It’s not just journalist Ronan Farrow’s good looks or famous last name that have made him a household name in writing circles. It’s his ability to be boldly outspoken while also knowing when to be humbled by a very big story. Farrow wrote the New Yorker articles that helped bust the horrors of Harvey Weinstein wide open, spur on the #MeToo movement, and uncover many other alleged sexual assaults perpetrated by men of power and fame, earning him the Pulitzer for Public Service. He’s a champion of women professionally and personally, vocally supporting his sister Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse as a child by Mia Farrow’s then-partner Woody Allen. Now, he’s championing exposing the wrongs of our country in even broader ways. This is the crux of his new book, War On Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. Inspired by his past experience working in the State Department, Farrow uses interviews with foreign policymakers and whistleblowers to discuss why America has fallen out of favor abroad. But it’s more than pessimistic facts as he also provides ways to turn the tides of this country’s divisiveness with the rest of the world. He’ll discuss it all with Mary Louise Kelly of NPR’s All Things Considered. Read more>>> Ronan Farrow speaks at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $18–$45. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Diana Metzger)
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Trixie Mattel, winner of season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, performs at the Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $20–$99.
The Music Center at Strathmore presents Iron & Coal, a theatrical concert based on a Holocaust survivor’s memoir. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $43–$77.
Chicago-based rock band Varsity play an album release show at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$12.
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