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There’s more to Florida than theme parks, gun violence, and tanked-up weirdos setting themselves on fire. (Godspeed, Florida Man.) The state is absolutely gorgeous, for one thing, and I’m not just talking about its beaches. Florida’s interior is replete with the teeming swamps of the Okefenokee, the vast wildlife habitats of the Everglades, and the cypress swamp of the Big Cypress National Preserve. There are a lot of gorgeous swamps in Florida, is what I’m saying, and few people know them better than National Geographic photographer Carlton Ward Jr., an eighth-generation Floridian. Ward has been documenting his native state’s natural wonders for years, both in photographs and through his work with the Florida Wildlife Corridor conservation project. In 2012 and 2015, Ward and some colleagues explored that corridor at length, hiking, paddling, riding, and swimming their way through 1,000 miles worth of underappreciated terrain. At the Grosvenor Auditorium, Ward will present an illustrated lecture on his work in wild Florida—and make the case for why it’s less important to drain the swamp than to save it. Read more>>> The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $25. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.org/dc. (Justin Peters)
OH AND ALSO
Satirist and singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic performs at The Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $49–$79.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents Do Ho Suh: Almost Home, the first major exhibition of Do Ho Suh’s immersive installations on the East Coast. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Bayou soul musician Marc Broussard performs at the Birchmere with pop-rock band Pet Fangs. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35.
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