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st. patrick's day events

11am : did you know that by 1855, one-third of all new yorkers had been born in ireland? learn more about the irish history of the city at the municipal art society's walking tour. $15 (rsvp). >>

11am-4:30pm: the 251st st. patrick's day parade (the world's biggest) marches up 5th avenue from 44th to 86th streets >>

12pm (+ 3/18): mix some vodka or kahlua with your selections from an all-you-can-eat sugar cereal bar while watching episodes of cartoons from the 60s-90s at a st. patrick's day-themed 'spoons, toons, + booze' viewing party. nitehawk, $11. >>

12-5pm: merchant’s house museum reopens of its newly renovated servants’ quarters, 'arguably the oldest intact site of irish habitation in manhattan' (time out new york). $10. >>

12-8pm: food and drink specials await (like 1/2 price jameson shots and $2.00 corn beef sliders @ east village tavern, and a free corned beef + cabbage buffet @ croxley ale house) at the 14 bars participating in the alphabet city st. patty's day pub crawl. >>

4-8pm: you'll always know what street your on (until the shots kick in) as nine williamsburg bars keep you in line at the patrick's day grand street pub crawl. put some free bbq in your belly at bushwick country club while you're at it. >>

8pm: st. patty's day is for sinners—and gingers—at an all-redhead edition of wasabassco burlesque. plus: a best emerald-underwear contest! bell house, $10 (redheads get in free!). >>

corned beef and cabbage pizza?! pizza by cer te (56th bet. park + lexington) has it. >>

where you can get robicelli's car bomb, sixpoint brownstone, irish coffee, and soda bread cupcakes in manhattan and brooklyn >>

for a ton of other options sorted by neighborhood, check out murph guide >>


2-5pm: get yourself learned in haitian creole with a crash course in the language, culture (via art + music), and traditional treats. park51 community center, $16. >>

2-8pm: tip your hat and a few glasses ($4 well, drafts, and wine make it easy) at greenpoint's veronica people's club closing bash >>

7pm (+ 4/21): the best true story shared at todd bieber’s 'animated stories' will be turned into an animated video that will premiere next month. ucbeast, $5. >>

7pm: momi's 'see it big!' series screens classic, restored films on the big screen. tonight: orson welles' touch of evil (1958). $12 includes museum admission. >>

7pm (+ 3/22-25): the flea theater continues this season's 'dance conversations' series of works-in-progress and fully developed film and dance pieces with mare hieronimus and sharon mansur, donna costello, catey ott dance collective, and inclined dance project. moderated by wally cardona. free. >>

7:30pm (+ 3/20-3/28): the ecstatic music festival premieres collaborations between pop and classical composers dan deacon, richard reed parry (arcade fire), nick zammuto (the books), noveller, glasser, calder quartet, ymusic ensemble, rhys chatham, oneida, more. merkin concert hall, $25. >>

8pm: the string orchestra of brooklyn’s second annual string theories concert presents new experimental works by innovative artists at st. ann and the holy trinity church, 157 montague st. (brooklyn heights), $15 >>

8pm: greg barris's 'heart of darkness' comedy night at union hall features dave hill, joe mande and musical guest aerial east. union hall, $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8:30pm: tonight's 'if you build it' comedy show with hosts kara klenk and guest co-host glennis mccarthy features adam cayton-holland, jono zalay, matt koff, david smithyman, molly knefel and boston 80s pop sax duo ronald reagan. ucbeast, $10. >>

9pm-late (dance class 9:30pm): swing to 11-piece hot jazz ensemble aaron johnson and his golden age orchestra while you wear your gatsby-era best at gemini + scorpio's swing house 4th anniversary blowout. rsvp for gowanus address, $15 + theme dress required until 12am, $10 after for electro-swing afterparty. >>

10-11pm-ish: brooklyn rock band obits plays cake shop, $12 >>

11:30pm: french electronic dj/producer alan braxe plays brooklyn bowl, $10 >>

midnight: breakfast at tiffany's (1961) screens at landmark sunshine, $10 >>

midnight: heads spin and pea soup flies when the exorcist (1973) plays at nighthawk, $11 >>

midnight: ifc continues its late-night series dedicated to filmmaker john carpenter with starman (1984). $13. >>

midnight: 'newt. my name's newt. nobody calls me rebecca... except my brother'. james cameron’s aliens screens at ifc, $13. >>


various times by borough: pay tribute to cyclists killed during the past year at the annual memorial ride and walk. free. >>

