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In the pilot’s seat

Born in Dallas, schooled here at Emerson College, and now in LA, Iliza Shlesinger won the title on NBC’S “Last Comic Standing” and hosted CBS’s syndicated comedy dating show “Excused.” The funny lady is working on a pilot for her own late-night talk show. 10 p.m. $22. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Fat Friday Galactic, the New Orleans-based jazz-funk band, is on the road supporting “Carnivale Electricos,” and since it’s their 20th anniversary, that calls for a celebration. 8 p.m. $27.50, $45. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

21-gun salute In his New York Times review, Charles Isherwood said that “American Idiot” “jolts you right back to the dizzying roller coaster of young adulthood, that turbulent time when ecstasy and misery almost seem interchangeable states, flip sides of the coin of exaltation.” The Tony-winning musical is based on Green Day’s 2004 pop-punk album of the same name. (Related story, next page.) 8 p.m. (through Feb. 9). $33 and up. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 800-982-2787.


Carol and Martin and Liz and Frank After working for an organization in Africa for six years, Carol and Martin return to the States and reconnect with buddies Liz and Frank, who opted for a more conventional trajectory of homeownership and parenthood. The four doctors are the subject of German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s black comedy and satire “Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God.”
8 p.m. (through March 1). $20, $25 at the door, $15 students. Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea. 617-887-2336.

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Time to fret Italy, England, and Argentina are well represented at International Guitar Night. Founder Brian Gore plays contemporary music with Italy’s Pino Forastiere, England’s Mike Dawes, and Argentina’s Quique Sinesi. 8 p.m. $19-$34. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391.


Hot, hot, hot Their version of text messages were called letters, and while courting and married, John and Abigail Adams wrote more than 1,000 of them to each other. Grab some ideas for your upcoming valentine creations at “Love Letters by the Fire,” where you'll hear how love letters sounded in the old days. Dishes from Mrs. Adams’s family recipes include “Goose-on-the-Spit” and honey cake. Feb. 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. $30. The Fireplace Restaurant, 1634 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-975-1900.


Magical mystery tour Fifty years ago we vividly remember watching the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and being heartbroken when words about John on the bottom of our tiny TV said: “Sorry girls, he’s married.” That was no myth, but what you’ll get at “All You Need Is Myth” is the link between the Beatles’ story and mythology. All will be revealed through 200 visual images, audio recordings, and film clips. Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. $20. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700.

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