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August 2015 Contents: Great Small Towns

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August 2015 Volume 50, Number 11

Cover Story

Great Small Towns

Two dozen places that will charm you with old-fashioned hospitality and newfangled vigor. Visit for a day, a weekend—or for good.

Edited by Sherri Dalphonse.


The Child Whisperer

Pediatrician Dan Shapiro doesn’t treat sore throats—he treats behavior. And he’s helping parents keep their sanity. By Laura Moser.

The New Rules of Parenting

Our definitive guide to the complicated, elaborate, and unintentionally comic ethics of being a Washington parent in 2015. By Laura Moser, Jill Pellettieri, and Christopher Porter.

The Septime Webre Show

For more than a decade, a visionary artistic director has sprinkled his pixie dust over the Washington Ballet, putting the formerly sleepy outfit on the map. Writer Sarah Wildman travels inside his wild world—and checks in on the company’s efforts to build enough muscle to fulfill Webre’s ambitions. By Sarah Wildman.

50th Anniversary

Gay life in Washington—and Washingtonian—over the years.

In Every Issue

Capital Comment

The changing boundaries of the Mall . . . GOP debate prep with Bret Baier . . . A history of tennis in the White House . . . Four Washingtonians’ professional U-turns.

Where & When

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

Behind the Scenes

Inside the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Reading Room.

First Person

Remembering a DC restaurant like no other.


Interview: Vox’s Ezra Klein on the problems he still hasn’t solved online.
Life & Law: A book says legal contracts can be a strong foundation for intimate relationships.
Media: Digging for scoops at the Washington Free Beacon.
Field Notes: The Washingtonian guide to navigating the month of August.


The best beach eats! Plus—Jon Krinn, once of high-end 2941, goes casual in Vienna, Liam LaCivita puts down roots in Woodley Park, fine dining comes to Silver Spring, and more.


Fashion: How to look great even when it’s hot and sticky.
Itinerary: Old and new attractions on Capitol Hill.
One, Two, Three, Jump! Splash in six area swimming holes.
Chop Class: Places to learn to cook—or cook better.


Notes From Underground: Beautiful basements, tips on waterproofing, and how to rent out your lower level.
And the Award Goes to . . . Winners of the 2015 Washingtonian Residential Design Awards.
Off the Market: The month’s most expensive house sales.
Pets: What a $5-million expansion bought at a local veterinary hospital.