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Poetic License

Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats, which opened in June at the new Hotel Indigo, the 162-room (and 23-suite) beauty in Mt. Vernon, gets an “A” for effort. The bright room, with its mod art, charcoal upholstered banquettes and wingback chairs, is a lovely place to meet a friend or have …

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Taking Flight When it's really good, fiction transports us to another time and place--when it's great, another self. Here, three talented emerging writers from the University of Baltimore MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing program share short shorts about love and lust, despair and freedom. Read them and let yourself go...

Birds and Other Things We placed in Our Hearts By Timmy Reed After our chests hollowed out, we filled them with birds. Humans all over the planet filled their ribcages with birds to simulate their hearts, which had shrunken over generations, finally disappearing altogether. We had evolved past having hearts …

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City Smart

The feline gods have finally answered our prayers. Our nation’s capital is now home to Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat café serving up coffee with cuteness in the picturesque Georgetown neighborhood. For a cover fee of $12 per person ($10 on weekdays), you can relax among comfy cushions while the …

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New York

Why go all the way to Paris for a fine dessert baking class, when you can just jet up the Jersey Turnpike? Momofuku’s sister bakery Milk Bar (with a Washington, D.C. location opening later this year) in hip Williamsburg now offers “Bake the Book” weekend classes based on their famed …

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Philadelphia

There’s more to Philadelphia cuisine than the cheesesteak and Audi Feastival (Thursday, Sept. 17) proves it. Part food fest, part performance art, part fundraiser and, yes, part car show, the one-night-only visual and culinary spectacular brings together 70+ of the region’s top chefs and mixologists to serve up haute cuisine …

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Pop Art and Ping Pong

Margo Downing didn’t let a complication like the recession get her down. “It was a good thing,” says the interior designer. “I had to be more creative and [take] more chances.” That included reaching out to local craftsmen for original pieces. When designing this dramatic, Pop Art living room for …

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Object: Love Shack

Some of my favorite memories from the mid-1990s are the weekends when I hopped on an Amtrak train to visit my best friend at NYU—trading fraternity parties at my (fantastic, but thimble-sized) liberal arts college for all-nighters dancing at the Limelight, table-sharing with strangers at the world’s best greasy spoon …

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Put Your Left Foot In Can positivity-fueled Nia activate your authentic inner dancer even if you’re uncoordinated?

Dance steps intimidate me, so I’m apprehensive about taking my first Nia class— Nia stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, by the way, which doesn’t exactly ease my (uncoordinated) mind. As I begin the Sunday morning workout with charismatic instructor Lola Manekin, in her flowing gypsy pants—her long black hair tied …

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A Star is (RE)Born

Savvy is guilty of watching HGTV late at night with a glass of wine, dreaming about a state-of-the-art kitchen. Well, thanks to Sunnyfields, those dreams can now become a reality. The revered home and gift store did a hard reset Preakness weekend and re-opened as a sleek, 1,600-square-foot showroom offering …

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Brilliant Basics

Who doesn’t love a one-stop shop? Savvy certainly does. For the first time in 30 years, Amaryllis, the artisan jewelry destination, has introduced clothing into the mix. Co-owner Allie Wolf says, “We saw a void in Harbor East for comfortable, everyday women’s wear that’s season-less”—and, in some cases, size-less with …

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