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Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.

Emma Coburn, Brenda Martinez, Sydney McLaughlin, and Jenny Simpson (from left, at the 2017 event) are scheduled to compete at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
Emma Coburn, Brenda Martinez, Sydney McLaughlin, and Jenny Simpson (from left, at the 2017 event) are scheduled to compete at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. (Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.NET.)

Monday

Honoring MLK

Communities and institutions across the state observe Martin Luther King Day with commemorations, concerts, and service projects. Celebrations include events at Boston University, where the civil rights leader earned his doctorate, and free admission and special programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and both Zoo New England locations. bu.edu, gardnermuseum.org, icaboston.org, mfa.org, zoonewengland.org

Opening Friday

An American Tale

The musical version of E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime brings its intertwined story lines — and Tony-winning book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens — to Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University. The cast includes Broadway veteran Lisa Yuen as Mother alongside up-and-comers Pier Lamia Porter (Sarah) and Anthony Pires Jr. (Coalhouse Walker Jr.). Through February 17. $20-$40. wheelockfamilytheatre.org

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Friday-Sunday

Sweet on Sweets

The 11th annual Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend takes the edge off winter with special treats and drinks at area restaurants and shops, peaking Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. with the ever-popular tasting event on Brattle Plaza. Enjoy live music, nibble something sweet from experts including Flour Bakery + Café and Tatte Bakery & Café, and maybe even squeeze in a Zumba workout. Free. harvardsquare.com

Saturday

Track to the Future

Some of America’s most accomplished runners visit Boston for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. It’s the first professional meet for sprinter Gabby Thomas, who grew up in Florence and attends Harvard, and 2016 Olympian Sydney McLaughlin. The doors of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College open at 3:45 p.m.; the first of the 21 events starts at 4:04. $22-$66, kids under 13 $22-$56. nbindoorgrandprix.com

Saturday

Hear the World

The Revels Fringe Concert Series returns with a blast of creativity and innovation from Night Tree, an acoustic sextet formed at the New England Conservatory. Drawing on Celtic, classical, jazz, klezmer, and Afro-Cuban influences, the ensemble combines traditional instruments and cutting-edge performance. The three-show series (which continues March 2 and April 27) kicks off at Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church in Watertown at 7:30 p.m. $25. revels.org

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