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MLK events, Poe's birthday and more of the best of Baltimore's arts scene this week

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

A chance to honor the late civil rights leader and all the extraordinary things he stood for. More than 70 groups are set to participate in the 18th annual celebration — pretty good, given that, just over a month ago, plans were to replace it with a day of service and battle of the bands. The parade kicks off at noon Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, then heads south along the boulevard to Baltimore Street, with a reviewing stand at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. Free. promotionandarts.org.

MLK Day Celebration

On what would have been King’s 89th birthday, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., honors his memory with a day-long commemoration, including a quilting ceremony, juried high school art show, poetry reading from Isaiah Washington, community discussion on “Stopping Violence in Our City” and a musical performance entitled “Man of Peace: The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.” Also: a step performance from the Lethal Ladies of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and a screening of the documentary “Step.” Starts at noon Monday. $5 museum admission. lewismuseum.org.

MLK Dare to Dream Day

In addition to offering visitors a self-guided tour via its “Visionary Artists of Color Guide,” the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, will feature a poetry slam and open mic and performances by the Cardinal Shehan Choir, Abu the Flutemaker and dance and drum from Keur Khaley, plus birthday cake and hot drinks at noon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Free. avam.org.

Honoring Poe’s 209th Birthday

Celebrate the birthday of Mr. E.A. Poe, late of Baltimore, with a graveside cider toast to one of the world’s foremost literary figures, the man who invented the detective story and was the best thing to ever happen to Amontillado (he also did a lot for hearts beating under floorboards, but that’s something perhaps not to be so wildly celebrated). At 7 p.m., we’re told, the mysterious (and revived) Poe Toaster will be making an appearance. 6 p.m. Friday at Westminster Hall and Burial Ground, 519 W. Fayette St. Free. “Honoring Poe’s 209th Birthday” on facebook.com.

Harbor Point Ice Festival

Expert ice carvers use chisels and chainsaws to turn blocks of ice into things extraordinary. Stroll among their finished work, listen to music from DJ Mike Wolfe and wandering a cappella singers, even grab a bite to eat. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at Central Plaza, 1310 Point St. Free. Sponsored by the Waterfront Partnership. baltimorewaterfront.com.

Chiffon and Wing Dam

Some of Baltimore’s most exciting music acts will share an all-locals bill at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Co-headlined by fuzzed-out indie-rock three-piece Wing Dam and sensual slow-jams duo Chiffon, the show also features Charm City-via-Australia trio Smoke Bellow and Nerf Toss, the exuberant, electronic solo act from ex-Dope Body bassist John Jones. Consider it a sampling of the talents the city’s music scene has cultivated in recent years. And a reasonably priced one at that. 9 p.m. Thursday. $8. theottobar.com.

New exhibits at School 33 Arts Center

Three of them: “Test Pattern,” a mix of analog and digital technology featuring works by Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid and Rives Wiley; “Bodies in Sounded Space,” sculpture and musical performance by Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon; and “(un)familiar territory,” an immersive art installation from Bobby Coleman. On exhibit Friday through Feb. 24 at School 33, 1427 Light St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, with an opening reception set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Free. school33.org.


Set in 1892, Christian Bale plays a famed (and emotionally scarred) U.S. Army captain ordered to take an ailing Indian chief back home. Suffice to say, the journey isn’t easy. With Wes Studi and Rosamund Pike. In theaters Friday.

Writers LIVE: Katia D. Ulysse, ‘Mouths Don't Speak’

Ulysse, a native of Haiti, former city public schools teacher and the Kratz Center's Writer-in-Residence at Goucher College, discusses and signs copies of her new novel, set in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. 2 p.m. Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Govans branch, 5714 Bellona Ave. Free; copies of the book will be available for purchase. prattlibrary.org.

Roy Wood Jr.

He’s appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Conan,” finished third on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and been a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” You know you’ll be laughing; the only question is, how hard? 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road in Timonium. $25, plus two-item minimum. magoobys.com.



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