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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Resolve in 2012 not to miss these cultural must-sees in Washington

Now that you have a new 2012 calendar, here are some cultural dates to remember:
Diana Vishneva in the title role of "The Sleeping Beauty," performed by the Mariinsky Ballet in February at the Kennedy Center. The Mariinsky is returning this month. (Natasha Razina)

Jan. 17--The sensational dancers from the Mariinsky Ballet land at the Kennedy Center. As does “La Cage aux Follies” with George Hamilton.

Jan. 20--The National Portrait Gallery will install a photographic portrait of food guru Alice Waters. That evening Waters and local star Jose Andres will discuss food trends at a ticketed evening.

The day is also the official opening of “Red” at Arena Stage. The Tony-Award winning play about artist Mark Rothko ushers in some Rothko-attention in museums around town.

Jan. 26--The Kennedy Center’s Opera House is turned over to the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Jan. 27--”Jefferson and Slavery at Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” will open at the National Museum of American History. The show is a collaboration between the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Jan. 28--The restored French Galleries open at the National Gallery of Art.

Feb. 3--A new movie theatre, the Warner Bros. Theatre, opens at the National Museum of American History. First up is a Humphrey Bogart festival.

Feb. 4--The Phillips Collection offers a survey of European painters, who found photography an interesting medium.

Feb. 8--Tickets go on sale at the Kennedy Center for the May 3 and May 4 concert with John Legend. Legend and the National Symphony Orchestra POPS will recreate Marvin Gaye’s landmark album “What’s Going On?”

Feb. 12 and 22--Ford’s Theatre will hold open houses for its new Center for Education and Leadership, a full experience of Lincoln and his time in Washington.

Feb. 22--The groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture at its site near the Washington Monument, 15th and Constitution Ave. N.W.

A little further down:

April 16--Alec Baldwin is scheduled to deliver the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture

April 19--Discovery Shuttle scheduled to arrive at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

May 6--Joan Miro at the National Gallery of Art.

Our colleagues at the Going Out Guide also provided some dates in the visual arts for your calendar.

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