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25 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This MLK Weekend

Dancers from the Tommy the Clown dance group perform in the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade onJanuary 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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From parades and festivals to service opportunities, there are a bunch of ways to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this long weekend. Other highlights include a found footage fest, a queer Lakers viewing party, an opera based on an Edgar Allan Poe story, a birthday party for Ben Franklin and a ghost hunt.

FRIDAY, JAN. 18; 6 - 10 p.m.
Odd Nights at the Autry
The Autry Museum -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Check out the first indie bazaar of 2019 with 60+ vendors from all over Southern California, 20+ food trucks and live music. Shop for crafts, vintage items, home goods and other fabulous finds. Select museum galleries will be open until 9 p.m. The market is also dog friendly.
COST: $5 admission, FREE to Autry members; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JAN. 18; 7:30 p.m.
The Witches
Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
American Cinematheque and BAFTA Los Angeles team up to present a 35mm screening of The Witches (1990), directed by the late Nicolas Roeg. Angelica Houston stars as the high witch in this film about a coven that convenes at a seaside resort so they can work on their plot to turn all the children of England into mice. Houston will participate in a discussion about the film, moderated by Bernard Rose. The event is sold-out but there will be a stand-by line beginning at 6 p.m.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 18; 7 p.m.
Skid Row History Museum and Archive -- 250 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Every first and third Friday of the month, the museum holds free screenings of movies about issues that are important to the Skid Row community. This week, the series tackles recidivism through Philip F. Messina's Released, adapted from The Castle, a 2008 Off-Broadway play that starred four former prisoners talking about their criminal histories and eventual redemption. A Q&A with Messina follows the film. Free popcorn and coffee for attendees.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 7 p.m.
Found Footage Festival
The Lodge Room -- 104 N. Ave 56, Highland Park
The touring showcase of weird and wacky videos returns to L.A. so hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett can screen their latest finds, which include a montage of inadvertently hilarious exercise videos starring Angela Lansbury, adult film star Traci Lords and a bearded hippie named Zar. You'll also see excerpts from local cable show Dancing with Frank Pacholski.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 8 p.m.
Dynasty Tonight
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
The comedy, music and variety show hosted by Kyle Ayers welcomes a couple of comedians you might've heard of: Sarah Silverman and Kurt Braunohler. Come early to play Dyngo Bingo for prizes.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin's Birthday Celebration
International Printing Museum -- 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson
The printer, statesman and diplomat was born in Boston on Jan. 17, 1706, so the museum hosts a 313th birthday party with Franklin himself -- and a few of his pals. At 11 a.m., he'll tell family-friendly stories of his life and inventions, with a more adult-centric show-and-tell at 1 p.m. Birthday cake will be served to guests, who can also print historical keepsakes on the museum's antique presses.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

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The Long Beach Opera presents The Black Cat, based on an Edgar Allan Poe story. (Photo: Courtesy of Long Beach Opera)

The Black Cat
The Beverly O'Neill Theater -- 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The Long Beach Opera teams with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra for the U.S. premiere of this opera, based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story. Performed in English, the stage work is created for tenor, two dancers and a baroque ensemble. The production also includes film and video clips for a truly multimedia experience.
COST: $49 - $150; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Grill 'Em All Celebrates 6 Years in Alhambra
Grill 'Em All -- 19 E Main St., Alhambra
The brick-and-mortar burger joint throws itself an anniversary party with burgers that feature duck confit, cranberry gastrique, white truffle goat cheese and field greens. Eat it with a side of duck poutine fries and sample one of the beer specials. DJ Katon spins from 8 to 11 p.m., black metal face painting takes place from 2 to 5 p.m.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck stops at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance this weekend. (Photo: Courtesy of Hello Kitty Cafe Truck)

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
Del Amo Fashion Center (courtyard by the AMC Theatres) -- 3525 Carson St., Torrance
The mobile pink cafe rolls up with new treats, including a giant Hello Kitty chef cookie, a lunch box with confetti popcorn and a petit fours box set. Collectibles include plush toys, thermal bottles, keychains, headbands and T-shirts.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 8 p.m.
The Wizarding World LIVE: A Magical Talk Show
The Pack Theater -- 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
This is a magical late-night talk show produced by wizards for us mere mortals. It's hosted by the sorcerous Amoenus Franco, who brings magical guests, musicians and surprises.
COST: Pay-what-you-can; MORE INFO

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally, 1961. (Photo from the Herald-Examiner Collection, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Community Pride & Beautification Day
George Washington Carver Park -- 1400 East 118th St., Willowbrook
To honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, the Best Start Watts & Willowbrook Community Partnership organizes a day of remembrance and service. Volunteers will work in teams to create cleaner and safer communities in Willowbrook and Watts. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for everyone who registers.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration
King Park -- 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach
Now in its 31st year, the Peace & Unity Parade honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights legacy. The parade starts at Anaheim St. and MLK Jr. Ave., and ends with a celebratory festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park from noon to 5 p.m.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 2 and 7 p.m.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Irvine Barclay Theatre -- 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine
Gregory Popovich of the Moscow Circus and a champion juggler, brings his family-friendly comedy and the talents of his performing pets to the stage. The animals, who were finalists on America's Got Talent, were trained through positive reinforcement and working with their natural abilities. The cast includes housecats, dogs, parrots, geese and mice.
COST: $25 - $35; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 1 p.m. - 12:45 a.m.
Voyages to the Other Side: An Ongoing Paranormal Investigation
The Queen Mary -- 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
Interested in ghost-hunting? The all-new series, hosted by magician and apparitionist Aiden Sinclair, welcomes Grant Wilson, co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S), as its first guest paranormal investigator. The event includes a lecture by Wilson, free time aboard the ship, a private showing of the theatrical séance, Illusions of the Passed, and an investigation of the restricted (and reportedly haunted) areas.

