The Wearin' O' the Green • The Boise Philharmonic • Cat Show • Vintage Motorcycle Show 

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Friday 17

The Wearin' O' the Green

March 17 is the religious feast day and anniversary of the death of fifth-century Saint Patrick. And though is has been observed for hundreds of years as a religious holiday in Ireland, that's not the thrust of the holiday in the United States today. Around these parts, St. Patrick's Day is a secular celebration of Irish heritage and, more often than not, an excuse to drink green beer and lots of it. Nobody cares if you're Irish, either--we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

For those looking for a wee bit o' St. Patrick's Day fun around town this Friday, there's plenty to be found. Here's a brief--and by no means exhaustive--overview of some of what is waiting at local watering holes:

The Crescent: Celebrating begins at 11 a.m., and St. Paddy's-themed fare includes corned beef lunches and dinners, as well as Irish drink and Guinness draft specials. Look for the fabulous Highlanders Bagpipers to play at 6 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. (550 W. Franklin. St.)

The Piper Pub & Grill: More corned beef and Irish drink specials, and live music by A Muses Willy at 7 p.m. and the Highlanders (on what is likely one of their busiest days of the year) at 8 p.m. (8th and Main streets, second level)

Jumpin' Janet's: A St. Patrick's Day party with bagpipers at 6 p.m. and Cheap Date at 9 p.m. (572 Vista Ave.)

Old Chicago: Take the "St. Patrick's Day Mini Tour" and find an Irish beer besides Guinness. (730 W. Idaho St.)

Terrapin Station: Enjoy Irish drink specials all night, while $3 cover gets you in to hear the Middle Income Household Band at 9:30 p.m. (1519 Main St.)

The Plank: These pirates be Irish today, serving up $1.50 pints of green beers and other Irish drink and food specials. Enjoy live music by Belly Up at 9 p.m., with no cover. (650 S. Vista)

The Bouquet: Enjoy Irish drink specials and live music by Farmdog at 9 p.m. for $3 cover. (1010 Main. St.)

Mulligan's: The name says it all. Check out Irish drink specials, including $1 green beer. (1009 Main St.)

Kay & Traci's Jazz Club: Enjoy drink specials from 6 to 9 p.m. and for $3 cover, live music by Silverado. (572 Vista Ave.)

China Blue: Find more drink specials as well as prizes. Cover for D.J. Scott Stubbs is $5. (100 S. 6th St.)

And after you enjoy all this St. Patrick's Day revelry, we have just one more word for you: taxi.

Friday 17-Saturday 18

The Boise Philharmonic

If your taste in revelry doesn't run to leprechaun-like revelry, try a night at the symphony. For some perhaps more restrained pleasure, the Boise Philharmonic will perform in Nampa on Friday and in Boise on Saturday, with special guest pianist Vassily Primakov, a Juilliard-trained musician and former child prodigy. Primakov has performed in the United States, Russia, France, Switzerland, Germany and Romania and won the Rachmaninoff International Young Artist Competition and the Tchaikovsky Young Artist Competition in Russia--and he's yet to hit the ripe old age of 30. The performance will feature William Boyce's Symphony No. 5, Hayden's Symphony No. 100, the Military and Schummann's Piano Concerto.

Friday, 8 p.m. $14-$27 general admission, $10 students with valid ID. Swayne Auditorium-Northwest Nazarene Brandt Center, 707 Fern St., Nampa.

Saturday, 8:15 p.m. $14-$49. Morrison Center, Boise State campus.

Saturday 18-Sunday 19

Cat Show

Feeling frisky? Head out the Western Idaho Fairgrounds this weekend and chances are, you won't be alone. The Idaho Cat Fanciers will hold their 2006 IDACATS Cat Show, "From Abyssinians to Siamese," and we're guessing these furry four-legged friends will be feeling as fancy as their two-legged fanciers, as the felines strut their stuff for the gold. Organizers are billing this event as the only cat show being held in Boise this year, so if you've ever wanted to see what a room full of pampered kitties looks like, this might be a local cat lover's best and only chance to do so.

The Idaho Cat Fanciers is a member of the non-profit organization Cat Fanciers of America, so they're dedicated not merely to the aesthetic appeal of cats, but to their welfare also. In that spirit, attendees to this great event will also have a chance to take home a souvenir by adopting shelter cats in need of good homes.

$5 adults, $3 children and seniors. Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 5610 Glenwood, Garden City, www.idahofair.com. For more information, call 888-9934.

Sunday 19

Vintage Motorcycle Show

Believe it or not, the Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold their 30th Annual Vintage Motorcycle and Bicycle Show in Caldwell on Sunday. Fans of all variety of old-timey two-wheelers are promised over 150 vintage bikes for their gawking pleasure. There will be everything from rusted-out relics to immaculate restorations, and nothing customized or younger than 20 years--just the vintage real deal, including road bikes, dirt bikes, and some bikes from just about the turn of the century.

Anyone interested in exhibiting a vintage motorcycle in the show or registering to participate in the pre-show swap meet should give the club a call at 377-4981.

$4 adults, FREE children under 12. Noon-4 p.m. O'Connor Fieldhouse, 23rd and Blaine streets, Caldwell. For more information, call 377-4981.

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