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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Plan your weekend: Annie Leibovitz, ‘Film|Neu’

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s adaptation of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” plays up the salacious “Gossip Girl” qualities of the Bard’s work. (Dented Lens Photography)
We’ve got our weekly list of the best events this weekend. Some of our favorites: a new exhibit of photography by Annie Leibovitz, the 20th anniversary of Washington’s annual German, Swiss and Austrian film showcase, “Film|Neu,” and the “Gossip Girl” of Shakespeare plays.

Annie Leibovitz is known throughout the world for her posed portraits, many of the rich and famous. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, we see beautiful natural settings and historic sites through her famous lens, including Niagara Falls, Old Faithful and the Yosemite Valley, in the exhibit “Pilgrimage,” opening on Friday.

For 20 years, “Film|Neu” has brought a showcase of movies from Germany, Austria and Sweden to local screens. This year’s festival features 13 films from the three countries, beginning with “Westwind,” a film, set in 1980s Germany, about East German twin sisters who fall for West German boys.

Last week, we told you about a goofball version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.” This week, we have the Shakespeare equivalent of “Gossip Girl.” For a modern adaptation of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which boasts teenage love triangles, caddy boyfriends, drinking and inexplicable plot twist, director PJ Paparelli imagined a world in which moneyed teens have run amok. Check back for the rock opera version, starting on Jan. 27.

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