Directed with masterful confidence by Ava DuVernay, the film is not a biopic of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — though he’s at the center of it, played by David Oyelowo — but rather takes place over several months in the spring of 1965 in Alabama, where a group of courageous African-American activists decided they could no longer wait to demand the right to vote. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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‘Parks and Recreation’
It’s the final season for Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her fellow government employees. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, on NBC.
It’s Season 2 for this odd-couple comedy about two best friends (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer) living in New York City. Season premiere, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, on Comedy Central.
Model Railroad Show
Hop aboard and learn about the history of railroads in the Pacific Northwest. For all ages; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle; $11.50-$19.50 (206-443-2001 or pacificsciencecenter.org).
Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Come listen to speakers and music to celebrate the legacy of the civil rights leader. Hosted by Seattle Colleges, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle (206-934-3233 or seattlecolleges.edu/mlk).
Like the late folk singers Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Paxton, 77, is cast from the mold of the earnest singer-songwriter with a lefty message. He also wrote one of the best songs of the ’60s folk boom, “The Last Thing On My Mind.” Paxton never got really famous, but he has endured — a steadfastly old-school, politically righteous, fingerpicking folk singer with a big heart. He headlines a bill that also includes Portland duo Kate Power and Steve Einhorn. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30-$38 (206-838-4333 or).
The String Cheese Incident
The beloved Boulder, Colo., psychedelic jam band brought electronics and hand drums to its repertoire in 2009 and last year released its first album in nearly a decade, “Song in My Head.” Rooted in bluegrass in perhaps the same, not always obvious way the Grateful Dead was, the 21-year-old sextet tours less often these days, which makes its popular live concerts that much more an occasion for celebration. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $45.75 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
The Australian author of the hugely popular “The Rosie Project” is in town to read from its sequel, “The Rosie Effect.” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com).
The Endangered Species Project stages a reading of Norman Krasna’s 1944 romantic comedy about a teenager who becomes the pen pal of a G.I. — but who has been signing the name of her older, engaged sister. Directed by Jeff Steitzer and featuring Michael Winters, Anne Allgood, Bobbi Kotula and Jessica Skerritt-Stokinger. 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
UW associate professor of viola Melia Watras will perform in recital a program called “Written/Unwritten,” joined by faculty colleagues Cuong Vu, trumpet, and Ted Poor, drums, as well as Seattle Symphony resident pianist Kimberly Russ and Pacific Northwest Ballet concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $12-$20 (206-543-4880 or music.washington.edu/events).
The Grammy and Gramophone award-winning quartet — violinist Edward Dusinberre, violinist Károly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther and cellist András Fejér — will perform a program including Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet and one of their much-lauded specialties, Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (“Grosse Fuge”). 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, Meany Hall, University of Washington; $40-$45 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
Seattle photographer (and former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staffer) Robin Layton, creator of the book “hoop: the american dream,” returns to sports as a theme in this latest series of photographs. In “12,” Layton “takes us inside the community of the Twelfth Man, Seattle’s dedicated Seahawks football fans. We are part of the parade, preparing for the game with the players, making the calls and cheering them on,” according to the Winston Wachter Fine Art gallery, where “12” is being shown. Good timing all around. Also showing: works by Andreas Kocks. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Feb. 25, 203 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (206-652-5855 or winstonwachter.com).