You never generally see people laid up with terrible hangovers after Mother's Day, nor do you necessarily have friends who throw up on their shoes and make out with a mailbox to celebrate Tax Day. But boy, there's something about St. Patrick's Day that brings out the Caligula in people. It's the kind of weekend that demands the import of new organs and, afterward, new morals. Here, at least, is the forecast of your downfall:
ThursdayAll the Saints Theater Company presents an Ides of March Parade in the park at Brook and Leigh at 6:30 p.m. There are puppets and, at Gallery5, spaghetti. Which sounds like a new holiday altogether. Third Thursdays at VMFA kicks off with Irish food and Celtic music from Tinker's Dam (who are the busiest folks in the city this week), 6-9 p.m. Please don't vomit in the Grecian urns.
FrydeeO'Toole's Restaurant and Sin é perform their genetic duties by starting the weekend with music right after work. The former has the Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums, Glenn Crone, The Taters, Tinker's Dam (follow the bouncing dam) and Harry Clary. The latter has SNS Blues and Naughty Little Monkey.
ShhaturtledeyWould that President's Day were such an orgy! Downtown there's Shamrock the Block with The Steepwater Band, Four Stories and others. In Festival Park there's the St. Paddy's Party in the Park with Carbon Leaf, the Janet Martin Band and Susan Greenbaum. Both Capital Ale Houses are up to no good, and O'Toole's and Sin é continue their vigil against livers. Same with Positive Vibe and Rare Olde Times. For culture that doesn't involve eating stomachs, Celtic stars Boys of the Lough play the Modlin Center at 7:30 p.m.
And Just When You Get the Annulment From the Mailbox
The Irish Festival in Church Hill, March 24-25, returns. This is the pot of gold, loud and glorious and wallowing in its own sick. 304-6870.
Here is a complete list of the weekend events.
Gem Show Treasures of the Earth presents a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at Richmond Raceway Complex, noon-7 p.m. Through March 18. 746-7663.
St. Patrick's Day Feast Piney Grove at Southall Plantation presents a candlelight tour and Irish dinner, 5-9 p.m. Through March 17. Tickets are $55. Call 829-2196 or visit
Thunder Nationals The USRHA Thunder Nationals return to the Richmond Coliseum with Grave Digger and other monster trucks for three days of competition, starting at 7:30 p.m. Through March 18. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Weinstein JCC Comedy Night The center's weeklong silent auction ends with a comedy night featuring Brad Zimmerman and Lee Camp at 9 p.m. The auction runs until the show begins. Tickets are $20-$26. 5403 Monument Ave. 285-6500.
International Film Series The University of Richmond presents a free weekly film series, 3 and 7:30 p.m. in Jepson Hall 118. This week, "Climates." 287-6699.
Book Signing Entrepreneur Libby Brown signs copies of her book "Making Waves" at Book People, 5-7 p.m. 536 Granite Ave. 288-4346.
Crossroads Art Center The March All Media Show features work by Mary Ann Lynch, Diane Clement, Anne Marie Vaughn's students and John Hawk, opening with a reception, 6-9:30 p.m. Through April 12. 2016 Staples Mill Road. 278-8950.
Alley Katz A Suffocating Signal, Love and Reverie, Boomerang Gang, Conditions, Silent Film Star, all ages, 5-9 p.m., $6. Hex Machine, Cough, Amoeba Men, 18 and older, 10 p.m.-
2 a.m., $7. 643-2816.
Ashland Coffee & Tea King Wilkie (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $16. 798-1702.
Babes of Carytown Krista Varady (acoustic solo), 8-11 p.m., $5. 355-9330.
Bahama Joe's Live country music, weekly, 9 p.m., $5. 262-9652.
Bella Arte Lanaux Hailey (jazz), 8 p.m., free. 515-9099.
Blues Café Jam with the Jazz Composers Alliance, weekly, 8 p.m., free. 225-7400.
Bogart's Back Room Adrian Duke Projekt (New Orleans soul), 10 p.m., $5. 353-9280.
Buffalo Wild Wings (Shockoe Slip) Nard's Karaoke, weekly, $1. 648-8900.
Caddyshack Lounge (Ashland) Karaoke, weekly, 8 p.m., free. 798-4231.
Canal Club Co-Pilot, Baba G'Nush, Downbeat Switch, 8:30 p.m., $5. 643-2582.
Caribbean Mingles Friday After Work Party with DJ Ace and Rich Boy (hip-hop, R&B, reggae), weekly, 5-8 p.m., $5. 780-0013.
Cary Street Café Harrison Deane Band (rock), 10 p.m., $5. 353-7445.
Club Richbrau DJ Rocky and Friends (dance music), weekly, 8 p.m., $3. 644-3018.
ComedySportz ComedySportz (interactive improv), weekly, 7:30 p.m., $12-$14. Random Acts (adult improv), 10 p.m., $10. 266-9377.
