St. Patrick's Day in San Francisco isn't entirely about green beer and trashed frat boys. Okay, so it's mostly about green beer and trashed frat boys. But there is a wider variety of options than simply heading to the nearest O'Somebody's and powering down Guinness pints. From fun runs to church services, here's a brief rundown of events at which to get your Irish up. Find more music and calendar listings online at www.sfweekly.com.
The Black Brothers, Marla Fibish: Traditional Irish folk music. Wed., March 17, 8 p.m., $21.50, all ages. Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison (at Milvia), Berkeley, 510-548-7603, www.thefreight.org.
The Bog Savages: Self-proclaimed "Irish rebel music." Wed., March 17, 8:30 p.m. Maggie McGarry's, 1353 Grant (at Vallejo), 399-9020.
Culann's Hounds, Colm ó Riain, The Gas Men: Irish music ranging from the traditional to the modern. Sat., March 13, 9 p.m., $20-$25, all ages. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750, www.gamh.com.
The Dog's Bollocks, The Barbary Ghosts: Sea shanties? Aye! Wed., March 17, 9 p.m., $5. Amnesia, 853 Valencia (at 20th St.), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com.
Filthy Thieving Bastards, Duane Peters & the Great Unwashed, Capt. Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss: Punked-up acoustic tuneage with a distinct Pogues influence. Wed., March 17, 8 p.m., $10. Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St. (at Wisconsin), 252-1330, www.theeparkside.com.
St. Patrick's Day Block Party: With traditional music in the afternoon & DJ Pat in the evening. Sat., March 13, 1 p.m.; Wed., March 17, 1 p.m. The Irish Bank, 10 Mark (at Bush), 788-7152, www.theirishbank.com.
St. Patrick's Day with the Gas Men & Lucia Comnes: Traditional Irish folk music. Wed., March 17, 9 p.m. Plough & Stars, 116 Clement (at Second Ave.), 751-1122, www.theploughandstars.com.
St. Patty's Punk Bash X: The Lewd, Undead Boys, Love Songs, Dopecharge, Fast Love, The Keeners: An annual tradition (because even black-and-blue punks like green beer). Wed., March 17, 6 p.m., $8. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788, www.elbo.com.
Vagabondage: Singing to us from inside an inebriated accordion, this duo slurs sea shanties, murder ballads, and, well, to be honest, drinking songs. Wed., March 17, 8 p.m., $5. Beale Street Bar & Grill, 133 Beale (at Mission), 543-1961, www.bealestreetsf.com.
18th Hour: St. Pat's Cheese Release Party: Cowgirl Creamery releases a new cheese. Wear green! The cheese is not green, but it has a green rind. And stinging nettles, with stinging nettle leaves. Yum! Thu., March 11, 7 p.m., $5-$10. 18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero (at 18th St.), www.18reasons.org.
Celtic Legends: A new Irish music-and-dancing spectacle under the direction of Riverdance's Michael Londra. Fri., March 12, 8 p.m., $25-$35, all ages, www.celticlegends.net. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs (at Fulton), Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, www.wellsfargocenterarts.org.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People: March's film of the month. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 1 & 4 p.m. Continues through March 27. The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, 104 Montgomery (at Lincoln), 345-6800, www.waltdisney.org.
Irish Flag Raising at San Francisco City Hall Rotunda: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom as he raises the Irish flag over the city. Fri., March 12, 10:30 a.m., free, www.sfstpatricksdayparade.com. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett (at Grove), 554-5184, www.sfgov.org.
Don Iwerks: Discusses the Nodal Point Camera invented by his legendary father, Ub, and the making of Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Sat., March 20, 3 p.m. The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, 104 Montgomery (at Lincoln), 345-6800, www.waltdisney.org.
Ladies' Auxiliary Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner: After the parade and festival, a traditional dinner. Sat., March 13, 5 p.m., cost varies. United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, 2700 45th Ave. (at Sloat), 661-2700, www.irishcentersf.org.
St. Patrick's Day: Pipers Band, Irish dancing; dining room serves lunch and dinner. Wed., March 17, 11:30 a.m. United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, 2700 45th Ave. (at Sloat), 661-2700, www.irishcentersf.org.
St. Patrick's Day 5K: All-ages fun run sponsored by the Dolphin South End Runners. Sun., March 14, 9 a.m., $3-$5 (free for kids 10 and under), www.dserunners.com. Crissy Field, Marshall (at Mason, in the Presidio), www.crissyfield.org.
St. Patrick's Day at Ireland's 32: It's an "Irish pub with ties to the IRA/Sinn Fein," so you certainly won't run into too many Protestants at this shindig. Wed., March 17. Ireland's 32, 3920 Geary (at Third Ave.), 386-6173, www.irelands32.com.
St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Church: Led by Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco William Justice. Sat., March 13, 9 a.m., free, www.sfstpatricksdayparade.com. St. Patrick's Church, 756 Mission (at Fourth St.), 421-3730, www.stpatricksf.org.
St. Patrick's Revenge: Third Annual Grab a Pint, Give a Meal Fundraiser: A joint benefit for Doctors Without Borders and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, with music by cover band Strong Like Bull. Sat., March 20, 8 p.m. Harrington's Bar & Grill, 245 Front (at Sacramento), 392-7595, www.harringtonsbarandgrill.com.