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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 01/ 9/2011

Free and Easy: Civil rights and Coleridge

By Alex Baldinger, David Malitz and Stephanie Merry

This week: free celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry recitations and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Monday
Street Art and Jazz
There are events all week at D.C. public libraries honoring Martin Luther King Jr., and this celebration features jazz music courtesy of bassist Herman Burney and vocalist Akua Allrich and an exhibit of work from youth activist photography group Critical Exposure.

Tuesday
Nikki Giovanni
The award-winning poet, writer and activist will sign and discuss the book "The 100 Best African American Poems."

Wednesday
TV Party
You probably don't think of the Black Cat as being just like your best friend's basement, but it'll feel that way when you head to the club's backstage for classic episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." $10 pitchers of PBR are also available if you're the type that raids your pal's fridge.

Thursday
Second Thursday Art Night
The Torpedo Factory is embracing winter's chill for this month's evening celebration. Along with a seasonally appropriate display of twinkle lights and do-it-yourself snowflake making, the Art League gallery touts a free performance by Karen Reedy Dance to usher in a new exhibition of work by glass artist Alison Sigethy.

Friday
Poetry Out Loud
Students from Gaithersburg, Walt Whitman, Katherine Thomas and Richard Montgomery high schools compete for a chance to move on to the national finals of this poetry competition.

Saturday
Free admission to the Phillips
The Phillips Collection kicks off its year-long anniversary celebration, "90 Years of New," with the first of back-to-back free admission days and a selection of exquisitely decorated birthday cakes on display.

Sunday
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Weekend
This three-day festival celebrates the legacy of one of America's most important historical figures with the interactive play "Join the Student Sit-Ins," roundtable discussions, musical performances and readings of King's most famous speeches.

By Alex Baldinger, David Malitz and Stephanie Merry  | January 9, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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