Dallas Ft. Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Guide



What: Off the Wall: Plot Twist
When: Thurs. Jan. 12th @ 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: Off the Wall takes a unique and unexpected look at the Museum’s collection with a pop culture twist. Join us as we make artworks come to life with fast typing, storytelling, your favorite movie music, and a few surprises.

What: Dennis Miller
When: Thurs. Jan. 12th @ 7:30PM
Where: Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Ft. Worth, TX 76102
Why: Maybe you’ve seen him on “The O’Reilly Factor”. Perhaps you remember him from his days as anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live.” A regular contributor for “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, Dennis Miller is also an award-winning comedian, talk-show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality. After captivating audiences on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy and three Writers Guild of America awards for his critically acclaimed talk show, “Dennis Miller Live.”

What: Broadway Series: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
When: Thurs. Jan. 12th – Sun. Jan. 22nd @ 7:30PM & 2:00PM
Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timeis coming to Dallas. Hailed as “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this dazzling adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

What: Improv Addison presents Godfrey
When: Thurs. Jan. 12th – Sun. Jan. 15th @ 8:00PM & 9:30PM
Where: Improv Addison
4980 Belt Line Rd., #250, Addison, TX 75254
Why: Growing up in Chicago, Godfrey constantly got in trouble for misbehaving and being an all-around class clown. Godfrey’s Nigerian parents unknowingly encouraged his bad behavior by showing him classic comedy films from an early age. While performing impressions of his college football teammates, Godfrey realized his irreverent style of comedy might be more than just a hobby. As one of the most dominant forces in the comedy circuit, Godfrey has been seen on stages from New York and Los Angeles to Dubai. Along with his own one-hour special on Comedy Central, Godfrey recently starred in the FX pilot Bronx Warrants, adding to his onscreen credits which include Zoolander30 Rock, and a recurring role on Louie. Godfrey also stars alongside Shaquille O’Neal on the TruTV series, Upload, and is fresh off filming the Fox series Bullseye. His newest special on Comedy Central, Black By Accident, premiered to rave reviews and was a critically acclaimed success for the network.

Winter Dance Party: tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper
When: Thurs. Jan. 12th @ 8:00PM – 10:15PM
Where: McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069
Why: John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, who were all killed in a February 1959 plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The concert features more than 2 hours of hit songs of the ’50’s including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace.”

What: 25th Annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition
When: Fri. Jan 13th @ 11:00AM
Where: Majestic Theatre
1925 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to continue its tradition of extolling the work and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competitions held in Dallas and Houston. This year’s final competitions will mark the 25th anniversary in Dallas. This year, students will deliver original three-to-five minute speeches answering the question, “If Dr. King were alive today, what would he say about Muhammad Ali’s contribution to society?”
Established in 1993 in Dallas, this unique event encourages the development of research, writing and oratory skills of hundreds of Dallas elementary school children. The students’ speeches not only address how Dr. King impacts today’s world but also illustrate how his words continue to affect their lives and inspire their perspectives.

What: 25th Annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition
When: Fri. Jan 13th @ 11:00AM
Where: Martin Luther King Recreation Center
2901 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215
Why: The City of Dallas presents MLK Celebration Fair. Attendees can discover new job opportunities, apply for college, or receive free medical screenings, and enjoy a special theatric performance from the South Dallas Cultural Center.

What: MLK Celebration Fair
When: Fri. Jan 13th @ 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Where: Martin Luther King Recreation Center
2901 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215
Why: Forget retail. Shop directly from gem and jewelry manufacturers, designers and wholesalers offering a huge selection of all things jewelry at low prices.

What: Progressive International Motorcycle Show
When: Fri. Jan 13th – Sun. Jan 15th @ 4:00PM(Fri) and 10:00AM(Sat & Sun)
Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202
Why: Experience the latest in the world of motorcycling at the world’s largest consumer motorcycle show. See hundreds of the hottest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, side-by-sides and ATVs for riders of all experience levels. The show also offers the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, informative seminars, kid zone and other entertainment

What: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
When: Fri. Jan. 13th – Mon. Jan 16th @ 6:00PM (Fri) – 8:00PM (Mon)
Where: Tarrant County College
2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington, TX 76018
Why: Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through art, music, food and exceptional talent. Banquets, Step Competition, Multicultural Festival, Spoken Word, Day of Service, and a Youth Musical Extravaganza.

What: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics
When: Fri. Jan 13th @ 7:00PM
Where: Gilley’s Dallas
1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75215
Why: Art, Beats & Lyrics is an explosion of creativity and originality; a traveling art exhibition that infuses various mediums to produce a one-night event that ignites the inner desire for innovation and freshness. The event will feature a concert by a surprise performer; past performers have included Kendrick Lamar, Scarface, A$AP Ferg, Ghostface, Phife Dawg.

