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December 2010 Contents: Have Less Stress

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December 2010 Cover
Volume 46, Number 3

Cover Story

Have Less Stress

How do Washingtonians handle pressure? We asked lots of people, from a nun to a Redskin, what works for them. PLUS—the best ways to beat stress: massage, meditation, hypnosis, quick exercises, errand runners, foods that might help, and more.

Photograph by Chris Leaman


DC’s Hottest Tech Start-Up

LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy has created the most interesting local start-up since AOL, and he wants to revolutionize how consumers shop. By Garrett M. Graff

Law & Order

Prosecutors in DC have the toughest caseload in the country. But working here is also the best training ground for young lawyers—if they can handle the pressure. By Marisa M. Kashino

Soaring in Place

John Safer made it big as a businessman, but his passion drove him to become a sculptor of note. By Wayne F. Nelson


Students at Duke Ellington are pulling out all the stops for their production of Dreamgirls. A lot is at stake—including the school’s future. By Kris Coronado

Holiday Gift Guide

Don’t know what to get your boss, your best friend, or your brother this holiday season? Here are 74 terrific ideas.

Panda on the Metro!

Striking scenes from the Mall to Arlington to the Chesapeake Bay—all entries in FotoWeek DC’s photography competition.

Capital Comment

The 40 most interesting Washingtonians . . . Homes of the Redskins stars . . . Local literati pick their favorite books . . . Paying law-firm associates not to work . . . A fancy makeover at Williams & Connolly . . . The cartoonist and the ex-wife and the publisher and the ex-husband.
Profile The Education of Michelle Rhee.
business Could You Drive a UPS Truck?Real Life Going the distance.benefits Good times for good causes in December.

Where & When

Washington Color School at the Corcoran . . . Covering Katrina at the Newseum . . . Usher at Verizon . . . Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the KenCen . . . O.A.R. at Strathmore . . . Sunset Boulevard at Signature . . . South Pacific at the KenCen . . . Four holiday Nutcrackers . . . Irish and Jewish film festivals.


dining out After a rocky few years—a failed trattoria, legal troubles—Roberto Donna has revived his once-famed Italian dining room. Plus, a Korean/Cajun surprise in Sterling. best bites The thoughtful boozehound . . . Crazy about Japanese mayo . . . Haute sodas . . . Wet-aged versus dry-aged steaks . . . Searching for a good baguette . . . A dream date dessert recipe.reader picks For the 33rd year, Washingtonian readers pick their favorite restaurants.


travel Two hot destinations for the new year: Istanbul and Las Vegas. health Faster braces, easier whitening, and other advances are giving patients brighter, straighter, healthier teeth.spirit of giving How to lend a hand to those in need this holiday season. Reader deals Cool winter getaways.


best of friendship heights When Metro arrived there, the community on the border of DC and Montgomery County was a quiet suburb. Today it’s an urban center with high-rise condos, lots of restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and good shopping.Luxury Homes Hockey star Niklas Backstrom buys for $2 million. Plus—banker Robert Pincus and Channel 7’s Gordon Peterson buy condos.

Pets Mutt macaroons, mincemeat muffins, and other holiday treats for pets.

First Person I’m independent, and I walk with purpose rather than grace. Could I learn to give in to the tango?