Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston this week

A host of MLK Jr. tributes, visits from Roz Chast and Maya Lin, an Irish musical revue, and more

A musical revue penned by Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt, opens Thursday at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville

A musical revue penned by Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt, opens Thursday at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville

January 21


Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., whose “I Have Dream” speech celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, take place throughout the day Monday. Here are a few:

WHAT MLK Jr. Memorial Breakfast WHEN/WHERE 8 a.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center HIGHLIGHTS Keynote by Harvard professor and minister Jonathan L. Walton


WHAT MLK Jr. Day Open House WHEN/WHERE 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston HIGHLIGHTS Free admission, art activities, live broadcast of 57th presidential inauguration INFO 617-267-9300;

WHAT A Day of Service and Celebration in Honor of MLK Jr. WHEN/WHERE 1 p.m., Faneuil Hall HIGHLIGHTS Free admission, keynote by a member of the Little Rock Nine, performance by Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra INFO617-635-3911;

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WHAT Boston Children’s Chorus MLK Jr. Tribute Concert WHEN/WHERE 2 and 7 p.m., New England Conservatory HIGHLIGHTS Guest artists Cindy Blackman Santana and Melinda Doolittle TICKETS 617-778-2242;

January 24-March 17


The Irish . . . and How They Got That Way,a musical revue penned by Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt, opens Thursday at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville. You’ll hear everything from “Danny Boy” and “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” to music by U2. Tickets start at $39. 800-660-8462;

January 24


Are you getting the best care possible from your doctor? The new book When Doctors Don’t Listen, by Harvard physicians Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky, offers advice to patients,

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Maya Lin


including questions to ask at every doctor’s visit. Hear from the authors at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Coop. 617-499-2000;


In the public eye since her design was chosen for the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1981, architect Maya Lin is now working on Novartis’s new $600 million complex in Cambridge. She’ll speak at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. 617-536-5400;

Roz Chast

January 25


New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast delivers Theories of Everything, a multimedia presentation of her work at 8 p.m. in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. Tickets start at $30. 617-482-6661;

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