Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Guide to St. Patrick's Day around Boston

Been whoring this theme out in the Herald the past few days, so here's a recap of cool shit to do around Boston on today, the city's official holiday, St. Patrick's Day, from my Hotline column on Friday and and again today:

"Leprechaun” at the Brattle: Leave it to the Brattle Theatre to allow us to sober up while watching the 1993 cult classic “Leprechaun,” in which an evil little chap goes on a rampageous killing spree while protecting his pot o’ gold. Or something. But it stars a post-“Willow” Warwick Davis, as well as a pre-everything Jennifer Aniston, and is still funnier than “Celtic Pride.” Hotline’s only regret is that the Brattle didn’t make it a double feature with Ice T’s “Leprechaun: In the Hood.” 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 10 p.m., $9.50, brattlefilm.org.

A-Trak on track: Give Estate huge props for eschewing the “Kiss Me I’m Drunk” party scene and booking a DJ who’s as Irish as Patrice Bergeron. That man is Montreal’s DJ A-Trak, who lights up Boylston Place with his signature blend of hip-hop-flavored electro club jams. A-Trak has been on fire since 2004, when Kanye West asked him to be his personal DJ and has since thrown down beats with everyone from Diplo to Kid Sister to Chromeo. Bass master DJ B. Rich carries the heavy to round out the bill and add some 617 juice. “You’re not going to find your cliche Irish pub songs here, only straight up electro and hip-hop bangers,” said B. Rich, who opens. “Watch A-Trak champion the decks and turn this mutha out.” Kiss him, he rules. Estate, 1 Boylston Place, 10 p.m., $10, 617-351-7000, wantickets.com/embrace.

Hearthrob at the Middlesex Lounge: Sure, A-Trak at the Estate is the more-hyped electro dance party tonight, but at the bi-weekly Hearthrob you won’t need a lucky four-leaf clover to get an inexpensive drink. Resident DJs Baltimoroder, Red Foxx and Morgan Louis are joined by Palms Out Sounds’ Joee Irwin, and it won’t cost you any green to get in. It’s the un-St. Patrick’s Day party of St. Patrick’s Day parties. 315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 10 p.m., free, myspace.com/heartsomilky

Bingo at District: People on the Internet play “Hipster Bingo,” and people at Sunday’s Southie parade play “Drunk Dude-Brah Bingo.” However, District’s weekly game night bills itself as “Not Your Grandaddy’s Bingo,” and it might be the best of them all. Prizes are awarded, gourmet snacks served, and host comedian Shawn Connelly appears more than Irish enough to keep St. Patty’s Day themes in mind while you make Grammy proud. 180 Lincoln St., 5 to 9 p.m., free, districtboston.com

Brand new Epidodes: Sure, there are more than enough street-punk show options around the Hub on St. Patrick’s Day, but few come with the approval of Lemmy from Motorhead and feature a 10-year-old singer. The Episodes, a Cleveland punk band playing the Swaggerin’ Growlers CD release party Tuesday at the Middle East in Cambridge, boast 10-year-old frontman Tommy Gun (everyone now, “awwww!”), and no member is old enough to get into the club if they weren’t playing. “These kids are the future of rock ’n’ roll,” exclaimed Lemmy on their MySpace [website] page. With gigs alongside MDC, Body Count and yes, even Motorhead, the future looks bright down in the punk-rock plight. Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 9 p.m., $8, 617-864-EAST, mideastclub.com

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