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Alex Wagner’s Futureface is a meditation on what it’s like to become obsessed with one’s own identity. Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s The Circus and contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic, is the daughter of a white American father and a Burmese mother. She herself is a “futureface,” a brown archetype in an idealistic racially merged society. Or so she thought. The more Wagner discovered about herself, the more she realized that identity wasn’t that simple and that perhaps her post-racial ideals were a farce. In writing Futureface, she was taken on a journey from Burma to Luxembourg, investigating her own heritage and tracing her genealogy. The book asks tough questions—questions deeply rooted at the center of American perceptions of race, identity, and immigration. Who am I? Where do I belong? Who are my people? And, most importantly: Does any of this matter? Wagner will be in conversation with the always fabulous Atlantic staff writer Vann Newkirk II to parse it all and maybe find some answers. Read more>>> The talk begins at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $14–$40. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Kayla Randall)
OH AND ALSO
RZA, leader of the iconic rap group Wu-Tang Clan, performs at the Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $12–$49.
The Mansion at Strathmore presents a workshop—with no musical experience required—from Chao Tian, a leading performer on the Chinese dulcimer, providing an up close look at the history of the instrument, as well as Chinese music and culture. 7:30 p.m. at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free.
D.C.-based writer Alexandra Elle reads from her latest book of introspective poems, Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
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