1. 4th Annual Jack & Ginger’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 17. $10-$20. 11500 Rock Rose Ave. jackandgingers.pub/st-paddys
One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parties in town is Irish pub Jack & Ginger’s takeover of Domain Northside’s Rock Rose district. Blocking off Rock Rose during its duration, the celebration includes a choice of the bar’s 82 beers on tap — as well as green beer, of course. There will also be Irish and American comfort foods, such as shepherd’s pie, and live music playing from two outdoor stages. (Bagpipes? You bet.) Take note, families: This party is only for people 21 and older.
2. Andrew Rannells at BookPeople
7 p.m. March 18. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
This one is for you, Broadway fans. And “Girls” fans. And, really, fans of funny people in general. Andrew Rannells is coming to Austin. The actor, currently appearing on Showtime’s “Black Monday,” will be speaking and signing at a BookPeople event to promote his upcoming book, “Too Much Is Not Enough.” The speaking part of that is free open to the public, but in order to get in the signing line, you’ll have to purchase a ticket from BookPeople, which comes with a copy of the book.
3. Astronomy on Tap
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 19. Free. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. astronomyontap.org
You can explore the mysteries of the universe while keeping your feet firmly on the ground at this monthly event (while also drinking beer). Among the speakers this month is musician and astronomy lover Jason Achilles, who will play some songs and talk about the project to design the first microphone on Mars. Astronomy on Tap also will have telescopes so you can look for exciting objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
4. Celis Brewing Waller Kriek Launch Party
4 p.m. March 20. Free. Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/events/2191128247611935
Easy Tiger has collaborated with North Austin's Celis Brewing to make the Waller Kriek, benefiting the Waller Creek Conservancy. Buy a draft of this Belgian-style fruit lambic and get a raffle ticket for cool Celis and Easy Tiger swag (including special edition bottles of Waller Kriek). Plus, Easy Tiger, whose beer garden overlooks the creek, will donate $1 per beer to the conservancy, whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek.
5. A Bowie Celebration at Paramount Theatre
8 p.m. March 21. $20-$60. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
It hasn’t been hard to find tribute shows to David Bowie in clubs around town since his death in 2016, but this touring show promises to be on another level. Austin’s own guitar great Charlie Sexton and longtime Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson head up a cast that also includes Earl Slick, Carmine Rojas, Gerry Leonard, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and Lee John. The night includes a mix of both hits and deep cuts. — Peter Blackstock
6. "The Book Club Play" with Different Stages
Opens March 22. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through April 13. $15-$30. Santa Cruz Theatre, 1805 East Seventh St. differentstagestheatre.org
Don't act surprised by bibliophiles behaving badly in Karen Zacarias' delightful new play. Why should book clubs be different from all the other small groups humans belong to, such as families and sports teams? According to Different Stages, "It's all clashing egos, hidden jealousies, things unsaid, and even though it's 'just books' — dry words on dry paper — we know someone, inevitably, is going to get punched in the face."
7. "When They Appear" at Grayduck Gallery
Opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. March 23. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday through April 14. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com
Artists Larry Graeber and Marilyn Jolly have collaborated on this Grayduck exhibition, which seeks to create a dialogue between them and their relationship to time, space and where we fit within it. The show includes sculpture, painting and mixed-media collage because both artists have a willingness to explore different resources, processes and surfaces in pursuit of a deepening personal vision.