Over the course of several releases, local duo Birdlips came so close to mastering a kind of bright and folky island-bound Buckingham/Nicks sound. Core band members Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher darted down to Florida to record 2011’s One Tongue, appearing to finally settle on a vaguely French, darkened-around-the-edges coastal getaway vibe. Since One Tongue, Birdlips has morphed into Gems and made its primary residence the 4AD back catalog. Gems now has several singles to its name, all of them bathed in the kind of twinkly misery that coursed through the best Cocteau Twins albums. Read more >>> Gems performs with Indians at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Ally Schweitzer)


Oyamel is bringing back its annual Squash Blossom Festival with a squash blossom-themed menu until July 28. Enjoy squash blossom soup, quesadillas, tamales, and more in the $7 to $13 price range. The squash blossom, or flor de calabaza, is a traditional ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Oyamel will source its blossoms from Good Fortune Farm in  Brandywine, Md. Oyamel, 401 7th St. NW. (202) 628-1005. oyamel.com. (Ally Mutnick)


Screen on the Green returns to the National Mall tonight. Grab a blanket and some Reese’s Pieces and settle in for a screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Sunset on the National Mall between 7th and 12th streets NW. Free.

Former Nouveau Riche DJ Gavin Holland has a new weekly party: Donovan’s Day Off on the Donovan Hotel rooftop. Stop by for $5 beers and half off wine, sangria, and frozen drinks—-oh, and chill electronic music by local DJ Sami Yenigun. 9 p.m. at 1155 14th St. NW. No cover. 21-plus.

Garage rock trio Southern Problems performs at Fort Reno with The Mauls. Bring your dog with you, but leave the glass bottles at home. 7:15 p.m. at 3800 Donaldson Place NW. Free.

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