By Ben Verde It’s time for some shenanigans!
Saint Patrick’s Day has
returned to chase the snakes
from Brooklyn. The celebration
of Irish culture is also your best
excuse to down a few pints of
Guinness and fill up on corn beef
and cabbage. We found some of the
best Irish events in the borough, so
that you can get your green on!
Shamrock ‘n’ roll
Indie rock standby Kevin
Devine will resurrect his Celtic
side project Kenny O’Brien and the
O’Douls for an early St. Paddy’s
show at Rough Trade. The group
plays uptempo indie-punk with
added Celtic instrumentation,
including mandolins and fiddles,
which they put on record this year
with an eponymous album.
Kenny O’Brien and the O’Douls
at Rough Trade 64 N. Ninth St.
between Wythe and Kent Avenues
in Williamsburg, (718) 388–4111,
www.roughtrade.com. March 14
at 9 pm. $30.
Good green fun
Show off your Irish pride at the
45th annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s
Day Parade! On March 15 at 9
am, the day will start with a mass
at Holy Name of Jesus Church
in Windsor Terrace. Then greenbedecked
revelers will assemble
at Prospect Park West and 15th
Street, ready to step off at 1 pm.
The parade, led by Grand Marshal
and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner
Marty Maher, will march down
15th Street to Seventh Avenue,
head to Garfield Place, then turn
back to Prospect Park West and
return to its origin. Expect loads of
kilts and bagpipes!
Brooklyn Saint Patrick’s Day
Parade (starting at Prospect Park
West and 15th Street in Park Slope).
March 15 at 1 pm. Free.
Haven on Earth
For a proper Saint Patrick’s Day
in a pub, ascend to Sunset Park’s
Irish Haven, where the Guinness
will be flowing and corned beef
and cabbage will be served starting
at 8 am. In the evening, traditional
Irish trio Bog Turtles will serenade
patrons with folk tunes from the
Bog Turtles at Irish Haven 5721
Fourth Ave. at 58th Street in Sunset
Park, (718) 439–9893. March 17 at
7 pm. Free.
Craic the case
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will
host a special St. Patrick’s Day
screening of Martin Scorsese’s
2006 crime drama “The Departed”
— a quintessential piece of Irish-
American culture, and filmed in
part at the Irish Haven — along
with a three-course meal that
includes buttered ham sandwiches,
corned beef brisket with green
cabbage, and a cannoli, each
accompanied by an Irish brew.
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“The Departed St. Patrick’s Day
Beer Dinner” at Alamo Drafthouse
Cinema 445 Albee Sq. West, fourth
floor, between Willoughby and
Fulton streets Downtown, (718)
March 17 at 6:30 pm. $70.
Mean and green
Across town, you can spend
Saint Patrick’s Day with the
most classic example of Celtic
cinema: “Leprechaun.” In the first
installment of the schlocky horror
franchise, the titular Irish goblin
goes on a killing spree after he is
accidentally released by a group of
teens (including Jennifer Aniston
in her film debut).
“Leprechaun” at Nitehawk
Prospect Park 188 Prospect
Park West at 14th Street in
Park Slope, (929) 282–4300,
www.ni tehawk cinema.com/
prospectpark. March 17 at 9:30
Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations
will keep chugging through the
weekend! On the Sunday after the
holiday, head south for the Bay
Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
First, the Little Leprechaun’s
Kids’ Fun Run, a fund-raiser
for the Love Conquers Cancer
charity, will send kids racing eight
blocks along the closed Third
Avenue, from Irish bar Wicked
Monk to wing spot Kettle Black,
where there will be snacks and
At noon, the big procession
will march 30 blocks along Third
Avenue, from Marine Avenue to
67th street. The parade, led by
grand marshal Linda Gallagher-
Lomanto (former president of the
parade committee), will feature
floats, bands, dancers, and Irish
locals with loads of shamrock
Little Leprechaun’s Kids Fun
Run starts at the Wicked Monk,
9510 Third Ave. at 95th streets in
Bay Ridge, (718) 316-5595, www.
wickedmonk.com. March 22 at
11:30 am (sign-up at 10:30 am). $20.
Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day
Parade (Third Avenue from Marine
Avenue to 67th Street in Bay Ridge,
www.brparade.com). March 22 at
After the parade, make a
pilgrimage to the Wicked Monk
for some day drinking and Irish
tunes. Bronx band New York
Brogue will take the stage at 2
pm, followed by Slainte, a Boston
band that specializes in upbeat
Irish party music, followed by the
bar’s weekly Sunday seisun of
Irish tunes, where anyone with an
instrument or a voice is welcome
to join in.
St. Patrick’s Day music at the
Wicked Monk 9510 Third Ave.
at 95th Street in Bay Ridge, (718)
March 22; 2–6:30 pm. Free.
Williamsburg art exhibit
explores love and romance
By Meg Capone It’s art with a big heart!
An enormous art exhibit
in Williamsburg features
a many-splendored collection
of sculptures, paintings,
photos, and less definable art
pieces, each trying to express
the confusing and multifaceted
experience of love. “A
Romantic Comedy,” on display
through March 31, features
more than 50 works of art
from 28 local and international
artists. The show’s co-curator
said that the widely varying
pieces fit together as though
they were meant to be.
“I’ve been drawn towards
community energy,” said
Steven Pestana, who organized
the exhibit with Sophia Sobers.
“We both wanted to use the
platform of an art exhibition
to help generate that sense of
The exhibit, located on the
ground floor of a waterfront
office tower, features several
sprawling pieces of installment
art. The generous scale gives
each artist a rare chance to tell
a complete story of romance in
the modern age, said Pestana.
“We think this show is a
way to give these artists a lot of
space to spread their wings at
a scale well beyond the square
footage generally encountered
among emerging art galleries or
in art fairs,” he said.
The exhibit is hosted by
Wallplay, a company that
operates pop-ups in vacant
The show opened two weeks
ago, and nearly 1,000 visitors
have already passed through the
doors, said the curators, who
urged fans of new art to stop by
while they can.
“Visitors should stop by to
see some of the most unique
emerging artists at work right
now, all in one place, in a setting
that allows the artwork to make
a coherent statement,” said
“A Romantic Comedy” at
25 Kent 25 Kent Ave. between
N. 12th and N. 13th streets in
com. Open Wed–Sun, 11 am–7
pm, through March 31. Free.
Irish eyeglasses are smiling: Marchers donned their Irish-themed gear for
the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day parade, happening this year on March 22.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf
Art attack: This figure and mural make up the piece “Campout Component,”
by Andrew Allison, part of the “Romantic Comedy” exhibit now showing in
Williamsburg. Photo by Meg Capone
Living large: This painting by Andrew Woolbright, in the “A Romantic
Comedy” exhibit, is seven feet high and about 15 feet wide.
Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Brooklyn