Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 20

Happy MLK Day. Attend a symposium in his honor, or check out a couple of play readings.

Sink or swim.
Sink or swim.

If the Google Doodle and the emptiness of my parking garage are to be trusted, it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

You can celebrate the man’s extraordinary life in a few ways. One is by being nicer to people than usual. Do some community service. You could also attend tonight’s symposium at the Dallas City Performance Hall, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s ninth-annual evening of reflection. Journalist and author Touré delivers the keynote speech, and he’ll be joined by panelists Rev. Peter Johnson, Lauren Embrey and Dr. Angela Ards “to discuss the realities of race in America fifty years after the dream.” Online registration will end at 2 p.m. this afternoon, but don’t worry. You can register at the door or by calling 214-981-8822.

Also this evening, you have a choice of staged readings. This embarrassment of riches on a Monday is, well, I’m blushing. Anyway, Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions has The North Pool, playwright Rajiv Joseph’s latest. Teenager Khadim Asmaan finds himself in trouble at school, but when he’s called in to his high school vice principal’s office, he’s not really sure why. Closer to home, you can pick up some decidedly violent, not all that passive tips on how to deal with someone on the fast track to becoming a power-mad dictator. Shakespeare Dallas has a staged reading of the tragedy of Julius Caesar, doomed leader of Rome, at the Winspear Opera House’s Hamon Hall.

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