'Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage'
This exhibition of one of America's best-known living photographers showcases more than 70 photographs taken between April 2009 and May 2011. The display is unusual because unlike much of the artist's works, including her staged and carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, these photos feature no people. Rather, the photographs here, in the words of the exhibitors, "were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject." Leibovitz has called this project "an exercise in renewal" and said, "It taught me to see again." The exhibit is in conjunction with the release of the photographer's book, "Pilgrimage."
"Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" is on display Jan. 20 to May 20 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F Streets N.W. (An artist's talk set for Jan. 24 is sold out.) Go to americanart.si.edu.
Capital Wine Fest
The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row is hosting the third Capital Wine Festival, featuring regional wineries as well as those from Oregon and California, including Beringer, Frog's Leap and Martinelli. The event runs Jan. 25 to March 28, with a grand opening reception set for Jan. 19. The kick-off offers guests an opportunity to sample more than 45 wines paired with a buffet from 2100 Prime, the hotel's farm-inspired steakhouse.
Tickets to the reception are $65. Tickets for specific vineyard tastings start at $125. To order tickets, call 202-736-1453. Go to capitalwinefestival.com.
Chinese New Year celebration
Visitors to the William Paca House can explore Chinese New Year traditions by creating a chun lian (New Year's couplet) and lai see (money packet), playing games and eating customary foods during this celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Guests can also see a display of 18th-century Chinese robes and enjoy a traditional dragon dance performed by students of the Jing Ying Institute.
The William Paca House & Garden is at 186 Prince George St. in Annapolis. Celebration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21, with the dance performance at noon. Admission is $5. Go to annapolis.org or call 410-267-7619.
The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., is beckoning skiers with its Ski Free Package, offering accommodations and two daily lift tickets with rates starting at $209 per night, based on double occupancy. The Homestead reports that its 45-acre ski area, including tubing, is fully operational with a 40-inch base. The resort also offers an outdoor ice skating rink, snowboarding and a spa.
The Ski Free deal is available through March 13. Go to thehomestead.com.
New York City
Reservations are open for New York City's Restaurant Week. The dining event will honor the 20th Anniversary with 20 days of dining deals from Monday through Feb. 10, Mondays through Fridays. The prices, which have not changed since 2006, remain $24.07 for three-course prix-fixe lunches and $35 for three-course prix-fixe dinners (excluding beverages, gratuities and taxes). More than 300 restaurants are participating, including some that have been part of the promotion for 20 years, like Delmonico's, Gotham Bar and Grill, Le Circque, The Palm, Steak Frites and Tribeca Grill. New restaurants this year include Asellina, Bann, Boulud Sud, Fish Tag, HanGawi, Kibo, La Promenade de Anglais, Marble Lane and Restaurant Nippon.
Diners can make reservations at nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
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