During Hartigan's 4th Annual Harti Gras, it's forecasted to rain Mardis Gras beads. Whoever has the most beads at the end of the night will win $100 in cash. With such high stakes there is bound to be some pushing and shoving, but try to play nice. If it does turn into a bit of an Irish bar brawl, remember rule No. 1: Keep your fists poised in front of your face, just in case someone "accidentally" smacks you as they try to grab a string of beads that just dropped from the balcony. - Tricia Bangit $10. Sat., Feb. 18 10 p.m. Hartigan's Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.
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