St. Patrick's Day
The Irish and their party brethren celebrate the holiday Sunday, March 17, which sets up well for three or four days of revelry. Some highlights:
• It's the most popular gathering and destination — the Kells Irish Festival. The 28th annual festivities take place Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, at Kells' two Portland locations: Kells Irish Pub, 112 S.W. Second Ave., and Kells Brewery, 210 N.W. 21st Ave. There'll be music, traditional Irish dancing, bagpipers, food and libations, and much more. There's daily admission and a limited number of weekend passes for $30. For compete info: www.kellsirish.com.
• Other popular party places are McMenamins' bars, which host three days of activities — including food and beer, of course — Friday-Sunday. Three-day celebrations take place at Edgefield, Kennedy School, Grand Lodge, Old St. Francis School, Hotel Oregon and Anderson School; Wilsonville Old Church hosts a party Sunday. Admission is free. For complete info: www.mcmenamins.com.
• The Shamrock Run takes place on Sunday, but there'll be two days of a health and fitness fair, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and it's free for any visitors at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more: www.oregoncc.org.
• Traditional music and dancing, as well as food, beverages and children's activities, are part of the All-Ireland Cultural Society celebration at Aquinas Hall, 340 N.E. Clackamas St., 2-7 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day. It's $12 for adults. For more, see the event's Facebook page.
• The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, includes a parade, music, dancing, food and beer, centered at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 S.E. 15th Ave. For more: www.stagathaschoolpdx.us.
• World-renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke and friends play a St. Patrick's Day concert, 8 p.m. Sunday at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets: $25, $30 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
Portland Roadster Show
The 63rd annual event that features cool cars from yesteryear returns to the Expo Center.
Noon-9 p.m. Friday, March 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.portlandroadstershow.com, $16 general admission, $20/$46.50 specials, $10 parking
It's a messy, funny and moving theatrical experience that grapples with family allegiance. A family gives up its adopted Korean boy after welcoming a baby, a lesbian couple brings him in, but while one woman wants a child the other wants a career. It's by Hansol Jung and is directed by Damaso Rodriguez. It stages at Artists Repertory Theatre's Morrison Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., through April 7. For more: www.artistsrep.org.
By Guillermo Calderon and staged at Third Rail Repertory, it's the story of two couples settling in for a quiet night at home in a Syrian city stricken by war. It reframes notions of life, love and what's lost in translation in a play with comedy and intrigue and a riveting conclusion. Philip Cuomo directs.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, March 15-April 6, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.thirdrailrep.org, $25-$45
'Until The Flood'
Presented by Portland Center Stage, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith explores social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer, with show content pulled from Orlandersmith's extensive interviews in the St. Louis area. She previously performed "Forever" and "The Gimmick" at The Armory. Previews start March 16.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, some exceptions, March 16-April 21, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $25
A reminder: The Cirque du Soleil show is taking place at the Moda Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 14-15, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets start at $49. See www.cirquedusoleil.com for info and tickets.