February 2012 Contents: High Society
Medical marijuana is coming to DC. But the drug is already a much bigger part of life for people here than you might think—soccer moms and power players included. By Alexandra Robbins.
Cover photo-illustration by Jesse Lenz for The Washingtonian
My wife and I had it all figured out. We wouldn’t build our life around our child’s world; he would enter ours. But being a restaurant critic and a father brought challenges—and adventures—I never could have foreseen. By Todd Kliman.
Last year, 108 people were murdered in DC. Laura Amico wants you to know their stories—all of them. By Harry Jaffe.
Palantir Technologies, a little-known software company that started in Silicon Valley, has quietly become one of the most important companies in Washington. Why? Its founders may have figured out how to stop the next terrorist attack. By Shane Harris.
Love Your Pets
Here are tales of four-legged heroes and stories about Washingtonians who are crazy for cats or who met the loves of their lives in dog parks. Plus—the latest training tips and the pros and cons of buying pet health insurance. By Marisa M. Kashino, Gwendolyn Purdom, Ali Eaves, and Carrie Schedler.
Where & When
The BSO with French pianist Lise de la Salle at Strathmore … Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” at the KenCen … Bonnard, Vuillard, and more at the Phillips … A world-premiere play at Signature … Peter Frampton at the Warner.
On the divisive issue of same-sex marriage, a popular Maryland politician may prove that the best politics is personal. By Susan Baer.
The author of bestselling books on relationships talks about what makes love last.
Thousands die in hospitals because of mistakes—often simple oversights—made by doctors and nurses. Here’s how hospitals can improve patient safety. By Bara Vaida with Kaiser Health News.
Our favorite hot chocolates … Valentine’s dinner disasters … Tasty sherry cocktails … What’s new and on the horizon … Dining in Gaithersburg and beyond … A perplexed critic asks pastry chefs, “Why’d you ruin my pie?”
Johnny Monis wows again with a Thai place next to his celebrated Komi. Plus—upscale fried fare in Bethesda, Korean with a side of karaoke in Annandale, and a seafood gem in DC.
Exclusive savings on spa treatments, jewelry, cupcakes, cocktails, dinner for two, and other romantic treats. By McLean Robbins.
It’s gone from an aging suburb to a lively hub of nightlife, dining, and entertainment—with great ethnic spots, a new concert venue, and a terrific seafood joint that hasn’t changed in 50 years.
Liven up your winter wardrobe with a pop of color. By Kim Forrest and Sarah Zlotnick.
Good times for good causes in February.
Passport to Beauty
Five women, with roots in a different cultures, share beauty secrets passed down from their mothers and grandmothers. By Karina Giglio.
At these camps, kids can meet their sports heroes, get help from top coaches, and step onto the big- league field, court, or rink. By Laura Wainman.
Living a Dream
Thanks to low interest rates and good prices, they took the plunge and bought the vacation homes they’d always wanted. By Kathleen Bridges.
Channel 7’s Gordon Peterson sells for nearly $2 million; ex–DC schools chief Michelle Rhee and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank make deals.
A longtime New Yorker on the highs and lows of living in Washington, why he’s moving on, and what might bring him back. By Carey Winfrey.