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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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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 ( or

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 ( ).

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 (

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 ).


“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 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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