Kurt Bardella was a rising star on Capitol Hill—but as a congressional aide he was supposed to let his boss get all the attention. Drawn to the spotlight like a moth to a flame, he got burned. Now he’s trying to salvage his career. By Luke Mullins.
Thirty years after the first AIDS cases were identified, Washingtonians reflect on what the early years of the epidemic were like, the toll the disease has taken, and why there’s an ongoing crisis in DC. By Dave Singleton.
Chris Martin thinks intimate but paints big. Over the past year, our photographer followed the Washington native as he prepared his current show at the Corcoran, where his passion and vision were first inspired. Photographs by Chris Leaman.
Senator Jim DeMint’s refusal to compromise with moderates has made him a Tea Party hero even as it has angered many of his Republican colleagues. No matter: He wants to replace plenty of them in 2012. By Libby Copeland.
K.D. Lang, Emmylou Harris, Huey Lewis, Dolly Parton, and more headline at Wolf Trap . . . Audubon and others at American Art . . . Oklahoma! returns to Arena . . . Denyce Graves at the Castleton Festival . . . Uncovering Machu Picchu at National Geo . . . Folklife Festival on the Mall . . . Fringe Festival all over town.
Want to try golf? Here’s how to find good teachers, forgiving courses, the right equipment, and more. By Aaron Kraut.
127 Dining Out
Chef Fabio Trabocchi is back in town with a new restaurant, Fiola, in downtown DC—and he’s still the maestro. Plus, star Thai in Silver Spring, ramen and noodles with attitude on DC’s H Street, spicy kebabs in Arlington, and more.
137 Best Bites
What chefs plant in their gardens . . . Where to go for Peking duck . . . Lunching around Tysons/McLean . . . Best DC holes-in-the-wall . . . The appeal of pho . . . Good bánh mì sandwiches.
We endured painful facials and mediocre massages so you won’t have to. Here are 30 of our favorite spas. Plus—questions you may want to ask before getting a facial, massage, manicure, or other spa treatment.
157 Life on the Shore
Locals talk about their favorite ice-cream parlors and crab shacks at the beach. Want to join the fun? Here’s what’s happening to home prices on the coast. By Steve Bailey.