This Weekend: Hardcore/Irish Celebrations

by Lauren Russo on March 16, 2011

"Hardcore Paparazzi" opens at Papercut Zine Library on Sunday



Considering that I’m in my seventh year of calling the Boston area home, I can say with a relative sense of certainty that folks around here love Evacuation/St. Patrick’s Day.  In addition to our weekend roundup, we’ve cobbled together what some of the Irish pubs around the ‘Ville are doing to celebrate the greenest of holidays.




Thursday, Mar. 17

St. Patrick’s Day at The Burren

6 a.m.

The Burren will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day from early in the morning until late at night. They’ll start serving a full Irish breakfast (with Guinness) at 6 a.m. Live Irish music will start in the front bar at 12 p.m., and the kitchen will be serving up corned beef and cabbage and other traditional Irish fare all day. The back bar will also feature live music from 12 p.m. til close.

Public Skating Hours at Veterans Memorial Rink

10 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at Bull McCabe’s

11 a.m.

Bull McCabe’s will be opening its doors before noon to celebrate everyone’s favorite excuse for day drinking and wearing more green than is tasteful. In addition to the usual fare of $4 burgers, they’ll be hosting traditional, live Irish music starting at 8:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at Old Magoun’s Saloon

11 a.m.

Old Magoun’s will also be starting the festivities at 11 a.m. They invite locals to come have a pint in real glassware, listen to live music all day and, of course, not pay a cover charge.

Eastern European Printmakers Today at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

The Brickbottom Artists Association is hosting an exhibition of the work of Eastern Europe’s premier printmakers, in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Art, Muskat Studios and Amazing Things Art Center.

St. Patrick’s Day at Precinct

5 p.m.

Precinct is hosting a full night of music this St. Patrick’s Day.  Acts include New England Americana  Allstars, Comanchero, and Three Day Threshold.

Awkward Compliment’s Thursday Night Comedy Night at the Somerville Theatre

8 p.m.

Awkward Compliment is a local comedy troupe featuring Improv Asylum cast members.  Tickets are $5.

St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Rosebud Bar

9 p.m.

Rosebud Bar is throwing down this Thursday with The Tampoffs, You’re Under Arrest, and DJ Prince Paul. Tickets are $15 at the door.


Friday, Mar. 18

Eastern European Printmakers Today at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

Public Skating Hours at Veterans Memorial Rink

2 – 4:5o p.m.

Gypsy Dirge Rock at Johnny D’s

9:30 p.m.

Going out the night after St. Paddy’s Day, aka National Hangover Day, is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately for those brave enough to be able to enter a bar and not gag at the smell of beer this Friday, neither is this show at Johnny D’s.  Bury Me Standing, Ansambl Mastika, and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band are bringing their raucous, Eastern European and Gypsy-inflected music to Davis Square.  Of note is Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, whose circus/vaudeville-inspired music was enjoyed by many at last year’s HONK! Festival.


Saturday, Mar. 19

Winter Farmers Market at The Center for Arts at the Armory

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The indoor Winter Farmers Market at the Armory is in its home stretch.  An initiative of Shape Up Somerville, the WFM has been making healthy and locally produced food and beverages available to Somervillians all winter long. Consider it your one-stop shop for artisan breads, cheeses and chocolate (not to mention wine, organic produce and beefalo meat).

We Will Not Be Moved at The Washington Street Art Center

12 – 4 p.m.

The WSAC is hosting a new multimedia exhibit by documentary photographer Kelly Creedon. The project examines the work of City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association, and their efforts to work with individual families and whole communities to protect against “the devastating impact of the foreclosure crisis.”

Eastern European Printmakers Today at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

The Terminator/Robocop Double Feature at the Somerville Theatre

1:30 p.m.

Bro out and revel in futuristic fantasies of cyborg law enforcement.  The Terminator will be screened at 1:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m; Robocop will be screened at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy the double feature and torture your loved ones for the rest of the weekend with your repeated utterance of “I’ll be baack.”

Get Your Beard On: An All-American Beard & Mustache Contest at Precinct

3 – 6 p.m.

Somerville Beard Fest is back!  Ladies and gents with impressive facial hair (both authentic and temporary in nature) are invited to come on down to Precinct and bask in their bearded, mustachioed glory. The contest will be judged by individuals with facial hair of the highest caliber.

For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Neil Young at The Center for Arts at the Armory

8 – 10 p.m.

The “For the Sake of the Song” concert series features local musicians playing the songs of  recording icons as well as their own original material.  This month, James Houlahan, Brenda Hogan, and Flying Buttress will be paying tribute to Neil Young and discuss his influence on their craft.  The concert will be held in the Cafe Room of the Armory.  Doors open at 7:30; music starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $8 at the door.


Sunday, Mar. 20

Public Skating Hours at Veterans Memorial Rink

12 – 12:50 p.m.

Hardcore Paparazzi Photography Exhibit Opening at Papercut Zine Library

3 – 8 p.m.

Papercut Zine Library is hosting its first photography exhibit, which will be on display until April 11. The exhibit consists of photographs chronicling the hardcore punk scene in Massachusetts over the last decade.  One of the contributing photographers, Angela Owens, has also produced a zine, entitled Hardcore Paparazzi, which will be available for purchase ($2) at the opening.  The opening will feature a raffle and light refreshments, including root beer floats.

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