All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free.
Saturday, Jan. 14:
Soul Science Lab, 9 pm. The Brooklyn hip-hop and funk duo launch their album “Plan for Paradise” with a two-night performance at BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street. The Small but Mighty Hootenanny with Pete Sinjin and his House of Song, 11 am, $15. The band claims it performs acclaimed family-friendly music at the Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue. Citizenship Prep & U.S. Civics, Saturdays, 10:30 am–1:30 pm and 1:30–4:30 pm until March 18. US civics for immigrants planning to apply for US citizenship. Students develop their English speaking skills as well as their knowledge of US history and government at Prospect Park YMCA | 357 Ninth St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Tax Tips for Freelancers, 2 pm. A free small business workshop for artists, musicians, house cleaners, food venders, childcare providers, and anyone working on their own. Refreshments provided at the Brooklyn Coop (Bed-Stuy Branch), 834 Dekalb Ave. at Throop Avenue. Funeral Doom Spiritual, Ice Skating for details of the 2 events see January 11, postings.
Sunday, Jan. 15: Self-Defense Class for Women, 4 pm. This free, trans-inclusive self-defense class will discuss escaping and avoiding violent situations. Traditional Okinawan Karate, 248 McKibbin St. between Bushwick Avenue and White Street. http://www.tokarate.com/classes. RSVP to SelfDefense.Brooklyn@gmail.com. Martin Luther King Day Eve Vigil for Gun Control, 6 pm. Peace Action Bay Ridge holds a vigil for gun control at the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, 7420 Fourth Ave. at 75th Street, inside the garden gate. The Night Sky, 7–8:30 pm. Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe at the Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, East 33rd Street and Avenue U.
Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. College is closed; not even the Library Café is open. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration, 10:30 am. Civic leaders, keynote address by Opal Tometi; Music performances by The Campbell Brothers and The Institutional Radio Choir, Borough President Adams to serve as Master of Ceremony, and a screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13th. Tickets distributed on first come, first seated basis beginning at 8 am at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street. Martin Luther King Jr., Day in the Park 12-3 pm. Join the Prospect Park Alliance and celebrate with activities including Nature Exploration, bundle up and find out what the animals in the park are doing this winter; Discovery Pack, get inspired with nature and get your ready-to-go-kits filled with activities; Blooming Naturalist teaches you to identify birds, use binoculars and field guides, then make their own Soy wax lip balm; Nature on the Go; and Animal Encounter where you learn about the animals in the center’s collection and help in feeding them at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Enter park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. Freedom Songs & Stories, 2-3 pm, $3. Storyteller Tammy Hall reads tales from around the world about Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lefferts Historic House, 452 Flatbush Ave. between Empire Boulevard and Eastern Parkway. Side Ponytail Comedy, 7 pm. The free Monday night comedy show welcomes Lynn Bixenspan, Jon Laster, Myq Kaplan, and more at Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave. between Dean and Pacific Streets. Several Days: When Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts from the Slapstick Era, through January 26, 4 pm, free–$25 at MOMA, Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan.