Weekend Picks: St. Paddy's Day, the Ramones and More

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Members of the Amazing Giants march by on stilts during the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 16

Celebrate the luck of the Irish this weekend with family-friendly and adult-centric activities around town. Start your Saturday in historic Dublin, naturally, at the city’s pancake breakfast and Inflation Celebration (7-11 a.m.), then watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s bagpipers, giant inflatables and more (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). While away the rest of the day (or your Sunday) at the Short North’s celebratory block party, featuring Jameson specials and $3 mugs of green beer at Standard Hall, Pint House, Short North Food Hall and the newly reopened Goody Boy.

Ohio—Champion of Sports, opening Saturday, March 16

What do James “Buster” Douglas, Katie Smith and Kyle Snyder have in common? All are Central Ohio sports stars (in boxing, basketball and wrestling, respectively) who are featured in this new Ohio History Center exhibition. At 6,800 square feet, with a $1.2 million price tag, it’s the largest in decades.

“Rock ’n’ Roll High School,” Friday March 15

The world would be a better place if Joey Ramone was considered a teen heartthrob, a scenario imagined in the cult 1979 film starring P.J. Soles as Riff Randell, the coolest punk rock kid at Vince Lombardi High School. The Wexner Center for the Arts screens the movie at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for the general public, and $6 for students, Wexner Center members and seniors, which sadly includes a few Ramones fans these days.

Columbus Gay Men's Chorus, "Live Loud, Live Proud," Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17

The Columbus Gay Men's Chorus have a few suggestions for discovering your flawless self: plenty of Bette Midler, a dash of J.Lo and a sprinkling of David Bowie and Queen. The Chorus will bring their show of self love to Lincoln Theatre for two shows this weekend.  Dancing in the aisles is encouraged.