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Performance should always stimulate the senses, even if not in an entirely positive way. Any respectable display of art, theater, or cinema is going to have sight, sound, and maybe even touch covered—but what about smell and taste? (No, dinner theater, $10 concert hot dogs, and sneaking snacks into a movie don’t count.) Taiwan’s Trance Music Ensemble hits all five senses with its “Tea and Music in Dialogue,” a mix of classical Chinese music, Buddhist philosophy, and the art of tea. The performance promises to examine “the various themes that surround tea and music, such as the stages of life, the four seasons, and scenery to coordinate similar genres of tea and music with each other.” Depending on who you are, take that to mean either an evening of culinary, musical, and visual art or tunes with free drinks. Tea is served at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. $20. (202) 252-0012. (Sarah Godfrey)