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HomeCelebSalons 2021


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 2021, we continue to offer 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. 

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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John Kelly

Washington Post

Wednesday, January, 13

6:00-7:00 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!

Afro Blue

Howard University

Wednesday, January 27, 6:00-7:00 pm

Afro Blue was formed by Connaitre Miller in the spring of 2002. Now in their 18th year of existence, Afro Blue, the dynamic vocal jazz ensemble from Howard University, has performed to wide critical acclaim. Singing music similar to the styles of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, while adding their own unique sound, Afro Blue continues to maintain a standard of excellence from year to year Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of musical styles from traditional and contemporary jazz favorites to modern jazz and R & B influenced original songs.

Theater in Southeast DC

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

The topic will be the history and changes of Theater Alliance in its moves from Capitol Hill to H Street and finally to Anacostia with its Founder and Executive Director Adele Robey and its current Managing Artistic Director Raymond Caldwell.

Bandy X Lee

Forensic psychiatrist

Wednesday, March 3, 6:00-7:00 pm

Bandy Xenobia Lee is a forensic psychiatrist with Yale University, and a specialist in violence prevention. In 2017, Dr. Lee attracted attention for organizing a conference at Yale on professional ethics surrounding the mental health of Donald Trump and the dangers—for our country—of his mental instability.

From Page to Stage

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

From Page to Stage: Celeb Salon with

Theater Artists Adam Immerwahr and Jojo Ruf

How does a play – the script, actors, sets, and all the other theatrical elements -- get to the stage? What’s involved? Who’s involved? Whether it’s Broadway or community theater, the answers are almost as dramatic and, sometimes, as comic as the plays themselves. Join Theater J’s Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr, and Managing Director, Jojo Ruf, for a behind-the-scenes-look at how theater is made that will deepen your understanding and sense of wonder when you return to live performances.

Future Jazz Vocal Stars...and More!

Wednesday, March 24, 6:00-7:00 pm

Students in the Music Department at Howard University will perform a special virtual tribute concert in a mix of musical genres. The program will include a classical vocal rendition and a video of jazz vocalist who accompanies himself on piano. Professor Connaitre Miller, who directs the program says to expect a musical Smorgasbord. She will be the guest host along with Professor Kehembe Eichelberger.

Saul Lilienstein

Musician, Director, Professor

Wednesday, April 7, 6:00-7:00 pm

A musical Renaissance man, Saul Lilienstein has had a storied career as a musician, music historian, opera and choral director, conductor, professor, and writer about music. For the past several years, he has transformed his deep knowledge and broad experience into a series of phenomenally popular courses, ranging from opera to jazz, Bach to the Beatles, at the Smithsonian Institution, the Levine School of Music, and many other educational settings. His commentaries for symphonic concerts at the Kennedy Center and for The Washington National Opera (WNO) are legendary, and his highly acclaimed set of 85 CDs for WNO analyzing the opera repertoire remains the most extensive series of its kind in the English language. A former student of Leonard Bernstein, Lilienstein holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in music from Queens College, NY.

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