Gaelic demonstrations. The evening program features a celebratory Irish Mass, dancing and music. Buffet available all day.
- Sunday 1 p.m.
- South Boston
- Friday and Saturday 8 and 10 p.m.
- Scullers Jazz Club
Toots Thielemans, arguably the most celebrated living harmonica player, appears with pianist Kenny Werner and guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves.
- Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
- Cutler Majestic Theatre
- $16 and $20
New England Conservatory's spring mainstage production is Mozart's opera about the trials of the quintessential libertine.
- Friday and Saturday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.
- Regent Theatre
One of the most popular children's shows is presented by the Arlington Children's Theatre.
- Friday 8 p.m. through April 3
- Boston Playwrights Theatre
- $25, $20 for students and seniors
Company One presents 'Apple,' Canadian playwright Vern Thiesse's work in which an unfaithful husband grapples with his wife's sickness as he struggles with the morality and temptation of his adulterous relationship.
- Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
- Paramount Theatre
- $39 to $54
Black Grace Dance Company, from Auckland, New Zealand, brings together the performance cultures of the Pacific into an authentic and raw dance performance.
- Sunday 3 p.m.
- Kresge Auditorium at MIT
Jewish and Israeli troupes from across North America perform traditional dances in the showcase.
Food and Drink
- Begins Sunday
- All over Boston
- $15 to $33.10
Restaurants around Boston offer prix fixe meals for lunch and dinner. Click here for a PDF of participating restaurants.
- Sunday 7 p.m.
- Green Street Grill
Showcasing four rising-star bartenders in Boston, the event includes four cocktails, appetizers and drink-mixing advice.
- Saturday 10 a.m.
- Somerville Community Growing Center
- Saturday 1 p.m.
- Atwood's Tavern
The event is advertised simply as "Music! Booze! Bacon!"
- Friday 7 p.m.
- Porter Square Books
Professor Ilan Stavans, of Amherst College, will speak about his new book.
- Sunday 3 p.m.
- Pierre Menard Gallery
Poet Henri Cole will read a collection of poems from 'Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems 1982-2007.'
Did you attend one of our recommended events last week? Have a suggestion for next week’s calendar? Leave us a comment or send your suggestion to email@example.com.
This program aired on March 12, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.