Thursday, Jan. 17

“Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Military Service in the United States,” The exhibition highlights African Americans who served and fought from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War and the discrimination they often faced at home and abroad. Opening reception 2-4 p.m. Feb. 3. Exhibit runs through Feb. 26, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. Free. Reservations required for reception.

“Tryst,” Washington Stage Guild presents a battle of wits between a handsome man out for money and a spinster. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 27, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. $40-$50, $30-$40 seniors, $20-$25 students.

Blues dance, The weekly dance series by Capital Blues continues with a beginner workshop from 8:15 to 9 p.m., followed by a dance with music selected by DJs 9 to 11:30 p.m. No partner necessary. 8 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Ballroom Annex, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. $8.

Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul, 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. $20-$22.

Friday, Jan. 18

“Winnie the Pooh,” Pooh and his friends go on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Tuesdays, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. $19.

College life program, Howard University students share invaluable advice with high school juniors and seniors on how to prepare for life in college. 7-10 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. 301-864-1611. Free.

Sonia Sotomayor, the associate justice of the Supreme Court will discuss her memoir “My Beloved World.” 7 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. $30 to $40.

Cheick Hamala Diabete and Sahel, Dubbed the “African Inaugural Ball,” this show, featuring the Sol Power DJs and West African griot Diabete, a multi-instrumentalist, should be a blast for locals looking to dance to something besides Top 40 on inauguration weekend. 8 p.m., Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-269-4535. $5.

Lalah Hathaway, The daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway, this musical heiress has carried on her father’s legacy while forging her own path as an artist. Her latest album, “Where It All Begins,” showcases Hathaway’s buoyant neo-soul style, and more recently her silky vocals pop up on Robert Glasper’s acclaimed album “Black Radio.” The soul princess performs at the historic Howard Theatre not far from Howard University, where her father studied music. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $55 in advance, $60 day of the show.

Late Night Rhythm Method, DJ Lance Reynolds spins a unique mix of jazz, funk, future soul, break-beats, house, and reggae. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., through Jan. 25, Chez Billy, Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Ave. NW, DC, 3815 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-506-2080. Free, RSVP required.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Dr. King Prayer Breakfast, The annnual event features a keynote address by Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, Director of the National Museum of African Art. Reception immediately follows. 10 a.m. Shiloh Baptist Church, Heritage hall, 1509 9th St. NW, DC. 202-232-4288. Free.

"Suits and Sneakers" day party, Food, hookah, drink specials and music by DJ Ki. Spnsored by the Usual Suspectz, Anwaa Kong and EliteDC. 2-8:30 p.m. Ozio Lounge, 1813 M St. NW, DC., $15-20.

"From Dream to Promise" Inaugural Youth Ball, 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Shiloh Baptist Church, 1509 9th St. NW, DC. Purchase tickets at the Family Life Center events desk. 202-232-4288. Age 11 and under $20; families two or more $30 per person; age 12 and older $40.

Political America’s “Legacy Lounge,”  A semi-formal Inaugural gathering with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 6-9 p.m. The African-American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, DC. Brian Alexander at 773-354-8483,,

Step Show Challenge, Teens from area high schools compete in the 4th annual Black History Month contest. Cash prizes awarded. 6-10 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-464-1737. Age 14 and older $10, under 14 $5.

8th annual Israeli Film Festival, a screening of director Joseph Cedara’s “Footnote” (2011) set in Jerusalem, the story of rivalry between a father and son, both professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University. A post-film discussion with Anton Goodman, community shaliach, and light refreshments. The next film, “The Human Resources Manager” will screen Jan. 26. Tikvat Israel Synagogue, 2200 Baltimore Rd., Rockville. 301-762-7338. $12; registration required.

D.C. Blues Society’s ObamaRama II, The D.C. Blues Society starts the weekend off on the right foot with this unofficial, informal bash, with live music from jump blues act Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes. The best part? This party is a bargain, at just $12. 8 p.m.-midnight, American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. 301-322-4808. $12; blues society members, $10.

H.A.L.O., Heaven Allows Love Only, the D.C.-based R&B group, performs its greatest hits. 8 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. $30, students and seniors $25.

Sunday, Jan. 20

"Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy in the Contemporary Black Church," Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, professor, award-winning political scientist and author, discusses Martin Luther King's challenge to balance private and public life and the role community development plays in black churches. 1-3 p.m. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1514 15th St. NW, DC. 202-667-4394.  RSVP at

"Midday Soiree" Inauguration day party, Cheeky Sasso Entertainment hosts this event featuring complimentary food and music by DJ Jahsonic. 2-7 p.m. Capitale, 1301 K St. NW, DC. Free with RSVP to

"The Wonder Years” day party, A birthday celebration for music producer 9th Wonder and promoter Mitch McCraw. Drink specials and music by True School DJ Collective. Sponsored by The Usual Suspectz, True School and PMG. 2-9 p.m. Ozio Lounge, 1813 M St. NW, DC. $10.

Smokey Robinson and the Let Freedom Ring Choir, The honey-voiced Motown legend and the area’s Let Freedom Ring Choir perform at this annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kennedy Center. The inaugural weekend concert is free, and tickets (two per person) will be distributed first-come, first-served at 5 p.m. the day of the concert to those in line in the Hall of Nations. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Monday, Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast, The 9th annual event is presented by the St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission and St. Mary’s County Public Schools. 6-10 a.m., St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Great room, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-3081. $8.75.

Brightest Young Things Inauguration Spectacular, After a memorable bash in 2009 that featured a raucous Wale performance and plenty of action in the photo booth, BYT is back at Bohemian Caverns with a whole morning-till-night blowout, this time with performances by Rewards (featuring a member of Chairlift) and Brooklyn’s Computer Magic, as well as a variety show and music from DJ StereoFaith. Also on tap at the 21-and-older party: food and drink specials, eating contests, and of course, chances to get your picture taken. 9-2 a.m., Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. $15-$20; $25 at the door.

MLK community art project, The public is invited to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by helping to create a community art installation in honor of the civil rights leader. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. Free.

Arlington bell ringing, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by ringing a vintage Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association. Noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. 703-525-3786. Free.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

The Black History Month Biannual Fine Art Exhibit: “Winston Harris: Printmaking in 2 and 3 Dimensions,” Prints by the local artist. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070.

Community Quilt display, The community is invited to view the hand-made historical quilt created by the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center’s Culture Keepers, an after-school program, and members of community. Also on display next to the quilt is the student created mural, “Gorgeous Prince George’s: Then & Now.” Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. The quilt will be displayed until the opening of the new museum opens, The Mall at Prince George’s, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-8844.

Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright, Grammy-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Dianne Reeves team up with gospel singer Lizz Wright in a tribute to the music of jazz, R&B, gospel and the blues. The trio has performed this concert, Sing the Truth, internationally, pairing songs by by Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Odetta and others with original material. 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $38-$78.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

“Enlightened Beings: Buddhism in Chinese Painting,” An exhibit of 27 works that focus on the four main categories of the enlightened being in Buddhism. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000.

“Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias,” Arias, who immigrated to New York from Iquitos, Peru, in 1923 at the age of 22, led an atypical life and is most known for her composition “Huiracocha,” which is revered and still performed around the world. Her possessions and papers tell a story of the first half of the 20th century. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

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