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This Weekend!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, so we’re all enjoying a long weekend. (Yay for us!) Here are a few things happening that will celebrate both the man and his spirit:

The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform a matinee at the B.B. King Blues Club on Monday. Tuck into a yummy brunch featuring chicken and waffles, Cajun crawfish fettuccine and more, while you listen to music delivered by the finest singers and musicians from African-American churches in the New York/Tri-State area. But don’t take our word for how good they are. The Choir has performed for three presidents (Obama, Carter and Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI) and have recorded with such diverse artists as Keith Richards, The Chieftains and Trace Adkins. (How’s that for a resume?) Showtime is at 12:30 p.m., although doors will open at 11. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

Along with music, there will be history! Big Onion is conducting a Martlin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem Walking Tour, in which participants can absorb African-American history and culture in one of the epicenters of the civil-rights movement. The legendary Apollo Theater, Abyssinian Baptist Church and Striver’s row are just a few of the stops on the walk. There will be tours starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and $15 for full-time students).

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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