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The National Geographic campus is taking you to a magnificent, majestic place: southeastern Utah. Yes, southeastern Utah. The ecologically stunning land there, featuring twin buttes, an expanse of red rock, and juniper forests, is sacred and significant to the past and present indigenous inhabitants of the region, and a national treasure for its prehistoric legacy. The land is so important that in December 2016, President Obama established it as the Bears Ears National Monument. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service co-manage the monument with a coalition of five local Native American tribes with ties to the area. But what was once a cause for celebration is now a fight for ancestral land. In December 2017, Trump and his administration reduced the monument’s originally designated size of 1.3 million acres by 85 percent. Tribes and environmental groups have sued Trump, and the fight over Bears Ears is an ongoing legal battle in D.C. National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium will host a one-of-a-kind virtual reality tour of Bears Ears National Monument with photographer Aaron Huey, who in his work uses cutting-edge technology to capture it. Take a virtual trip to Bears Ears and see what Native Americans are fighting for. Read more>>> The tour begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $35. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.org/dc. (Kayla Randall)
OH AND ALSO
Genre-defying contemporary R&B singer Kali Uchis performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
Spanish soul singer Buika performs at The Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $55–$85.
The Birchmere welcomes acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50.
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