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January 2002 – 100 Very Best Restaurants

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Capital Comment: What's in and what's out . . . Nancy Pelosi's Washington favorites . . . MJ's bad night at blackjack . . . Remembering Sholl's . . . Dates from hell . . . Stalking Fleischer and Stephanopoulos.

Where & When: Chinese painting at the Freer . . . Plácido sings with future stars . . . Kelly McGillis at the Shakespeare . . . Billy Taylor's 80th . . . Lesser-known but good singing, dance, and theater groups.

Too Many Lawyers Judge Laurence Silberman says many bright young people drift into law school and then are unhappy lawyers. Interview by Ken Adelman.

Thinking Big at the Kennedy Center If the Kennedy Center's new chief, Michael Kaiser, has his way–and he usually does–we ain't seen nothing yet. By Barbara Matusow.

Local Heroes Here are the 2001 Washingtonians of the Year–people who have made the city a better place to live. By Leslie Milk and Ellen Ryan.

She's on Top If terrorists attack the city, Margret Kellems is DC's field marshal–and she's no shrinking violet. By Harry Jaffe.

Genius at Play Smart kids know all the answers in the classroom, but on the social scene they've often got a lot to learn. By Courtney Rubin.

Memories A 1950 photograph of his mother and himself sparked Ronald Reagan's fondest memory. Compiled by Paul Feinberg.

House Sales of the Year It was the year of million-dollar mania as house sales continued to defy talk of a real-estate downturn. By Patricia Simon.

100 Very Best Restaurants Wine and food editors Robert Shoffner, David Dorsen, Thomas Head, and Cynthia Hacinli tell where to find the finest dining in Virginia, Maryland, and the District. Plus 20 restaurants to watch.

Wine: Good sparkling wines. By Ann Berta.

The Greatest Game This gridiron classic took place on New Year's Day, and the Maryland Terrapins were big underdogs. By Victor Gold.

Benefits: Antiques and African art. By Maggie Wimsatt.

Here Comes the Bride Jazz is hot, dumplings are on the menu, cakes are decorated red, white, and blue, and other trends in weddings. Plus Washington's top caterers, wedding sites, photographers, florists, jewelers, destinations for getaway nuptials, and more in our annual guide to planning the perfect day.

First Person: Not with my daughter. By Stanley Trachtenberg.