Get Irish for St. Patrick's Day in Gwinnett this year

Time to grab a pint of stout, scarf down some corned beef and slur your way through the lyrics of "Whiskey in the Jar" - it's Saint Patrick's Day. Sort of.

Yeah, those crazy little leprechauns and all their so-called "magic" can stash a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, but they couldn't manage to keep their annual green-tinted boozefest from having a case of the Mondays this year. Oh well - just think of it as Saint Patrick's Weekend.

Thankfully, Gwinnettians with a gift of the gab don't have to drive all the way to the city for the green beer experience. The Loafing Leprechaun, 6320 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, is hosting what they call "The Biggest Party of the Year!"

From 8 to 11 a.m., grab an Irish breakfast and get started on your Guinness guzzling. Radio personalities from Dave FM, including Sully and Mara, will be broadcasting live. Then, from 3 to 4 p.m., Atlanta's own Drivin' N Cryin' will be on hand to serenade your descent into drunkenness. And if you can actually make it to 8 p.m. - well, for one thing, congratulations - DJ Steve will be holding an outdoor dance party.

The fun begins bright and early, so bring a shillelagh to lean on once things start getting blurry. (It's Irish for walking stick.)

A 'Giant' performance

They might be everywhere - quick, name another band with connections to both "The Daily Show" and "Tiny Toon Adventures" - but They Might Be Giants have somehow managed to remain a fringe band (with a slavishly devoted cult following) despite a handful of chart-topping hits and a propensity for writing catchy TV theme songs.

Thankfully, the group's reputation for quirky, humorous alt-rock has kept the homogeny of mainstream fame at arms length, meaning it's still cool to be a fan. And after more than two decades of music, that's really saying something.

One of the most charming things about the ubergeeky Giants is their easy appeal to music lovers young and old, which you can see for yourself at "A Special Show For Families," at 3 p.m. Saturday at Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. The band's kid-friendly concert will be followed by a "grown-ups only" set, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 general admission, or $15 with a student ID. For more information, visit www.variety-playhouse.com.