In DC, you don’t see celebrities unless you count Senators and Congressmen (which most staffers still do. . . if they even recognize them. . .)
I lived in New York City for a year and seeing a celebrity (or just thinking you did) was a very common occurrence. “I swear I just saw Sarah Jessica Parker crossing the street. . . . or some girl that looked just like her! “ was once everyday chatter. It was somewhat exciting to complain, "I'm late because they were filming, "Sex and the City" and I totally had to reroute myself. . . " Even though there might be quite a few television shows about life in DC, not to many film crews actually are employed here.
Fear not, you might get to live like a New Yorker this weekend. Sunday is perhaps the most Hollywood night of the year in the beltway. This is the 35th annual event and honorees this year will include bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin.
For those who want to increase your chances of seeing a celebrity, you might want to join the tourists on the Ellipse. The President and Mrs. Obama will recognize the Honorees, the members of the Artists Committee, and the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala.
Don’t think you are going to be able to find tickets on craiglist. Tickets (for those who are invited) run from $400 - $5,500. Everyone else can watch it on CBS in the later part of December.
Check back on Monday. I’ll be telling you who was best dressed. ;)