Twin Cities Calendar for March
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<<    MARCH 2012     >>
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1   2    Brian Regan
      Buddy Guy
      Movie: Lorax
3    Polar Plunge
6   Colin Hay
7  Lyle Lovett
& John Hiatt

full moon
9    Movie: John Carter 10   Honeydogs
       Matt Pryor
11  Daylight Savings
      Lady Antebellum
12 13   14
15  Shatner's World 16 17 St Patricks Day
    St. Paul parade
    (see more below)
    Turtle Record
19 20  Spring Begins
      (Yeah, right.)
21  22   23   24  Bachman Turner
      Vince Gill
      Writers' Fair
25   26
27 28 29 30 Concert to Defeat
Marriage Amendment

   Gabriel Inglesias
   Movie: Mirror Mirror
31  Earth hour
      Art at Highland

Twin Cities Calendar for March  2012
March 1, 3, 31 play                 Diary of Anne Frank, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul ($38+)
March 2 comedy           Brian Regan, Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $43) -- here's the UPS 
blues               Buddy Guy, State Theatre (8pm, $49+) -- here's Sweet Home Chicago
movie              Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
                         >> voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, & Betty White
March 2-3 play                 Alawddin - the Tale of 1,001 All-Nighters, TORT, Pantages Theatre (7pm, $18)
March 3 hypothermia   Polar Plunge, Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun, Mpls (11am)
March 3-4 rock tribute   Rain, Beatles tribute, Orpheum Theatre ($44+) -- here's Getting Better
March 5, 7, 9,
10, 25, 30
basketball     Timberwolves, Target Center ($10-275)
March 6 folk rock        Colin Hay, Hopkins Center for the Arts (7pm, $31 - sold out) -- here's Overkill & Down Under
March 7 country          Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, State Theatre (8pm, $44) -- here's Lyle's That's Right & John's Faith
March 9 reopening      Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Av S, Mpls (7:30pm, $10) -- 3 month remodeling completed
                         >> Singer-Songwriter Series featuring Jack Klatt, Drew Peterson, John Fenner, & Venus DeMars

movie              John Carter (Edgar Rice Burroughs novel) -- starring Taylor Kitsch & Lynn Collins
March 9-11 musical          Pirates of Penzance, O'Shaughnessy, St. Kate's
            Shen Yun Performing Arts, Orpheum Theatre ($54+) -- here's an ad
March 10 rock                Honeydogs, First Avenue (6pm, $13) -- here's Sour Grapes & an odd Rumor
                         >> CD Release & First Av is donating $1 per ticket to a memorial for Adam's son, Daniel Levy
acoustic         Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Triple Rock, 629 Cedar Av S, Mpls (9pm, $13) -- here's Be Fine
March 10-18 show               Auto Show, Mnneapolis Convention Center -- March 17 - Blood, Sweat, & Tears
March 10-April 22 play                Hay Fever, Guthrie Theater ($24+)
March 11 country          Lady Antebellum, Target Center (7pm, $30+) -- here's Just A Kiss
March 11, 13, 17,
19, 22, 27, 29, 31
hockey           Wild, Xcel Center
March 13-25 musical          Memphis, Ordway Theatre
March 14 music film      I Want My Name Back, the Sugarhill Gang story, The Trylon (7pm, $8) -- here's the trailer
March 15 talk                 Shatner's World, Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $59+) -- here's an ad
March 16-18, 20-25,
28-Apr 1, 4-7
play                 American Family, Park Square Theatre ($38+)
March 17 holiday          St. Patrick's Day  ♣  St. Paul parade (noon) (see way more below)
               Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Auto Show, Mpls Conv. Center (8pm, $35+) --here's Spinning Wheel
craft fair
        Spring Arts & Crafts Fair, Rosemount High School, 3335 142nd St. W, Rosemount (9-4pm)
world record  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - dress up in TMNT costume, register at 8am, event at 9am

March 17-18 free food          Free value-size french fries & green ketchup, Burger King
March 18-19 folk                  Melanie, Dakota Jazz Club (7pm, $40) -- here's Brand New Key
March 20 time                 Spring begins
March 23-24 ballet              Houston Ballet, Orpheum Theatre ($38+)
March 23-25 play                 Raven Stole the Sun, New Native Theatre, at Stepping Stone Theatre ($7)
March 24
rock                Bachman & Turner, Treasure Island Casino (8pm, $38+) -- here's You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet
          Vince Gill, Grand Casino Mille Lacs (sold out)  -- here's Go Rest
           Writers' Fair & Book Festival, Bloomington Art Center  (9:30am-5pm, free)
March 28-April 1 show               Northwest Sportshow, Minneapolis Convention Center ($10)
March 29 comedy           John Hodgman, Varsity Theater (8pm, $25+)  -- the Radio & TV Correspondent's Dinner
March 30 rock, rights    Concert to Defeat the Marriage Amendment, Hell's Kitchen, Mpls (10pm, $8)
          Gabriel Inglesias, Treasure Island,
Prairie Island Mdewakanton (8pm, $45+) -- here's Road Trip
movie              Mirror, Mirror (untold adventures of Snow White) starring Lily Collins & Julia Roberts -- trailer
March 30-Apr 3 show               Northwest Sportshow, Minneapolis Convention Center ($10)
March 31 art fair            Art at Highland, Highland High School Field House, 1015 S Snelling Av, St. Paul (10am-5pm)
craft fair
        Craft Fair, Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove (10am-4pm)
craft fair         Craft Fair, North High School, 2416 11th Av E, North St. Paul (9am-3pm)
craft fair         Craft Fair, Ramsey County Care Center, 2000 White Bear Av, Maplewood (9am-4pm)
craft fair         Craft Fair, Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S Robert Trail, Rosemount (9:30am-4pm)
environment  Earth Hour - lights out from 8:30-9:30pm

