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A childhood spent living in poverty never looks as glamorous as it does in stage musicals like Annie. Charles Dickens, who realistically captured the squalor of London’s slums, never ended his novels with the 19th-century equivalent of Jamie Foxx or Albert Finney instantaneously propelling his characters into the lap of luxury. Yet the sweet-voiced orphans who take the stage in Oliver!, Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of Oliver Twist, look so adorable in their pre-ripped pants and dirtied faces that it’s easy to stop obsessing about accuracy and just enjoy the songs. Arena Stage is hoping to bank on that nostalgia with its new production, which runs through the busy holiday season. Read more >>> The musical runs Oct. 30 through Jan. 3 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $64–$99. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Caroline Jones)
Local nonprofit Food & Friends is hosting Pie Day today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Farragut Square. The organization will give out free samples of its pies and distribute information about its “Slice of Life” pie-selling campaign, which helps provide home-delivered meals and groceries to the critically ill. Pies will not actually be available for purchase in Farragut Square, but you can pre-order pies at foodandfriends.org/pie or from various corporate and individual pie-sellers. Each pie purchased provides a full day of meals for a Food & Friends client. Sales end Nov. 19 and pre-ordered pies can be picked up on Nov. 24 at Food & Friends or more than 30 CVS/pharmacy locations around D.C. Anyone who stops by for Pie Day today can vote for apple or pumpkin pie, and the winning pie will be on sale online for the rest of the afternoon. Food & Friends Pie Day, Farragut Square, 17th and K streets NW, foodandfriends.org/pie. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Portland-based punk band Mean Jeans heads east for a performance at Comet Ping Pong with local rock fixtures Passing Phases and Bless. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
The Hotelier, the Massachusetts band formerly known as the Hotel Year, takes the stage at DC9 with emo act Runaway Brother, pop punk band Oso Oso, and Spirit of the Beehive, an emerging alternative group out of Philadelphia. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Eclectic Austrian musician Parov Stelar comes stateside to play 9:30 Club. He’s joined by D.C.-based DJ Christine Moritz. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $55.
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