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

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.

Friday, February 22, 7-9 pm

Ronald Mason, Jr. brings a 30-year record of academic leadership to the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) as its ninth president. He helped develop its Vision 2020, a Roadmap for Renewal, Innovation, Success and Sustainability. He has launched a UDC Institute of Politics, Policy and History headed by former Mayor Sharon Pratt.

Ronald Mason, Jr.
President, UDC

Peggy Engel
Writer & Playwright
Wednesday, March 6, 7-9 pm

Peggy Engel left newspaper reporting to write books and plays, some with her twin sister Allison Engel. The DC area has seen two of the plays at Arena Stage: Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, which starred actress Kathleen Turner, andErma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.  Now they’ve written a contemporary guide for finding smart fashion bargains in thrift shops:ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper’s Guide to Smart Fashion.

Monday, March 11, 7-9 pm

Petula Dvorak is a columnist for The Washington Post's local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things. Before coming to The Post, she covered social issues, crime and courts in New Orleans, New Jersey and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the mother of two boys.

Petula Dvorak
Columnist, Washington Post

Ken Lieberthal
China Expert
Tuesday, March 19, 7-9 pm

Kenneth Lieberthal is a China expert who closely tracks the country’s political and economic reforms, President Xi’s vision for China in the 21st century and the evolving US-China relations. He directed Brookings’ John L. Thornton China Center, served on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration. He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan for most of his career. His book, China's Political Development, details China's path to political reform over the last three decades.

Monday, March 25, 7-9 pm

Anybody who follows the Washington Nationals knows sportscaster Johnny Holliday. Until his late 2018 retirement, he co-hosted the “Nats Xtra” pre-and-post game shows on MASN. He was nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. He’s been a voice in DC Metro sports for more than 40 years.
Johnny Holliday
Radio & TV Sportscaster

Celinda Lake
Democratic Pollster
Thursday, April 11, 7-9 pm

Celinda Lake is a leading political strategist who has helped Democrats identify issues that resonate with voters. She and her polling firm, Lake Research Partners, do cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education.  

Thursday, April 25, 7-9 pm

Kojo Nnamdi is a household name in Washington, called “maybe the best radio interviewer in town” by the Washington Post. He hosts The Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU 88.5, with provocative guests on all sides of politics, and more! A native of Guyana, he immigrated here in 1968 to attend college and explore the civil rights movement.

Kojo Nnamdi
Radio Host

Two for the price of one!


Bob Levey

Jane Levey
Author and Edito
Tuesday, May 28, 7-9 pm

Bob Levey wrote a daily column for the Washington Post for 23 years, and now has written a political novel called Larry Felder, Candidate.  Jane Levey edits Washington History, the Magazine of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Together they put out a pictorial history of the Nation's capital.

Friday, May 31, 7-9 pm


Anders Aslund is a leading expert on the transition from centrally planned to market economies, including Russia and Ukraine.  His new book is about kleptocracy in Russia today.  He is associated with the Atlantic Council and teaches at Georgetown University.

Anders Åslund
Eastern European Specialist

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
Retired Curator, National Gallery
Thursday, June 13, 7-9 pm


Arthur Wheelock curated more than 40 exhibitions on Flemish and Dutch paintings at the National Gallery of Art, greatly strengthening its collection.  He also has taught history at the University of Maryland.

Tuesday, September 10, 7-9 pm

Theater J’s Adam Immerwahr and Jojo Ruf are the DC theater scene’s newest dynamic duo. Adam is the Artistic Director of Theater J, the nation’s largest and most prominent Jewish theater, while Jojo, whose credits include coordinating producer for the path-breaking Women’s Voices Theater Festival, is the newly named Managing Director at Theater J.

Adam Immerwahr
Artistic Director, Theater J

Jojo Ruf
Managing Director, Theater J
Two for the price of one!

Monday, September 16, 7-9 pm

Gary Ginstling came to the National Symphony Orchestra in 2017 after working with orchestras in Indianapolis, Cleveland, and San Francisco.  He also played 12 years with West Coast orchestras as a clarinetist.

Gary Ginstling
Executive Director, NSO
Wednesday, October 23, 7-9 pm

Alice McDermott is an award-winning author who writes about Irish-American families.  One of her recent acclaimed novels, The Ninth Hour, portrays the grim realities of illness and death among the poor.

Wednesday, December 4, 7-9 pm

Each year, Martin Walker, the London-based international journalist turned mystery writer, comes to Washington to plot out his next whodunit, starring Bruno, Chief of Police. At 13 books and counting, Bruno attempts to keep the peace in Southwest France's history-soaked Perigord region amidst murders, terrorist attacks, and (Mon Dieu!!) even the trafficking in fake black truffles.

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