If you like theater but only have so much tolerance for the close quarters of the Capital Fringe Festival, take a night off and catch a show in the rarefied environs of the Phillips Collection instead. In conjunction with the exhibit “Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life,” the museum presents a staged reading of Noël Coward’s 1936 play, Still Life. The link is titular rather than thematic: The play is about Alec and Laura, lovers who meet at a train station café and plot their trysts within earshot of Myrtle and Albert, a couple that works at the station. Read more>>> The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $20. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.
The National Museum of American History kicks off its “Food in the Garden” summer series today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an evening dedicated to heirloom foods. Chef Pati Jinich along with three plant experts will lead a talk in the museum’s “Victory Garden” about native plants and global cuisine. A $20 ticket buys you two drinks and a serving of the locally sourced dish Jinich cooks up. National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. (202) 633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. (Sarah Kaplan)
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Tonight’s Fort Reno schedule is a bit surprising: In addition to area rock band Bearshark, the Washington Bach Consort also performs a few classical selections. 7:15 p.m. at 3800 Donaldson Place NW. Free.
Firm buns. We all want them. But Firm Bunz is the name of a comedy show happening tonight at The Dunes. Andrew Bucket and Kat Timpf host a lineup of up-and-coming comics at the Columbia Heights space. Show up at 7 p.m. for happy hour, and stick around for the show. 8 p.m. at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW.
BlueBeatDC delivers your monthly dose of ska, with performances by The Scotch Bonnets and and The Beat Stylists. 8 p.m. at Solly’s Tavern, 1942 U St. NW. $5.
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