County Rib & Ale House Bill Roberts, weekly, 8:30-11:30 p.m., free. 675-4447.
Curry House Gary Gerloff, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free. 762-4411.
Daddio's Grille Karaoke, weekly, 9 p.m., free. 754-1448.
Dixie Diner (Petersburg) Two Timers (alternative country), weekly, 9 p.m., free. 732-7425.
Easy Street Café Wrenn Mangum (rockabilly), 10 p.m.-1 a.m., free. 355-1198.
Emilio's Doc Branch & The Keynotes (jazz), weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. 359-1224.
Brio Tuscan Grille The Carol Covell Trio (jazz), 8-11 p.m., free. 272-2255.
Europa DJ Jeff McGrath and Tyke (progressive house), weekly, 10 p.m., free. 643-0911.
Escabar Restaurant Quatro na Bossa (bossa nova), 8:30-11 p.m., free. 288-4885.
Funny Bone Bert Kreisher, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $15. 521-8900.
Goals Tavern Sherry's Karaoke, weekly, 9 p.m., free. 746-5444.
Godfrey's Reflex Dance Night (Brit pop),
10 p.m.-2 a.m., $3-$5. 648-3957.
Hard Shell Terri Murphy and the Butterbean Jazz Quartet, weekly, 7:30-10:30 p.m., free. 643-2333.
Lucky Buddha DJ Night, weekly, 11 p.m., free. 648-5100.
Mars Bar New Wave Dance Night, weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 644-6277.
Mulligan's Sports Grille (W. Main St.) Karaoke, weekly, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., free. 353-8686.
Murphy's Law II Nick's Karaoke, weekly, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., free. 739-0800.
O'Toole's Restaurant Irish Wake party with Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums, Glenn Crone, The Taters, Tinker's Dam, and Harry Clary, 5:30 p.m., $5. 233-1781.
Paradise Lounge DJ DNS (Top 40) & DJ King Tutt (hip-hop, R&B), weekly, 9 p.m., free before 11, $5 after. 519-0844.
Pearl Restaurant & Lounge Power 92 Night with DJ Lonnie B and Danja Mowf, weekly, $5-$10. 852-0395.
Poe's Pub Billy Ray Hatley and the Show Dogs (roots rock), 9:30 p.m., $5. 648-2120.
Pour House (West End) Ladies '80s with DJ Disco Stew and DJ Jizzy Trent Dance Party, weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 364-9083.
Rare Olde Times Andy, Cindy and Thensome (Irish folk), weekly, 8:30 p.m., free. 750-1346.
Richbrau's TapHouse Grill Gypsy Roots (swing jazz guitar), weekly, 8-11 p.m., free. 644-3018.
Rock Falls Tavern Loose Gravel (rock),
9:30 p.m., free. 272-9470.
Shamrock Pub Karaoke with Brandon Campbell, weekly, 9 p.m. 330-0617.
Shenanigans Pub Mattie Phifer Band, 8:30 p.m. 264-5010
Sharky's The Wrest with Pat O'Brien, weekly, 9:30 p.m., free. 273-1888.
Sin é St. Paddy's weekend with SNS Blues and Naughty Little Monkey, 6 p.m., free. 649-7767.
Stratford Grill Camelot Karaoke, weekly, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., free. 320-1218.
Sycamore Rouge Jazzmaniacs with Steve Kessler and Glenn Wilson, 8 p.m., $10-$12. 957-5707.
Thai Curry House Richmond Underground presents Level II (retro electric, dance music), weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 358-7027.
Tobacco Company Mo Debree, 9:30 p.m., free. 782-9555.
Wild Rose Café (Chester) Karaoke with Jason Ingram, weekly, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 768-9090.
eventsShamrock the Block The Steepwater Band, Four Stories, Cashmere Jungle Lords, 4 Play, 11:1 and the Sick Puppies play the 17th Street Farmers' Market for the annual St. Paddy's party with food, vendors the Strong Man Competition, noon-6 p.m. Free. 304-6870.
St. Paddy's Party in the Park Carbon Leaf, the Janet Martin Band and Susan Greenbaum perform at Festival Park, noon-6 p.m.
wordRichmond Forum Jim Lehrer, editor and host of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," comes to the Landmark Theater for the Richmond Forum at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27-$55. Call 330-3993 or visit www.richmondforum.org.
Boys of the Lough The Celtic music stars perform at the Modlin Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8-$30. 289-8980.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden "Cultivated Grounds," nature photography by Aimee Koch, Charles Gustina and Amanda Sauer, runs through March 31. There is a reception, 2-5 p.m. 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.
Meadow Farm Museum The museum presents A Taste of Ireland, food traditions of the Irish, noon-3:30 p.m. Free. 3400 Mountain Road. 501-5520.
