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Shamrockin’ All Over This Town

Events beyond the booze to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day.

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Find some luck of the Irish at The Chieftains.  

Saw Doctors
Irving Plaza; 3/16 at 7 p.m.; 17 Irving Pl., at 15th St.; 212-777-6800
The Galway rockers are currently in the midst of their largest tour of U.S. and Canada. On the 16th catch them at Irving Plaza, or on the 17th take a road trip to the Borgata in Atlantic City. If you're up for it, that is. St. Patrick's Day in AC may be more debauchery than one can handle.

Spoon Toons & Booze
Nitehawk Cinema; 3/17 and 3/18 at noon; 136 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-3980
It's St. Patrick's Day-themed Saturday morning cartoons for grown-ups, held in the afternoon because it's just so hard to get up that early, you know? Accompany your animation with an an all-you-can-eat cereal bar and brunch and booze off the menu. Plus vote for which 'toon you you'd like to watch. (Might we suggest something Archie-related? We do so enjoy a redhead.)

U2 Nation
Hiro Ballroom; 3/17 at 7 p.m; 88 Ninth Ave., nr. 16th St.; 212-727-0212
Bono’s busy with Spiderman and helping Courtney Love get an apartment, but you can still hear U2 songs live this weekend with this tribute band—and let’s face it, after a few pints of green beer you might not know the difference anyway.

Bootie NYC
(Le) Poisson Rouge; 3/17 at 7 p.m.; 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-505-3474
Dance like a leprechaun that’s just found his pot of gold at this mashup party with special Emerald Isle-themed mashups for extra jigging. Plus live performances and a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” booth, so you might not need the luck of the Irish to um, get lucky that night.

Black 47
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill; 3/17 at 7 p.m.; 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144
Champion the proletariat with these political NYC-based rockers, who derive their name from the Irish famine of 1847. Elsewhere at B.B. King's catch a Pogues cover band, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., or test out your own chops with a St. Patrick's Day Rolling Stones karaoke party, with a live backing band at 11:30 p.m.

Joe Hurley: My Wild Irish Roses
Joe's Pub; 3/17 at 11:30 p.m.; 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
It's an intimate night of ballads, singalongs and more with Hurley and his special guests, including Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Laura Cantrell, and Colum McCann.

The Chieftans
Carnegie Hall; 3/17 at 8 p.m.; 154 W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800
Not only are these folksters Ireland's official music ambassadors, but their front man is named Paddy Maloney. That is insane credibility! Also they have six Grammys and are touring to celebrate their 50th anniversary, in support of their new album Voice of Ages, which features collaborations with Bon Iver, The Decemberists, and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman.

St. Patrick's Open Day
Irish Arts Center; 3/18, noon-5 p.m.; 553 W. 51st St., nr Eleventh Ave.; 212- 757-3318
Something festive for the family to close out the weekend. On Sunday, the Irish Arts Center throws open its doors for its annual free day of arts, crafts, and culture including musical performances and film screenings. Children can even learn traditional Irish step dancing, should they want to grow up and join Riverdance.


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