Monday, March 17, 7 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Cheese and Whiskey
The Homestead, 67 Irving Place, Manhattan
This St. Patrick’s Day, The Homestead is taking things beyond the ol’ mug of green beer – and they’re even throwing in some bona fide Irish cheeses in honor of all the revelry. The Bedford Cheese Shop presents their powers of frômage with a selection of whiskeys straight from the Emerald Isle. Learn about the history behind the country’s best offerings while sneaking extra bites of “robust, earthy, and delicious Irish cheeses,” according to the event’s organizers. Tickets are $70 per person.
Deal nearby: Bait & Hook
Monday, March 17, 9:30 p.m.
The Black Irish Ball
Macao Trading Co., 311 Church Street, Manhattan
St. Patrick’s Day can be a decidedly un-classy affair (depending roughly upon the amount of booze we consume in public). This time around, dress to the nines and step over to Macao Trading Co. Dandy Wellington and his band play slick jazz at this slick soiree, along with burlesque from Perle Noire and Poison Ivy. An R.S.V.P. is required to attend, so be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list. Pro-tip: Something tells us you won’t get pinched for not wearing green.
Deal nearby: Ivy’s Bistro
Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Saul Austerlitz Loves Lucy (and Abed): A History of Sitcoms
WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Where would our concept of love be without Ross and Rachel’s on-again-off-again romance? How would we learn about authority without Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon’s back and forth in the office? Sitcoms have probably taught us as much about the human condition as they have about canned laughter. Gather and discuss this Tuesday night at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint with Saul Austerlitz, the author of “Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes, from I Love Lucy to Community.” Admission is free.
Deal nearby: CU 29 Copper
Wednesday, March 19 through Sunday, March 23
The NYC Improv Festival
The PIT (The People's Improv Theater), 123 East 24th Street, Manhattan
Improvising may not suit all of us quite so well. That’s why $3 umbrellas exist at just about every store in NYC on rainy days when you forget yours at home. Yet, there exists a population of folks with wits sharp enough to turn humble daily happenings into hilarity all before you finish your first beer. Over this five-day fest, comedians from all over the United States, Canada and around the world converge on The PIT to showcase their spontaneous comedy chops. Individual shows start at $10 per person and festival passes are $60 each.
Deal nearby: Duke’s (Gramercy Park)