Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events
At the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon Street, the film "Free At Last: Civil Rights Heroes" will be shown at 9 a.m. and "Freedom to Be," an oratory on the civil rights era, will be performed by Saundra Porter Thomas at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Other events Monday will include performances, workshops and art events.
At the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St., visitors will be admitted free beginning at 10 a.m. Monday and can view the ongoing exhibit "Changing Places," plus performances by the senior dance and drum troupe of the McCrorey YMCA at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A special exhibit and discussion will be presented by students from the Stratford-Richardson YMCA, telling the story of their experiences on a civil rights bus tour last year.
The Martin Luther King Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday in uptown with marching bands, floats, step teams, show cars, motorcycle brigades and more. It starts at Ninth and Tryon streets, continues down Tryon, turns left on Third street and ends at Third and Davidson streets. www.charlottevibe.com/mlk.
The Charlotte Symphony and the band A Sign of the Times present "Bridging Musical Worlds: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road. A string trio from the symphony performs first, followed by a jazz set from A Sign of the Times. The evening ends with a joint performance. www.charlottesymphony.org.
The Wadsworth Estate's new wedding chapel will make its debut during an Open House from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday in honor of King's birthday. The wedding chapel is in a former carriage house on the estate in historic Wesley Heights, 400 S. Summit Ave. Guests can see the original Wadsworth House built in 1911 and the remodeled carriage house. 704-332-3050; www.wadsworthestate.com.
The documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell " is being presented by the Urban League of Central Carolinas in honor of the holiday. It tells the story of the Liberian women who helped end the country's bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A discussion of the film will follow. Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the league's office, 740 W. Fifth St. 704-373-2256.
World Family Festival
Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-416-4600; www.imaginon.org.
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, in collaboration with International House, hosts this hands-on celebration of cultures across the globe with performers, artists, activities and more. It's the first of four similar festivals going on every month through April at ImaginOn, each with a different world theme. The theme of Saturday's festival is "The World of Words and Stories."