Magazine Issues

October 2018: Private School Confidential

Take a peek inside our October issue, on newsstands now.
Photo-illustration by C.J. Burton.

This page describes the contents of an issue of Washingtonian magazine. Subscribers get exclusive early access through our print and digital editions. Most of our feature stories are later published online and linked below.

Buy a Single Issue
Subscribe

Or Manage My Subscription

Private School Confidential

25 things to know — including how to pick a school, how to pay for it, and what it’s really like once you get in. By Sherri Dalphonse.


FEATURES

Tech Titans

Photographs of Ajay Kori, Anna Mason, and Aaron Saunders by Andrew Propp. Photograph of Angela McKay by Gabriella Demczuk/New America. Photograph of Steve Pann by Laura M. Kuah. Photographs of others courtesy of subjects.
Photographs of Ajay Kori, Anna Mason, and Aaron Saunders by Andrew Propp. Photograph of Angela McKay by Gabriella Demczuk/New America. Photograph of Steve Pann by Laura M. Kuah. Photographs of others courtesy of subjects.

The most important and innovative people in Washington’s digital economy. By Joseph Guinto.

The Escape-Adulthood Artist

Ginger Flesher-Sonnier. Photograph by April Greer.
Ginger Flesher-Sonnier. Photograph by April Greer.

With our snowball fights and kickball leagues, Washingtonians have long cultivated a kid’s sense of fun. Enter escape rooms—and Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, who spun that spirit into a lucrative art form. By Amanda Whiting.

The Most Un-Trump-Like Trump Official in Washington

Matt Cutts. Photograph by Steve Boyle.
Matt Cutts. Photograph by Steve Boyle.

In an administration defined by its epic turnover, Matt Cutts, head of the U.S. Digital Service for the past two years, is a rare exception. And he’s not even a Republican. By Romesh Ratnesar.

Sy Hersh, Right Now

Sy Hersh, the man who uncovered the My Lai massacre and Abu Ghraib, has lately appeared on Alex Jones’s Infowars and Kremlin-aligned RT.. Photograph by Alamy.
Sy Hersh, the man who uncovered the My Lai massacre and Abu Ghraib, has lately appeared on Alex Jones’s Infowars and Kremlin-aligned RT.. Photograph by Alamy.

These days, America’s foremost investigative journalist is operating more in the margins than ever, riding the bench in the Trump era and touting alternative histories that border on conspiracy theories. Our reporter takes a trip inside the head of Seymour Hersh. By Ben Wofford.


CAPITAL COMMENT

Cardinal Wuerl conducting Mass in DC. Photograph by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.
Cardinal Wuerl conducting Mass in DC. Photograph by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Mass Confusion: As a newcomer to DC, I hoped to find community in the church. What now?

Copping a New Look: The DC police department is rolling out revamped uniforms this month. We asked local menswear retailer Read Wall for his take.

Meet Market: You know the Congressional Black Caucus and House Freedom Caucus, but what about the Congressional Candy Caucus? A look at some odd governmental groups.

Critic’s Pick: Why Maydan is Washington’s most popular new restaurant—with food writers who don’t live here.

Hall Monitor: Here’s our take on some of the new and upcoming food halls.

Staying Strong: After teaching himself workout techniques in prison, Dontrell Britton now has a celeb clientele.

Job Sites: These days, there are a ton of places to plug in your laptop. Which DC coworking space is right for you?

Sound Judgment: Why the local record company Sister Polygon has become a crucial music incubator.

State of the Skins: The author of a big new NFL book shares his take. (Ouch).

A Novel Look at DC: Camille Acker on why the city is fertile ground for fiction.

Living Social: Behind the Post’s kooky Twitter feed.

Big Picture: Inside the Washington National Opera’s costume shop.


IQ

Michael Bekesha considers himself an “urban Republican.” Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
Michael Bekesha considers himself an “urban Republican.” Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

The Right Stuff: The DC Council hasn’t had a Republican in a decade. Michael Bekesha wants to change that.

Signature Achievement: Cool “Disco” Dan was once considered a vandal. Should the DC government celebrate his graffiti?

Glenstone’s Big Moment: Glenstone has al­ways been unusual. With its new exhibit space, the museum is now essential.


STYLE, BEAUTY & HEALTH

A timeless white shirt feels modern when paired with fall's styles. Photograph by Sean Scheidt.
A timeless white shirt feels modern when paired with fall’s styles. Photograph by Sean Scheidt.

Keep Your Shirt On: Fresh ways to wear a white shirt this season.

Cold Comfort: Cryotherapy—exposing your body to subfreezing temps—is said to soothe sore muscles. But is it worth the cold cash?


TASTE

Mirabelle’s “beehive” with lemon curd and meringue. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Mirabelle’s “beehive” with lemon curd and meringue. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Momofuku CCDC and MirabelleNew chefs give two restaurants a reboot.

Café Society: Northside Social has fast become a gathering place in Falls Church (the breakfast sandwiches help).

Table Talk: Five things on our mind this month.

Under the Pomegranate Tree: A recipe for a sparkler with a Middle Eastern twist.

Totally Random Ranking: The oddest restaurant merch.

Dish of the Month: Susi, a delicious Yemeni casserole at Marib.

Quick Takes: First impressions of three new Italian restaurants.


LIFE & TRAVEL

The Mid-Atlantic has hundreds of wineries. Photograph by Scott Harlan.
The Mid-Atlantic has hundreds of wineries. Photograph by Scott Harlan.

Eight Grape Getaways: Fall is a great time to go winetasting. Here, we map out day trips for every taste, with stops along the way to hike, eat, and shop.

They Know Wine: We asked Washington embassies of two wine powerhouses—France and Portugal— which local wines they’d recommend. These are their picks.

Government Spending: What do Brett Kavanaugh’s finances say about living in Washington? That it’s not easy to live an A-list life on a civil-servant salary.


HOME

A dramatic Capitol Hill kitchen. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
A dramatic Capitol Hill kitchen. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Turn Up the Heat: Inside five gorgeous kitchens—plus resources for remodeling your own.

Nothing to Hide: Open shelves might sound intimidating, but it’s possible to keep them neat and stylish without sacrificing utility. Here are tips to help you get started.

Kitchen Help: Designers, suppliers, shops, and other specialists.

The Briefing: Leesburg: What’s new in the Loudoun County town.

Off the Market: The month’s luxury home sales.


FIRST PERSON

Photograph by Charles Krupa/AP Images.
Photograph by Charles Krupa/AP Images.

My Bestiary: I started criticizing the President. Here’s what happened next.

Want more? Of course you do. Take a look at our past issues.

Don’t miss a new restaurant again. Subscribe to our weekly newsletters.