5 things to do in RI the weekend of March 16

Francisco Pais will perform at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton.
Francisco Pais performs Saturday at Sandywoods in Tiverton and Sunday at Aurora in Providence.

Sounds of Brazil

Francisco Pais, a Portuguese-born guitarist and singer-songwriter who lives in Newport, blends a variety of musical styles, with influences that include indie rock, rhythm and blues, jazz and Brazilian folk. Check him out in concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton and at 9 p.m. Sunday at Aurora in Providence. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, (401) 816-5600, sandywoodsmusic.com. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 276 Westminster St., Providence, (401) 272-5723, auroraprovidence.com. Tickets: $20.


Pendragon plays Celtic music on Saturday, March 18, at the Blackstone River Theatre, in Cumberland.
Pendragon plays Celtic music on Saturday, March 18, at the Blackstone River Theatre, in Cumberland.

Pendragon in concert

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (a little late) on Saturday as Rhode Island Celtic band Pendragon plays at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland. Pendragon has been mixing traditional music with a contemporary edge for 33 years. The band consists of step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and banjo, Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina, Josh Kane on flute and whistles, and Mary Lee Partington, vocals. For Saturday’s show they will be joined by dancer Erika Damiani and uilleann piper Torrin Ryan. Show starts at 8 p.m.; admission is $15 in advance, $18 day of show. For reservations or information, call (401) 725-9272.


Providence's St. Patrick's Day Parade gets under way at noon on Saturday, March 18. [The Providence Journal, file/Kathy Borchers]
Providence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets under way at noon on Saturday, March 18. [The Providence Journal, file/Kathy Borchers]
St. Patrick’s Day parade

Providence’s St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off at noon Saturday on Smith Street at Wyndham Avenue and travels down Smith Street, past the State House. The grand marshal is Scott MacKay, a political analyst for Rhode Island Public Radio and former Providence Journal reporter. providencestpatricksparade.org.


greenLivingGreen Living Expo

Some of the newest “green” products, services and design elements will be in the spotlight from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Green Living Expo. In addition, there’ll be natural foods and entertainment, including Irish music and step dancers. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. $5 in advance, $7 at the door, children 11 and younger free. Parking free.


Chef Michael Solomonov explores the history and traditions of modern, multicultural Israeli food in the documentary 'In Search of Israeli Cuisine,' screened on Sunday, March 19, at Temple Beth-El, in Providence. [Menemsha Films]
Chef Michael Solomonov explores the history and traditions of modern, multicultural Israeli food in the documentary ‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine,’ screened on Sunday, March 19, at Temple Beth-El, in Providence. [Menemsha Films]
Food on film

Follow chef Michael Solomonov as he goes “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” Sunday at Temple Beth-El. The screening is part of the Joanne Forman Film Festival. Other films in the series are “Above and Beyond” on March 26, a documentary on the establishment of the Israeli Air Force in 1948, and “Once in a Lifetime” on April 2, based on the true story of French high school students who undertook a research project on child victims of the Holocaust. Each film begins at 2 p.m. and includes a discussion. 70 Orchard Ave., Providence. Free.