There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, early Lunar New Year festivities and no more snow! Sure, it’ll be rainy, but if you’re getting an extra day off, use it to refresh and recharge. Plan how to do so by checking out these weekend events and activities.

Remember, many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings, so always check before you go.

Get out


  • If you’ve been itching for the first “Bad Boys” movie in 17 years, it’s here!
  • The tale of Doctor Dolittle gets re-imagined in “Dolittle” starring Robert Downey Jr.
  • See the culturally relevant and dramatically compelling Oscar-nominated “Les Misérables,” from French director and screenwriter Ladj Ly.
  • For more movies opening this weekend and quick snapshots of the movies above, see our movie roundup.

Food and drink

Stay in

  • See where you can stream Oscar-nominated films and catch up before the awards show on Feb. 9.
  • Not too interested in the nominated films this year? Here are some other titles you can stream now.
  • Are you someone who despises pop music? You might be surprised to find there’s a lot that goes into it. Let podcasters Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding enlighten you with their new book, “Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters.”
  • Let the rain be the soundtrack to a cozy afternoon of reading. Need a new book? Try one of the top local or national fiction bestsellers. Or, go for Sayed Kashua’s “Track Changes,” a novel about how sad, fractured and tricky cultural identity can get. Still looking? How about a good ‘ol detective novel?

Family event of the week

Recommended date night

  • Cook, chat and connect over a hot-pot meal for Lunar New Year. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered on how to make it happen, from equipment to ingredients.

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