June 2006 Contents - Cheap Eats

Cover photograph by Matthew Worden

Capital Comment Winners and losers in the Nationals deal . . . Where Congress likes to smoke . . . Al Gore on the trail? . . . Fun with the DailyCandy girl . . . If lawyers went public, who would you buy or sell? . . . Cool cocktails.

Where & When Kirov Ballet at the KenCen . . . Spamalot at the National . . . Paul Klee at the Phillips . . . Neville Brothers at the Birchmere . . . Sondheim’s Assassins at Signature . . . Connery and Altman retrospectives at AFI.

Decoding Life How knowing more about genes may prevent cancer, how the seas could hold the key to renewable energy, and other secrets of science. Interview by Ken Adelman.

One-Hit Wonder A local author writes a book about a man who sells his soul to the devil to become a baseball star. It becomes a hit musical. But for the writer, it may have been a Faustian deal. By Bob Cullen.

With God on Both Sides Jim Wallis believes Democrats can have as much to say about faith and values as Republicans do. By Stephen Clapp.

To Honor and Remember Behind the white headstones marching across the hills of Arlington National Cemetery are stories that touch the hearts of all Americans. Here are some worth knowing. By Ernest B. Furgurson.

How DC’s Carlyle Group Is Making Billions David Rubenstein and his partners run the world’s hottest private-equity firm. How have they made all that money? Why are they in Washington? By James K. Glassman.

Most Powerful Women Washington is home to some of the world’s most formidable and talented women. The area’s 100 most powerful defy the common wisdom about what it takes to succeed. By Leslie Milk.

Lift Every Voice Images of devotion, redemption, community, and joy inside Washington’s African-American churches. Photographs by Jason Miccolo Johnson.

“I Never Even Saw Him” When a driver kills a pedestrian, there’s heartache and often blame. But in many cases, the accident isn’t the driver’s fault. How does a good person live with the fact that she’s taken a life? By Cindy Rich.

“Daddy, Did You Pack My Lunch?” Single moms still outnumber solo dads, but more men are taking over the job of raising the kids. Here’s how four fathers do it. By Harry Jaffe.

Cheap Eats Our annual pick of the area’s 100 Best Bargain Restaurants where you’ll find lots of flavor and fun. Plus a guide to eating ethnic and what to drink. By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, and ann Limpert.

Wedding Guide What to know about destination weddings, 24 romantic sites, where couples can learn what makes marriage work—plus, when grooms do the planning. Edited by Cindy Rich.

Benefits A Beatles Ball, a Bark Ball, and other good times for good causes. By Maggie Wimsatt.

Great Finds Cool summer style—from ties to swimsuits to sandals. By Kelly Dinardo and Alycia Kilpatrick.

Award-Winning Homes See the winners of the 2006 Washingtonian Residential Design Awards. By Ellen Ryan.

Diary of a Condo Hunter Looking for your first condo is like looking for a mate: Is the chemistry right? Are you ready for the responsibility? I haven’t found mine yet, but here’s what I’ve learned so far. By Elizabeth Khalil.

Luxury Homes Three mansions on Georgetown’s Evermay estate bring $11 million. By Mary Clare Fleury.

Washingtonian Crossword County lines. By Matt Gaffney.

We Got Katie! Which college snared which celebrity speaker—and how. By Katie Bindley.

Accidental Rock Band It started as a joke. Then I was onstage with my dad, playing “Twist and Shout.” By Chris Wilson.