St. Patrick’s Day is one of the few days a year when everyone (not just sports fans and reality-show stars) is encouraged to get raging drunk. You, elegant reader, don’t have to degrade yourself in such a fashion. Try these civilized alternatives.
‘A Behanding in Spokane’: Keegan Theatre’s commitment to Ireland runs deep — since 1999, it’s been taking great American plays on tour to the Emerald Isle every year. Stateside, the theater produces many Irish dramas, and this Saturday it’ll open this macabre comedy by Martin McDonagh.Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW; through April 7, $30-$35; 703-892-0202. (Dupont Circle)
Whiskey cocktail seminar: Whiskey may be Ireland’s classiest export; Gina Chersevani and three other D.C. bartending luminaries will teach you how to use it in cocktails meant to be savored, not gulped.Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Sun., 6 -8 p.m., $45-$50. (Metro Center)
‘Dublin: Celtic and Art Music’: Skip ShamrockFest and expand your musical horizons with Irish and Scottish tunes played on the harp, bagpipes, fiddle and theorbo (which is a long-necked lute and not, as we thought before looking it up, a botched attempt to type “the oboe”).Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE; Fri.-Sun., $37; 202-544-7077. (Capitol South)