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Honoring MLK, indoors and outdoors | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of Jan. 17-19, 2014, include the King County MLK celebration, state and national parks free days, and the Northwest African American Museum’s MLK open house. Films opening include “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and “Ride Along.”


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AROUND TOWN

King County Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Performances by the King County MLK Singers and spoken-word artist Christa Bell; speakers including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay Award ceremony. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free (stgpresents.org or www.kingcounty.gov).

State Parks Free Days: Visit state parks free, no Discover Pass required; in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sunday-Monday, Jan. 19-20 (www.parks.wa.gov/events ).

National Parks Free Day: Visit national parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park, Monday, Jan. 20 (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum: Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, showing of “Sing Your Song,” a film on the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org ).

AT THE MOVIES

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”: Based on the character created by Tom Clancy, this new action thriller features Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) in the title role. It has late-night previews Thursday, Jan. 16, and opens Friday, Jan. 17, at several theaters.

“Ride Along”: In this new action-comedy, a security guard (Kevin Hart) goes on a 24-hour patrol with his cop brother-in-law (Ice Cube). It also has late-night previews Thursday, Jan. 16, and opens Friday Jan. 17, at several theaters.

“The Nut Job”: An animated slapstick comedy about a squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett) planning a nut heist. It opens Friday Jan. 17, at several theaters (at many in 3D).

For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.

For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.



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