For the past 12 years, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival has presented some of the most influential human rights documentaries, shedding light on injustice and empowering people like us to stand up and make a difference. The festival is back with five new documentaries starting Wednesday and lasting through March 6. Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading organizations protecting human rights. Its multicity festival -- other cities include New York, Chicago, London and Zurich -- has proven to be a powerful tool and bears witness to human rights violations. This year, the group is partnering with the Documentary Center at George Washington University and Women in Film and Video.
The screenings will be held at the West End Cinema (2301 M St. NW). For information on the screenings, times and tickets, go to ff.hrw.org/washington-dc.
D.C.-based artist Andrea Way's surfaces are beautiful and exquisitely detailed. Though she uses saturated, often heavy colors in her geometric pieces, they somehow manage to look light and express a freedom of motion. It is this juxtaposition she has mastered -- knowing how to let her works breathe -- that has won her the attention of the art world. And Way attributes her mindfulness to her practice of yoga, which she says makes her open and alert. So, in conjunction with her exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Andrea Way: Retrospective 1982-2012, yoga instructor Stacey Rusch is offering a free series of Vinyasa classes, combining breath and movement, in the Katzen galleries. The first class, open to all levels, is from 10 to 11 a.m. If you're not seeing this until too late in the day to attend Wednesday, the class will be offered again Feb. 20 and March 6.
There is one Columbia Heights bar that stands out from the rest, offering a unique experience more expected on H Street Northeast or even Adams Morgan than Upper Northwest: the Wonderland Ballroom (1101 Kenyon St. NW). Come on, it is most well-known for its annual Sundress Fest, where dudes don floral maxis in the name of cheap beer. The usual dive "circus" of late-night drinking and dancing will be accentuated Wednesday as it actually becomes the Wonderland Circus.
The free variety show offers a unique mix of stage performers, from burlesque dancers and folk musicians to storytellers and comedians -- and even a juggler. Doors open at 8 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.