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‘Wonder Woman’ Is Set in 1984 DC. 12 Things She Should Definitely Do in the Movie

The recent news that a new Wonder Woman movie would be set in early-’80s Washington made us all nostalgic for that long-lost era—back when both our NFL team and public-transportation system were widely admired (sigh). We were thrilled when the production revived Commander Salamander, but why stop there? We looked back through a stack of 1984 issues of Washingtonian to recommend some fun activities that a 1984 Diana Prince could check out during her free time in DC.

Explore some of the fine fashions available at DC-area department stores

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dashs designer clothing

Attend a Washington Federals Game

The team moved to Florida after their 3-15 season mercifully came to a close.

Catch a train at one of the new Red Line stations that will surely make commuting so much easier 

Check out the breakdancers in front of the Georgetown Little Tavern

Experience two new cultural hotspots: Wolf Trap’s Filene Center and the reopened Phillips Collection

Admire the refurbished Pavilion at the Old Post Office, a mall that will certainly last for decades.

Try to spot DC stars at power spots Mel Krupin’s and Duke Zeibert’s.

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duke zeiberts

Enjoy the punk-rock music made by a US senator’s son on an album produced by a local company called Dischord Records

Ditch your clunky belt-mounted beeper for a sleek new penlike model.

See Cats at the National Theatre, or, better yet, eat chocolate mousse with the cast members.

Window-shop for real estate at these 2BR Georgetown condos, which start at $226,500.

Or, just for fun, appear on the cover of Washingtonian.

Senior editor

Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.

Politics and Culture Editor

A DC native, Rob Brunner moved back to the city in 2017 to join Washingtonian. Previously, he was an editor and writer at Fast Company and other publications. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, New York, and Rolling Stone, among others. He lives with his family in Chevy Chase DC.