On Jan. 20, 3 p.m., in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, “1001 Black Inventions” will be performed at the Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE. “1001 Black Inventions” is an eye-opening play that introduces audiences to brilliant black men and women inventors. It then takes the audience into the Twilight Zone utilizing a typical American family attempting to survive in a world without inventions created by Africans and African Americans. Discover how Black ingenuity is an integral part of their everyday lives. All seating is first come, first served. theessentialtheatre.org.