St. Patrick’s Day is nothing without physical exercise, of course, so Sunday’s inaugural Shamrock Run through the Himmarshee District in downtown Fort Lauderdale is destined to be a tradition. The 4-mile event, which will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Himmarshee Public House (201 SW Second St.), encourages plenty of green-tinted irreverence. But there are several short dashes for young leprechauns beginning at 4 p.m., so please, sir, wear something under that plaid skirt. Registration: $30 ($15 for kids runs), and includes a Guinness or green beer, and a serving of green eggs and ham. Info: ShamrockRun.com.
For what seems like forever, singersongwriter Diane Ward has defined another kind of South Florida sound, her voice, smoky and rich, equally at home with the jazzy, gentle ballad and the full-throttle rock anthem. On Saturday, fans and friends will gather at Luna Star Café to witness her new album, “Beautiful Ways,” a fearlessly joyful 10-song collection that represents a comeback after Ward’s treatment for breast cancer. Produced by longtime friend Jack Shawde, the album includes appearances by Debbie Duke, John Yarling and Nicole Yarling. The release party will begin at 8 p.m. with quick sets by local favorites Jim Camacho, Paul Roub and Brian Franklin, with the Diane Ward Band performing at 9 p.m. All that said, you never know who may show up. Luna Star is at 775 NE 125th St., in North Miami. Info: 305- 799-7123, Luna StarCafe.com, DianeWard.com.
Speaking of quality local music, Russell Mofsky brings the retro robot-movie, surfguitar fuzzbucket noise of Gold Dust Lounge to the (mostly jazz) series at the Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) next Thursday at 8 p.m. No cover, just cool. Info: 305-531-6100, TheBetsyHotel.com.
Not over LaMontagne
Tickets go on sale noon Friday for rustic romantic Ray LaMontagne’s July12 tour stop at the Fillmore Miami Beach, where he’ll be joined by indie siren Jenny Lewis, formerly of Rilo Kiley. LaMontagne’s new single, “Supernova,” debuted with a bang this week, predicting good things from the album of the same name due this spring. Reserved seats cost $47.50 and $37.50 at the box office, LiveNation.com and at 800-745-3000.
He’s your daddy
On April 8, one-time “Full House” star Bob Saget will publish “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian,” which is either a memoir or self-help book. But reading Saget is second to seeing Saget dirty himself, which you can do at the Palm Beach Improv on Friday (8 and 10:30 p.m.) and Saturday (7 and 9:45 p.m.). Tickets: $32 (two-drink minimum). Info: 561-833-1812, PalmBeach.Improv.com.
The chill Miami tavern Blackbird Ordinary (729 SW First Ave.) will hold the inaugural Barback Olympics on Sunday to raise money for one of its own, Anthony Aguero, who is trying to cover medical costs associated with cancer treatment for his son, Alexis, a 19-year-old Barry University student. The city’s top barbacks will compete for prizes and bragging rights beginning at10 p.m. Suggested donation is $25. Info: 305-671-3307, BlackbirdOrdinary.com, GoFundMe.com/SupportAlexisAguero.
The Modest Mouse tour, buttressing the rumor of a long-awaited follow-up album to 2007’s “WeWere Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” comes to the Fillmore Miami Beach on May14, with tickets on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Advance general-admission seats will be $40 at the box office, LiveNation.com and at 800-745-3000, or $42 at the door.
Comedian Bob Saget will perform at the Palm Beach Improv on Friday and Saturday.