Today is St. Patrick's Day, and you could hang out at Pioneer Square all night. But unless you feel like waiting in line and paying gratuitous covers, here's what I suggest:
Blood Squad, Seattle's legitimately funny improv horror-comedy troupe, perform horror movies from beginning to end that they make up on the spot (you really have to see it to believe it).
They're doing a special St. Patrick's Day performance before they screen Leprechaun, the most ridiculous movie ever made. Blood Squad + Leprechaun, Wednesday at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave), at 10 pm. Tickets are $7.
There's also a shmancy "green wine" tasting at Capitol Hill's Licorous restaurant—they're serving five different "Organic and Biodynamic wines" and appropriate food pairings, for $40/person. Licorous, 928 12th Avenue.
Finally, there are a few Irish bars outside Pioneer Square, and if you're trying to make that happen, T.S. McHugh's Restaurant (21 Mercer Street), Clever Dunne's Irish House (1501 East Olive Way), or, best of all, Conor Byrne (5140 Ballard Ave NW), which will reportedly be serving Middleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey for $35 a shot.
The Seattle Municipal League, an entirely non-partisan group of open-government advocates who make endorsements based on candidates' "capacity to serve effectively" rather than their politics (Joe Mallahan got an "outstanding" and Mike McGinn got a "good"), is turning 100 this year, and they're celebrating tomorrow night with a dinner and awards ceremony.
One award winner we're completely psyched about? Futurewise for "Organization of the Year." Founded as 1000 Friends of Washington in 1990 to defend the Growth Management Act, Futurewise fights sprawl in courtrooms across the state and in legislators’ offices in Olympia.
The Muni League will be auctioning off a lunch with King County Executive Dow Constantine (also a GMA stalwart) and one with City Council Member Tim Burgess (a stalwart on, um, panhandling). The best prize? A chance to go jogging with Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, which I guess could be fun.
Tickets are available, but are close to selling out. You can get 'em here.
Tomorrow night at 5:30, at Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Avenue S.
Tomorrow's Full Calendar:
SAM is holding its regular SAM Word event tomorrow night, featuring two poets, Kim-An Lieberman and Priscilla Long, who will "respond" to the museum's current Alexander Calder exhibition. Tomorrow at 7:30 pm, at the Seattle Art Museum (1300 1st Avenue). Free with museum admission.
Rambly, street-corner folk musician Devendra Banhart and his band the Grogs are rolling into town Thursday, with openers Dorothy and the Originals. Thursday at 8 pm, at Showbox at the Market (1426 1st Ave). Tickets are $25.
The SeattlePI.com's One Year Anniversary Party is tomorrow night, which means it's also been a year since the print P-I folded—an intense bummer. Both anniversaries, in my opinion, are occasions for drinking. They're serving $1 pints of Manny's, and they've booked locals The Lights and Sap'N to gig at their party.
Thursday at 9 pm, at the Crocodile (2200 Second Ave). Tickets are $5.
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