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Some think St. Patrick’s Day should be spent downing as much whiskey and green beer as one can manage, and then drinking some more. But spending the day at the local watering hole gets old fast, so why not leave the shamrock shaking to the professionals? Local burlesque troupe Tilted Torch presents an evening of poetry, belly dance, and classy exhibitionism that it’s calling “Modern Elegance.” Local performers Miss Joule and Malibu bring the fire, literally, while Petula Caesar reads from her collection of erotic poems. Joining them for this performance is New York-based burlesque veteran Amber Ray (shown), a highly regarded burlesque performer known for her opulent costumes and theatrics. Peel yourself away from the booze and instead head to Bossa for slightly more refined celebration. Their stripteases will be much more stimulating than the moves of shirtless fat guys at the bar.

The performance begins at 9 p.m. at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW. $12. (202) 222-5675. bossaproject.com.