Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day ceili — The Irish Cultural Collective will host a family-friendly night of live Irish traditional music, community dancing, singing and more in the upstairs section of Hard Rock Cafe. The event is free, but donations for the band are encouraged. No partner or experience needed, and Hard Rock’s usual menu and bar service will be available. 6-9 p.m. Sunday, March 17. (Search “Irish Cultural Collective” on Facebook for more)
‘An Afternoon in Ireland’ — Enjoy Irish food, music and dance at La Potato. “An Afternoon in Ireland” will feature many of local Irish musicians and dancers, including Dawn Berg, Crooked Road, The Derry Aires, The Irish Dance Academy of Alaska, The Northern Lights Celtic Dancers and Rebecca Wolverton with Karl Wilhelmi.
La Potato will have food specials and beverages available for purchase – as organizers note, the venue is "particularly apt given the long love affair between the Irish and their potatoes.” Suggested donation is $10 per person or $25 per family. 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 17. (907-245-7311)
Pub Crawl — Raise a glass and join in a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in downtown Anchorage. Complete all the stops to be entered to win two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines. Participating bars include Williwaw, Whale’s Tail, Fletcher’s, Gaslight Lounge, Pioneer Bar, 49th State Brewing Co, The Avenue Bar and McGinley’s Pub. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Download the map at anchoragedowntown.org or grab a map from a participating pub.
One-Minute Play Festival
The Alaska One-Minute Play Festival returns for its sixth year, in partnership with Perseverance Theatre. The event will feature brand new one-minute plays by Rudy Ascott, Gregory Aldrich, Caleb Bourgeois and more. 8 p.m. Sunday-Monday, March 17-18, Sydney Laurence Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (centertix.com)
What’s better than brunch? How about midnight brunch in a speakeasy with craft beer and cocktails. Midnight Sun Brewing Company is cooking and DJ Spencer Lee and DJ Presto will spin the tunes 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Blues Central in Williwaw Friday, March 15 (find the phone booth to gain entry -- space is limited). 21 and over. (williwawsocial.com)
The jam band is back in Alaska and bringing bluegrass, rock and roll, soul, jazz to the Sitzmark. Formed in Colorado over 25 years ago, Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, Greg Garrison and Alwyn Robinson are the “architects of the jamgrass genre.” Over the years, they have headlined festivals all across America, as well as released nine albums. $30. 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 15-16, The Sitzmark, 100 Olympic Mountain Loop (thesitzmark.com)
In Perseverance’s new production, a young girl has an unusual destiny: in order to restore nature’s balance, she will train her whole life for the honor of someday marrying a bowhead whale. This journey does not come without difficulty, however. $41-$54. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 15-16, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Sydney Laurence Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (centertix.com)