Virginia Historical Society The exhibit "Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings" opens, running through Sept. 3. Admission is $4-$5. 428 N. Boulevard. 358-4901.
Alley Katz St. Paddy's Day benefit show with Patent Pending, Neighborhood Friendly, The Fad, The Half Jeffersons, all ages, 5-9 p.m., $8. An Evening with Tea Leaf Green, all ages, 18 and older, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $12-$14. 643-2816.
Art6 Gallery Keith Bowniece and the Hopscotch Kidnappers (blues, rockabilly), 8 p.m., $5. 343-1406.
Ashland Coffee & Tea Eric Taylor (Texas songwriter), 8 p.m., $15. 798-1702.
Bahama Joe's Live country music, weekly,
9:15 p.m., $5. 262-9652.
Bandito's "Saturday Night Nature" Dance Night with DJ Rick Danger, weekly. 354-9999.
Bella Arte Steve Kessler and Glenn Wilson (jazz), 8 p.m., free. 515-9099.
Bleu Bistro Mozely Rose, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., free. 750-1120.
Bogart's Back Room Moossa (reggae, jazz, blues), 10 p.m., $5. 353-9280.
Bottega Bistro Thomas Coleman (acoustic guitar), weekly, 6-9 p.m., free. 379-9899.
Café Diem St. Paddy's party, free. 353-2500.
Capital Ale House (Downtown) St. Paddy's Day with Edsall Road, The Expatriates and Tinker's Dam, 4:30 p.m., free. 643-ALES.
Capital Ale House (Innsbrook) St. Paddy's Day with The Expatriates, Edsall Road and the St. Andrew's Legion Pipe and Drum Band, 5 p.m., free. 780-ALES.
Canal Club Robin Thicke, 8 p.m., $15. 643-2582.
Cary Street Café Cary Street Café Jazz Jam Band, weekly, 2-5 p.m., free. 353-7445.
Club Richbrau DJ Rocky and Friends (dance music), weekly, 9 p.m., free. 644-3018.
Cockade City Grill (Petersburg) Missing Mason (rock, blues), 9:30 p.m., free. 862-2537.
ComedySportz ComedySportz (interactive improv), weekly, 7:30 p.m., $12-$14. Full Contact Improv (adult improv), 10 p.m., $10. 266-9377.
County Rib and Ale House Q94's Pauly Madison, weekly, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., free. 675-4447.
Daddio's Grille Harrison Deane Band (rock), 9 p.m.-midnight, free. 754-1448.
Dixie Diner (Petersburg) Rob Gray & Brian C., weekly, 9 p.m., free. 732-7425.
Emilio's Shore Leave (jazz), 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5. 359-1224.
Escabar Restaurant The Carol Covell Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. 288-4885.
Europa DJ Omar (deep house), weekly, 10 p.m., free. 643-0911.
Funny Bone Bert Kreisher, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $15. 521-8900.
The House of Dave's Paul Childress, 9 p.m.-
1 a.m., free. 275-2555.
Legend Brewing Company St. Paddy's Day party with Cashmere Jungle Lords, 7:30 p.m., free. 232-3446.
Lucky Buddha DJ Night, weekly, 11 p.m., free. 648-5100.
Mars Bar '80s Hits and Electronic Dance Night, weekly, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 644-6277.
McGoo's Pub Loose Gravel (rock), 9 p.m., free. 276-5577.
O'Toole's Restaurant St. Paddy's weekend with Glenn Crone, Casey McCue, Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums, Uisce Beatha, Bruce Todd, and Janet Martin, noon, $5. 233-1781.
Poe's Pub St. Paddy's Day Party, noon. 648-2120.
Positive Vibe Café St. Paddy's Day celebration with Robin Payne, Russell Lawson, Liz Nance and others, 2:30 p.m., free. 560-9622.
Rare Olde Times St. Paddy's Party with Irish music, dance and food, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., free. 750-1346.
Richbrau's TapHouse Grill The Shiny Stockings Trio featuring Russ Hanchin, Joe Sarver and Maria Garcia (classic swing jazz and bossa), weekly, 8-11 p.m., free. 644-3018.
Shenanigan's St. Paddy's Day with The Taters, Charles Arthur Trio, and Roger Carroll, 3 p.m. 264-5010.
Sin é St. Paddy's weekend with the Ray Pittman Project, Broken Monday, and Jubeus, 11:30 a.m., free. 649-7767.
Sycamore Rouge St. Paddy's Day with the Celtabillies, 8 p.m., $10-$12. 957-5707.
Tobacco Company Billy Ray Hatley and the Show Dogs, 9:30 p.m., free. 782-9555.
The Triple Restaurant Robert Spindle (jam),
9 p.m.-1 a.m., free. 359-7777.
Wild Rose Café (Chester) Karaoke with Matt Rox, weekly, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free. 768-9090.