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CelebSalons are intimate, stimulating dinners and conversation in Villagers’ private homes, with Celebs from the worlds of the media, politics, musicians, health, restaurants, culture, civil rights and public affairs - and some that don’t fit easily into any category. So come join us for some food, some drink and some wonderful Celebs! 

Tickets for Villagers and their friends are $75 ($50 being tax deductible), with all the money going to the Village. Because the number of seats is so limited and the demand is so great, you need to act quickly to purchase your ticket.  Click on the Celeb's name for more information and to buy a ticket.  For a quick run-down of the celebs, click here.

Celeb Jack Farrell
Jack Farrell

Monday, May 7, 7-9 pm


Author, newsman, Washington insider and historian, Farrell has been privy to a lot of secrets. His recent book on Richard Nixon sheds new light on that presidency.

Doris Meissner
Former Commissioner of US Immigration & Naturalization Service; Senior Fellow at Migration Policy Institute
Thursday, May 10, 7-9 pm


Former Commissioner of the INS (US Immigration and Naturalization Service), oversaw the growth of the INS border control and streamlined the humane treatment of migrants. She now directs US immigration issues at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

Celeb Tom Wheeler
Tom Wheeler
Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; now at Brookings Institution
Tuesday, May 15, 7-9 pm


Technology entrepreneur, executive and one of the most knowledgeable people in his field, Wheeler served as FCC Commissioner under President Obama. He is now at Brookings Institution.

Celeb Molly Smith
Molly Smith
Artistic Director, Arena Stage
Wednesday, May 16, 7-9 pm

Artistic Director Smith brings award-winning performances to the Arena Stage. She has made it one of the foremost national theatres, commissioning new plays, expanding the audience and building a new hi-tech expansion for the 21st century.

Celeb John Kelly
John Kelly
Local Columnist and Blogger,
Washington Post
Thursday, May 17, 7-9 pm

Who better to write about Washington than a witty native Washingtonian who’s seen it all? Kelly’s Washington Post columns give devoted readers a daily dose of perspective. Plus he plays the drums in a rock ‘n roll band!

Richard Painter
Ethicist, George W. Bush administration
Tuesday, May 22, 7-9 pm


As ethics czar in the George W. Bush administration, Painter minces no words in his
condemnation of ethical conflicts in the Trump administration. You can see him often on cable news.

Celeb Hornady
Ann Hornaday
Movie Critic, Washington Post
Wednesday, May 23, 7-9 pm

A movie fan from an early age, the Washington Post’s film critic Hornaday tells us not only WHAT to watch, but HOW to watch the movies.

Friday, June 1, 7-9 pm


A prolific best-selling author, Viorst’s children’s books have sold many millions. She also is a renowned poet and a psychoanalysis researcher.

Celeb Dan Balz
Dan Balz

Chief Correspondent,
Washington Post

NEW DATE: Wednesday, May 30 7-9 pm

Balz is an astute analyst of national politics, winning plaudits for his rigor, accuracy and fairness in four decades of reporting. He joined the Washington Post in 1978 and is chief correspondent.

Ris LaCoste
Ris Lacoste
Owner, Café Ris
Monday, June 4, 7-9 pm

Doris (Ris) Lacoste earned her chef chops with studies in Paris and partnerships with Chef Bob Kinkead in New England and then Washington. She has won many awards for “Ris” which she opened in 2009, featuring simple but delicious American food, and is also generous with her time for local fundraisers,

Jauvon Gilliam
Principal Timpanist, National Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, June 28, 7-9 pm


Gilliam is an exciting musician to watch, as principal timpanist at the National Symphony Orchestra. He came to the NSO in 2009 after seven years in Winnipeg, and is a regular guest musician here and abroad. At the University of Maryland, he is an artist in residence and co-chairs percussion studies.

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