“Nostalgia implies a lack, which I’m not so interested in,” Heatsick (aka the England-reared, Berlin-based Steven Warwick) told music site The Quietus last year. Those are heady words for a dance-music creator whose primary tool is one of those old Casio keyboards with the orange hexagonal drum pads, but the proof is in his rhythms, and Heatsick’s sense of the beat is sublime. Terekke uses more hardware and is more of a cosmic traveler, but his interstellar-gas-cloud music still originates from the desire to keep things simple. Read more >>> Heatsick performs with Terekke and Maxmillion Dunbar at 10 p.m. at Flash, 645 Florida Ave. NW. $6. (202) 827-8791. flashdc.com. (Joe Warminsky)
Last week, Urbana‘s recently-installed executive chef Ethan Mckee debuted his new, Mediterranean-inspired menu that focuses mostly on small, shareable plates of fish, pasta, and vegetables. To complement the new menu, Urbana has a selection of old-world wines and cocktails incorporating herbal liqueurs, limoncello, and anisettes. Happy hour is daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $4 Peroni and a $6 wines and mixed drinks, plus $8 pizzas and $1 oysters. Urbana, 2121 P St. NW. (202) 956-6650. urbanadc.com. (Dean Essner)
OH AND ALSO
Experimental art-rock band Clinic performs with Brooklyn jazz-punk ensemble Grooms at DC9. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $14.
Who spells better: journalists or politicians? Find out at the National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee, which pits elected officials—-including senators Tim Kaine, Jeff Flake, and Christopher Murray—-against journalists like Major Garrett of CBS News and Kate Nocera of Buzzfeed. 8 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $15–$25.
Local authors Danielle Evans and Richard McCann discuss how D.C. impacts their work and why they choose to set their stories in the city’s neighborhoods as part of the DC Library’s DC By the Book project. 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free.
Canadian hardcore group D.O.A. plays the Black Cat Backstage with local punk band Nervous Impulse. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Want ToDo ToDay sent to your inbox five days a week? Sign up here.