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Admit it: You’ve probably mimicked Aretha Franklin and sung “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” in the shower at some point. Or maybe you’ve tearfully swayed to “You’ve Got a Friend” at the end of a wedding, or belted “Where You Lead” while binging Gilmore Girls episodes. For all those musical moments, you can thank Carole King. King was the original teenage songwriting powerhouse. Beautiful, the jukebox musical that tells the story of King’s life, follows her from her early days collaborating with then-husband Gerry Goffin through her emergence as a solo artist and the release of Tapestry, her landmark 1971 album that’s sold more than 25 million copies in the U.S. alone. Read more >>> The musical runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 25 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $39–$175. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Diana Metzger)
If you’re a fan of Edgar Allen Poe and drinking, Les Dames d’Escoffier hosts “The Craft Spirit of Poe” tonight with literary-inspired cocktails from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A dozen D.C.-area bartenders will create drinks inspired by Poe, and literary scholars from American University will be on hand to talk about the poet and his influence. Tickets, which include tastings of the cocktails plus small bites, are $45 and available here. Proceeds will benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier food and beverage scholarships for local talent. The Craft Spirit of Poe, The Loft at 600 F St. NW. craftspiritofpoe.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Sukishvili Georgian National Ballet Company celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and marks the occasion with a performance at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. 8 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $50–$125.
Shakespeare Theatre Company opens its season with Yaël Farber‘s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde‘s Salomé, the story of the original femme fatale who carries the head of John the Baptist on a platter in the Bible. 7:30 p.m. at 450 7th St. NW. $20–$108.
Experimental psych-pop artist Oberhofer performs at U Street Music Hall with Brooklyn-based indie duo Honduras. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
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