Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre is hosting three free events in connection with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21: a poetry slam, a photography exhibit and a play reading of an original script by playwright Pearl Cleage. All events are at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Details:

Reading: Dear Dr. King is a collaboration between Cleage, the Alliance’s artist in residence, and the theater’s Collision Project for teenagers. It’s inspired by the movie It’s A Wonderful Life and uses the voices and perspectives of teenagers to explore the impact one individual can have on society. The reading is part of the Anti-Defamation League’s annual No Place for Hate Summit. 1 and 3 p.m. Rich Auditorium. Free, but tickets are required and available at or 404.733.4749.

Poetry slam: Teen poets explore King’s legacy with an eye toward today’s social issues. 4-6 p.m. Alliance Black Box Theatre, third floor.

Photography exhibit: Urban Deconstruction, featuring work by teen artists Devin Black and Dani Planer, looks at urban history and architecture by focusing on abandoned buildings in and around Atlanta. Part of the Woodruff’s ArtsVibe Teen Program. Joseph R. Bankoff Gallery, opposite Rich Auditorium. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Jan. 21


About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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