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Thursday, Jan. 11

7:00 – 8:00 PM, National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Conductor Yutaka Sado leads the program with Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Rossini's "Overture To The Thieving Magpie," Ravel's "Boléro" and Tchaikovsky's "Francesca da Rimini." $15 - $89, info.  

8:00 PM, Ja Rule performs at The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Special appearances by PatriceLive, Yusha Assad. $25, info.  

7:00 PM, join author Wayne Jonas at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. Dr. Wayne Jonas will discuss "How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal. Free, info.  

Friday, Jan. 12

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Experience multiple perspectives on Asia through the lens of classic and contemporary film. Free, info.  

7:00 PM, U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium concert at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. The two-day event marks the 40th anniversary and features a mix of performances, master classes and lectures designed for musicians of all ages. Free, info.  

7:30 PM, MLK Shabbat: Visions of Freedom and Justice at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Moving service with Turner Memorial AME Church, which worshipped in Sixth & I’s building for five decades, commemorates the spirit and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. $8, info.  

7:00 PM, join author David DeSteno as he discusses "Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride" at Politics and Prose Coffeehouse, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, no reservation required, info.  

Saturday, Jan. 13

3:00 – 6:00 PM, D.C. Books to Prisons Project Benefit at The Pinch, 3548 14th St. NW. 100% of donations go to the DC Books to Prisons Project. $5 cover/all ages, info.

4:00 PM, An Affinity for Minimalism exhibit on display at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, 440 Constitution Ave. NW. Each of the four films assembled in this program could be characterized by reduction, achieving maximum effect through seemingly simple means. Free, info.  

8:00 PM, 13th annual Macedonian Masquerade Ball at Manor House Ingleside at Rock Creek, 5121 Broad Branch Road NW. $80, info.

6:00 PM, join Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard at Politics and Prose Coffeehouse, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Berman and Bernard will discuss "Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life." Free to attend, no reservation required, info.

Sunday, Jan. 14

4:00 PM, Awake and In Motion: Celebrating 50 Years of Martin Luther King at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, info.

10:00 PM, Rare Essence, Sugar Bear & EU, Trouble Funk and DJ Rico perform at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25 - $65, info.

3:30 PM, Juho Pohjonen performs at National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The pianist performs works by Bach than finish with fugues, and a baroque-inspired work by Mozart. Free, info.  

Monday, Jan. 15

11:00 AM, free screening of "King: A Filmed Legacy ... Montgomery to Memphis" at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, info.

6:30 PM, Henry Rollins: Travel Slideshow at Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. The photographer tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. $40, info.

7:00 PM, Collie Buddz, Jo Mersa Marley and the Holdup performing at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25, info.  

Tuesday, Jan. 16

(all day), 4,380 Nights at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington, Va. A man is held without charge in the wake of Sept. 11. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival. $40 - $89, info.

7:30 – 10:30 PM, Hamlet playing at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Shakespeare’s tragedy is directed by Michael Kahn and stars "Ugly Betty" actor Michael Urie for a limited time. $44 - $118, info.

7:00 PM, join author Shaun Walker at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. In this deeply reported book, Walker, Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, shows the key to understanding Putin’s Russia. Free to attend with no reservation required, info.  

Wednesday. Jan. 17

7:30 PM, Eric Benet performs at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50, info.

1:30 PM, Capital Classics at Landmark Theatres West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW, theater entrance on 23rd Street, $9.50 - $10, info.