11am-4pm: celebrate buzzard day in brooklyn with all you can eat pancakes, games, a raffle and craft fair. brooklyn brainery, $12. >>

12:45pm: brooklyn's own st. patrick's day parade loops around prospect park west and 7th avenue between 15th street and garfield. >>

1pm: green-wood cemetery’s eminent irish walking tour makes stops at the graves of a one-armed civil war general, a copper magnate, more. green-wood, $15. >>

2pm (+ 3/24): gene kelley is an american in paris in vincente minnelli's 1951 classic. fslc, $6. >>

2pm: put on your walking shoes for frank jump's fading ads of greenpoint walking tour and learn the area's commercial past. we dare you to ask what ailment syrup of figs treats. meet at word, free >>

2pm (+ 3/25): the school of american ballet presents a lecture/demonstration at the harlem school of the arts, free (rsvp) >>

3, 4pm (+ 3/23, 25-30): carnegie hall and the san francisco symphony highlight american 20th century music for the american mavericks series. today: 20-member ensemble alarm will sound performs music by cage and varèse at abrons arts center (3pm), and violinist jennifer koh and pianist reiko uchida play adams, higdonm and mazzoli at the brooklyn public library (4pm). free. >>

5-7pm: find a roommate that doesn't suck at the roommates wanted event at prospect heights's soda bar. $5 (free if you have a space to rent). >>

7pm (+ 4/1 @ barbes): the delorean sisters play americana-style 80s covers at rockwood, free >>

7pm: texas pop-rock indie band eisley play bowery ballroom, $15 >>

8pm: 'burlesque mayor of nyc' johnny porkpie leads a night of unique tributes to the music of aretha franklin at tonight's bespoke music series at the edison hotel's rum house (228 w. 47th st, bet. b'way + 8th ave), free. >>

8pm: six contestants compete for the crown at murray hill's 10th annual lez pageant. knitting factory, $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

9pm: german producer tensnake and british electro duo simian mobile disco dj at lpr, $12 adv, $15 dos >>

10pm: experimental electronic duo matmos play the stone, $10 >>

10:30pm: casio pop songwriter lips plays manhattan inn, free >>

+ all weekend

9am-4:30pm (ends sun): 66 high school teams from around the world had six weeks and the same materials to build robots that solve a pre-determined problem. see our future overlords the fruits of their labor as they compete at the annual nyc first robotics competition. jacob javits center, free. >>

10am-6pm: the pier antiques show features 500+ exhibitors selling furniture, art, fashion, more. plus, appraisals from gary sohmers of pbs’s antiques roadshow. pier 94 (12th ave. @ 55th st.), $15. >>

8pm sat, 3pm sun (ends sun): choreographer susan marshall wraps up the 18th annual harkness dance festival at 92y. $15. >>

ends sun: the martha graham dance company performs graham classics as well as premieres from lar lubovich and yovonne rainer, more. the joyce, $10+. >>

ends sun: the heights players stage new production the laramie project, examining the impact of the hate-crime death of matthew shepard in wyoming in 1988. 26 willow place (brooklyn heights), $15. >>

ends sun: globus film series 'love will tear us apart' features 22 twisted love stories from japan and korea. japan society, $12. >>

ends sun: the mackage overstock sale at chelsea market offers up to 50% off highly-stylized leather, wool, and down outerwear >>

ends sun: score prix fixe three-course dinners starting at $18.88 during chinatown restaurant week >>

thru 3/22: free screening of doc. music makes a city, about the louisville orchestra's revival brought upon by commissioning new works from around the world in 1948. fslc. >>

thru 3/27: doc. gerhard richter painting takes us inside the creative process of one of the world's greatest living painters. film forum, $12.50. >>

thru 3/31: get two for one admission to the new york botanical garden >>

thru 6/13: 120 works of photographer francesca woodman (nsfw), who committed suicide at age 22 in 1981, go on display at the guggenheim. pay-what-you-wish saturdays 5:45-7:45pm (reg $18). >>

thru 7/8 (closed mon-tue): 300+ of keith haring's sketchbooks, subway drawings, videos, works on paper, more (including many never seen in public) from 1978-1982 are on display at the first large scale exhibition to explore his early career. brooklyn museum, $12 sugg. don.. >>

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