Want to have some face time with some of the city's top names in theater, music or journalism?
You can do just that when you buy tickets to the exclusive celebrity salons that are part of the Mardi Gras in September fundraising gala organized by the Foggy Bottom West End Village. The gala will be Saturday September 12, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at The Field School, 2301 Foxhall Road NW.
The celebrity salons, which will be hosted by Village members in their homes, will take place between mid-September and early December. Each host will provide food and drink. The format at each salon may vary, but in general, guests will have time for casual conversation with each other and the guest of honor.
Binney Levine is chairman of the celebrity salon committee. Working with her are committee members Nadia Taran, Deb Neve and Burke Dillon.
You can sign up now for the salons, which are listed on the Gala Website
at then click on "Salons" in the menu. You must register on the Gala site before buying your Salon tickets. Salon tickets are $75 per person. Since each salon is limited to 20 or fewer guests, you will want to buy your tickets before the salons sell out
Here is a summary of the salons:
- Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz, Tuesday October 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the home of Jane Scholz and Doug Balz at The Plaza, 800 25th Street NW. Wine, beer and appetizers.
- Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Michael Kahn, Wednesday September 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is co-hosted by Lynnette Asselin, Watergate South, 700 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Wine, beer and appetizers.
- Pianist John Eaton, Saturday November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the home of Jane and Joe Selby, 1255 25th Street NW. Beer, wine and appetizers. This salon will include a performance.
- Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, Thursday December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the home of Alan and Marsha Ingber, Ritz Residences North, 1155 23rd Street NW. Wine and dessert.
- Actress Barbara Chisholm and playwrights and journalists Peggy and Alison Engel, Monday October 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., hosted by Myrna Fawcett and C. B. Wooldridge in the home of Myrna Fawcett, 2700 Virginia Avenue NW.
- Chef Ris LaCoste, Sunday November 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the home of Rebecca Coder, 2501 M Street NW. Meet Ris, who is catering this event, and enjoy some of her creations.
- Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre, Tuesday November 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the home of Burke Dillon, Ritz Residences, 1111 23rd St NW. Wine and light fare.
- Author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, Monday November 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the home of Leah and Rick Schroeder at The Plaza, 800 25th Street NW. Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.
Also, just a reminder -- it's time to buy your tickets for the gala if you haven't already.
The easiest way to buy tickets for most folks -- and for The Village -- is to go online to our Gala Website, click on "Register" at the right side of the menu and follow the directions to buy your tickets with a credit card. While on the site, you can also sign up for one of our popular Salons, which are selling fast. Finally, registering your credit card online will save you time at the Gala, both when you enter and when you leave.
If you can't use the web or are afraid to use your credit card online, you can send a check for your ticket to Foggy Bottom West End Village at 2430 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Single tickets are $80, tickets for two are $150, tickets for eight are $480. Salon tickets are $75 each. Please enclose a note telling us how many admission tickets and Salon tickets you want to buy, which Salons you want to attend, and your email address so we can send you a receipt. Please note that Salon tickets are subject to availability. Mark your check "2015 Gala tickets."