As a songwriter and producer, Terius Nash has been behind some of the biggest R&B hits of the millennium: Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” and Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed,” to name just a few. As The-Dream, success has been harder to come by, but his solo music is no less important. And while it’s been four years since his uneven IV Play LP, he has hinted that his long-awaited Love Affair album will finally see the light of day in March. For an artist who has had plenty of cold spells and hot flashes, Love Affair could be the album that makes The-Dream synonymous with the artists he has worked alongside for all these years. Read more >>> The-Dream performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30–$150. (202) 265-0930. 930.com(Chris Kelly)

EAT THIS

Take advantage of this summery weather at area restaurants able to operate their patios this evening, like Lupo Verde on 14th Street NW, Iron Gate Restaurant off Dupont Circle, Hazel in Shaw, and the rooftop bar at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. At Lupo Verde, don’t skip the simple but satisfying house-made fusilli with Neapolitan ragu, pecorino romano, and pine nuts ($19). Lupo Verde, 1401 T St NW. (202) 827-4752. lupoverdedc.com. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Songwriter Lisa Hannigan, whose voice is heard in the animated Irish film Song of the Sea, plays an intimate show at U Street Music Hall with Heather Woods Broderick. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.

Surrender to the power of funk at The Howard Theatre when George Clinton celebrates Mardi Gras with Parliament Funkadelic. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $42–$191.

Local post-Americana duo Hand Grenade Job celebrates the release of its latest record with a show at the Black Cat Backstage featuring Pissed Jeans. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.

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