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Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to do list: January 15-18


Thousands of Hands On Atlanta-coordinated service projects, like this one at Atlanta Charter Middle School, are planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. They're among dozens of King-inspired events this weekend.

A suggestion before you make your weekend plans: Friday would be Martin Luther King Jr.’s 81st birthday. Many of us will celebrate Monday with a day off work. There are a lot of fun things going on the next few days, but some of the very best honor King through art and community building. I encourage you to check out this list of major Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations around Atlanta, from Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances to puppet shows to public art unveiling to service projects. More events are listed below,  and in the calendar.

If you’re looking for more info about live music, check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog. As always, more ideas for fun stuff to do around Atlanta are welcome in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend! — Jamie G.


Books: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove records an episode of “Between the Lines,” 9:45 a.m., Georgia Perimeter College’s Cole Auditorium, Clarkston. FREE.

Books: Release party for author DM Paule’s “Highlands-A-Go-Go: Finding Virginia-Highland,” 7 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta. Reservations required.

Film: Plaza Theatre’s 70th anniversary celebration and screening of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” 7 p.m., The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta.

For families:Annie” continues, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: Shen Yun Performing Arts performs, 7:30 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta. Read more.

Stage:Til Beth Do Us Part” opens, 8 p.m., The Rosewater Theatre, Roswell.


Art:Georgia on Paper: A Scientist’s Photographic Perspective” opens, noon-4 p.m., Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, Alpharetta. FREE.

Art:NOT YOU: Self-Portrait Show” opens, 8 p.m., MINT Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.

Books: Coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson presents “The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half,” 2 p.m., Kroger, Decatur. FREE.

Comedy: Ralphie May performs, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth.

For families: Alice in Wonderland” opens, 11 a.m., Blackwell Playhouse, Marietta.

Recreation: 2010 Atlanta Boat Show continues, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta. Read more.

Sports: Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Stage: Twinhead Theatre’s fifth annual Cakesit presents “Dirty Baking,” 10 p.m., Eyedrum, Atlanta.


Comedy: The Beards of Comedy perform, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Laughing Skull Lounge, Atlanta.

For families: Guided nature hike, 3 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.

For kids: Martin Luther King Jr. Day story time, 3 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Decatur. FREE.

Lecture: Muppet performer Steve Whitmire presents “Perspectives: The Sentient Puppet,” 10:30 a.m., The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta.

Music: WRFG benefit features Blues Cat, Judy Worrell and more, 7 p.m., Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta.

Music: Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra performs, 5 p.m., Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta.

Stage:Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words” continues, 3 p.m., ART Station, Stone Mountain. Read more.


Books: Author Michael Gates Gill discusses “How to Save Your Own Life,” 6:30 p.m., A Cappella Books-The Opal Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.

Film: The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival continues, various times and theaters. Read more.

For kids: Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, 10 a.m. and noon, Imagine it! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta.

Parade: Martin Luther King Day Parade, 9:30 a.m., Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 2 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Sports: Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Charlotte Checkers, 12:30 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Volunteering: Hands On Atlanta’s MLK Day Service Day, 10:30 a.m., various locations. FREE. Register in advance.

Have an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the calendar.

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February 25th, 2010
2:31 pm

Freedom and Liberty in Government

January 15th, 2010
6:49 am

Dont forget the big event tonight at 7pm at the downtown Atlanta
Sheraton, 165 Courtland Street where you will have the FREE opportunity to hear the wisdom of Dr. Ron Paul, hopeful candidate for President 2012! He’s the man you WISH we had now as real leader!!!