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March 17-18: ODC/Dance Downtown, Irish Bank St. Patrick’s Day, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, Abby Smith Rumsey, Royal Jelly, Green NightLife, John Perkins, Marty Allen

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Dennis Adams and Jeremy Smith perform in “Walk Back the Cat,” a world premiere in ODC/Dance Downtown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy RJ Muna)


ODC/Dance Downtown: Celebrating its 45th year, the San Francisco contemporary troupe opens two weekends of varied performances with a program featuring world premieres by Brenda Way and KT Nelson and original music by Paul Dresher, performed live. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Irish Bank St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: One of The City’s top pubs observes the holiday with entertainment by Paddys Orchestra, the Shams and DJ Marc Van Brabant. [2 p.m. to closing, Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane, S.F.]

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution: The first comprehensive retrospective of the life of the impresario who launched the careers of countless rock and roll legends from the 1960s (and beyond) opens. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Green NightLife: California Academy of Sciences’ after-hours series has a St. Patrick’s Day spin, with music by DJ Chango, green libations, lucky charm crafts and information about developing sustainable products. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Abby Smith Rumsey: The Yale scholar discusses her book “When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping the Future,” which argues that technology is making it harder, not easier, for people to secure historical archives. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

St. Patrick’s Day PubCrawl: A dozen or more venues around and along the Marina and Union Street are offering drink specials for ages 21 and older. [5 to 9 p.m., 1980 Union St., S.F.]

Royal Jelly; The San Francisco dance band, which combines soul, rock, swing and hip-hop, headlines a St. Paddy’s Bash. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

John Perkins: The best-selling author and former economics consultant talks about “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” in which he describes how the U.S. government, corporations and banks have economically colonized the Third World. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]


Marty Allen: The wild-eyed (and haired) comic who’s been making audiences laugh for 70 years celebrates his 94th birthday with a standup show featuring his wife and comedy partner Karon Kate Blackwell. [7:30 p.m., Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley]

S.F. Girls Chorus Gala: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade join the Grammy Award-winning chorale for its annual fundraising event to support its education and training programs. [6:30 to 10 p.m., City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome St., S.F.]

Melissa Broder: The writer’s debut book of personal essays is inspired by her Twitter persona @SoSadToday, which explores existential themes and has more than 309,000 followers. [7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland]

SOULSKIN Dance: The accessible modern troupe’s “A Pop Culture Journey, From Folsom Prison to a Night at the Opera” takes audiences on a trip through “the grit of Johnny Cash to the glam of Queen.” [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Old First Concert: One Found Sound — a conductorless, collaborative chamber orchestra — plays works by Nielsen, Thomson and Mozart. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

The Brilliant Idiots: Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz, podcasters who explore the issues of the day in an often iditoic style, bring their live act to The City. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F

Steve–O: The actor, comedian, stuntman and PETA activist, whose special called “Guilty As Charged” premieres on Showtime, opens a three-day standup gig. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., s.F.]

Charlotte Cho: The founder of Korean beauty site Soko Glam and author of “The Little Book of Skin Care” offers tips for a flawless complexion. [5 p.m., Sephora, 33 Powell St., S.F.]


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