At NightLife, you can have an Irish drink or two (or more) and also take in bits of the culture not related to the pub. Performers play not only the Celtic harp but also an instrument called the nyckelharpa, which organizers say has 16 strings and 37 keys and has existed for more than 600 years. Irish step-dancers do, well, whatever Irish step-dancers do. DJ Nako provides a more modern soundtrack. Someone or something called The Reality Thief roams the party doing magic.Guinness as well as cocktails that include Irish whiskey are among the drinks offered. The whole place is cast in "an ethereal green light," so maybe if you forget to wear green, no one will notice. Just the same, organizers warn that crabs are among the sea life in the aquarium, so it's better not to risk getting pinched.
St. Patrick's NightLife starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the California Academy of Sciences. Admission is $12.
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