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St. Patrick's Day touches many Columbus events

It’s St. Patrick’s Day which means you need to wear green unless you enjoy being pinched.

I’m not sure how it works in Ireland where the Roman Catholic holiday originated, but here in Columbus you will get pinched if you don’t have a touch of green on your outfit.

I’ve read that in Ireland the holiday is celebrated less, um, wildly than it is in many cities in the U.S. I suppose since everyone in Ireland could wear “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirts, things could quickly get weird. Ladies, if you’re looking to kiss an Irishman today I can assure there will be plenty of men at Columbus hot spots wearing “Kiss Me I’m Irish” gear. Unfortunately, I can’t assure you these guys are actually from Ireland.

Why are we supposed to wear green? Well, green makes you invisible to leprechauns. You may not have previously spotted these little creatures in Columbus but recent research (ahem, personal experience) indicates that consuming multiple cups of green beer increases leprechaun sightings. You can get some of the tasty concoction at Scruffy Murphy’s, 1037 Broadway, today. The hot spot opens at 11:30 a.m. to serve traditional Irish food. A band from Ireland will perform tonight. For details, read the nightlife roundup by Sonya Sorich here.

If you’re staying home tonight, get recipes for shepherd’s pie and corned beef hash at Dawn’s Dish blog at ledger-enquirer.com/dawn.

If you’re looking for family-friendly outings, check out the air show, Thunder in Valley.

Tonight from 7 to 10, a free concert from Boneheadz will be at the 1000 block of Broadway in downtown Columbus. All ages are welcome at the outdoor show. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Our indoor football team, the Columbus Lions kick off this season’s first home game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Columbus Civic Center. Most tickets cost $13 or $18. Season tickets are also available. The team will wear green jerseys and play with green footballs. Green beer and Irish food will be available, and the first 2,000 fans to arrive will receive magnetic schedules courtesy of TIC Federal Credit Union. The first 1,000 fans will also get a pair of Thundersticks courtesy of Knology.

Tonight also marks the beginning of Artbeat, a two-week celebration of the arts.

Don’t miss Sunday’s Steinway Piano Mania! performance. Columbus State University piano professor Alexander Kobrin and three of his students will perform on four Steinways. The show is at 4 p.m. at RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Cost is $25. 706-649-7225.

Tonight is the last night to see if Lola gets what Lola wants in “Damn Yankees” at the Springer Opera House. Show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15-$38. 706-327-3688.

Dawn Minty, features editor, can be reached at dminty@ledger-enquirer.com.

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