Monthly Archives: September 2011

Unless you live at the House of Sweden, with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, leaving your windows uncovered could make them look, well, naked. The perched-on-the-Potomac embassy building can get away with it. But your place? Probably not so much. “Almost any window deserves some sort of dressing,” says Sandra Meyers, the owner of Sandra Meyers […]

  • Stephanie Kanowitz
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  • Sep 30, 2011
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For prospective homebuyers, the inspection can be one of the most daunting parts of the purchasing process. But it may save many homeowners from falling for beautifully renovated money pits. “We oftentimes are likened to superheroes, in that we go in there and help people in ways that others can’t,” says Curtis S. Niles Sr., […]

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  • Sep 30, 2011
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Eavesdropping is a fantastic way to learn something while riding the train. But what’s a curious mind supposed to do when no one is saying a word? “There’s a quiet Metro culture in D.C.,” says Lucy Burnett, co-founder of Knowledge Commons D.C., a new project designed to promote free lessons “taught anywhere, by anyone, for […]

I would like to ask for your expert advice and opinion. I bought a pair of tight-fit blue jeans, and I need a nice pair of brown or black knee-high (or a bit lower) walking boots that are comfortable, orthopedic and at the same time stylish to wear with them. I want to wear them […]

Big, frothy steins of brewskis get all the play during Oktoberfest. (Cue images of lederhosened Germans partying in Munich in late September, or American frat boys gulping down lager for the entire month of October). But the festival’s food — bratwursts, sauerkraut, vegetables and pretzels — also deserves a “Prost!” especially if it’s served with […]

For 27 years, Kim Zimmer portrayed Reva Shayne on the soap opera “Guiding Light,” a character known for dubbing herself the “Slut of Springfield” and marrying three members of the same family. In her book, “I’m Just Sayin’! Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva” ($27, New American Library […]

I’m a little late to the “Drive” party (though I did see it before it came out). So I’m probably not the first person to tell you to go see “Drive,” but, well, you really should go see “Drive.” First off, know that it’s quite violent (I saw a lot of the movie peeking out […]

Andy Warhol has certainly enjoyed more than the 15 minutes of fame he famously predicted we’d each be allotted. Four decades after he painted them, his soup cans, Brillo boxes and superstar portraits continue to define Pop Art, confronting culture through images that are symbolically freighted yet familiar. They are, as Warhol himself once said, […]

  • Mark Jenkins
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  • Sep 29, 2011
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This week brings us the romcom “What’s Your Number?” in which Anna Faris learns that there is a certain amount of partners a woman can have before nobody wants her anymore. While numbers shouldn’t be used to measure a woman’s worth, they do provide some great titles. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest This 1975 […]

Sam Childers, the Pennsylvania pastor whose life inspired the film “Machine Gun Preacher,” is an intimidating guy. Once a criminal and a heroin addict, Childers found Jesus, got clean, went to Sudan and started kicking ass — spending his time both killing bad guys and building an orphanage to house kids who lost their parents […]

Portraying the title character in the Tony Award-winning musical “Fela!” is a daunting task, even for 25-year theater veteran Sahr Ngaujah. In the 2½ hours of the show, which runs through Oct. 9 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harmon Hall, Ngaujah plays Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Nigerian inventor of Afrobeat, a dance-happy blend of jazz, […]

  • Darona Williams
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  • Sep 28, 2011
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In the spring of 1985, gorillas stormed the streets of New York City. Calling themselves the Guerrilla Girls, the masked art avengers pasted darkly funny works of street art across the city, calling out sexism and racism in galleries and museums. A quarter-century later, the Girls are going strong with kamikaze ad campaigns all over […]

  • Shauna Miller
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  • Sep 28, 2011
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Seth Rogen isn’t used to making people cry. The 29-year-old star of “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” is a comedic actor by trade, but in his new film, “50/50," he’s found audiences let the tears flow as much as the laughs.

Leo Frank is a Brooklynite living in the heart of Dixie, a Jew in the middle of the Bible Belt. His wife, Lucille, feels underappreciated and thinks he works too much. Then, Frank is falsely accused of rape and murder, convicted (thanks to a shady DA and a press bent on sensationalism), pulled from his […]

The most highly decorated hour of TV airs Saturdays on HGTV: “Dina’s Party” at 10 p.m., followed by “Donna Decorates Dallas” at 10:30 p.m. Dina Manzo once dwelt in the toxic world of Bravo’s New Jersey Housewives. Now, she displays her skills as a party planner who likes to say, “We’re gonna do this big.” […]

If you have a preschooler, you’re already familiar with “Yo Gabba Gabba!” The Nick Jr. program features five monsterish friends — Muno, Toodee, Plex, Foofa and Brobee, shown — and their orange-clad human friend, DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson), who sing songs, play games and host bands that parents love. On Friday, “Yo Gabba Gabba! […]

There are musicians who cover songs — and then there is Bettye LaVette. Whether the 65-year-old singer is performing Fiona Apple or Pink Floyd, she owns it completely, altering the lyrics and melody to suit her perspective. From LaVette, interpretation is the highest form of flattery. LaVette has been called a soul singer, but she […]

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  • Sep 28, 2011
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In her recent column for V Magazine, Lady Gaga blasted the New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, the veteran fashion writer who honed her rhetoric at The Washington Post in the ’90s. Gaga, whining like a kid, accused Horyn of “Extreme Critic Fundamentalism,” aka “negative” journalism practiced by, you know, serious critics. Gaga asked, “Why have […]

Burger-philes trust George Motz’s tips on where to find primo patties in all 50 states. Now, the filmmaker behind 2005’s documentary “Hamburger America” and the travel guide of the same name ($20, Running Press) brings his appetite to the Travel Channel with “Made in America” (starts Oct. 4, 8 p.m.). The series trails Motz to […]

I saw you on TV discussing football “widowhood.” You talked about setting boundaries and being honest about your feelings. But what if your husband doesn’t seem to care? He knows I hate how much time he spends on the couch, and yet he thinks it’s his right since he works hard all week. He doesn’t […]

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