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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 Hungry. Hula Girl Bar & Grill. 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW. hulagirltruck.com. (Raphaella Baek)
OH AND ALSO
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.
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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