What to Do This Week: January 23 to 26

Violinist Joshua Bell at the Kennedy Center, opening night of “The Gaming Table” at Folger Theatre, and the Mark Morris Dance Group performing “L’Allegro.”

By: Samantha Miller

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs L’Allegro. Photograph by Elaine Mayson Photography.

Monday, January 23

MUSIC: Violinist Joshua Bell joins pianist Sam Haywood at the Kennedy Center. “The only criticism that comes to mind about [Bell’s] performances is that they are sometimes too beautiful,” says writer Charles T. Downey. Tonight’s concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, and Gershwin. Tickets ($45 to $115) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 8 PM.

Tuesday, January 24

THEATER: The Folger Theatre’s staging of The Gaming Table opens tonight. Written by Susanna Centlivre, the comedy explores a wealthy widow’s penchant for gambling. Tickets for tonight’s pay-what-you-can performance will be available one hour prior to showtime; tickets for future performances ($30 to $65) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 7:30 PM. The play runs through March 4.

Wednesday, January 25

ART: If you haven’t already, head to the American Art Museum to see Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibition, “Pilgrimage.” The collection features more than 70 landscapes and still lifes by the acclaimed photographer. “Leibovitz’s eye for a shot remains laser sharp, helping her zoom in on the things that are most representative of their owners,” says arts editor Sophie Gilbert. “What you get is a moody, surprisingly ghostly collection of Americana, from the television Elvis Presley shot out in a fit of pique to the gloves and hat Abraham Lincoln wore the night he was assassinated.” Read the full review here. Free. The show runs through May 20.

Thursday, January 26

DANCE: The Mark Morris Dance Group brings L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato to the Kennedy Center. The acclaimed group will perform to music by Handel, played by the Opera House Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, and four vocalists. Tickets ($19 to $69) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 7:30 PM. The show runs through January 28.