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Because of COVID-19, the DCV staff is working remotely and all face-to-face activities have been suspended. Please note, we can be reached by phone or email. Also, we have made some activities available online. Please click on the menu item above to access the latest information, online activities and entertainment. We plan to update this content regularly.   
HomeCelebSalons 2020


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! 

Because the number of seats is limited and the demand is so great, you need to act quickly to register for your ticket. Click on the Celeb's name for more information and to register for a ticket. 

See below for our 2020 Virtual CelebSalons. 

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

Here is a listing of the CelebSalons we have been working on.  More information will come after we finish re-scheduling them.

Marvin Kalb can put in context Stalin and Putin and Russia, then and now, as a former diplomatic correspondent for CBS and NBC and as foreign correspondent in Moscow. He tracks the media’s impact on public policy, founded a media think tank at Harvard and hosted the Kalb Report at the National Press Club. He is a foreign policy fellow at Brookings. His most recent book is “Enemy of the People.”

Marvin Kalb
Journalist, Analyst


Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Earning high acclaim and an enthusiastic readership, Reading Lolita in Tehran is an incisive exploration of the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny. She also wrote, Things I’ve Been Silent About, which was also a New York Times bestseller. A fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, she has taught at Oxford University and several universities in Tehran.
Azar Nafisi

Lynn Neary
NPR Correspondent, Arts Desk & Guest Host
Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent covering the business of books and literary trends. She has wandered the streets of Baltimore with Anne Tyler and the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains with Richard Powers. She has helped readers discover great new writers and has given them an advance look at authors on the verge of a best seller, such as Amor Towles and his A Gentleman in Moscow.

Karin Ulrika Olofsdotter is a Swedish diplomat and Swedish Ambassador to the United States. She started her role as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States on September 1, 2017.

Karin Olofsdotter
Swedish Ambassador

Christianne Ricchi
Owner & Executive Chef, 
Ristorante i Ricchi
Christianne Ricchi is owner and executive chef of Ristorante i Ricchi. It has won widespread notice as one of the country’s first traditional Tuscan restaurants. Former Washington Post food critic Phyllis Richman said the restaurant’s triumph “is their authentic, Tuscan food, only available at a handful of Florence’s restaurants.” Christianne is past chairman of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America.

Gerald Seib is the executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal. His weekly column, “Capital Journal,” brings an insightful understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. He’s a regular commentator on CNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN and BBC. For one recent column, asking if “something good can come of the coronavirus crisis.” he talked to experts ranging from James Baker and Bob Gates to Jim Mattis and Rahm Emanuel.

Gerald Seib
Wall Street Journal

Fanchon Silberstein
Fanchon Silberstein is a writer, teacher and trainer who has presented art and culture workshops around the world. Silberstein, a writer, teacher, and trainer who served as director of the U.S. Department of State Overseas Briefing Center and was a Hirshhorn docent for more than thirty years. Her book, Art Insight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters, is an innovative guide to experiencing art. It shows us that looking at pictures or sculptures is only the beginning: to getting the most out of a masterpiece; we need to engage with the artist and the artist’s world. In Art Insight, she presents a series of dialogues that imagine interactions between paintings, often works created many years and miles apart.

Christopher Tucker wants to equip ordinary folks to help reverse decades of severe ecological destruction with his book on A Global Citizen’s Guide to Saving the Planet. He says empowered and educated women are key to this mission. Tucker has spent decades at the intersection of technology, geography and national security as an innovator, social investor, and strategic advisor to the US national security community.

Christopher Tucker

Shai Wosner
Concert pianist
Shai Wosner is one of today’s most exciting young concert pianists, specializing in Schubert sonatas but equally at home with Beethoven, Brahms – and Gershwin. A native of Israel, he commutes today from New York City for international and U.S. performances with orchestras and chamber music groups, including at the Phillips Collection. NPR recently praised his "keen musical mind and deep musical soul.”

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