It's always a bit of a mystery how the guest list gets put together for White House State Dinners. And Tuesday night's fête for French President François Hollande was no exception.
Among the Californians: film/TV producer J.J. Abrams (will we someday see a disaster movie set at a state dinner?); former NBA player Jason Collins; actor Bradley Cooper and actress Mindy Kaling (not together); TV awards show producer Ken Ehrlich; inventor Elon Musk; and Tennis Channel CEO Kenneth Solomon.
She doesn't live in California, but actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also there to represent Hollywood, escorted by her father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who was born in France.
From California's political set there was Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass of L.A. and Republican Ed Royce of Fullerton (again, not together; they both serve on the the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which he chairs), and labor organizer Eliseo Medina.