5 things to do this weekend, including live music and Southie's iconic parade

It's a "Lost Weekend" in Boston — and no, I’m not talking about the time I lost my green Shamrock-shaped wallet during the St. Patrick's Day parade and spent the next day crawling through Southie on hands and knees, feeling around in desperate search... I’ve grown up since then. That was last year. No, I’m talking about a meet-and-greet with May Pang, John Lennon’s "Lost Weekend"-era lover, showing her photos from that time. We've got Pang, parades and more. Let's dive in.

Aoife O'Donovan plays Harvard

Friday, March 17

A few weeks before Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Oscars, he hosted Newton native Aoife O’Donovan on his late night show — and she crushed the performance. I’m a longtime fan of her ethereal voice, finger-picking, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” — which she’s also been killing in recent years. And now is a perfect time for a homecoming: the daughter of Boston’s official “voice of Ireland,” Brian O’Donovan, returns home for a St. Patrick’s Day concert at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. The Grammy winner and five-time nominee plays an acoustic version of “Nebraska” solo with special guests Hawktail March 17.

I can’t not mention that it’s an O’Donovan family weekend: Aoife’s dad brings his annual Celtic song-and-dance extravaganza, “A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn Live,” to Groton March 16, Cambridge March 18, and Beverly March 19. Stream it virtually on March 17.

Go behind the scenes of 'The Embrace'

Friday, March 17

When Boston’s “The Embrace” statue celebrating Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled in January, it was met with mixed reviews. If you’re curious to go behind the scenes, you might want to check out “Making The Embrace" — an exhibit hosted by MASS Design Group showcasing the work behind the Boston Common statue. Just pick a time slot on March 17 for a free learning session. Not able to attend this week? The event is being hosted every Friday through April.


May Pang talks John Lennon at City Winery

Saturday, March 18-Sunday, March 19

A 19-year-old May Pang landed a dream gig as an assistant for John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the early 1970s. As Pang tells it, when the couple hit a rough patch, Yoko asked her to date John. She dated the Beatle for 18 months, in what’s now known as Lennon’s “Lost Weekend.” There are many urban legends about what happened, but Pang lived it – and took photos throughout. (She also helped reunite Lennon with his estranged son, Julian.) She recounts it all in the 2022 Tribeca selection “The Lost Weekend.” (And mark your calendar: The film hits theaters April 13.)

"Yoko walked into my office and said, 'John and I are not getting along. I want you to go out with him,'" Pang says in the trailer. "'Are you kidding? I can't do that, he's my employer, he's my boss. He's your husband.' I was 23. And my first boyfriend was John Lennon." Meet Pang and see her photos at a free event at Boston’s City Winery March 18 and 19. Photographs will be on display and available for purchase. According to the event billing, Pang will be available to sign copies of her work.

John Lennon with May Pang. (Courtesy May Pang)
John Lennon with May Pang. (Courtesy May Pang)

Southie's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sunday, March 19

According to the ancient Boston bylaws, whereby St. Patrick’s falls on a Friday, thereby it becomes a full St. Patricks’s Weekend. (Or something like that.) The fun rolls on through March 19, with Southie’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. when runners “ages 99 and under” race a 5K, according to the event website. The race takes place on the parade route. Sidenote: Runners, the race is sold-out, but if you’re looking to get your 5K on this weekend, you have options, including the Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5K Saturday at and Somerville’s Rás na hÉireann 5K on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Southie, the parade steps off at 1 p.m. from the Broadway T station, ending at Andrew Square. Bostonians first celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 1737 with banquets and parades; the South Boston parade started in 1901. Today, you might see face-painting, confetti and Boston pups getting in the spirit.

Members of the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums march during the St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. (Steven Senne/AP)
Members of the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums march during the St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Yoga in a Taproom

Sunday, March 19

Sure you’ve been to plenty of taprooms — and that’s just counting the ones you’ve visited on St. Patrick’s Day — but have you ever done corpse pose in one? (OK, maybe you have. Let me pick another.) Have you ever done mountain pose in one? Night Shift Brewing in Everett hosts “Taproom Yoga” March 19 at 11 a.m. Bring your own mat. Admission fee covers a group yoga session and one beer or non-alcoholic beverage. If you like it, you might fold it into your weekend routine: Taproom Yoga happens each Sunday.


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