Washington, D.C. Events for the Weekend of January 20-22, 2012

Seventy Landscapes from America’s Portraitist

Annie Liebovitz is best known for her exquisitely staged portraits of American pop icons like John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Linda Ronstadt, Demi Moore, and Fleetwood Mac. For the last two years, however, she has been shooting landscapes, and the result is 70 new photographs displayed in a new show for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. All the works on display will be acquired by the museum for its permanent collection. The show opens Friday. The museum is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

Three Ballets from a Legendary Troupe

The 200-year-old Mariinsky Ballet Company (perhaps more widely known as the Kirov, its name under Soviet rule) is responsible for some of the greatest ballet artists ever to emerge from Russia, including such eternal stars as Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky. This week at the Kennedy Center, from Tuesday through Sunday, its dancers will perform three works choreographed for the company by Mikhail Fokine in 1909 and 1910: Frédéric Chopin’s Chopiniana, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 1:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, and tickets run from $29 to $150.

Four Plays Opening Everywhere

This weekend sees four new productions raising their curtains at once, so theater lovers have plenty to choose from. On Tuesday, the Shakespeare Theater Company will debut the farcical Two Gentlemen of Verona, which will run until March 4. Shows are at the Lansburgh Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday and at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., and tickets cost from $39 to $95. (Discount tickets are also available for select performances.)

Also on Tuesday the Kennedy Center is opening La Cage aux Folles, a revival of the 1983 musical that spawned the movie The Birdcage. Shows are at 7:30 Tuesday through Sunday, with 1:30 p.m. matinees on the weekend, and tickets are $65 to $130. The production will run until February 12.

On Friday, the Arena Stage launches Red, the 2010 Tony winner for Best Play, an examination of Mark Rothko at a moment of artistic and personal crisis. This weekend’s shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, though after this weekend, until March 4, there will also be shows Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tickets are $40.

Finally, this Saturday the Keegan Theater premieres Neil Simon’s sharp look inside the TV writer’s room Laughter on the 23rd Floor. This weekend’s shows are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and a Thursday through Sunday schedule in coming weeks, until the play closes February 18. Tickets are $30 or $35.

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