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(Jan. 14-Feb. 20) THE ARABIAN NIGHTS AT ARENA If you could go for a respite from winter, there's "The Arabian Nights" debuting this weekend at Arena Stage in Southwest. A courageous young girl in ancient Baghdad postpones her execution by weaving magical yarns for a troubled king through late February.

(Jan 15-16) TEATRO DE LA LUNA PARA KIDS Washington's Teatro de la Luna presents its Children's Theater Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater in Arlington. Bilingual productions, folkloric dance troupes and interactive activities promise to entertain the kids and their minders.

(Jan. 15-16) MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY There are a number of ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in and around the District this weekend:

The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas presents Word-Beat, Saturday afternoon. The duo delivers spirited readings of inspirational King texts set to dynamic global-jazz percussion.

And for more jazz there's Howard University's acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue commemorating Dr. King's life and legacy at All Souls Church in Northwest Washington Sunday afternoon.

Music: "La Partida" by Gustavo Santaolalla

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