July 2022: Summer Music Guide

Photograph by Rob Wallace.


10 reasons to love DC Music

Photograph by Dylan Singleton.

A look at the people, places and tunes that help shape the sound of our city. Edited by Rob Brunner.


Photo courtesy of VDOT Twitter.

Six months ago, snow and ice paralyzed a stretch of I-95 in Virginia overnight. Here is, in the words of those who were stuck, what it was. By Jane Recker.

The things they collect

Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Six locals talk about the items they keep buying and why. By Cathy Alter.

Why is Old Bay suddenly everywhere?

Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Marylanders have loved the seasoning for generations. Today, the company has bigger dreams: to replace salt and pepper on everyone’s table. By Sylvie McNamara.

Out of office

Before: An outdated 1980s office complex in Alexandria housed the Ministry of Agriculture. Photo courtesy of Lowe.

The pandemic has pushed DC’s office vacancy rates to historic highs, and it’s now clear that many employees will never return full-time. But developers and local elected officials see it as an opportunity: to transform empty office buildings into apartments. By Marisa M. Kashino.

Washington’s 100 Best Realtors

The agents you want on your side, as voted by their peers and clients. Plus, who sold the most last year. By Marisa M. Kashino.


Photography by Alexey Kuzma/stocksy.com.

Teens in difficulty: What’s behind the increase in carjacking among young people. By Sylvie McNamara.

Map Quest: One man effort to create compelling DC maps. By Jessica Ruf.

DC’s set secrets: When the big TV shows and movies head here, they call this guy. By David Tran.

Doors openning”: Fifty years after Watergate, a look at other “-gates”. By Damare Baker.

A room for Rosa Parks: Why owners of huge trucks will soon pay higher fees. By Sophia Young.

Big picture: Was this the best costume at Awesome Con? By David Andrews. Photograph by Evy Mages.


John A. Donnelly Sr. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Interview: John A. Donnelly Sr. spent 30 years with DC Fire and EMS. Now he’s the boss. By Sylvie McNamara.

Second Acts: Former CIA disguise expert Robert Barron now makes prosthetics for clients who have been disfigured by illness or injury. By Luke Mullins.


Going out for a spin: Shenandoah River State Park is a nice place to ride. Photograph by Philippe Oursel/unsplash.com.

Fun summer excursions: A non-touristy winery, nature sanctuary and other quick getaways for connoisseurs. By Kayla Benjamin.

Shaping your golden years: More and more Americans have retired prematurely because of Covid – here’s how to do it too. By Damare Baker.

The $300 beach chair: The Sunflow lounge chair is the trendy accessory for this summer. By Amy Moeller.


What race: Scott’s Run offers spectacular views. Photography by Evy Mages

Great Waterfall Hikes: These outings, all nearby, will allow you to cool off on a hot summer day. By Matthew Graham.

A doctor, on request: More and more doctors are becoming janitors. Are the benefits worth the cost? By Mimi Montgomery.

Ultimate safe space? : Virtual therapy has become popular during Covid – and now more and more patients prefer it. By Mimi Montgomery.


Hip to Be Square: Tavern-style gourmet pizza gets a chef’s twist at the Nighthawk Brewery in Arlington. Photograph by Hawkeye Johnson.

Why thin-crust tavern pies are Washington’s latest pizza obsession, a tour of our international frozen dessert scene, and the bar star who wants you to love pisco. By Ann Limpert, Nevin Martell, Anna Spiegel.


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Forts become fabulous: A playhouse can be luxurious, and according to the company that builds high-end hangouts for kids all over town, it’s ideal for your child’s development. By Mimi Montgomery.

Off-market : Luxury home sales of the month. By Washington staff.


Eun-joo Choi. Photograph by Ken Richardson/NPR.

NPR podcaster Emma Eun-joo Choi on a first lesson in what makes comedy work. As told to David Tran.