Friday: Did you cover up? Did you?!

March 11

Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself" was first published more than 150 years ago, and lines from it like "Do I contradict myself?/ Very well then I contradict myself,/ (I am large, I contain multitudes)," feel like they could've been written in the last decade. The internet lets us embrace our multiplicities; it lets us curate ourselves and our interactions with others. (There's also a connection between "Song of Myself" being kind of about masturbation and the masturbatory self-obsession that social media encourages.) The Facebook event page for this night of poetry, performance, and dance—hosted by poets/performers Tracy Dimond and Amanda McCormick, featuring performer Lynne Price and musician Rahne Alexander—asks us this open-ended question: "How do our bodies and minds exist in constant flow of internal and external information?" As we navigate our bodies and minds through physical and digital worlds, it's good to check in. 7 p.m., Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave., (202) 210-8361, g788.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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