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Guest List: 5 People We’d Love to Hang Out With This January

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

About Guest List

Guest List is Washingtonian’s fantasy cast of who we’d like to invite over for dinner each month.

Carlos Simon

The Georgetown University music professor was nominated for a Grammy for his “Requiem for the Enslaved.”


Gabe Klein

President Biden tapped him to lead a new government effort to facilitate the switch to electric vehicles.


Lauren Paylor O’Brien

LP, as the DC mixologist is known, won Netflix’s Drink Masters cocktail competition.


Jomo Tariku

A local furniture maker, he had pieces used in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.


Judy Woodruff

At the end of 2022, the PBS NewsHour fixture is retiring from the anchor desk.


*Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Tariku was born in Ethiopia. Though he grew up there, he was born in Kenya. 
This article appears in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.