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ToDo ToDay: American Landscapes and the History of Fort Reno

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The open road is so quintessentially American that it verges on cliché. The Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit “Landscapes In Passing” follows this well-traveled route. The most engaging images come from Steve Fitch, in part because they’re carefully thought out rather than happenstance. The exhibit includes a few too many of Fitch’s images of a creepy snakepit and zoo in rural Oklahoma, but this excess is made up for by the exhibit’s most captivating photograph: a deserted, nighttime image of the art-deco Trail drive-in movie theater in San Antonio (shown), decorated by a vernacular rendering of a cowboy scene. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (except Dec. 25) to Jan. 20, 2014, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu(Louis Jacobson)

EAT THIS

The team behind Fuel Pizza opened a new pizza spot yesterday at 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, but this one is a little different than the locations in Chinatown and on K Street NW. It's called Custom Fuel, and instead of whole pies and slices, the restaurant offers custom personal-sized pizzas. Custom Fuel is marketed as an "upscale version" of Fuel, incorporating organic seasonal local produce. Diners choose a crust (traditional, whole wheat, or gluten-free), sauce (tomato, pesto, barbecue, spicy marinara, etc.), cheese (including dairy free and fat-free options), and other meat and vegetable toppings including pork belly, shrimp, crab, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes. Pizzas with two toppings are $7.97. Custom Fuel, 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 530-3918. customfuelpizza.com(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

For the beginning of the D.C. Music Salon's fourth season, the group hosts a discussion of the history of Fort Reno. View performance footage and still photos from the series with organizer Amanda MacKaye. (Can't make it? Read City Paper's 2011 oral history of Fort Reno.7 p.m. at Watha T. Daniel–Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. Free.

Round House Theatre begins its fall season tonight with a performance of Martin McDonagh's black comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The play follows the antics of a spinster woman and her mother as they face off in their tiny Irish cottage. 7:30 p.m. at 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $35–$50.

If you're in search of very loud, very dark music, doom-metal group Murder Troy plays Velvet Lounge tonight with Sons of Hippies and City Paper faves Two Inch Astronaut. 9 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $8.

Anime comes to Harrison Field! The 2009 Japanese film Summer Wars, about a young man who attempts to solve a problem he created in a digital world, shows as part of the U Street Movie Series. 8 p.m. at V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. Free.

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