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Washingtonian’s December 2014 Guest List

A monthly roundup of people we’d like to have over for drinks, food, and conversation.

Photo-illustration by John Ueland. Photograph of Betzig by Michaela Rehle/Landov; Keilar by Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN; Swedroe by Andrew Goldstein; Tamerat courtesy of Artists for Charity; Dimock by Kaveh Sardari; Onuki courtesy of The Washington Ballet.

About Guest List

Guest List is Washingtonian’s monthly roundup of the fantasy cast we’d like to see for dinner this month.

1. Eric Betzig

We’d toast the local Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, whose work on new microscope technology led to a share in this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry.

2. Brianna Keilar

With midterms over, CNN’s senior political correspondent turns to the Hillary 2016 beat. Keilar needs a decent meal before she hits the corn-dog circuit.

3. Robert Swedroe

The Lauren, his new “boutique” condo building in Bethesda, boasts a $10.5-million penthouse. We’d ask this architect for a virtual tour.

4. Abezash Tamerat

The Ethiopian-born founder of Artists for Charity, which benefits HIV-positive orphans, expands her auctions of artist-donated artwork from DC to New York.

5. Michael Dimock

The new Pew Research Center president can tell us whether the long-arc demographic changes still favor the Democrats.

6. Maki Onuki

The dancer whose “shining energy,” says the Washington Post, keyed the Washington Ballet’s fall performances celebrates her tenth season with the company by dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy in its tenth-anniversary Nutcracker.

Photograph by Harry Hamburg/AP Photo.

Disinvited: Andy Harris

Saying no to drugs is admirable, but the congressman from Maryland, who vows to use “all resources” to block DC’s legal-weed measure, seems addicted to meddling in democratic processes, which is less admirable.

This article appears in our December 2014 issue of Washingtonian.