This week’s Hippo

St. Patrick’s Day on the way

This year, St. Patrick’s Day lands smack dab in the middle of the week. The entertainment choices run across the spectrum, from steak houses pouring green beer alongside plates of corned beef and cabbage, to places where March 17 is New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July rolled into one day.

You know the latter type — more Irish than thou, with a Guinness-logo digital clock above the bar that’s been counting down the days to St. Patty’s since mid-October. A word of warning: such places usually fill up early, so advance planning is a good idea.

Here’s a checklist of choices to consider while rummaging around for your shamrock pin and green bowler hat.

Band Karaoke with Mindseye:

So you want to be a rock and roll star?

According to the song, that involves first getting an electric guitar and then learning how to play. In today’s world of instant gratification, who has time for that?

Instead of setting for another turn at Rock Band, why not go for the real thing, with a ready-made band that already knows “Free Bird,” not to mention “Kryptonite,” “Use Me” and most of your favorite Tom Petty songs?

That’s the idea behind Band Karaoke, hosted by local cover combo Mindseye every Thursday night at the Peddler’s Daughter in Nashua.

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