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ToDo ToDay: Noël Coward at the Phillips Collection and Bach at Fort Reno

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.

EAT THIS

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)

OH AND ALSO

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.

And for the latest updates from the tents of the Capital Fringe Festival, be sure to keep checking out Fringe & Purge.

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