What: Silent Disco!
When: Fri. Jan 13th @ 9:00PM
Where: Candleroom
5039 Willis Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Why: Put on your headphones and dance the night away at The Wilkinson Center Young Friends’ Silent Disco fundraiser. Your ticket includes light up headphones. A Silent Disco is an event where folks are issued wireless headphones so they could dance with themselves while switching between live DJ sets

What: 28th Annual MLK Parade and March
When: Sat. Jan 14th @ 10:00AM
Where: Patty Granville Arts Center
300 N. 5th St., Garland, TX 75040
Why: The NAACP Garland Unit presents the 28th annual parade and march featuring bands, drill teams and community groups. Parade Route: The Parade steps off near Embree Park on Dairy Road at Garden Drive, proceeds North on Dairy Road to Hwy. 66, West on Hwy. 66 to First St., North on First St. to Hwy. 66, West on Hwy. 66 to Fifth St., North on Fifth St. to Austin St. Parade ends at the Granville Arts Center. An MLK commemorative program follows the parade in the Brownlee Auditorium at the Arts Center. The celebration continues on Sunday with a Youth Extravaganza at 4 p.m. at the Arts Center.

What: 6th Annual Las Colinas Home Show
When: Sat. Jan 14th – Sun. Jan. 15th @ 10:00AM
Where: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W. Las Colinas, TX 75039
Why: The Las Colinas Home Show is returning to the area for its sixth annual event. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with local home improvement experts, test out the latest gadgets designed to make your home life easier, attend talks, and explore huge savings from over 100 exhibitors. This year, Texas Home and Garden will feature Joey Green, best-selling author of Last-Minute Survival Secrets, Contrary to Popular Belief, Joey Green’s Magic Brands series, The Mad Scientist Handbook series, The Zen of Oz, and You Know You’ve Reached Middle Age If. Attendees will have the chance to meet Joey and learn all sorts of amazing tips and tricks using common household items. This show provides home owners a convenient one-stop shopping experience and the chance to find the perfect company for all home improvement projects – no matter how big or small.

What: Dallas Cowboys Postseason Kickoff Event
When: Sat. Jan 14th @ 12:00PM
Where: Ford Center at The Star
9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034
Why: The Dallas Cowboys and Fans United will host a Postseason Kickoff event ahead of the Cowboys’ first playoff game against the Green Bay Packers the following day. Cowboys fans of all ages are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities on the Tostitos Championship Plaza as Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Hall of Famer Charles Haley sign autographs inside the newly opened retail store. There will be giveaways every 30 minutes for autographed footballs, jerseys, and even playoff tickets. Additionally, fans will be able to purchase their favorite apparel at Fans United to show their support for the Cowboys throughout the playoffs.

What: Rhythm in Fusion Festival presents Tap2Tap
When: Sat. Jan. 14th @ 7:30PM
Where: Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
2400 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: RIFF Dallas presents TAPN2TAP, the only tap concert that brings the best of tap dancing to the feet of Dallas. This live tap show will feature Chloe Arnold of Syncopated Ladies and So You Think You Can Dance; Sarah Reich of Post Modern Jukebox; Max Pollak, international rumba and body percussionist; Derick Grant, from broadway’s Bring In Da Noise Bring In Da Funk; Charles Renato, international tap artist; and professional touring tap artists Tony Merriwether, Matt Shields, and Justin Lewis. Award-winning Lady Dianne Walker, of Broadway, television and film, will also make a special appearance during the concert. This concert will also host youth and professional tap ensembles from Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and DC. Along with this endless list of tap dancers, there will also be live music provided by the RIFF Jazz Band and local singers. TAPN2TAP will showcase and honor traditions of the past of tap dancing, while giving the audience a taste of what is and what is to come of this great American art

What: Red Bull Flying Bach
When: Sat. Jan. 14th – Mon. Jan. 16th @ 8:00PM and 4:00PM(Sun Only)
Where: Majestic Theatre
1925 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: In a clash of cultures Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical music world upside down. World champion b-boy crew Flying Steps visualizes and revives Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in a creative performance that combines classical music and urban culture. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harpsichord and electronic beats. Check out tour dates and tickets below.

What: Japan-America Society of DFW presents Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration
When: Sun. Jan. 15th @ 2:00PM -5:00PM
Where: Fujitsu Network Communications
2801 Telecom Pkwy., Richardson, TX 75082
Why: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Japanese music, food, and fun. Try your hand at calligraphy, origami, and traditional Japanese New Year’s games. See a traditional mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration and sample fresh homemade mochi. Enjoy Japanese drumming, folk dance, and koto music and take photos with “Samurai Sam” courtesy of the Samurai Collection.

What: 2017 MLK Day Parade
When: Mon. Jan. 16th @ 10:00AM
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
2922 MLK Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
Why: The MLK Day parade stands as a testament to King’s legacy of leadership in the fight for civil rights. Participants include civic organizations, youth groups, and other community organizations. The parade route begins at the intersection of MLK Boulevard and Holmes Street and ends at Fair Park. This event is part of the 35th Annual Dr. King Celebration, a longstanding tradition of the MLK Center.




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