Best of 2009 Interview: Sky Sitney, Artistic Director of Silverdocs

» EXPRESS: Why are you our favorite film fest? » SITNEY: We are honored to be voted Washington’s favorite festival. I believe that Silverdocs proves the old adage correct: Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. We travel around the world and scour through nearly 2,000 submissions to bring together a wonderfully eclectic program of the […]

Best of 2009 Interview: Mark Frazier, Bang Stylist

» EXPRESS: How should I get my hair cut? » FRAZIER: The long bob is in — it’s a modern, polished, professional look. Long fringe bangs are quite current, too. Long curls are also big right now; I think hair has been so flat and straight for such a long time that more amplified curls […]

Best of 2009 Interview: Jennifer Donohue, Owner of Treat

» EXPRESS: What’s your favorite shopping neighborhood? » DONOHUE: Well, I’m biased: I live in Old Town, which, I think, has developed into a really neat shopping neighborhood in the past couple of years. The 14th and U streets corridor is similar, with independently owned, eclectic shops side by side. » EXPRESS: What’s the best […]

Best of 2009 Interview: Zachary M. Schrag, Metro Expert

EXPRESS ASKED this Metro expert to pick his five favorite stations. » Judiciary Square: “I think it’s architecturally the most significant and quite beautiful in that way.” He especially likes the National Building Museum exit, “where you get that magnificent vista framed in the escalator.” » Union Station: Historically notable because it “connects Metro to […]

Best of 2009 Interview: Five Weirdest Washington Landmarks

AS A SENIOR EDITOR at Roadside America, a travel Web site specializing in bizarre attractions, Ken Smith is a rare authority on strange landmarks. We asked him for his five D.C. favorites. (You can find locations at » Obscure Monument to Lobsterdom: This statue of a man kneeling over a lobster was constructed in […]

Best Bartender: Mara Barmak, Caddies on Cordell

WHAT’S THE ONE thing that irks D.C.’s favorite bartender? “I hate the random shooters that people make up names for that have 13 different things in it,” says Barmak, who’s served up drinks to her regulars at Caddies on Cordell for four years. She attributes her popularity to her social nature: “I’m just friendly. I […]

Best Local Artist: Wale

RAPPER WALE IS ON the verge of big things — things such as his current tour with hip-hop icon Jay-Z — so enjoy his “local favorite” status while you can. But despite Wale’s imminent national stardom, his songs express a deep, loyal love for the area. His hit “Chillin’,” featuring Lady Gaga, is rife with […]

Best Reason to Go to Baltimore: Fells Point

SOMETIMES GRIME IS good. The gritty atmosphere is something the historical waterfront community prides itself on. “Some of the locals say they like it here because there’s sort of a rough edge about it,” says Jason Sullivan, executive director of Fells Point Main Street, an area nonprofit. Go here when you want to escape the […]