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Field of Dreams with Howard Kendrick
Not only is Howie Kendrick a world champion Washington Nationals player, he’s also a pretty damn good photographer. His Instagram feed is flush with images ranging from color portraits of teammates to moody black-and-whites of D.C.’s monumental core to chiaroscuro-heavy images of the New York City subway. “It’s just something good to get me out of the room and get me to see different things, to experience the places we are,” he told ESPN in 2012. The event page describes how, on the road with his team, Kendrick “has committed himself to documenting his unique experiences.” Hear Kendrick share more about his artistic avocation as part of the #StayHomewithLeica discussion series. The talk begins at 4 p.m. on July 2. Registration is available at eventbrite.com. Free. —Louis Jacobson
Teen Poetry Workshop
Words Beats & Life Inc. is a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities through hip-hop culture by providing after-school programs for teenagers in arts, music, public speaking, and more. In-person programs are suspended for the time being, but in collaboration with the DC Public Library, WB&L is hosting an upcoming poetry workshop for teens via Facebook Live. The first phase of the workshop, held on July 7, will be instructional—aspiring poets (or seasoned writers looking to polish their skills) will be guided through the basics. The second phase, held on July 14, will be more collaborative, and writers can expect to receive constructive feedback on their work. The theme of the workshop is “I Am,” and instruction will focus on poetry that explores personal identity. Those who also include themes related to social issues in their work can enter their poem into the Know Your Power contest sponsored by PEPCO. The winner of the writing contest gets a free laptop, and there are also contests for photography, illustration, and music. You or your teen could also skip the workshop and just enter the contest, but I don’t recommend it. I spent two hours of a perfectly good Saturday trying to write this out as a limerick, and, man, what a disaster. The workshop takes place at 5 p.m. on July 7 on Facebook Live. Free. —Will Lennon