The week in nightlife: Jan. 17 - 23, free MLK events, We Used to be Family, Chris Webby at Sonar
A week that starts with a day off work is a good week. Today, there's a bunch of stuff happening in honor of the holiday, and the rest of the week isn't half bad either, with a comedy night, a couple of shows at Metro Gallery, and, of course, the Midnight Sun mixer.
On Monday, the American Visionary Museum is free in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Abu the Flutemaker and Batala Washington are scheduled to perform. Museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring will show free screenings of "King: a filmed record" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also: chamber ensemble Opus Nine performs at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St.
On Wednesday the B-52s perform at the 9:30 Club. Let's hope Fred Schneider wears a gold lame jacket. Tickets, at $45, are sold at ticketfly.com
On Friday, the punk rock n' rollers the Fishnet Stalkers perform at Sidebar. Tickets are $7 on missiontix.com. Instrumental band We Used to be Family performs at Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Tickets are $8. And the tiny Charm City Art Space hosts Baltimore's Eureka Birds, Maryland's Weird Feelings, and a couple of out of state bands: New Brunswick's the Ugly Club and Philadelphia's the National Rifle. 1731 Maryland Ave. DuClaw Brewing has a double dry hopped Black Locust Venom for its Friday Firkin event, available at the Bel Air, Bowie and Arundel Mills locations. Also: Baltimore restaurant week begins today.
On Saturday, Metro Gallery favorites Sick Sick Birds perform. Doors to the pop-punk show open at 8 p.m.