'Dream Play' by Fernando Melo is one of three works performed by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. (Photo: Sharen Bradford)

SATURDAY, JAN. 19; 8 p.m.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
The Soraya -- 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
The company known for its innovative choreography brings a program of three contemporary dance works: Tuplet by Alexander Ekman, Dream Play by Fernando Melo and 1st Flash by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo.
COST: $39 - $94; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 20; 5:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Long Beach Antique Market
Long Beach Veterans Stadium -- 4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach
The monthly flea market features more than 800 sellers covering more than 20 acres with collectibles, home decor, jewelry, vintage clothing and antiques. The market takes place rain or shine. Early admission allows entry at 5:30 a.m.
COST: $7 - $12; children 12 and younger get in free ; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 20; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2019 Southern California Slack Key Festival and Island Marketplace
The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center -- 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach
The festival brings GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, hula dancers and an Island Marketplace to Southern California. The concert starts at 2 p.m. and features George Kuo, Kawika Kahiapo, Sonny Lim, Jeff Peterson, Jim "Kimo" West, Teresa Bright, Bobby Ingano and Kunia Galdeira. The marketplace showcases Hawaiian products and crafts, as well as Shave Ice and Hawaiian food.
COST: Concert tickets: $20 - $135, FREE entry to marketplace; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JAN. 20; 12 - 4 p.m.
DTLA Breweries United Fest 5.0
Triangle Lot -- 224 Rose St., downtown L.A.
Celebrate the downtown L.A. beer scene with participating breweries Mumford, Arts District, Iron Triangle, Boomtown, Indie, Dry River, Highland Park, Angel City, 101 Cider House & Imperial Western. The entry ticket includes unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass. The day features limited-edition and specialty wood/barrel-aged beers. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Ages 21+.
COST: $45, $15 for designated driver; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JAN. 21; 8 p.m. - midnight
World on Wheels --
4645 Venice Blvd., Mid-City
Roll bounce, dance or skate for a good cause on Monday night. Take part in the skating party and fundraiser for LA's alternative art space The Underground Museum. DJs Rashida(LA) and Natasha Diggs (NY) spin tunes for the first time together on the West Coast for the occasion.

The California African American Museum holds the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019 on Monday, Jan. 21. (Photo: Jeremy Thompson/Flickr)

MONDAY, JAN. 21; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019
California African American Museum -- 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
CAAM's family-friendly celebration of the life of the civil rights activist and leader includes: art-making activities; the panel discussion Passing the Torch: Intergenerational Activism in the 21st Century; a keynote by Reverend Eddie Anderson on The Time is Always Right to do Right; excerpts of MLK speeches by youth activists and a youth march through Exposition Park.

MONDAY, JAN. 21; 7 p.m.
Queer Lakers Viewing Party
The Friend -- 2611 Hyperion Ave., Los Feliz
Hosted and curated by Smeza & Keegan, Globethotters is part Lakers watch party and part comedy, variety and performance art show. The broadcast commentary is stripped and supplemented with a DJ spinning music. Video art replaces the commercials. Halftime features comedy by Brodie Reed, Tara McGorry, Theresa Bateman and Jenell Randall. Watch the game in a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ community members and allies.

Rod Serling's Stories From The Zone
Reuben Cordova Theatre (at Beverly Hills High School) -- 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills
Theatre Forty presents two tales from The Twilight Zone. In the first, a man claims the ability to resurrect the dead ("Mr. Garrity and the Graves"). In the second, there's a Martian among the people at a roadside diner ("Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?").

A woman dressed as Lady Liberty to promote Liberty Tax Service roller skates with her dog during the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

MONDAY, JAN. 21; 10 a.m.
Kingdom Day Parade
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Crenshaw Blvd., South Los Angeles
With the theme, "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Democracy," the 34th annual event celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with one of the largest MLK Day parades in the country. Starting at Western Ave. and MLK Blvd., the parade moves westward toward Crenshaw, with bands, floats and community organizations. It will be televised on ABC-7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MLK Day of Service
Various locations
Observe the holiday as a "day on, not a day off" by volunteering for one of many projects throughout Southern California organized by nonprofit and community-based organizations. The day is intended to strengthen communities and create solutions to social problems.

MONDAY, JAN. 21; 11 a.m.
Target Free Monday
LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
All guests can enjoy the museum for free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, courtesy of the retailer. There are bilingual tours and live music from Dream Phases at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m.
COST: FREE, children must be accompanied by an adult; MORE INFO

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