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April 2015 Contents: Capital of the Future

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April 2015 Volume 50, Number 7

Cover Story


The stunning changes coming to our region—and what they mean for how (and where) you’ll live, work, and play.

Edited by Kristen Hinman and Marisa M. Kashino.


The Most Washington Movie Ever

We picked 64 contenders for the film that best captures where we live. Depending on your definition of our city,that means you could pick Mr. Smith Goes to Washington—or Mr. T in D.C. Cab. By Benjamin Freed.

Michael Graham’s Last Chance

He graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, led the Hoyas to their 1984 national title, then got cut from the Georgetown basketball team and disappeared. Three decades later,Michael Graham won $1 million in the DC lottery. Here’s what happened in between. By Alan Siegel.

The Assassin’s Assassin

Boston Corbett shot President Lincoln’s killer, launching numerous conspiracy theories in the process. But the true story of the preacher/hat maker/asylum escapee is much stranger than any of them. By Bill Jensen.

Capital Comment

Why DC is shifting from a football town to a baseball town…The fashion industry’s go-to guy on K Street…Five YouTube videos that changed Washington.

Where & When

Performances, exhibits, and other events worth your time this month.


Interview County executive Rushern Baker III on Prince George’s turnabout. Books In a new memoir, Nora Pouillon tells how she brought organic eating to Washington. (Hint: Sally Quinn helped.) Architecture The design of DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. library is rare, historic—and flawed.

In Every Issue

Behind the Scenes Inside the Virginia office where David Baldacci writes his bestsellers.

First Person Losing my hearing at age 43 was a real eye-opener.


The latest from José Andrés, fiery Lao flavors in Columbia Heights, elegant Chinese in Fairfax, the duo behind Chaia tacos, and more.


Shifting Gear Attire and gadgets that make working out no sweat.Out For a Spin Which type of spinning studio is right for you? Travel South Four great places to spend a weekend eating and drinking below the Mason-Dixon Line. Itinerary The best stops for a shopping day in Friendship Heights.


Spring House-Hunting An insider’s guide to 19 hot Zip codes. Neighborhood Guide Three ways to explore Reston and Herndon.Walk-Around-In Closets These homeowners dreamed bigger than the usual dream closets. Pets How to skip the breeder and adopt a purebred dog.