March 17: St. Patrick's Day festivities and other SF events 

Colm O’Riain
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  • Ireland-born fiddler Colm O’Riain and Lucia Comnes and Her Rockin’ Irish Band share a St. Patrick’s Day bill of Irish-flavored popular and traditional music.
Who’s in town

Katherine Hastings, Sonoma County’s poet laureate, reads from her new volume “Nighthawks” in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Design winners: Winners of the “Architecture at Zero” contest present their designs for a mixed-use Tenderloin apartment building that would use close to zero net energy. [6 p.m., American Institute of Architects, 130 Sutter St., S.F.]

Neighborhood forum: Occupy Forum presents an update on the struggle for environmental justice in Bayview-Hunters Point. Speakers include Marie Harrison of Greenaction. [6 p.m., Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Robin Ellis: The British actor and cookbook author discusses “Healthy Eating for Life.” [7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

‘Odd Mondays:’ Series presents an evening of Irish literature read aloud by Noe Valley authors Scott Hutchins, Mary Jo McConahay and others. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Interior design: Martin Joos, from Swiss construction film Nussli, discusses Nussli projects. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

St. Patrick’s Day movie: “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” (1959), directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Sean Connery, is the featured film. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, applying for jobs and searching online for jobs. Bring a flash drive. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

St. Patrick’s day

Food-truck bash: The Shamrock StrEat Bash & Irish Food Truck Party features trucks and carts selling Irish-inspired dishes. [5 to 10 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Block party: O’Reilly’s, in North Beach, hosts its St. Patrick’s Day block party, featuring live Irish-flavored music and dance. Performers include the Gasmen, the Shams and Zoo Station. [Noon to late evening, 622 Green St., S.F.]

Irish music

Ireland-born fiddler Colm O’Riain and Lucia Comnes and Her Rockin’ Irish Band share a St. Patrick’s Day bill of Irish-flavored popular and traditional music. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Every Stritch way: “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a documentary about both the long career and private fears of Tony-winning performer Elaine Stritch, is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 771-0183]

Comedy show: Club OMG hosts its weekly “LOL Mondays Comedy Night.” Imran G., Barry Fischer and Samantha Gill are set to provide the humor, with Valerie Branch hosting. An open-mike session follows. [7 p.m., 43 Sixth St., S.F.]

Piano concert: Israel-born pianist Gilead Mishory performs at the Music at Meyer series, playing works by Tartini, Mishory, Debussy and others. [7:30 p.m., Martin Meyer Sanctuary, Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

A-16: Italian fare, including the cuisine of Campania and the wood-fired pizzas of Naples, are on the menu. “Monday meatballs” — pork meatballs braised in tomato, with basil and Grana Padano cheese — are on the bill today. [2355 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 771-2216]

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