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Celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. downtown Monday at the annual parade in his honor. King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, would have turned 77 years old.

This year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, with its theme "Celebrating Yesterday's Victories, Facing Today's Challenges," pays tribute to the city's own civil rights movement. Honorary grand marshals are Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, president of the NAACP Baltimore City branch; the Rev. Douglas Sands of New Waverly United Methodist Church; J. Howard Henderson, president, and Raymond Haysbert, chairman, both of the Greater Baltimore Urban League; and Jim Griffin, the Baltimore City School Board's first African-American member.


The parade will present marching bands, floats, choirs, equestrian units and other groups, including the Baltimore Westsiders Marching Band, members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Baltimore.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade starts at noon Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, travels south on MLK Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Fayette Street. A reviewing stand will be at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. Free. Call 877-BALTIMORE. For more Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, visit / mlkevents.





A new production of Frank D. Gilroy's 1965 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Subject Was Roses, runs through Jan. 29 at Washington's Kennedy Center. Steve Kazee, a 2005 graduate of New York University's masters program in acting, stars as a young soldier who returns home after World War II and becomes enmeshed in his parents' marital discord. Two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey (Hurlyburly and Steaming) plays his mother. Portraying his father is Bill Pullman, who made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? and whose more than 40 movie credits include Independence Day, Sleepless in Seattle and Ruthless People. Direction is by Leonard Foglia, who staged On Golden Pond at the Kennedy Center last season. Gilroy's play helped launch the career of a young Martin Sheen, who re-created his role in the 1968 movie.


Showtimes at the Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, with matinees at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 29. Tickets are $25-$78. Call 800-444-1324 or visit





Clarence Darrow, Johnny Cochran, Greta van Susteren, Judge Judy -- where would we be without the larger-than-life lawyers and law-givers of our era to argue, instruct, split legal hairs and entertain our fascination with other people's wrongdoing?

Thus was it always with a life in the law, as a curious exhibition at the Walters Art Museum makes plain in The Art of Law, a sampling of beautifully illustrated books and illuminated manuscripts about the law dating from the 12th to 15th centuries, when presumably the price of legal advice and representation was somewhat more affordable than it is today. Now's your chance to relive those glorious days.


The show opens Saturday and runs through April 9.The museum is at 600 N. Charles St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $6-$10. Call 410-547-9000.



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