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Weekend event picks, Jan. 18-21

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  January 16, 2013 12:33 PM

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L to R: Various events around the city pay tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King (AP); Ryan Kalish is scheduled to be at "New Stars for Young Stars" on Saturday (Jim Rogash, Getty); DJ Tonnesen is at The Estate on Saturday

Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

FRIDAY

TRUMPET TRAJECTORY Gospel, R&B, and funk steered Roy Hargrove into the music business. The Texas-born trumpeter listened to gospel in church and heard the rest on the radio. While still in school, Hargrove was discovered by Wynton Marsalis. The Roy Hargrove Quintet makes music at Scullers. Jan. 18-19, 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

TIES THAT BOND Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had several Boston ties including a degree from Boston University, the pulpit at Roxbury's Twelfth Baptist, and a relationship with a New England Conservatory student, Coretta Scott. ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage screens films about King's local ties and legacy at "Celebrate MLK" which kicks off Jan. 18 with "Freedom Riders" (6 p.m.) and "Talk to Me" (9 p.m.). Additional films through Jan. 20. $10, $7.50 seniors, $5 under 18 and students. Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

HOW DIVINE Frank Martin's 1926 Mass for Double Choir was not performed in public for 48 years because, according to the composer, "it would be judged from a completely aesthetic point of view...the expression of religious sentiments, it seemed to me, ought to remain secret and have nothing to do with the public opinion." This piece plus choral works by Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells are sung by the Cantata Singers at "Divining the Incandescent." Jan. 18, 8 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m., post-concert reception). $17-$52, $10 students. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-868-5885, www.cantatasingers.org

WINTRY BEER Warm up your belly at the Beer Summit Winter Jubilee, a celebration of winter brews featuring more than 200 beers from 60 plus breweries. Participating brewers include Blue Hills, Blue Moon, Cisco, Clown Shoes, Moonlight Meadery, Opa Opa, Heavy Seas, and Narragansett. Jan. 18, 5:30-9 p.m. Jan. 19, 12:30-4 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. $42.50 per session. 21+. Park Plaza Castle, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston. www.beersummit.com

SATURDAY

MEET THE NEW SOX Some of the new boys of summer will sign autographs at New Stars for Young Stars, a benefit for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Red Sox players scheduled to appear include Ryan Kalish and Rich Hill. Lunch is provided. Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $89, $250 VIP. Jillian's Boston, 145 Ipswich St., Boston. 800-525-4669, www.jimmyfund.org/new-stars

CHOIR NOISE After attending a celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Allen Bailey founded the Harlem Gospel Choir in 1986. Paying it forward, the ensemble pays tribute to Dr. King at the Joyful Noise Gospel Concert. Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-491-2222, www.multiculturalartscenter.org

SEVEN-YEAR ITCH With seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" (which ends after this seventh season), we're wondering if it was all part of a Tracy Morgan grand scheme. After all, we're used to Tracy Jordan schemes (his "30 Rock" character) including his goal to win the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). Jan. 19, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $45-$55. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

DYNAMITE DJ We’ll list a few highlights from DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen's resume: residencies at top Manhattan clubs, performances with Madonna and Lady Gaga, and parties for Prada and Giorgio Armani. Needless to say, you'll want to be there for dance hits to keep you moving all night long. Jan. 19, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20, $15 advance. Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com

SUNDAY

HOLDING COURT Victor Hugo's "Le roi s'amuse" was the springboard for Verdi's "Rigoletto," a tale of deception and vendettas involving a hunchbacked court jester and the womanizing Duke of Mantua. The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras present the semi-staged production with the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus to celebrate the bi-centennial of Verdi's birth. Jan. 20, 3 p.m. $30 and up (discounts available). Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.bysoweb.org

MONDAY

MLK DAY AT THE MFA To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Berklee College of Music professor Lawrence Watson will pay tribute with spoken word and musical performances (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. Additional activities include tours, talks, art activities, and a live broadcast of the 57th Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

OF CHARACTER On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial included the passage: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Boston Children's Chorus in partnership with New England Conservatory presents the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert "Content of Character" with special guests Cindy Blackman Santana and Melinda Doolittle. Jan. 21, 2 ($15) and 7 p.m ($25-$45). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-245-6034, www.bostonchildrenschorus.org

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