Barfin' Green

Damn the world. This year, St. Patty's Day falls on a Monday. American companies will lose, like, a zillion dollars in worker productivity as a result of the sharp increase in hungover (or still wasted) people dragging themselves into work on Tuesday. So in an effort to do our patriotic duty by the sickly U.S. economy, we propose observing St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 15. You can drink your fill of green beer, then -- unless you teach Sunday school -- use the next day to sleep it off.Luckily, some event organizers had the same bright idea. The Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Minute Maid Park (501 Crawford Street; for information, call 713-681-5170). And Griff's is having an Irish stew cookoff and live music all day long.

But if you're throwing caution to the wind and celebrating on Monday, Griff's has a lineup of ten bands starting at noon (3416 Roseland; for information, call 713-528-9912 or visit You could also hit the Ginger Man, which will be serving up Irish grub starting at 1 p.m. and music by the McClanahans at 6 p.m. (5607 Morningside; for information, call 713-526-2770). And at the Limelite, you can consume your fill of free Irish stew and cheap Guinness and Irish whiskies (1207 Prairie, for information, call 713-223-2100). A word of caution: If you call in sick Tuesday, nobody's gonna believe you. -- Cathy Matusow

TUE 3/18
Get Stoned
Cleverley Stone gets around. Besides hosting the HCCTV show What's Cooking with Cleverley Stone and producing a newsletter for folks who like dining out, she recently put together a weekly networking event called "Tuesdays at Tony's." Stone wanted to create a mixer where busy professionals could meet, make new friends and contacts and enjoy good food and drink. Fifty to 75 people converge at Tony's each week; restaurateur Tony Vallone even provides complimentary hors d'oeuvres (try the petite beef Wellington). 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Tony's, 1801 Post Oak Boulevard. Business attire preferred. For more information, visit Cash bar. -- Eric A.T. Dieckman

FRI 3/14
To the Core
Every year the Glassell School of Art Core Program lures to Houston hip young artists from all over the world. In March, they present the projects they've been slaving over in their glass-block studios. Artists, collectors, curators, the curious and people who enjoy really bad Chardonnay always show up in droves for the exhibition's unveiling. This year's opening presents work from Santiago Cucullu, Stephanie Martz, Karyn Olivier, Julia Rometti, Sigrid Sandström, Brent Steen, Allison Wiese and Danny Yahav-Brown. If the artists' past projects are any indication, the show could include art made out of everything from tighty-whities to plywood. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14. 5101 Montrose, 713-639-7500. -- Kelly Klaasmeyer

Stirred and Shaken
The Sky Bar's Courvoisier and Coke
I had just pulled into my driveway when Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" came blasting out of the speakers. It was then that I realized: The last thing I wanted was to go home alone. Ten minutes later I found myself at Scott Gertner's Sky Bar (3400 Montrose, 713-520-9688). As I stepped off the elevator, I was knocked back by a heady mixture of cologne, cigarette smoke and the familiar R&B groove of the Isley Brothers. "Courvoisier and Coke," I yelled to the bar man, who grabbed my credit card through the throng of people. It was time to mingle. The band ripped into "I Wanna Put On My Boogie Shoes," and I noticed my walk turn into more of an urban slide. Outside on the deck, the city lights were clear and bright, but everyone was too busy talking into their palm-sized cell phones to notice. I pulled out my bulky Motorola flip and replayed the single message on it. Then I ordered another drink and went looking for strays who might have wandered from the herd.

2 1/2 ounces Courvoisier
1 1/2 ounces Coke

In a large snifter, pour Courvoisier over ice and top off with Coke. -- J.W. Crooker

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