Pay-what-you-can for a play starring a guy in Dead Kennedys T-shirt? Sign us up. ( Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

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Starting Tuesday, Jan. 24

A good bet

Folger Theatre kicks off its run of “The Gaming Table” — an 18th-century comedy about female gamblers — with a pay-what-you-can performance Tuesday.

Starts Thursday, Jan. 26

Apocalyptoon now

In a city where bureaucrats (and the journalists who cover them) are hailed as celebrities, it's the political cartoonists who are the real rock stars. Artisphere hosts this showcase of cartoons from the Economist, Politico, The Washington Post and more.

Friday, Jan. 27

A poet’s vast influence

Mexican poet Pedro Serrano joins Spanish literature professor Rei Berroa to discuss the life and legacy of the surrealist poet Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996), the second Greek poet to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Plugged in

Standout local record label Sockets hosts its annual showcase at the Black Cat, which also serves as an album release show for post-punk trio Imperial China.

Mischief Managed

The IBIS Chamber Music Society takes over Artisphere’s Dome Theatre for two family-friendly shows that demonstrate how music enriches storytelling.

Sunday, Jan. 29

Chinese New Year Parade

This weekend, see a dragon on the loose in Chinatown as dancers weave through the street in the annual parade.