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Ireland Trip? Take it this Weekend, in SoCal



    Ireland Trip? Take it this Weekend, in SoCal
    Kerry Records
    Accordion great David Munnelly appears in Irvine to celebrate an Irish Christmas, on Sunday, November 30.

    You've packed your bags (well, a dozen times in your mind) and bought the latest Dublin guidebooks. But, sigh, the holidays, kids in school, jobs, money... no Ireland trip is on the horizon. Jaunt over (for a fraction of the cost) this weekend at festive to-dos and pubs around Southern California.

    AN IRISH CHRISTMAS WITH KERRY RECORDS: Traditional instruments, like button accordions and the uilleann pipes, star in this music spectacular featuring musician David Munnelly and "Riverdance" artists. Sunday, November 30, 2PM. $40-$48 adult. The Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. 949-854-4646

    CELTIC THUNDER: A talented collective of five young guys -- including one teen -- with amazing voices, Celtic Thunder covers both old-time Irish ballads ("The Mountains of Mourne") and more modern rock hits ("Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues). Saturday, November 29, 7PM doors. $37.50-$65. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. 213-763-6030

    TOM BERGIN'S TAVERN: Okay, so (happily) this bar isn't just open for the weekend, but both these shows -- and all the cloudy weather -- call for a warm-the-soul Irish coffee. While we adore San Francisco's Buena Vista, Tom Bergin's is our must-stop on the LA Irish Coffee front. Toasty, deep and delish, and we applaud the old-school pub for being open earlier in the day, every day of the week. 840 S. Fairfax, Los Angeles. 323-936-7151