Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. include musical programs at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase on Friday and at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, followed by Monday’s Peace Walk and Parade and the “Let Freedom Ring” performance at the Kennedy Center. Especially for kids this weekend: a Camp Arena Stage open house, “The Big Meow” in Arlington and a New Orchestra of Washington concert in Bethesda.
Waverly Street Gallery Opening Reception
On Friday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m., Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway in Bethesda, Maryland, hosts a free opening reception for “Going for a Walk,” an exhibition of paintings by Leni Berliner. Berliner’s intention in landscape painting is to invite the viewer to share her experience of clearing her head in nature, and imagine themselves in the places she depicts. For details, visit waverlystreetgallery.com or call 301-951-9441.
Jubilee Voices at Temple Shalom
The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices join Cantor Lisa Levine and the Temple Shalom choirs for a high-energy tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at Shabbat services on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.. This free event is open to the public and participation from the audience is warmly welcomed. Temple Shalom is located at 8401 Grubb Road in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For details, visit revelsdc.org or call 301-587-2273.
As part of the Women’s Voice Theater Festival, Ally Theatre Company presents “Rabbit Summer” by Tracey Conyer Lee at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3909 Bunker Hill Road in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. The show runs through Sunday, Jan. 28. In “Rabbit Summer,” Wilson, a police officer in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, is forced by his wife, Ruby, to confront his idealized manhood when her best friend loses her husband to the quick trigger of a white cop. Opening performances are: Friday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan.13, at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $15 for seniors, veterans and students. For details, visit womensvoicestheaterfestival.org.
Camp Arena Stage Open House
Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, hosts a free Camp Arena Stage open house for ages 8 to 15 on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The session will feature sample workshops and classes taught by camp staff, giving prospective campers and parents an opportunity to experience a taste of the summer program. No reservations are required. For details, visit arenastage.org or call 202-488-3300.
‘The Big Meow’ by Jane Franklin Dance
Also on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m., Jane Franklin Dance will perform “The Big Meow,” a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging, in which an ever-hopeful fluffball desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats. The performance will take place at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, Virginia. Tickets are $13, $9 for under 12 and $40 for a family for four (slightly higher at the door). For details, visit janefranklin.com or call 703-933-1111.
‘Manners and Mimosas’ Class
On Sunday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m., modern etiquette coach Maggie Oldham will lead a “Manners and Mimosas” class on social and upscale dining etiquette at the Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW. The two-hour class, covering all aspects of American and European dining etiquette and table manners, includes a prix-fixe plated brunch. Tickets are $90. For details, visit thewatergatehotel.com or call 844-617-1972.
Celebrating 50 Years of MLK
“Awake and In Motion,” a free event at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m., will feature music by Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel, Howard University Choir and the National Cathedral’s house band; contemporary dance and movement performances; and excerpts of Dr. King’s final Sunday sermon, preached at the cathedral on March 31, 1968. For details, visit cathedral.org or call 202-537-6200.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade
This celebration of Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 15, begins with a 9 a.m. prayer service at 2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. At 10:40 a.m., participants will line up for the two-mile Peace Walk, coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and nonprofits dedicated to peace and positivity. Check-in for the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade — symbolizing the need to continue Dr. King’s work and reinforcing the idea reflected in his words, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable” — is at 10 a.m. at Anacostia Art Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. The destination is the Barry Farm Recreation & Aquatic Center, 1230 Sumner Road SE, where the MLK Holiday Festival and Health Fair will be underway. For details, visit mlkholidaydc.org.
NOW Family Concert
At 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, New Orchestra of Washington presents a family concert at Westmoreland Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle in Bethesda, Maryland. The musically colorful program will engage listeners both young and young at heart. An instrument petting zoo and optional pizza lunch will follow the concert. Tickets are $10 (free for age 2 and younger, add $5 for the pizza lunch). For details, visit neworchestraofwashington.org.
‘Let Freedom Ring’
Also on Monday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m., the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Though admission is free, tickets are required and will be distributed at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, beginning at 4:30 p.m. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.