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Washington’s Most Powerful Women

Cynthia Chavez Lamar, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, is the first Native woman to lead a Smithsonian museum–and among our list of Washington’s most powerful women. Photograph by Tina Leu.

169 of the most influential women shaping business, government, the arts, education, law, media, and nonprofits. By Daniella Byck and Amy Moeller.


Fish Fight

Sergeant Rich Goszka of the Virginia Conservation Police watches for people taking fish illegally. Photograph by Zak Arctander.

Every spring, Virginia game wardens play hide-and-seek with poachers under Chain Bridge to protect the Potomac’s imperiled herring. Is it working? By Sylvie McNamara.


Let’s Do Brunch!

One of the best things about Unconventional Diner’s daily brunch: sweet-potato shakshuka. Photograph by David Deshaies.

There’s never been a better time to wake up hungry in Washington. Here’s where to go for Japanese soufflé pancakes, perfect omelets, hangover-soothing breakfast sandwiches, and of course, the best Bloodies and Benedicts. By Ann Limpert and Jessica Sidman.



Fruit vendors Gurvis Phillips and Dwayne Streeter at the Hillsdale Farmers Market. Photograph by Evy Mages .

Apple Store: A new farmers market east of the Anacostia. By Malcolm Ferguson. 

Scene Zines: Two new publications are documenting DC’s visual-art scene. By Ike Allen.

Good Call: Why a local teacher built a public pay phone that tells jokes. By Rob Brunner.

New Local Reads: Recent local reads to check out. By Washingtonian Staff.

Macabre Museum: Is it time to rethink a prominent medical-exhibition space? By Ike Allen.



Photograph of Jessie Ware by Jack Grange.

Things to Do: Our 10 picks for the month in culture. By Pat Padua.



Sheila Johnson. Photograph courtesy of Sheila Johnson.

Interview: In her new memoir, Sheila Johnson—best known for BET and the Salamander hotels—writes about how huge success came with some heavy burdens. By Rob Brunner.

Notes on a Scandal: An oral history of Shattered Glass, the 2003 film about a rogue reporter at the New Republic. By Andrew Beaujon.

Can Loudon County Make Room for Cricket?: South Asian cricket lovers and longtime locals are at odds over a plan to build new fields for the sport on the same site as a historic baseball diamond. By Ike Allen.



Red Alert. It’s the season’s hottest hue. Photograph by Nabi Tang/Stocksy.

Keeping Abreast of Cancer: Breast-cancer screening guidelines aren’t always straightforward. Local experts offer some clarity. By Amy Moeller.

Seeing Red: On the heels of Barbiecore pink comes a new color of the season. By Amy Moeller.

Write Away: The dos and don’ts of college-application essays, according to an admissions pro. By Amy Moeller.



A kitchen in DC’s Palisades, going all in on black. Photograph by Max Burkhalter.

Paint It Black: Four kitchens display the moody hue’s versatility. By Heather Bien.

Betting the Farm: The modern-farmhouse look has sprung up all over Washington. Why is it so popular? By Mimi Montgomery.

The Briefing: Capitol Hill: New spots for shopping, brunch, and art around this DC neighborhood. By Damare Baker and Mimi Montgomery.

Off the Market: The nuts and bolts of some of Washington’s most expensive residential transactions. By Washingtonian Staff.


Aparna Nancherla. Photograph by CleftClips/Flickr.

Standup comic Aparna Nancherla on her long-ago stint as a magazine intern. By Ann Limpert.