Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Los Angeles

01/13/2016

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday is observed on the third Monday in January of each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. Dr. King was a key figure and spokesman in the Civil Rights Movement. He received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Read on for a guide to Los Angeles events that celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The following MLK Day events take place on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

Detail of “Pointilee” (1985) by Dani Olivier at photo l.a.

photo l.a. 25th Anniversary: Jan. 21-24, 2016

01/12/2016

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The international photographic art exposition, photo l.a. is celebrating its 25th anniversary Jan. 21-24, 2016. This edition marks the third year that photo l.a. is taking place at The REEF, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles.

REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall

L.A. Performs: Experience The Wooster Group Production of Harold Pinter's "The Room"

01/10/2016

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One of the highlights of the 2016 Winter/Spring program at REDCAT is The Wooster Group’s production of The Room by Harold Pinter (Feb. 4-14). With the L.A. Performs special offer, you can buy one ticket and get a free ticket to the same performance of The Room when you book a minimum of two Los Angeles hotel nights. The entire run of The Room at REDCAT is eligible for the L.A. Performs offer. Other eligible performances at REDCAT include Christiane Jatahy: Julia (Feb. 18-21) and TeatroCinema: Historia de Amor (March 31 - April 3).

Esa-Pekka Salonen in rehearsal with LA Phil

L.A. Performs: Travel to the "City of Light" with Esa-Pekka Salonen & the LA Phil

01/08/2016

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Two more City of Light performances are eligible for the L.A. Performs offer: Messiaen with the St. Louis Symphony (Tuesday, Feb. 2) and Chamber Music from France, which includes a complimentary wine-tasting reception (Tuesday, Feb. 23). Other eligible performances at Disney Hall include the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Tuesday, Feb. 16) and Todo Cambia: The Rebel Spirit of Mercedes Sosa on Saturday, March 12.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum peristyle

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: The Story of an L.A. Icon

01/08/2016

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Since opening in June 1923, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has become one of the world’s greatest sports venues, home to world-class athletes and legendary games. The Coliseum has also hosted numerous historic figures and countless special events.

LAFC Unveils its Official Crest

The New Los Angeles Football Club Unveils its Logo & Crest

01/07/2016

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On Jan. 7, 2016 scores of energized fans of the Los Angeles Football Club gathered at Union Station and joined Will Ferrell, Mia Hamm Garciaparra, Nomar Garciaparra, sports and entertainment legend Peter Guber, businessman Henry Nguyen, and other key club owners, elected officials and city leaders for the official unveiling of the new team’s crest and colors.

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