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A production of playwright Tom Stoppard’s first hit, the tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, has entertained audiences at the Folger for the past several months. But while Stoppard’s comedies induce chortles among theatergoers, his latest play asks audiences and characters to deal with more serious, scientific concerns. The Hard Problem, broadcast at Sidney Harman Hall as part of London’s National Theatre Live series, follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher who has a hard time figuring out where her field intersects with biology and how these issues intersect with idea of consciousness. Read more >>> The broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
The owners of Baked & Wired have opened a new cafe and bakery. (It’s tentatively being called A Baked Joint until they settle on a final name.) Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, the new place centers around bread baked in-house. A fresh baguette is the base for smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomato, and fried capers, while ciabatta holds together a sandwich with smoke eggplant puree, roasted sweet potato, goat cheese, crispy kale, and peppers agri dulce. There’s also artisanal toast with straight up butter or peanut butter with sriracha drizzle and cilantro. To drink, grab a cup of coffee in the morning or a cocktail in the afternoon. Read more on Young & Hungry. Unnamed bakery; 440 K St. NW; abakedjoint.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Singer-songwriters Tyné Angela Freeman, Melissa Goldstein, Kelley Kessell, and Miranda Scott perform a free show, Lost & Found, at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Learn how theaters were built—for acoustics, design, and symbolism—in the 18th and 19th centuries by looking through some rare books on display at the National Gallery of Art’s Study Center. Open Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. to October 2 at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Indie-pop act Porcelain Raft, the solo project of Mauro Remiddi, plays DC9 with art-pop vocal looper Cat Martino. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10-$12.
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