Monday, March 13

Yozakura Night at the Royal: With the cherry blossoms hopefully blooming soon, the Royal's monthly cocktail series takes a detour to Japan for drinks with special guest Eddie Kim, who's worked behind the bar at Room 11 and Daikaya. The menu of $8 cocktails will feature cherry blossom tea, smoked cherry wood, cherry liqueurs, sake and shochu. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free.

St. Patrick's Day pub quizzes at Fado and Ireland's Four Courts: St. Patrick's Day falls on Friday this year, which means pubs are going to get crazier than usual. Before damaging a few neurons on Friday night, put them to good work on Monday. Both Fado and Ireland's Four Courts are renowned for their week-before-St. Patrick's Day pub quizzes, which feature questions about Irish history, traditions, bands and, of course, booze. The smartest teams win prizes, including gift certificates and branded swag. Ireland's Four Courts begins at 7:30 p.m.; Fado begins at 8 p.m. Free.

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Green Day at Verizon Center: After a tour of small clubs last year (including a stop at the 9:30 Club), Green Day is back to packing arenas in support of their 12th album “Revolution Radio.” Expect the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to mix the new songs with all the requisite pop-punk hits from the band’s 30-plus year career. Before Billie Joe Armstrong and Co. take the stage, Laura Jane Grace’s punk band Against Me! will get the crowd warmed up. 7 p.m. Sold out; tickets available on the secondary market.

Tuesday, March 14

Environmental Film Festival at multiple area locations: The Environmental Film Festival — in its 25th year and kicking off Tuesday at more than 50 area venues — has never been more timely. But don’t expect all the films to deal with global warming. Among the more than 180 offerings are “Kedi,” a charming documentary about Istanbul’s street cats, and “Peter and the Farm,” a profile of a cantankerous yet charismatic organic farmer in Vermont. Through March 26. Prices vary.

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Wednesday, March 15

Anniversary week at U Street Music Hall: It's been seven years since U Street Music Hall gave Washington the intimate DJ venue it deserved. The subterranean dance club celebrates with shows over four days, including Canadian “powwow-step” trio A Tribe Called Red (Wednesday), South African house DJ Black Coffee (Friday) and former Aeroplane producer/DJ the Magician (Saturday). Through Saturday. Times and cover charges vary.

Great Lakes Turntable Party at B Side: If you've been to B Side in the Mosaic District, you know the soundtrack is frequently provided by records spinning on a turntable behind the bar. To celebrate the national release of Great Lakes Brewing's Turntable Pils, B Side is inviting beer drinkers to bring their favorite vinyl to share. Six Great Lakes beers, including Turntable Pils and Chillwave Imperial IPA, will be on tap, and customers are entered into a raffle for a Great Lakes turntable every time they order a Turntable Pils. 5 p.m.

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Thursday, March 16

Washington Nationals baseball trivia at Port City Brewing: Just over two weeks before the Nationals play their home opener, Port City Brewing Company's monthly pub quiz will be centered on the home team. A couple of potential hints for you: Wilson Ramos was behind the plate for every Nationals no-hitter; Terrmel Sledge hit the club's first home run on Opening Day 2005; and Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn wore jerseys reading “Natinals” in April 2009. 7 p.m.

Story Time Gala at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host one more big party before it closes for a three-year renovation. The second annual Story Time Gala, which benefits the D.C. Public Library system’s early-childhood literacy programs, will feature dishes and drinks from notable District restaurants and bars, including Maketto, Columbia Room, the Source and Southern Efficiency. There will also be performances and music throughout the gala. 6:30 p.m. $150.

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Friday, March 17

Fantome St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza at the Sovereign: When people feel the need to drink green beer on St. Patrick's Day, it's usually some light beer with green food coloring. But at the Sovereign, they're tapping a legitimately delicious green beer: Vertignasse, a funky green-tinged farmhouse saison from Belgium's Fantome brewery. (Vertignasse's ingredients, which include spinach juice, provide the unusual color.) If that sounds too weird, don't worry: There are 17 other rare drafts and bottles coming from the idiosyncratic Walloon brewery. 5 p.m.

6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Mad Fox Brewing Company: If you've been barhopping on St. Patrick's Day, you know that most bars can be terrible, overcrowded places where everyone's trying to get as drunk as possible. It's not the kind of atmosphere where you enjoy a nice craft ale. Unless, that is, you're at Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church. Sure, the place is busy, but the brewers release special beers, like St. James Irish Dry Stout and Tori's Rockstar Red Irish Red Ale, the kitchen offers food specials, and there's live blues and funk from Magnolia Blue, all without a cover charge. 3 to 10 p.m.

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Cher at the Theater at MGM National Harbor: It was 1965 when a 19-year-old Cher joined her late ex-husband Sonny Bono in releasing the song “I Got You Babe.” You could say that duet laid the groundwork for Cher’s successful solo career, one that has spanned five decades and featured such hit songs as “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” plus film roles in “Mermaids” and “Moonstruck.” Now, following a run in Las Vegas, she’s kicking off another venture: a residency at MGM, where she’ll be performing through September. 8 p.m. $109.09-$254.55.

— Macy Freeman, Rudi Greenberg, Fritz Hahn, Michael O'Sullivan, John Taylor, Washington Post Express

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