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Mention the 1988 tearjerker film Beaches and a few things come to mind: Bette Midler’s explosion of bright red curls, Barbara Hershey’s general perfection, and the gut-punching strains of “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” Signature Theatre’s world premiere musical adaptation of Beaches might not have that whole package, but it’s got one essential ingredient: Iris Rainer Dart. The author of the novel on which the movie was based wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book to the show. Read more >>> The show runs Feb. 18 to March 23 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $29–$69. (703) 820-9771. signature-theatre.org.


Pretend it’s summer and eat like you’re in Hawaii. Hula Girl food truck owner Mikala Brennan has launched a pop-up at the former Pulpo restaurant location in Cleveland Park. Through mid-March, the Hula Girl Bar & Grill will serve a rotating menu of Oahu-inspired dishes.The pop-up will also serve Hawaiian-inspired cocktails, Hawaiian beers, and pure sugar-cane sodas from Waialua Soda Works. Read more on Young and HungryHula Girl Bar & Grill. 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW. hulagirltruck.com(Raphaella Baek)


The touring production of the Green Day musical American Idiot begins performances at the National Theatre. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$128.

Local rock group The Caribbean celebrates the release of its new album at the Black Cat Backstage. Before the show, read our review of the record, Moon Sickness. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW.

Into It, Over It joins emo group The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Brooklyn indie rockers A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and local quartet Makeshift Shelters for a show at DC9. 7 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Soul and blues artist Black Joe Lewis plays 9:30 Club with Pickwick. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

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