February 2010 Contents: Great Dates

In This Issue

February 2010 Cover Volume 45, Number 2

Cover Story

Great Dates

Wine bars, live music, dance clubs, ice-skating rinks, and lots more ideas to spice up your life.

Photograph of Jill Hudson Neal and Terry Neal by Scott Suchman

Features

Hacking the Bad Guys

The United States is now fighting a new kind of war, deceiving and confusing the enemy with cyberweapons. The battle began with two admirals who secretly drew up the battle plans and fired the first shots. What’s next? By Shane W. Harris

Camera? Action!

How one woman found herself on a film set with Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson—and what really goes on during a Washington movie shoot. By Carolyn Presutti

Revenge of the Nerds

Mutants on the Red Line, bombed-out houses in Chevy Chase, giant scorpions in Arlington. Welcome to Fallout 3, the blockbuster video game that Todd Howard and Emil Pagliarulo created in Rockville. By Michael Gaynor

Is She the One?

American women have medaled in figure skating at every Winter Olympics since 1976. Will Ashley Wagner be on the podium this year? By Drew Lindsay

Up in the Air

Republican leader Michael Steele stumbles, blunders, and falls—then springs back to life. By Paul West

Capital Comment

Obama’s winners and losers . . . Everything you need to know—and more—about the new Redskins coach . . . Gilbert Arenas finally gets help . . . When law partners split.
Profile Marcus Johnson: Life of Song.
Real Life Making love last.Benefits Good times for good causes in February.

Where & When

Grease at the National . . . Georgia O’Keeffe at the Phillips . . . Jimmy Fallon at the Warner . . . Impressionists at the Corcoran . . . Disney on Ice at Verizon Center.

FOOD

dining out Eola is making a case for the charms of the small, plucky independent. Plus—two hotly anticipated restaurants bow in DC, and a cozy cafe shines in Leesburg.best bites First look at Kellari Taverna . . . Good Indian . . . Best pastry chefs.saffon king Behroush Sharifi is behind some of the most unusual ingredients at local restaurants.

Life

style How much spending is too high-maintenance? Plus—diamonds as a girl’s best beauty secret, high-maintenance men, and a beauty treatment that comes with unexpected wrinkles. A Washington fashion staple gets an edgy update.  education Summer programs on college campuses help high-school kids get ready for the transition. Reader deals Valentine’s Day treats. Health A Doctor to call your own.

Home

Best of Silver spring You’ll find vintage shops, lots of good ethnic eats, and a great old seafood joint that never seems to change. Luxury Homes Marriott, Hechinger offspring make deals. Plus—a $5-million bankruptcy deal. Pets Here’s where to go and what to know to find a great pet. Plus—the best breeds for different people and more. First Person She wasn’t always my biggest cheerleader. Then I moved 3,600 miles away and she surprised me.