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December 2012 Contents: Marriage: In Good Times and Bad

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December 2012
Volume 48, Number 3

Cover Story

Marriage: In Good Times and Bad

Even the happiest couples go through rough spots. So what are the keys to staying in love? We turned to marriage experts—therapists, researchers, authors, long-married couples, even divorce attorneys—for answers.

Photograph for The Washingtonian by Jeff Elkins.


Crisis at the Corcoran

With the museum hemorrhaging money, the building in need of massive repairs, and staff and supporters up in arms over a possible move, the institution’s future has never looked more uncertain. By Luke Mullins

The Bearable Lightness of Being Tucker Carlson

He knows that people loathe him, think his career is in the toilet, and believe that his website, the Daily Caller, marks a new low in journalism. But the truth is that Tucker Carlson couldn’t be happier. By Tom Bartlett

A New Green Hat in Town

In a Northeast DC warehouse, an ex-lawyer and his son-in-law are paying homage to a legend of Washington’s boozy past—and hoping to tap into a still very thirsty local market—with the city’s first microdistillery. By Kathleen Bridges

Remains of the Day

A husband who died. Another who turned out to be gay. And a wife who never imagined she’d be so happy. A wedding photographer sets out to learn what happened to the hopeful couples who hired him for their big day. By Matt Mendelsohn

It’s a Wrap

Don’t know what to get your techie husband? Your girlfriend the fitness buff? Your best bud at work? From cool gadgets and captivating books to fabulous fashions and tasty treats, here are 107 perfect presents. By Sarah Zlotnick, Sherri Dalphonse, and Kate Bennett

Capital Comment

Hollywood’s biggest Washington movie goofs . . . A constantly moving portrait of today’s power players . . . A GOP superlawyer’s losing streak . . . Where the sharply dressed man shops . . . Investigative reporting is alive and well at the Post—on the editorial page.
Anatomy Landing at Reagan National.
Behind the Scenes Crafting the presidential seal.
Parties Despite the election, one bash after another.

Where & When

Million Dollar Quartet at the Kennedy Center . . . Les Misérables at the National . . . A Christmas Carol at Ford’s . . . Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker at the Warner . . . Les Liaisons Dangereuses (in French) at the Lansburgh . . . Handel’s Messiah at the KenCen and Strathmore . . . Judy Collins at the Birchmere.


Profile The bean counter in chief.

Technology America’s master timekeeper.

What Made Me Denyce Graves on being yourself.


Winter Highs A guide to the area’s best places to ski, snowboard, snowtube, and have other fun in the snow.

Secrets to Looking Young Washingtonians aren’t asking doctors to make them appear 20 years younger but to do something subtler—take five or ten years off. That, experts say, is easier than ever.

How to Give Wisely There are many good charities to choose from. Here’s a guide to help make sure you’re donating to the worthiest causes.


Bordeaux Beauties Canelés, our new favorite sweets, marry the lightness of crepes with the crackling sugar of crème brûlée.
Year in Review In 2012, the most exciting eating was found in food trucks, neighborhood spots, even a Clarendon apartment. Plus—our favorite trucks, notable markets, shandies under the stars, a cocktail king’s new venue, and great sandwiches.


What’s New in Old Town A stroll through the historic neighborhood reveals fashionable boutiques, cutting-edge art, and some of the area’s best dining.

Luxury Homes A five-bedroom house with elevator and butler’s pantry in DC’s Berkley neighborhood goes for $4.6 million.

Pets He wanted to adopt, but he didn’t plan on bringing home a pit-bull mix that would turn him into an advocate for the breed.

Aiming for the heart She’s a pacifist. Her husband was in the Marines. What did he want for his birthday? To go shooting with her.