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Musical tribute to King

World music ensemble Halalisa Singers will perform a medley of songs to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the 86th anniversary of the late civil rights activist’s birth. Through themes of peace, anti-violence, and love, the singers will recall his work and his lasting imprint on the world. Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. at First Parish of Lexington, 7 Huntington Road, Lexington. Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. at First Unitarian Society of Newton, 1326 Washington St., Newton. $12-$15. www.halalisa.org

Friday

A lighter take on life The Chester F. Sidell Gallery at the Essex Art Center is hosting a collection of illustrations and drawings by Don Mathias, David Sullivan, Sage Stossel, Mark Parisi, and John Klosser . “Comically Speaking” finds humor in expression in our daily lives. Through March 6. Free. 56 Island St., Lawrence. 978-685-2343. www.essexartcenter.org

Personal ‘Best’ Daniel MacIvor’s play “The Best Brothers” tells the story of Kyle and Hamilton Best after their mother dies at a gay pride parade in a freak accident and they find themselves bickering over her will, and more. Through Feb. 1. Tickets start at $15. Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.mrt.org

Saturday

The sopranos Nationally recognized sopranos Jane Shivick and Sarah Callinan, with the accompaniment of pianist Timothy Steele, will perform a set of their favorite numbers ranging from opera to musical theater. Presented by Milton Community Concerts. Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. $20, 18 and under free. First Parish Church of Milton, 535 Canton Ave., Milton. 617-698-6329. www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

Sunday

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Spirited discussion Urban Grape owner TJ Douglas will host a talk about whiskey with three experts: Manny Gonzales, director of beverages at Saloon; Dave Willis, cofounder of Bully Boy Distillers; and Troy Clark, director of mixology and spirits education at United Liquors. Topics include whiskey’s history, what it takes to open/run a distillery, and the future of the brown beverage. Demonstrations and tasting will be held and small food bites served. Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m. $20. 303 Columbus Ave. 857-250-2509. www.theurbangrape.com

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To Beat the band The Beat Brasserie is continuing its big band series with performances from Greg Hopkins and Brian Thomas with Alex Lee Clark. Attendees can enjoy samplings from executive chef Ignacio Loezand along with craft beer, wines, and cocktails from the bar team. Jan. 11, from 7-11 p.m. No cover, cash bar, reservations suggested. 13 Brattle St. Cambridge. 617-499-0001. www.beathotel.com

Brits of Broadway The Ocean State Theatre Company is letting the British invade, yet again. Along with its Broadway classics presentation this weekend, British Invasion will showcase the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phil Collins, Elton John, Herbert Kretzmer, of “Les Misérables” fame, and Lionel Bart, who brought us “Oliver!” Proceeds from the weekend’s events will go to the Camp OSTC Scholarship Fund, to provide tuition to the company’s musical theater camp. Jan. 10, 3 p.m. Tickets: $25. 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, R.I. 401-921-1777. www.oceanstatetheatre.org

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