A few seats at a few Salon Dinners remain.  Read the reviews below and sign up for the dinner of your choosing! To sign up, call or email the office (202) 543 1778 or info@capitolhillvillage.org.

Salon Dinners

What it’s REALLY like in the Middle East Now …

Monday, April 1, 6:30-9:30 pm, $75.

Tom Getman knows—after four decades of work in the Middle East and Southern Africa. For 35 years he’s advocated a broad approach to social justice. Tom knows the need for interfaith approaches to better inform Americans’ perceptions in these war zones… to embrace “the moral emptiness” and expose inequalities in the relative strength of factions there. Tom and wife Karen have taken hundreds of ordinary citizens to the sites and partnered with well-known religious, political, and UN figures, such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, who brought their special insight and experience to the situation. Join Tom (and his mystery guest from Israel/Palestine) to hear “on the ground“ encounters and understand current pivotal issues.

Reeling in the Dark: Confessions of a Movie Critic

Wednesday, May 8, 6:30–9 pm  $75

Mike Canning, movie reviewer for the Hill Rag for the past 25 years, will divert Salon attendees with tales of a film critic, discussing the screening experience, which films to review (or not), writing to deadline, and other aspects of the reviewing life. Mike also writes on public affairs and politics and on the depiction of Washington politics and the US Congress in American feature films. His reviews and other writings led to a commission for a book on DC movies, Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC, a signed copy of which will be distributed to guests.

Susan Page, Author and Washington Bureau Chief of USA TODAY

Saturday, May 11, 6–9 pm  $125

Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA TODAY, where she writes about politics and the White House. She has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections, and she has interviewed the past nine presidents (three after they left office). She has reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. She is a familiar analyst on TV, including appearances on ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS’ NewsHour, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier, and others. While working on her recent book, The Matriarch (release date April 2 by Twelve Books), she had five extended interviews with Barbara Bush during the final six months of her life. In their final meeting, Barbara Bush gave Susan extraordinary permission to read the personal diaries she had been keeping since 1948. Susan has now embarked on a biography of another remarkable woman, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Guest will receive a copy ofThe Matriarch.

Michael Hash—Finding Our Way Out of the Maze of Our Health Care System

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 pm — $75 

Join Michael Hash, health policy analyst and advocate, in the home of Gail Kohn, Age Friendly DC coordinator (and founding Executive Director of Capitol Hill village), and her husband Donald Kohn. Michael learned the nuts and bolts of health legislation and policy on the staff of the legendary Henry Waxman and went on to serve as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Health Care Financing Administratio n (now CMS) in the Clinton Administration. In 2009, he joined the Obama White House staff working to enact the Affordable Care Act, moving next to HHS to help lead implementation of the ACA. Early in his career as the former chief Washington lobbyist for the American Hospital Association, he gained insight to the challenges facing the private health delivery system.