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March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Free Music Fest, Irish Bank, Luzia, Jack Cheng, Jump! Theatre, Get Empowered!, FUZZ Poetry, Leaving the Blues

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Celtic band Charmas appears at the Irish Cultural Center’s free St. Patrick’s Day music festival. (Courtesy photo)
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FRIDAY, MARCH 17

St. Patrick’s Day 11-Hour Free Music Festival: The day-long event features traditional Irish music, dancing and pub classics. [11 a.m., United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, S.F.]

Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant: The establishment is home to day of Irish revelry, music and brew in one of The City’s most iconic St. Patrick’s Day block parties. [2 p.m. to midnight, 10 Mark Lane, S.F.]

Luzia: The Cirque Du Soleil touring show, a “poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico,” is in its final weekend in the South Bay. [4:30 and 8 p.m., Taylor Street Bridge, San Jose]

Jack Cheng: The children’s author’s debut “See You in the Cosmos” is about a space-obsessed 11-year-old boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, who “take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jump! Theatre Springboard Series: The group dedicated to telling authentic stories of mental illness from a variety of perspectives presents Jeanne Lupton, Diana Slampyak and Gigi Gamble in excerpts of new plays by Ashley Smiley and Gaetana Caldwell-Smith. [8 p.m., ACT’s Costume Shop, 1117 Market St., S.F.]

Get Empowered! Fun Family Night: Actor-singer Obba Babatundé leads an evening of drumming, dancing and capoeira for preschoolers through teens, part of a multicultural arts education program for under-served youths. [6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland]

Rogelio Lopez and Dancers: Choreographer Lopez calls “Potential Embrace” a “personal meditation and an attempt at unraveling the judgments, false perceptions, and habitual thinking I grew up with.” [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

F U Z Z Poetry reading: The evening features Maxine Chernoff, Ivan Arguelles, Justin Robinson, Garrett Caples, Gillian Olivia, Blythe Hamel and a performance by Andrew Joron. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

Leaving the Blues: The world premiere by Jewelle Gomez re-imagines the life of blues singer songwriter Alberta Hunter, focusing on her lesbian relationship as well as music. [8 p.m., New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: Singers in Chanticleer join the group in “Americans in Paris,” which includes a suite from Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” selections from Stravinsky’s “Appollon Musgatte” and works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Satie. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A Guided Tour of Hell
: Author Samuel Bercholz and artist Pema Namdol Thaye discuss their graphic novel — about a longtime Buddhist philosopher’s life-altering, near-death experience — and the basis for an upcoming exhibition. [2 p.m., Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum. 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poor Man’s Whiskey: The Bay Area-based Americana group blends old time, bluegrass, blues and jam, calling on influences from Pink Floyd and the Allman Brothers to the Grateful Dead. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Vaud and the Villains: The band’s sound mixes “old soul, Americana, Moulin Rouge and New Orleans horn bands.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Alle Farben: The German producer and DJ’s single “Bad Ideas” has the makings of pop-crossover hit, with a catchy guitar melody and vocals by Nashville resident Chris Gelbuda. [10 p.m., Verso, 1525 Mission St., S.F.]

Best of Broadway Under the Stars
: Transcendence stages the revue of classic tunes, current hits, mash-ups and more featuring performers who have appeared in hit Broadway shows. [7:30 p.m., Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael]

Darrell Hammond: The actor and comic, best known as a long-running cast member of “Saturday Night Live” (from 1995 to 2009) does standup. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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