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Double duty

Sir Thomas Allen (above) has no one to blame but himself if the stage blocking doesn't work out. The British baritone directs and performs in Boston Lyric Opera's production of "Così Fan Tutte." Playing Don Alfonso in Mozart's opera also gives Allen a chance to hone his comedic and dramatic skills as one of two soldiers playing a trick on their fiancees. 7:30 p.m. (through March 24; pre-performance lecture one hour before curtain). $30 and up. Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.blo.org


Gather, give, pour, drop, bow, praise, and rouse “Signed and Sealed in Blood,” the new release by Dropkick Murphys, has a track titled “Jimmy Collins’ Wake”: “ We’ve gathered here, to bid adieu/Us Boston boys, alas are few/Some from crosstown some from coast/To give our skipper one last toast/We’ll pour the good stuff ’round his casket/Drop some coin into the basket/Bow our heads and praise the Lord/Then rouse ourselves and strike a chord.” The boys are at the Garden. 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$42.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Local and loquacious Another local talent performing Friday is Boston-bred Robert Kelly, who turned his tough times into comedy material. Whether on tour with Dane Cook or acting with Louie CK and Denis Leary, the now New Yorker has plenty to say about his life and relationships. 7:30 p.m. $25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

Game on Rob Gonsalves’s “O.f.f.i.c.e.A.n.t.s.a” might turn us into a video gamer. The acronym for organized, fast, frantic, intelligent, corporate entities acting in a novel technology simulation stars worker ants who do things over and over and over (we can relate). This and other games are on view at “The Game’s Afoot: Video Game Art.” Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through April 14 (March 15 reception 6-9 p.m.). Free. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. www.bostoncyberarts.org

Verdi verite It is very clear that the Italian-born composer left an enormous musical legacy. Masterworks Chorale celebrates the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth with “Verdi@200,” an evening of highlights from “La Traviata” and more conducted by Steven Karidoyanes and narrated by Ron Della Chiesa. 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at
7:30 p.m.). $25, $45. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222. www.masterworkschorale.org


Bold and beautiful It’s no wonder that Celtic Woman made several appearances on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Songs about love, loss, hope, and inspiration are perfect for a soap and for the Irish music quartet that is here to usher in St. Patrick’s Day. March 16 at 3 and 8 p.m. $48.75-$103.75. The Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.citicenter.org


Liberty and justice for all In addition to the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie (1 p.m. start time), you can watch and join the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade created by Veterans for Peace. Look for the white “Vets for Peace” flags at this parade described as an “alternative people’s parade for peace, equality, jobs, and more. March 17 at 3 p.m. (assemble at 2 p.m.). Free. D Street and West Broadway, South Boston. 978-475-1776. www.smedleyvfp.org