Several museums are celebrating Martin Luther King Day with free or reduced admission and special programs of dance, drama, and music, as well as opportunities to mark the Day of Service. The movie Selma is being shown free for anyone 17 and younger at select movie theaters today.
And Dave Phillips Music in Allentown (622 Union Blvd) is holding the Martin Luther King Day of Drumming and Fundraiser; doors open at 4:30 p.m. drumming takes place between 5:30 and 7:30. The cost is $5 and a bottle of Tylenol, benefiting the Tree of Life International: Hope for Health (Haiti relief).
The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas in Bethlehem (SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way) has three screenings of Selma today, Monday, January 19th; 12:30, 3:15, and 6 p.m. where free tickets for those 17 and younger are available at the ArtsQuest Center Box Office.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open this Monday for MLK Day and hosting a family celebration from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission to the museum today, Jan 19, 2015, is “pay what you wish.” What a great day to check out their latest exhibition, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art (Jan 10 – April 15, 2015). Special events at the museum for today include;
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Performances by Danco2
Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day.
Admission is free today, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., courtesy of Citizens Bank, to the African American Museum in Philadelphia;
Join AAMP and the Citizens Bank Foundation as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! This day of activities, learning, direct service and community celebration is appropriate for all ages. Donate food for our ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive and books for Philadelphia Reads; create arts and crafts in honor of past and present equal rights movements; explore our core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876; watch great performances at our Community Celebration; and more!
The National Constitution Center hosts a daylong celebration from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The husband and wife musical team Two of a Kind performs and leads a family sing-along at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Focusing on themes related to Dr. King, the performance will encourage audience participation through songs, sign language, movement, and stories. The Unity Choir will fill the Grand Hall with their singing at 3 p.m.; comprising voices from congregations around New Jersey: Antioch Baptist Church, Congregation M’kor Shalom, Har Sinai Temple, H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E., Inc., Kerygma, First Baptist, Morningstar Baptist Church, and Bethel Baptist Church. The ensemble will sing music that ranges from the most high-spirited gospel music to stimulating songs of freedom and uplifting Jewish folk music. Additional educational programs and service projects, including sorting donated school supplies in preparation for delivery and sewing pillows for the Women Against Abuse shelter, a local nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, advocacy, and education to victims of domestic violence. Special admission price of $5 on January 19, 2015 for the museum and all activities.
Professional actors will read excerpts from Dr. King’s Letters From Birmingham Jail, at 11:30 a.m, 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. at the Eastern State Penitentiary (2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia). Tickets to the readings are free and available at the door. Activities for children ages 7-12 and their families are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and are also free.