4 things to do this weekend

With spring breaks and a St. Paddy's that's actually close to a weekend night (it's Sunday, if you live in a land without calendars), downtown and the bar scene promises to be something deserving of a warning label. My partly Irish eyes will more than likely be smiling from within the safety of home.

Thursday geekery: PI Day @ the Arts Center

"An annual celebration of math, science, pastry and nerd pride." This was quite fun last year and the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band is back, this time at the Lawrence Arts Center, for another pie-baking contest and string of performances inspired by and celebrating 3.14159... It starts at 7 p.m. and is $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors.

Saturday politics: "Why I Left the Republican Party" @ the Arts Center

The Douglas County Democratic Party is sponsoring a talk by three-term state senator Jean Schodorf, who switched parties last September after defeat in her primary. She told the Associated Press at the time that the move was out of frustration with an increasingly decided party system — “My family has been Republican since Lincoln – since the party started. My parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents were all Republicans. But it’s changed. There’s no room for people who actually think in moderation.” She'll talk more about her experiences at 10 a.m., for free.

Sunday (unholy) holiday: St. Patrick's @ the Replay

The best bet for getting in some good local music with your green brews* is a packed lineup at the Replay. The Recessionists, Olassa and Tyler Gregory are all playing on the patio, starting at 3 p.m. $3 for 21+.

*no guarantee that the Replay is providing green ... or intentionally green ... beer

Competing St. Patrick's party: the Jackpot

I spoke too soon in saying the Replay would have all the folk-music-and-drinking. The Jackpot will have an equal extravaganza with Uncle Dirtytoes at 3 p.m. for free (all ages), Fast Food Junkies and Old Country Death at 6 p.m. for $3 (all ages), and Abandon Kansas, We Are Voices, Hidden Hospitals and State and Madison starting at 9 p.m. ($7 for 18+; $5 for 21+).


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