By Judy Kurtz
Actress Lupita Nyong’o, director Steve McQueen, model Brooklyn Decker and cast members from “Scandal” are just a few of the stars expected to bring a taste of Hollywood to Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner.
There are more events than ever this year — more than 25 soirees are being held from Thursday through Sunday — as media organizations and other groups all try to get in on the typically star-studded WHCA Dinner action. And although the number of shindigs is eye-popping, it appears that fewer top-tier celebrities are willing to brave the hoards of journalists, lawmakers and stargazers at the annual dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Nyong’o, considered the “it girl” of the moment after her Academy Award win in March for “12 Years a Slave” and her recent cover of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Person” issue, will attend her first dinner as a guest of Time magazine. McQueen, the Oscar-nominated director of “12 Years a Slave,” will also join Time’s table. The Hill will host Decker for the festivities.
But as of press time, blockbuster actors like George Clooney and Ben Affleck look like they’ll be avoiding the nation’s capital this weekend.
More than a dozen events associated with the dinner will be held on Friday alone. The Hill is hosting an invitation-only reception at the Canadian Embassy on Friday with “Entertainment Tonight.” The show’s anchor, Nancy O’Dell, will host an exclusive red carpet and Connor Cruise (who happens to call Tom Cruise “dad”) will DJ at what’s sure to be one of the weekend’s most buzzed-about evenings.
Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on “Scandal,” will attend Saturday’s dinner as a guest of ABC. “Nashville” actresses Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are also poised to attend as ABC’s guests.
Several athletes are touching down in D.C. for the big event on Saturday, including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (both guests of Thomson Reuters). Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is attending with Fox News Channel, Olympian Lindsey Vonn will sit at People magazine’s table and retired tennis champion Andy Roddick will join The Hill.
CNN will play host to an eclectic bunch, including “Unfaithful” actress Diane Lane, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and White House Special Assistant to the President Josh Earnest, among others.
President Obama will address dinner-goers, and comedian and “The Soup” host Joel McHale is the master of ceremonies.
Events listed are invitation-only
Thursday, May 1
Foreign Affairs Magazine: The Global Beat
Featuring special guests
Tony Goldwyn and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass
1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Story Partners Welcome to Washington: A Salute
to Women in Journalism
Co-hosted by Betsy Fischer Martin, the Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrill Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS’s Jan Crawford, and the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe
Kalorama home of Gloria Story Dittus
NPR Bytes and Bylines
The Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Spin Room with Rock the Vote
1841 Columbia Road NW
Friday, May 2
With “Scandal” stars Dan
Bucatinsky and Jeff Perry, Robby “Kid President” Novak, former White House chief of staff Andrew Card, and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St. NW
MPAA/Microsoft/ABC News Creativity Conference
8:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
St. Regis Hotel
923 16th and K Sreets
The Hill and ‘Entertainment Tonight’ with the Canadian Embassy Cocktail
Featuring red carpet hosted by Nancy O’Dell, DJ Connor Cruise
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Capitol File with The Entertainment Software Association
With Robin Wright
British ambassador’s residence
3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW
With “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” stars, and Robby “Kid President” Novak
Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave. NW
Voto Latino ‘Our Voices: Celebrating Diversity in Media’ Reception
With Wilmer Valderrama, Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, MSNBC hosts Alex Wagner and Karen Finney
Top of the Hay-Adams Hotel
800 16th St. NW
An Evening on O Street Party
Chace Crawford, Tony Romo, Matthew Morrison, JC Chasez, Aureta Thomollari are expected
Georgetown residence of Greg Connors
Creative Coalition Celebrating Arts in America Dinner
Coalition members Jaimie Alexander, Drake Bell, Tim Daly, Omar Epps, Peter Facinelli, Sean Giambrone, Jonathan Groff, Cheryl Hines, Emile Hirsch, John Leguizamo, Rose McGowan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, AnnaSophia Robb, Michael Shannon, Ian Somerhalder, Jeffrey Tambor, Dean Norris, Marlon Wayans, Mae Whitman, and Constance Zimmer are expected
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW
The New Yorker Party
Hosted by Editor David Remnick
515 15th St. NW
Featuring Latin Grammy Award winner Fonseca
9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Look Restaurant and Lounge
1909 K St. NW
LMT and Rock the Vote Off the Record Party
Honoring women in news media and featuring a performance by Michelle Branch
9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Lani Hay’s private residence
StartUp RockOn New Media Party
With indie rock band U.S. Royalty and DJ Gavin Holland
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
801 K St. NW
Saturday, May 3
Correspondents’ Garden Brunch
Hosted by Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Steve and Jean Case, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Steve McMahon, David Adler and Franco Nuschese, honoring the work of Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
2920 R St. NW
Atlantic/National Journal Editorial Breakfast
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
1201 24th St. NW
BuzzFeed/Facebook Bow Ties and Burgers Presented by Geico
An alternative party to the WHCA dinner
7:30 p.m. –2 a.m.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
2007 18th St. NW
White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
President Obama and Joel McHale to speak
Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW
MSNBC Correspondents’ After Party
Expected guests include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes, Ronan Farrow, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Luke Russert
National Building Museum
440 G St. NW
Bloomberg/Vanity Fair After Party
Italian Ambassador’s residence
Sunday, May 4
Thomson Reuters Correspondents’ Brunch
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Hay-Adams Hotel
800 16th St. NW
Yahoo News/Tumblr Brunch
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rooftop terrace at
Freedom Forum entrance, Sixth Street (between C Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW)
Sprinkles Cupcakes Correspondents’ Tot Brunch
11a.m. –1 p.m.
Sprinkles Cupcakes Georgetown
3015 M St. NW