Get Yer Irish Up

130four-leaf-clover.jpgThe city may have cheaped out on a parade, but there’s still plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. On the top of our list:

  • L.A. Live is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day festival that will include many of the traditional participants of the downtown parade, such as live Irish music, the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Bagpipe Band, and a display of classic police and fire trucks. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nokia Plaza at Figueroa and 11th Street. Free. More info here.
  • East L.A.’s world-folk-punk fusion band Ollin will be at The Echo covering traditional Irish tunes, including “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash” by The Pogues. 1154 Glendale Blvd. (213) 413-8200. 8:30 p.m. $12. More info here.
  • Rush Street in Culver City boasts the largest selection on Irish Beer in Los Angeles. They start serving corned beef at 11:30 a.m. If you can make it into the night, the traditional Irish folk band Dublin 4 will be playing from 10 to midnight. 9546 Washington Blvd. Culver City. 310-837-9546. More info here.
  • The Santa Monica Playhouse is featuring a special performance of the one-woman play The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer. This LA Weekly theater pick bills itself as an “outrageous antidote to ‘Riverdance.'” The star of the show promises, “we will repair to a suitable Irish drinking establishment in the neighborhood immediately following the performance, to bond, culturally.” 1211 4th St. Santa Monica. 310-394-9779. $17. More info here.