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A feeling of reverence strikes Americans everywhere as they reflect on the work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As you reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King this year, consider doing so in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University as they collaborate in a concert featuring Grammy- and Tony-nominated singer and actress Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir, directed by Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. During the show, Georgetown University will be honoring Little Lights Urban Ministries executive director Steve Park with the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award for exemplifying the spirit of Dr. King through his work with underprivileged communities and dedication to providing them with a diverse range of programs focused on racial justice and academic, spiritual, and economic empowerment. Read more>>> The show begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Mikala Williams)
Cozy up on Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s heated rooftop tonight and taste your way through eight new cocktails featuring winter flavors, priced at $10 each. The Ruby Roulette combines bourbon, port, cinnamon syrup, lemon and bitters and the Smokin’ Manzanas pairs mezcal with Amaro Montenegro, apple cider, and chocolate bitters. Two of the cocktails—a spiked whiskey cider and an Irish coffee—are served warm. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
As the East Coast gets hit with ominous sounding “bomb cyclones,” it’s the time of year when people need a good reason to leave the house and dream of warmer climates. A Collie Buddz concert kills two birds with one stone. The Bermudian reggae star has been grinding out sun-baked and ganja-burned tunes for more than a decade, from the WWE-appropriated “S.O.S.” to waist-winers like “My Everything” to weed anthems like “Come Around,” his best-known song. For sure, Buddz hasn’t had the hits of Rihanna or Sean Paul, but in the age of “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” mainstream interest in Latin and Caribbean music hasn’t been higher. His 2017 album Good Life could help Buddz ride that wave, on the strength of tropical electro-pop like “Used To” and features from Snoop Dogg, Riff Raff, and Kat Dahlia. Sign us up for a ride on that wave. Collie Buddz performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
Hip-hop and R&B singer Angie Stone performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $59.50.
CNN political analyst and journalist April Ryan moderates a panel on race in America featuring University of Pennsylvania professor Mary Frances Berry, bishop T.D. Jakes, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, and Wall Street Journal contributor Jason Riley, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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