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Every year, the Kennedy Center does away with its regularly scheduled programming to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with a tribute concert entitled “Let Freedom Ring.” This year’s no different, so take advantage of your federal holiday and head to the Concert Hall, where Grammy winner Natalie Cole performs with the Let Freedom Ring Choir under the direction of acclaimed gospel composer and musicologist Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University, a co-sponsor of the event, also presents its John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award during the concert, given annually to a member of the community whose work represents the Jesuit mission of being “women and men for others.” Read more >>> Natalie Cole performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)
Restaurant Week is here again. Today through Jan. 25, find prix-fixe lunches across town for $20.15 and dinners for $35.15. More than 200 restaurants are offering the deal, including newbies like China Chilcano, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, and Mango Tree. Take a look at all the participating establishments and their menus at ramw.org/restaurantweek. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
R&B vocalist Ada Dyer and her group, the “A” Band, perform the music of Aretha Franklin at the Howard Theatre in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$45.
Poets Myra Sklarew, Kenneth Carroll, and Niki Herd consider Dr. King’s question “Where do we go from here: chaos or community?” at a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Haskell Center. The writers will read original pieces as well as selections from King’s speeches; an open mic follows the reading. 11 a.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free.
Austrian classical musicians Simon Zöchbauer and Julia Lacherstorfer perform traditional folk songs and original pieces influenced by old works at the Austrian Cultural Forum. 7:30 p.m. at 3524 International Place NW. Free, online registration required.
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