Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Zócalo Tackles MLK's Legacy in the Age of Obama

Photo by Samuel Mann via flickr.
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Okay okay we know we’re supposed to be out there volunteering for MLK Day or prepping for Barack’s big day tomorrow, but if you just want to sit back and watch, here’s what’s going on around town:

The Zócalo lecture series presents “Martin Luther King's Legacy in the Age of Obama” tonight at 7 pm at the Hammer Museum. The discussion - led by Louis Chude-Sokei, author of The Last "Darky": Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora, and Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, -- will address the meaning of “King's legacy after the election of Barack Obama, and after a campaign that raised the old demons of overt racism and assassination fears?”

Tonight Emmy-nominated writer-performer Jeffrey Solomon brings his play "Mother/SON" to the Celebration Theatre tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm. The work is a tribute to his mother, “whose struggle to accept and understand her gay son - from first terrified visit to a support group for parents of gay children, to marching with him in a pride parade - is chronicled in this poignant and hilarious one-person play.” There will be post-show discussions with Jeffrey Solomon after each performance.

Guys and Dolls screens at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks tonight at 7:30 pm as part of AFI’s “100 Years…100 Movies” series. If you’re not familiar with this musical, imagine gambler Frank Sinatra playing wingman to even bigger gambler Marlon Brando. Both men sing in the movie, which isn’t a stretch for Sinatra, but a B-I-G stretch for Brando. Familiar tunes include “The Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat” and “Luck Be a Lady.”

Support for LAist comes from

Because of Inauguration Day, the monthly LA Geek Dinner has been moved to tonight at 8 pm at uWink. It’s a gathering of Internet and technology lovers in Los Angeles. Anyone with an interest in tech is invited to join in the festivities.

*Pencil pick of the day