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5 things to do this weekend, including MLK Day at the MFA and a free ice skating show at The Rink

We’re moving right along into the second week of the new year. And this coming Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This weekend, you can reflect on MLK’s legacy at an open house at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and experience a recreation of Coretta Scott King’s concerts at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge. There’s a lot to do in Boston this long weekend. Check out all of our recommendations below.

'Hear Her Sing For Freedom'

Friday, Jan. 13-Monday, Jan. 16

Each year, the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge hosts an event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and this year, they are switching the regular programming up to highlight Coretta Scott King. Her important role in the Civil Rights Movement as a partner and collaborator of Martin Luther King Jr. is often forgotten. Drawing on her legacy of hosting concerts to fund the movement, the Multicultural Arts Center presents “Hear Her Sing for Freedom.” The show will recreate the experience of one of King’s concerts through song and dance. It will run throughout the weekend, and on Monday, the concert will be shown virtually.


Belmont World Film's 20th Annual Family Festival

Saturday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Jan. 22

So many great film festivals take place in Massachusetts but rarely do we see one aimed at children. The Belmont World Film's Family Festival, however, is different. It's an event for the entire family. This year, the festival offers 16 different film events and four workshops. The screenings provide a peak into children’s lives from around the world as films in German, Gujrati, French and more will be shown alongside those in English. The festival is in person, and from Friday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 22, all but three films will be available to watch virtually.


'A Day of Ballet'

Saturday, Jan. 14

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton will host a free afternoon of all things ballet. To begin, the museum will host interactive tours through an exhibition of “Swan Lake.” Attendees will have the opportunity to observe figure drawings and participate in a tutorial on the “Swan Hands” dance technique. After that, visitors are invited to partake in an all-level ballet class where they’ll learn a small part of the dance of the Swan Princess from dancer Yana Veselova.


Tropicana Bonanza skating show

Saturday, Jan. 14

Joy Skate Productions will present Tropicana Bonanza, a show filled with tropical vibes on ice at The Rink at 401 Park in Fenway. Skaters will wear colorful dresses and costumes. Afterward, visitors can join performers on the rink. This show is complimentary, but to attend, reserve tickets ahead of time. Get there early for a ski or snowboard tune-up with REI techs.

Visitors skate at The Rink at 401 Park in Fenway. (Courtesy Emma Corbett Photography)
Visitors skate at The Rink at 401 Park in Fenway. (Courtesy Emma Corbett Photography)

MLK Day at the MFA

Monday, Jan. 16

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will host its annual open house with free admission for Massachusetts residents. A wide range of events will take place throughout the day, including tunes from Dorchester native DJ WhySham (a member of the 2021 ARTery 25 cohort), a conversation between artist Hank Willis Thomas and public art project manager Sam Giarratani and an interactive painting activity with Artists for Humanity. Visitors will also have access to the exhibition “Life Magazine and the Power of Photography.”

Lauren Williams Arts Reporting Fellow
Lauren Williams is the arts reporting fellow at WBUR.

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