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Theatergoers will want to make time for “Tuesdays” this weekend.

The Washington area premiere of “Tuesdays with Morrie” continues to March 24 at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg.

The drama, based on the Mitch Albom autobiography, stars multiple Helen Hayes Award nominee Paul Morella as Albom and — as his titular mentor and muse — Craig Miller, a Washington theater scene veteran since 1983, who has performed professionally with Wooly Mammoth, Heritage O’Neill, Synapse Theatre and The American Century Theatre. “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a New York Times Bestseller for more than four years, sold over 14-million copies and resulted in an Emmy Award-winning, made-for-television movie presented by Oprah Winfrey. The tale follows career-driven journalist Albom, whose life is forever altered by visits with his former college professor Morrie Schwartz.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25, $22 for City of Gaithersburg residents. For more information, visit gaithersburgmd.gov/theater.

Just in time for St. Paddy’s day, Bethesda singer and songwriter Elle Dimond will perform Irish ballads during a special early dinner show from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at La Mexicana Restaurant, 13016 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. There is no cover for the event. For more information, call 301-972-0500. Visit http://www.facebook.com/elle.dimond.music.

Also honoring the luck of the Irish will be the Fillmore Silver Spring, which will play host to teen showcase “Local, Lucky and Live” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring the talents of Flying Mighty, Ladle Fight and Hurlebaus & Ginger Chimes. The standing room only event is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.fillmoresilverspring.com.

At the newly revamped Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., lucky patrons can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, featuring music by Ellis Island. Then, at 7:30 p.m., the venue’s St. Patrick’s Day show welcomes the Paddy Goes West Irish quartet and the Culkin Irish Dancers. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.bethesdabluesjazz.com.

Not wanting to leave Frederick audiences green with envy, Cafe Nola will host a St. Paddy’s Day Party featuring Mountain Ride at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Mountain Ride is Eric and Kate Avey along with a rotation of featured banjo and mandolin pickers. Admission is $5. For more information, visit www.cafe-nola.com.

Over in Greenbelt, The Greentop Ramblers will host a special St. Patrick’s Day show at 5 p.m. Sunday at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway in the Roosevelt Center. For 15 years, the Ramblers have provided Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas with traditional Irish and folk music. The cafe will also be offering a corned beef and cabbage special for $17. For more information, visit www.newdealcafe.com.

Also in Prince George’s, Rick K and the All Nighters will present “Blast from the Past,” a rock ‘n’ roll revue running the gamut from the fabulous fifties to the new millennium, on Saturday at the College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Road, College Park. The event begins with dinner and dessert from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by dancing and show from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Proceeds benefit the MD/DC/DE House at Mooseheart’s Home for Children. For more information, visit www.rickandtheallnighters.com.