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Who said video killed the radio star? English singer-songwriter-producer Shura debuted in 2014 with “Touch,” a slow-mo, ’80s-influenced synthpop ballad that broke through thanks to its touching (no pun intended) video of couples—gay, straight, or otherwise—kissing. The queer-friendly message of the “Touch” video was made explicit in the high concept video for the upbeat, if equally nostalgic, “What’s It Gonna Be?” that looks like The Breakfast Club if Claire liked the basket case and Andy was hot for Bender. You don’t have to be obsessed with the ‘80s to enjoy Shura’s music. Her debut album, Nothing’s Real, is full of undeniable pop gold with an irresistible energy and buoyancy. Read more >>> Shura performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
Build your own arepa tonight at Policy on 14th Street NW. The Wednesday night special allows you to choose a filling such as shrimp with lime or chorizo with chimichurri ($10-$14) and then top it as you please with vegetables, cheese, and a sauce. Lonnie Zoeller, formerly of The Royal, is now in the kitchen. Wednesdays are also half price wine night. Policy Restaurant and Lounge, 1904 14th St. NW. (202) 387-7654. policydc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Music icon and acclaimed memoir writer Patti Smith performs a few songs and discusses her latest book, M Train, at the Lincoln Theatre with 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $28.
New Orleans-based funk band Naughty Professor takes the stage at The Hamilton with special guest Chali 2na and opening act PitchBlak Brass Band. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $10–$15.
Rapper YG headlines a night of hip-hop at the Fillmore featuring sets by RJ, Kamaiyah, Sad Boy, Damond Blue, and WillthaRapper. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $26.
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