Montgomery County celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life through dialogue, presentations, music and theatrical performances. The program also incorporates audiovisual elements, showcasing projected videos and photos throughout the event. Strathmore.org
Award-winning Signature Theatre fave Tracy Lynn Olivera spins Broadway Gold with her distinctive silken sound to bring the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser and Rodgers and Hammerstein to life as she glorifies memorable music from the Broadway stage with her unique storytelling and wry humor. BlackRockCenter.org
Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences. Various dates and times through March 10. AdventureTheatre-MTC.org
For the first time, Opera Lafayette brings its original perspective to a repertoire favorite of Handel, a drama about the taming of a powerful and ambitious king. Composed by George Frideric Handel. Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym, based on L’amor tirannico by Domenico Lalli and L’amour tyrannique by Georges de Scudery. OperaLafayette.org
As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, Folger Consort offers a magnificent buffet of romance and poetry in the gothic splendor of the Washington National Cathedral with chansons and madrigals on food, drink and love by French and Italian Renaissance composers such as Janequin and Lasso with celebrated vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants and viol consort Arcadia Viols. Cathedral.org
The Smithsonian American Art Museum honors the Lunar New Year with this free celebration held right in the center of Chinatown. The list of activities is long: traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper lantern-making and panda crafts. Artists will perform traditional music, Sichuan opera and acrobatics.
The recently reopened Freer|Sackler, known for the finest Asian art, rings in the Year of the Dog with the fourth annual Chinese New Year celebration. The event will highlight the arts and culture of the Sichuan Province, home to giant pandas. There will also be live performances of opera, acrobatics and puppetry, and the opportunity to view Chinese art exhibitions.
This annual parade in Gallery Place is one of DC’s signature Chinese New Year celebrations. Expect Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, floats (including lions and dragons) and plenty of pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown. Parade takes place at H Street Northwest and Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. Call 202.638.1041 for more information.
The Wizards will take on the Charlotte Hornets in the heart of Chinatown at Capital One Arena, rocking special jerseys in honor of Chinese New Year. The Wizards look to John Wall and Bradley Beal to lead them to yet another victory as they square off against Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker and the Hornets. CapitalOneArena.ViewLift.com
Area theater companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. The plays will be presented at the 15th annual Play In A Day, a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Play In A Day kicks off on Friday. Playwrights, directors and actors create overnight. The show must go on after the brief rehearsal. Bethesda.org/Arts/Play-In-A-Day