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September 2014 Contents: Learn Something New

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September 2014 Volume 49, Number 12

Cover Story

Learn Something New

Washington is full of smart people who love to learn new things. Fortunately, it’s also full of cool classes. Here are 87 of our favorites.

Edited by Sherri Dalphonse


In Full Bloom

Secrets to great style from ten Washingtonians—such as hairstylist and makeup artist Leigh Daily—who dare to break the rules. By Kate Bennett

Man Up. Lean Out.

Women aren’t the only ones desperately seeking better work/life balance. Working dads allover Washington want to see more of their kids. By Brooke Lea Foster

Nipples by Vinnie

Breast tattoos sound like a hipster trend. They’re not. They’re part of the reconstruction process for cancer survivors. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the Michelangelo of the craft. By Michelle Cottle

Capital Comment

Reading between the lines of DC’s mayoral candidates . . . Spin doctors’ advice for Dan Snyder . . . Politics and Prose turns 30 . . . Georgetown University as a comedy incubator? . . . With David Gregory out, some nominees to shake up Meet the Press.

Behind the Scenes A glimpse at a typical summer day for Harris Seafood as workers process 400 bushels of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs.

Where & When

The Black Keys at Verizon . . . Aerosmith plays Jiffy Lube . . . Chromeo at the 9:30 Club . . . Dance Place gets a facelift . . . Neoimpressionists at the Phillips . . . Bill Maher tapes an HBO show at the Warner . . . Driving Miss Daisy at Ford’s . . . Evita at the Kennedy Center.


Herd Historian Lisa Pregent is restocking Mount Vernon’s barnyard with rare breeds George Washington might recognize. Washington Read A portrait of female secret operatives in the Civil War. Plus—a pornographer’s daughter speaks. Unhappy Medium As Hollywood goes digital, the Library of Congress and other local repositories are scrambling to find byte-based alternatives to film.What Made Me CIA deputy director Avril Haines on how owning a bookstore prepared her for public service.


Good Grooming New barbershops, secrets to a proper shave, how to grow a great beard, tips for curbing hair loss, and more for men who want to look their best.Grape Adventures Fall fun at Virginia wineries, including camping, yoga, and an Indian festival of lights.


Bigger but Not Better At America Eats Tavern, José Andrés ditches the small plates. Plus—Tico serves a mix tape of Latin American fare, Bistro 7107 showcases hearty Filipino cuisine, lobster rolls in Annapolis, and more. Meals on Wheels A guide to 25 local food trucks you don’t want to miss.


Pretty Portals Let these homes inspire you to liven up your entryway. Best of Bethesda Happy-hour deals, quaint boutiques, great pizza, and more—here’s where locals hang out.Luxury Homes A former NFL commissioner and player strike big deals in the suburbs.Pets Since she rescued her beagle from an animal testing lab, the author and her dog have been transformed.

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First Person How a loaf of bread can contain a world.Crossword