While many of us consider St. Patrick's Day second only to New Year's Eve in terms of the number of "amatuer" partyers that it attracts, there are still lots of good reasons to get out and about this weekend, and not just to drink green beer and get trashed before 3 in the afternoon. 

However, with the holiday falling perfectly this year on a Saturday, that'll happen to lots of folks. Let's look at some good nighttime entertainment options where you can continue the party. 

Down at The State Room, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe rolls in for two good-timing nights with the funktastic band sure to inspire lots of dancing and general revelry. Denson's a veteran musician and played with Lenny Kravitz and his old band, the Greyboy All-Stars. This will basically be a dance party - albeit one with a great, funky soundtrack. Tickets remain on sale for both nights. 

Also Friday night, country star Miranda Lambert brings her decidedly traditional brand of big-time country music to EnergySolutions Arena. Lambert's made a slew of good records in the past few years and this show should be a good one. Tickets start at $25.75 and remain on sale through smithstix.com.

Also, two good non-party options are available. The always-worthwhile Plan B Theatre Company is running its "The Third Crossing," which takes on the story of former Thomas Jefferson slave and lover, Sally Hemmings. Should be a great tale. Check arttix.org for the availability of tickets

And finally, it's the final weekend for the Utah Opera's "Elixir of Love." Everyone I've talked to who has seen it, loved it. Tickets are also at arttix.org