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This Week: Sept. 12-18

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I’ll be crashing Fashion Week parties in New York all this week. But if you’re in D.C., check out these events …

Monday

Did you miss the DC Shorts Film Festival competition showings over the weekend? Don’t worry, the Festival is rescreening the best of the best at Artisphere and E Street Cinema all week. Now in its eighth year, the festival is showing 145 films from 23 countries. Use the Film Sorter to find a movie or three. And don’t miss the closing bash this Saturday night at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Get tickets here.

DC Film Festival

Tuesday

Stop for lunch at one of D.C.’s newest food trucks, Rolls on Rolls. The two trucks—one in Silver Spring and one in D.C.—serve Kathi Rolls, the exotic Indian food from New Delhi and Calcutta. Kathi Rolls are meal-sized wraps stuffed with choice of fillings and topped with cabbage, carrots and homemade chutneys. I’m not usually a food truck junkie, but Indian food is the stuff I love. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Wednesday

We usually wouldn’t advise dining at fast food joints, but we’ll make an exception here. Tonight, eat dinner at any DC-area Chipotle from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 50% of all the sales (up to $15,000) will be donated to DC Farm to School.

Thursday

The Pink Agenda—a New York-based young professionals organization that raises money for breast cancer care, research and awareness—is launching in DC this Thursday. Kicking off the fun and philanthropy (because, says TPA, the two are not mutually exclusive), the organization will host an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace of the Watergate’s Rivers restaurant. Click here for tickets.

The Pink AgendaAlso happening this Thursday evening, the Brainfood Grill-Off, an outdoor grilling competition and fundraiser featuring teams of local chefs, amateur cooks and Brainfood program graduates. Open bar, food, and fun, with 100 percent of ticket sales going to help Brainfood launch Community MVPs, a new program that empowers youth to teach their peers how to cook and eat healthy food. Get tickets here.

Saturday

One of our favorite blogs, Design*Sponge, will stop by D.C. this Saturday for a crafting event and book signing party. Guests will be served drinks and treats, and learn how to make their own custom wax seal. Proceeds benefit the local arts charity Children’s Art Studio. The event, hosted at Anthropologie in Georgetown, will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. RSVP here.

Design*Sponge

Sunday

Vintage Crystal: A Taste of Wine and Jazz, a Latin-themed festival highlighting wines from Spain and South America, will have food, live jazz and salsa dancing all for $20 this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. in Crystal City. There will be 30 wines from the cellars of Jaleo, tempting samples from 20 local restaurants, Latin jazz music from Trio Caliente, salsa and cha cha dancing lessons from the Salsa Room, and wine tasting classes from the Washington Wine Academy.

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