Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Erin Go Dude, Bragh

Green beer. Blinking "Kiss Me I'm Irish" buttons. Shamrocks hand-drawn on cheeks. They're all about as Irish as a benched Tracy McGrady on a night when the Celtics are in town to take him down.

Still, their utter lack of Irishness isn't enough to keep the green beer from flowing through the streets of these here fair cities come St. Patrick's Day, March 17. It's a growing epidemic known as Imitation Irish, and every dude who's ever muttered the word "dude" is guilty of it. (You—okay, we—know who we are.)

But tonight the Midtown Global Market has a cure for Imitation Irish. From 6:30 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. the fabulous public market at Lake and Chicago will host free Irish ceili (kay-lee) dancing lessons right in the heart of the market. No, you won't be forced to start jigging like a leggy leprechaun, or even worse, be required to show off your Michael Flatley moves. This is strictly old-school Irish folk dancing that can be done alone, or with a partner. Think of it as Irish square dancing, minus do-si-doing into an innocent victim's jaw. Newcomers are always welcome, so it's perfectly acceptable to be more than a bit green here, though we'd advise only in the inexperienced way. (Save the green make-up for your Frogger costume instead.)

Did we mention it's entirely free and open to everyone? And what better way to replace your Imitation Irish than with a genuine, leg-crafted ceili?

Midtown Global Market:
Ceili Dancing:

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