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HomeCelebSalons 2020

GETTING TO KNOW PEOPLE IN THE KNOW

CelebSalons are usually held as fundraisers as 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.

For 2020, we are offering one-hour Virtual Salons. We are adding them as we book them, so keep coming back. You must pre-register, so Click on the Celeb's name for more information and to register for a ticket. 

See below for our 2020 Virtual CelebSalons.  More still to come! To see a list of recorded Salons: Click Here   
 
NOTE: This year, as we offer our Salons online, we are not charging a fee, but you if you wish, you can always make a donation. 
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Wednesday, April 22, 6:00-7:00 pm

Join us online for a Magical, Musical Evening with the "Attached Strings" - two top musicians with the Kennedy Center’s “invisible orchestra” which performs for the Kennedy Center’s opera, ballet and musical theater performances. You’ll meet Elizabeth Pulju-Owen (viola), Drew Owen (cello), and they are joined by their daughter, Cecilia Owen (violin). 
The family have been giving concerts for the neighborhood from their driveway!  


Attached Strings
String Trio




E. Ethelbert Miller
Writer and Literary Activist
Tuesday, May 19, 6:00-7:00 pm

Join us for "Poetry and Cocktails" with much acclaimed poet, E. Ethelbert Miller. His poetry has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. He is the current host of the radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller, as well as host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. 


Thursday, June 4, 6:00-7:00 pm

Our third Virtual Celeb Salon - this one with Alexis Hartwick, Director of Education and Administration at Keegan Theatre - and some of her Keegan friends.

All theaters are shuttered during the pandemic and they're in varying stages of health. Keegan is one of a handful of DC theaters that owns its own building, our neighbor on Church Street, and recently completed modernizing the entire building. We'll find out about how Keegan is planning to meet the many post-pandemic challenges ahead.


Wednesday, June 17, 6:00-7:00 pm

What is going to happen to baseball 2020 as we deal with the covid-19 virus? There is one man who has his eye on the ball, and his own ideas about how we might enjoy the nation’s favorite game despite the lock-ins. Johnny Holiday has been the voice of regional and local sports, and the announcer for the Baltimore Orioles for more than 40 years.


Johnny Holliday
Radio & TV sportscaster




Taegan Goddard
Writer,
Political Wire

Wednesday, July 1, 6:00-7:00 pm

The founder of the Political Wire blog (politicalwire.com), aggregates and curates political news. In this era where journalists are accused of reporting “fake news,” Political Wire has been categorized by the Media Bias Fact Sheet (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com) as least biased amongst more than 3,000 media sources. Taegan will talk about his experience reporting unbiased political news in these turbulent times, when news is a 24/7 business.



Wednesday, July 22, 6:00-7:00 pm

Kate Haw is Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs Officer at the National Gallery of Art, overseeing the departments of exhibitions and installation design; the office of the registrar; the education, film, and music divisions; and the research library. Kate will share reflections on her early career at the Gallery some 25 years ago, what has changed between then and her return in 2020, the challenges and opportunities presented to the museum field due to COVID-19 and current social unrest, and new priorities and projects at the Gallery.


Kate Haw
National Gallery of Art





Danielle Vogel
Entrepeneur & Climate Activist

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00-7:00 pm

Entrepreneur and climate activist Danielle Vogel will be the next speaker at our Virtual CelebSalons, You probably know her better as the owner-operator of Glen's Garden Market. She's trying to affect climate change, one bite at a time.

She practices what she preaches. Glen's is 100 % solar powered, has a no-waste mandate for the kitchen and composts all organic waste. Her weekly radio show, Everyday Enviro, shares tips with real folks on making sustainable food choices.




Wednesday, August 5, 6:00-7:00 pm

Can we predict 50 years into the future? How and where we live? What alternatives do we have? Aren’t scientists that put numbers to paper on the speed of rising oceans or the use of new technologies a case of “garbage in, garbage out”?

Register and find out what Rafe Pomerance can tell you on the subject.


Rafe Pomerance
Environmentalist & Climate Change Activist




Eleanor
Holmes Norton

Congresswoman for DC
Wednesday, August 19, 6:00-7:00 pm
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her 15th term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is Chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on 2 committees: Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Congresswoman Norton has been named one of the 100 most important American women in one survey and one of the most powerful women in Washington in another. The Congresswoman's work for full congressional voting representation and for full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia continues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights.




Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-7:00 pm

Want to know more about the inner workings of José Andrés' operation? In addition to their own restaurant duties, Ris and her staff have been collaborating with José for the past few months.

Ris is one of the most respected and dedicated chefs working in DC today. Learn more about her restaurant as well.




Jamie Raskin
Congressman, Maryland
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00-7:00 pm

Want to know more about some inner workings in the House of Representatives?  He is on several committees, including the House Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and is Chair of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

 

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00-7:00 pm

In addition to his work in Black Lives Matter and DC Statehood, Racine’s priorities include affordable housing, juvenile justice reforms, cracking down on slumlords, holding unscrupulous employers accountable for wage theft, and protecting consumers from scams and abusive business practices. He is also committed to making investments in new efforts to protect seniors and other vulnerable residents, interrupt violence in the District, address childhood trauma, and more.


Karl A. Racine
Attorney General, DC




Majula Chikula
Pharmacist
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00-7:00 pm

Learn more about CBD (Cannabidiol) from local pharmacist Majula Chikula, Kalorama Pharmacy. No, you won't get high!

Unlike THC, CBD is an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs. It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may ease symptoms of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.



Wednesday, October 28,
6:00-7:00 pm


Veteran American journalist Steve Clemons is currently the host of Al Jazeera English's weekly discussion program The Bottom Line, exploring and explaining developments in US politics, policies and society. He is also the Political & Foreign Policy Commentator and Editor-at-Large at The Hill.

What better timing than to have him as a Celeb the week before the election?!


Steven Clemons
Journalist




Norm Eisen

Brookings Institution
Tuesday, November 10
6:00-7:00 pm

Post-election observations, questions, and discussion.

What just happened? What's next? Whatever the outcome, we all have questions for Norm Eisen.

Ambassador Norman Eisen (ret.) is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and an expert on law, ethics, and anti-corruption. He most recently served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2020, including for the impeachment and trial of President Trump.






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