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5 things to do in Boston Jan. 19-25

The 45th annual MLK breakfast, Shen Yun Chinese dancers, Ira Glass, and more.

UCSB A&L - "1 Radio Host, 2 Dancers" 10/19/13 Granad Theatre, Ira
David Bazemore

Your Week Ahead January 19 - January 25

IRA IN THE FLESH

Saturday-Sunday, January 24-25

Before the phenomenon of Serial, there was a popular little radio show called This American Life. Remember? Anyone? Its host, Ira Glass, swings into Boston with his nationally touring live stage show, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, which puts together two art forms — radio and dance — that Glass jests “have no business being together.” Performances, featuring the Monica Bill Barnes & Company troupe and Anna Bass, are at the Citi Shubert Theatre. Tickets start at $25. 3acts2dancers1radiohost.com

HOLIDAY WITH MLK

Monday, January 19

Along with the usual Boston pols and clergy, the featured speaker at the 45th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast will be civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers, president of South Carolina’s Voorhees College. Be there bright and early at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for the 8 a.m. start. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50. mlkbreakfastboston.org/2015

HARD TO SWALLOW

Wednesday, January 21

Attorney and author Steven Brill, founder of American Lawyer magazine and Court TV, will be in Boston discussing his new book, America’s Bitter Pill, a behind-the-scenes look at the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Catch him at noon Wednesday at Northeastern University School of Law’s Dockser Hall or at the JFK Presidential Library at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Call the library at 617-514-1643 to register. northeastern.edu/law; jfklibrary.org/forums

BANNED IN CHINA

Friday-Sunday, January 23-25

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The dazzling dance company Shen Yun brings its dance and music spectacle to the Boston Opera House this coming weekend as part of its 2015 world tour. Celebrating 5,000 years of Chinese culture, the show’s spiritual themes may make the New York-based troupe unwelcome in the motherland, but acclaimed nearly everywhere else. Tickets range from $83 to $424. shenyunperformingarts.org

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Saturday, January 24

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As if you needed a reason to cozy up with a good book on a midwinter’s day, this Saturday marks the first National Readathon Day, created by GoodReads, Mashable, and Penguin Random House and benefiting the National Book Foundation. Check for related local events, such as author Paul Czajak reading Monster Needs His Sleep at the Boston Athenaeum. nationalbook.org

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