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Monday, May 19 - Sunday, May, 25, GI Film Festival, Sundance for the Troops, returns to DC with 56 film screenings and premieres, celebrity meet-and-greets, red carpet soirees, and exclusive embassy and Capitol Hill events. $50 average price, info.

Tuesday, May 13

6:30 - 10:00 PM, Food & Friends Chef's Best Dinner & Auction at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Food and drink tastings, live/silent auctions, raffles, rsvp.

6:00 - 9:00 PM, Alex and Ani Georgetown: Charmed by Charity at Georgetown BID/Heart of Georgetown, Reservoir Rd. to P St. along Wisconsin Ave. 15% of sales benefit Autism Speaks, info.

7:30 - 9:30 PM, Jewish Community Center presents Israeli author David Grossman book review and signing of Falling Out of Time at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St NW. $25-$50, info.

Wednesday, May 14

6:00 - 9:00 PM, 13th Annual Hope Awards Dinner, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Benefits Calvary Women’s Services. Silent/live auction, seated dinner, open bar, $250, info.

6:00 - 8:00 PM, cocktail reception at Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Cocktails and small bites, benefits K9s for Warriors. Donations, info.

Wednesday, May 14

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Leaving Film Screening at Katzen Arts Center - American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Talk, film screening. Free, rsvp.

6:00 PM, Night of Heroes Gala at The National Building Museum, 440 G St. NW. Prices vary, black-tie or military dress, rsvp.

Thursday, May 15

8:00 - 11:00 PM, Some Day Is Today - Gala For A Cure at Belmont Country Club, 43750 Tournament Pkwy. Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. $125 - $2,000, info.

Friday, May 16

5:30 PM, The Phillips Collection’s Gala, honoring luminaries from fashion and philanthropy at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Benefits its arts and education programs. Black-tie, info.

8:00 - 11:00 PM, Future Fund Awards Gala at Alexandria Marina/Torpedo Factory, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. $95, info.

5:00 PM, Opening party for 23rd Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center, 12001 Market St. Reston, VA. $100, info. Festival continues Saturday and Sunday.