Metro Washington Restaurant Week

Jan 14-20, Metro DC: Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, the most anticipated regional food-related promotion in the region, the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, has 250 participating restaurants spread out all over the DMV.

School of Rock, the Musical

Jan 16-27, DC: The National Theatre presents A New York Times Critics’ Pick. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

Official Spin DC Grand Opening

Jan 17, DC: You’re invited to the grand opening celebration of SPIN . Enjoy a festive evening featuring Olympic ping pong champions, imaginative cocktails and our newly launched  menu. A $10 donation grants you unlimited ping pong access and all proceeds are donated to our friends at 826DC. SPIN is your new offline social network, a place to disconnect and connect over the simple game of ping pong. Partake in our weekly programming, happy hour specials, team building activities or just come and enjoy the game of ping pong.


Jan 18-Feb 24, DC: It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S.-Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.

Dr. MLK Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

Jan 19-21, Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail" with special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today. Why did the civil rights leaders of the 1960s choose jail time to demonstrate their plight? How did Dr. King’s letter, written in the margins of a newspaper and smuggled out of Birmingham Jail, create a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement? If Dr. King were alive today, what issues would his letter address?


Jan 19, Baltimore: Participate in a day-long series of free events open to the public as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Participate in a contest or cheer on a contestant. See a mathematical art exhibition, be part of a math circle, hear a public talk and take away fun memories!

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Jan 19-20, Baltimore and Bethesda: Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz conducts an eclectic program including the beautiful Siegfried Idyllthat Richard Wagner wrote for his wife, Cosima. In response to failing his violin audition with the Vienna Philharmonic, Sibelius composed one of the most technically challenging violin concertos ever written, performed here by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride. Haydn’s "London" Symphony is the composer's most regal symphony, filled with the sounds of trumpets and timpani.

The Soap Myth

Jan 20, Owings Mills: Did the Nazis make soap from the bodies of murdered Jews? In this dramatic play reading a cast of four, including the legendary Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh, examines the conflict between those who would honor the memory of the Holocaust and those who would deny it. This is the story of the friendship that develops between a young journalist and a cantankerous Holocaust survivor on a crusade to have the Nazi atrocity of "soap" included in Holocaust Memorial museums. Along the way, the young journalist encounters a pernicious and charismatic Holocaust denier. The play addresses provocative questions such as: How does a survivor survive surviving? Who has the right to write history? Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg will facilitate a talk-back with the cast and playwright Jeff Cohen, a Baltimore native.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week

Jan 17-Feb 2, various locations: Good news for the hungry but budget-minded: Baltimore County Restaurant Week, offering reduced-price meals at more than 60 restaurants, begins Friday. The week (which actually runs 16 days) features fixed-price lunch, brunch and dinner menus, priced at $15-$35. The restaurants are scattered throughout the county, from Dimitri’s International Grille in Catonsville to Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Dundalk, The Melting Pot in Towson to Kooper’s in Jacksonville.

Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Jan 21, DC: The Wizards’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game is a holiday tradition, presenting a great opportunity to enjoy some matinee basketball inside Capital One Arena. John Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wiz will take on stars Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. Each team is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, making for an exciting afternoon matchup.

NSO: Renee Fleming sings Schubert

Jan 18-20, DC: At the mention of Renée Fleming's name, many of us can recall the first time we heard her interpret the great opera, classical, and contemporary repertoire. In a thrilling all-Schubert program, the internationally celebrated soprano joins NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda to perform at the Kennedy Center.

MLK Holiday Weekend, DC

Jan 21, DC: The D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade was conceived in 1977 by the late Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer and co-founder of the United Black Fund, along with his wife, the late Ward 8 Councilmember Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Esq., and the late Ralph “Petey” Greene, a community activist and radio personality. Thanks to these three renowned civic leaders, the District of Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to hold a parade honoring Dr. King following his untimely death on April 4, 1968. It helped in the effort to establish a national holiday in Dr. King’s honor and today it reinforces the work being done by government agencies, community non-profit organizations and private citizens to promote peace and non-violence locally and around the world.

Havre de Grace Ice Festival

Jan 19-20, Havre de Grace: Over 30+ Ice sculptures, Prince & Princess parade, Chili Cook-Off with our local restaurants, Photo Ops, Kids’ stations, Ice/Cornhole game, Contests, Movies, Food Trucks, Fire Pits, Marshamallow Toasting, Demonstrations, Restaurant Specials, Store Promotions, Live Performances at Elsa’s House (aka Santa Land).

Ballet Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends

Jan 20, Gaithersburg: A quirky and fun dance interpretation of Beatrix Potter's beloved stories! Characters like Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Tom Kitten come to life and help teach important lessons through dance. The Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble is MBT's professional ensemble that seeks to complement and expand the existing outreach and production programs. These professionals prepare an annual repertoire of pieces for regional outreach, and mentor our Academy students during productions and as guest or year-long faculty members.


Jan 20, Bethesda: Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, launches its 25th anniversary season at Strathmore with a retrospective performance of the company’s best-loved works including Wade, Passing 25, and Nxt/Stp: Hip Hop. Featuring the critically acclaimed artists of Step Afrika!, the company celebrates 25 years of stepping while paying homage to the company’s deep connections to South African dance, music, and culture. 

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