If you know Gwenno Saunders, it’s likely from her run as the lead singer of The Pipettes, a U.K. pop group seemingly designed to take advantage of college radio’s ’60s pop nostalgia in the mid-aughts. Now Saunders wants to wash away those associations and her solo debut, Y Dydd Olaf, is an act of reclamation. While it’s a pop record, it’s miles away from The Pipettes single “Pull Shapes.” Densely layered synths shift and flower in unexpected ways, creating both haunting and whimsical palettes that wash together. Singing in her native Welsh (and Cornish on one occasion), Saunders takes inspiration from Welsh science fiction author Owain Owain. Both warn of a world where humans become more robotic and homogenous. With masterfully composed songs and a deep love of her culture, Saunders not only warns of, but actively combats, cookie-cutter molds. Gwenno performs with The Galaxy Electric at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Justin Weber)
Lupo Verde is debuting an extended “apertivo hour” this summer. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., the Italian restaurant will offer antipasti dishes like crispy sardines and fried potatoes for $5 to $8. Select cocktails, beer, and wine are priced from $6 to $8, and a glass of wine with a cheese and charcuterie plate is available for $10. The apertivo hour is only available at the bar and on the patio. Meanwhile, Lupo Verde is trying to appeal to picnickers this summer with a $30 to-go cheese and charcuterie platter for two plus additional pickle add-ons. Order it at least 48 hours in advance and pick it up from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Lupo Verde, 1401 T St. NW, (202) 827-4726, lupoverdedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Mosaic Theater Company begins performances of When January Feels Like Summer, a drama set in D.C. from playwright Cori Thomas about two Burger King employees who become heroes and other characters who struggle with their immigration statuses and sexual identity, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. Pay what you can.
Acclaimed science journalist Siddhartha Mukherjee, who previously examined cancer in The Emperor of All Maladies, discusses his new book, The Gene: An Intimate History, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with PBS News Hour anchor Judy Woodruff. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $18–$45.
Hip-hop and soul ensemble The Foreign Exchange, which started out as an email collaboration between rapper Phonte and producer Nicolay, comes together to take the stage at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$30.
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