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Eire adoration steps to center

St. Patrick's parties bring on music, dance, beer and Celtic-Cuban food

KELLS PORTLAND IRISH FESTIVAL

1 p.m. Friday, March 14, through midnight, Monday, March 17, Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub

The Big Daddy of all Irish fests is replete with a petting zoo, piles of Irish food and more than 100 music and dance performances. The restaurant expands with two heated tents for the weekend, but expect quite a cozy atmosphere. Plenty of beer and camaraderie keeps things genial. Three bands have crossed the pond from the Emerald Isle just for this fete: Irish Rock, Zoo2 and Woodbine. Visit www.kellsirish.com on the Web for a complete schedule.

112 S.W. Second Ave., 503-227-4057, $10-$20

ST. PADDY'S PARTY

6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, March 14; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, March 15; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, March 17, the Green Room

Green Room owner Declan O'Connor has tried to re-create the atmosphere and attitude of the bustling Irish pubs of his native city of Dublin in his Northwest Portland bar. In that vein, he has imported one of Dublin's biggest party bands, the Druids, to top off the festivities stateside. The Druids blend a traditional Irish folk sound with American blues influences.

2280 N.W. Thurman St., 503-228-6178, $5

'LIFE, DEATH, ART: AN IRISH REEL'

8 p.m. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, Blackfish Gallery

The Readers Theatre Repertory presents two Irish plays. 'Molly and James' by Sheila Walsh imagines James Joyce's passion for Molly Bloom, the heroine of his novel 'Ulysses.' 'Faint Voices' by John MacKenna is the story of famous Slane poet Frank Ledwidge and his real-life love.

420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-295-4997, $8

DIA DE SAN PATRICIO

10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, March 14, to Monday, March 17, Ca–ita

Put a little cha-cha-cha in your Irish step with a specially devised Irish-Cuban menu and live music. Ca–ita's executive chef, John Connell Maribona, whips up delights inspired by his Cuban mother and Irish father. The Bobby Torres Ensemble performs traditional Irish songs as well as music from Galicia, a northwest province of Spain and site of some of the earliest blending of Celtic and Spanish cultures.

503 W. Burnside St., 503-481-1175, no cover

'STORIES FROM THE LAND OF THE LEPRECHAUNS'

7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, McMenamin's Kennedy School

The Irish are known for their gift of gab and spinning of yarns. In this tradition, Ken Iverson, Julie Strozyk, Sam Butler and Leslie Slape of the Portland Storytellers Guild tell tales with Celtic themes.

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., 503-247-9338, $3-$10

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CONCERT

8 p.m. Saturday, March 15; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16; 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Oregon Symphony blends bagpipes and Broadway tunes for a rollicking tribute to Eire. Guest conductor Jack Everly leads a cast that includes New York City Opera singers, traditional Celtic instrumentalists, Broadway actors and traditional Irish dancers. The concert tells the story of a young Irishman who leaves his homeland, devastated by the potato famine of the 1840s, for a new life in America. Bagpipers and an audience singalong close the concert.

1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $23-$65

ST. PADDY'S BLUES AND BREWS IRISH FEST

2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday,

March 17, Paddy's Bar and Grill

This local pub specializes in Irish food and friendly faces all year long, so on St. Paddy's Day they really let loose with a blues-infused musical lineup. Up-and comer Jackie Greene opens; legendary bluesman and Grammy nominee Pinetop Perkins headlines.

65 S.W. Yamhill St., 503-224-5626, $10

ALL-IRELAND CULTURAL SOCIETY OF OREGON 64th ANNUAL

CELEBRATION

4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, Rosary Hall, Holy Rosary Church

The All-Ireland Cultural Society celebrates all things Irish all year long, but St. Pat's is the climax. A pipe and drum band kicks things off, followed up by a steady stream of entertainment that includes Ceili dancers, Irish step dancers and a traditional Celtic band. Plenty of Guinness will be on hand to keep Irish eyes a-smilin'.

376 N.E. Clackamas St., 503-286-4812, $5-$10 (kids 11 and under admitted free with paying adult)