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NOTE: Information on the 2018 CelebSalons is not yet available.  Salons from 2017 are described below to give you an idea of the range of celebs and fields.

CelebSalons are intimate, stimulating dinners and conversation in Villagers’ private homes, with Celebs from the worlds of the media, politics, health, restaurants, culture, civil rights and public affairs - and some that don’t fit easily into any category, such as spies and medical entrepreneurs. So come join us for some food, some drink and some wonderful Celebs! In this fifth year of CelebSalons at Dupont Circle Village, we’re presenting 15 Salons in May, June and September, starting on May 3. 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.

Ready for a fun evening(s)?  Registration is now closed.

A few hints on the Buy Tickets Now screens
1.  you can browse through the specific salons by clicking the icon to the left of each salon (it expands the information) - it will show you how many seats are left.  If you already know what you want, you can skip this step.

2.  To start the registration, you have to put in your info and that of any guest(s). If you are a member, you can log in to have the fields filled out (and your on-file credit card tagged).  Do this before you do the actual buying.  

3.  Members - If you don't remember your log-in, it will give you the option to ask for it and/or password. Non-members and guests don't have to log in, just put in your information.

4.  When you are ready to buy, click the Buy Tickets button near the top right screen (yes, again), and this time you can start buying.  Note that it will ask you first which salons YOU want. Select the one(s) you want by clicking the box on the right of each salon. IF YOU HAVE A GUEST, your next screen will ask which salons YOUR GUEST wants. So you do your own selections before selecting salons for a guest.

5.  When you get to the payment screen, you will see a red notice that you have 30 minutes to pay - it's holding the tickets for you for that long.  Please do continue and pay, or your hold will be cancelled.


Leon Wieseltier

Wednesday, May 3
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Cultural and political critic Leon Wieseltier was the legendary literary editor of The New Republic from 1983-2014. Today, he’s a Senior Fellow at Brookings and writes for The Atlantic and others on topics ranging from Trump to music.

Todd and Ellen Kassoff Gray
Tuesday, May 9
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Co-owners of Equinox Restaurant, chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray are nationally known for their pioneering restaurant, recent cookbook, “The New Jewish Table,” children’s cooking initiatives, and work with Michelle Obama’s White House Garden.

Elizabeth Broun
Tuesday, May 16
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Elizabeth Broun transformed the experience of visiting a museum as director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the Renwick Gallery in her 26-year career there. More than two million people visited in 2016!

Jenny Bilfield
Friday, May 19
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Jenny Bilfield is president and CEO of Washington Performing Arts, where she’s initiating innovative partnerships with many arts institutions and participating in an arts strategies program with cultural CEOs from 18 other countries.

Eric Schaeffe
Monday, May 22
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Eric Schaeffer is the acclaimed co-founder and artistic director of Signature Theatre and a national star in musical theater. Under his leadership, Signature won the 2009 Tony award for regional theater and amassed 90 Helen Hayes awards.

Norman Ornstein
Wednesday, May 24
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Norman Ornstein is a distinguished, independent-minded analyst of American politics, including the current Republican party, writing books and articles and appearing frequently on TV. He is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Diego Sanchez
Thursday, June 1
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Diego Sanchez, Policy Director of PFLAG National, made history as the first openly transgender senior staffer on Capitol Hill, where he was a top policy advisor to Congressman Barney Frank. Sanchez has a long, distinguished career as an activist and health-policy expert.

Peter Earnest
Wednesday, June 7
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Peter Earnest left a 35-year career at the CIA to establish and lead the International Spy Museum. His CIA and FBI exploits included counterintelligence, double agent work, media relations, and relocating a valuable Soviet spy after his defection

Dr. Louis M. Weiner
Monday, June 12
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Dr. Louis Weiner is the Director of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. An internationally recognized medical oncologist and researcher, and a leader in immunotherapy, Dr. Weiner’s portfolio includes the Center’s educational, clinical, and research missions.

Ruth Marcus
Wednesday, June 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Ruth Marcus is a columnist and deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post, which she joined in 1984 fresh out of Harvard Law School. She tells it straight, whether in her columns or as an analyst on TV and radio. 

Dr. Ricardo Salvador
September 7
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dr. Salvador is Director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is changing how we think about food policy. Salvador has been recognized as both an NBC Latino Innovator and James Beard Foundation Leader.

Leslie Bowman
September 11
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Leslie Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which means she runs Monticello. She served on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House under three different Presidents and formerly directed Winterthur.

Amb. Norman Eisen
September 19
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Norman Eisen joined Brookings as a Fellow after six years with the Obama administration, first as President Obama’s ethics czar, and then as Ambassador to the Czech Republic. With conflicts of interest abounding, he’s the go-to person on ethics.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet
September 20
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is a global champion for improving public health, focusing on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. The former director of the Peace Corps, she now is president and CEO of Project Concern International.

Dr. William Hearl
September 26
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Bill Hearl is the Founder and CEO of Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. His biotech company’s new technology has the potential to improve many vaccines, including those for allergic diseases and cancer immunotherapy for humans, dogs, and cats.

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