St. Patrick's Day in the Twin Citiesbest parking spots
If you have never gone out to one of the many fine Irish pubs in St. Paul and Minneapolis to celebrate St. Patty's Day, what you are missing is the heated tents. Heated tents are a fine Irish tradition dating back to the early days of Minnesota when the Dakota natives invited Irish settlers into warm teepees to share a beer by the fire.

♣   St. Patrick's Day Events in the Twin Cities - 2012    ♣
St. Patrick lived and died 1600 years ago.
They say he drove the snakes from Ireland. I say there never were any snakes in Ireland. They say that's a metaphor. I say O'.

March 10 -   9am           -  100% Irish For A Day TC 5K, Lake Harriet Bandshell
March 14 -   7pm           -  Worst Irish TenorMancini's, 531 W 7th St, St Paul
March 15 -   7pm           -  Miss Shamrock 2012 crowning

March 17 -   8am           -  St. Patrick's Day Parade, Maple Lake, Richfield
March 17 -   9am           -  St. Paul's Cathedral mass
March 17 -   9am           -  St. Pat's Irish Traditions 5K run, Como Lake, St Paul
March 17 -   9am          -   Get Lucky 7k, Main St SE & West River Rd., Minneapolis
March 17 - 10am-5pm  -  St. Patrick's Day, Irish Music & Dance Association, Landmark Center ($6)
March 17 - 11am           -  Maple Lake Irish Scamper, Maple Lake
March 17  - noon         -   St. Patrick's Day Parade, 4th (at Selby) to 4th & Market (Rice Park), St. Paul
March 17  -  6pm-1am  -   Free Rides - No Fares on buses & light rail from 6pm to the last scheduled trip.
                                            For more info, text FREERIDE to 30364, or call 1-800-FREE RIDES (1-800-373-3743).

March 17 -  6:30pm      -   St. Patrick's Day Parade, Nicollet Mall (from 13th St to 5th St), Minneapolis
                                            followed by the Blarney Blast, Seven Steakhouse, Minneapolis

March 17  - 8pm            -  Boiled in Lead, Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
March 18  - 11am-5pm  -  Day of Irish Dance, Irish Music & Dance Association, Landmark Center 

March 17 - Pubs
                                 Dubliner Pub Tent Party - 2162 University Av W (Cretin & Vandalia)St Paul
                                 Keegan's Irish Pub Tent Party (Locklin Road), 16 University Av NE, Minneapolis
                                     3-17 5pm - Minnesota Police Pipe Band
                                 Kieran's Irish Pub, 600 Hennepin Av S, Suite 170, (6th St & 1st Av N), Mpls
                                     3-17 9am-opens, noon-music Romantica, Sweet Colleens, Reverse Cowboy,
                                              Jud’s New Harmony, Alicia Corbett, Northern Comfort, & Erin Rogue
O’Donovan’s Irish Pub Tent Party, 700 1st Av N, Minneapolis
                                        3-17  noon-4pm Traveled Ground, 4:30-8:30pm Wild Colonial Bhoys
                                   O'Gara's Bar & Grill Tent Party, 164 Snelling Av N, St Paul
                                        3-17 noon-2am

                                         as well as....
Blarney Pub & Grill - 412 14th Av SE, Minneapolis (Dinkytown)
Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
                                         Eagle Street Grille - 174 7th St W, St. Paul
Happy Gnome Tent  Party, 498 Selby Av, St. Paul
Kip's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 9970 Wayzata Blvd, St. Louis Park
                                         Liffey Irish Pub - 175 7th St W,  St. Paul  (across from Xcel)
Shamrock's Tent Party - 995 7th St W,  St. Paul 
August 10-12                 Irish Fair, Harriet Island, St. Paul

Irish Indeed -
Irish merchandise, dontcha know? - 482 Snelling Av S, St Paul
Irish on Grand - more Irish merchandise, dontcha know? - 1124 Grand Av S, St Paul

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Irish Pubs are disappearing in Ireland and it's not due to fewer people...
(What country's capital has the largest population? Ireland, because the population is always Dublin.)

The Irish Times reports that they're losing a pub every two days, about 1,100 since 2005. And it's not primarily due to smoking bans and drunk-driving laws.  It's irrelevancy. [read more]

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