The Washington Jewish Film Festival opens tonight with two showings of Avi Nesher’s The Wonders. No, it bears no connection to The Wonders in That Thing You Do, but Nesher’s modern-day film noir still seems captivating: It follows a Jerusalem bartender who finds himself entangled in a mystery in his apartment building that lands him deep in the city’s criminal underbelly. The festival continues with lectures from prominent Jewish thinkers, a pajama-clad Academy Awards viewing party, and the D.C. premiere of John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo. Read more >>>The festival runs Feb. 27 to March 9 at venues around D.C. $12–$125. (202) 777-3247. See wjff.org for a complete schedule. (Caroline Jones)
Congrats, Rosslyn! You finally have a promising sit-down restaurant. Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Alehouse opens its second location off of Wilson Blvd. The restaurant carries eight of its own beers on draft, plus three cask ales and brews from other local and national craft breweries. The menu also incorporates beer into everything from soft pretzels to onion rings to filet mignon. Check out the menus and get more info here. Heavy Seas Alehouse, 1501 Wilson Blvd., Suite 105, Arlington. heavyseasalehouse.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Smithsonian American Art Museum debuts Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle, a PBS documentary about the Civil Rights–era journalist killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in 1970. 6:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
California rapper Hopsin performs at the Howard Theatre with local artist Cheyne. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$50.
If you’re feeling a little scuzzy, head to the Patriot Center for Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines tour. 8 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $55.
“Beyond Bollywood,” an exhibit celebrating the contributions of Indian Americans, opens today at the National Museum of Natural History. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1000 Constitution Ave. NW. Free.
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