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Separate But Equal

A jet approaches Princess Juliana Airport above onlookers on Maho Beach. The short runway gives beach goers close proximity views of the planes.

Then we were like, “Where is St. Martin?” I mean, it had one of those “St.” names like so many Caribbean islands do, so it was probably awesome. But what if it was one of those resort-y places full of partying college students or some all-inclusive spot with bland drinks …

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Block Party

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Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, artist Heather O’Hara came to know the natural world intimately. Though she went on to earn an MFA at Cornell and ultimately move to Baltimore, she never lost that connection with nature, whose shapes, colors and creatures animate her art. O’Hara’s latest project, Burdock & …

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Monkey Man

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Celebrate the final months of the Year of the Monkey with this surprisingly stylish side table from Arhaus. Part of an authentic collection of refinished 19th-century Asian artifacts, the carved accent piece is a stunning addition to any Orient-inspired aesthetic—or simply an eye-catching standalone. Each one-of-a-kind table is hand-painted and …

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Not a Lemon

Chef Jerome Dorsch’s osso bucco.

Charles Levine recently opened Citron at Quarry Lake, joining La Food Marketa in bringing some authenticity to a newly fabricated neighborhood on the shores of a fabricated lake. Levine, who started his career working for his uncle, Alfred Davis (partner to Lenny Kaplan at the legendary Pimlico Hotel), has operated …

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Set Design

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Deck the Halls $549,900 Bedroom: 3, Bath: 3, Square feet: 2,100 This Federal Hill rowhouse may look fairly standard from the front, but a fully landscaped backyard and patio give ample space for all sorts of holiday shenanigans—decorating and otherwise. The beautiful wood stair rail would definitely benefit from a …

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Pom Squad

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Winter wardrobe update: The only thing worse than chilly ears is humdrum headwear. Skip the same old knitted hat and wraparound earmuffs and stay haute as the temperatures drop with this fun-yet-fashionable cap from Italian designer Alex.Max. Practical meets pretty with warm wool and a sunny multicolored pompom, bound to …

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Forging Frontiers

Rodney Taylor, who started “farmers market salad bars” in California schools, was featured in a film made by Johns Hopkins employees Michael Milli (left) and Leo Horrigan

Back in 1997, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was in the education system vanguard with salad bars in six of its 15 schools. It was a time when most of the nation’s cafeteria food was what Rodney Taylor, then the district’s director of food and nutrition services, calls “heat …

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Get Out: December

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MAIN EVENT: VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS Since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker—scored by Tchaikovsky—has become something of a holiday staple. Despite its darker themes (murderous mice, slightly racist food-based representations of foreigners), audiences remain captivated by young Clara and her treasured nutcracker—or, more accurately, by the …

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Lucky Star

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On December 1, for the eighth—and final—time, Barack Obama, accompanied by his immediate family, will preside over the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. If you were not among the lucky few to snag free tickets to attend the event—with performances by pop star Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, gospel …

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Remington Steals

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Dream Factory $1,176/month Bedroom: 1, Bath: 1, Square feet: starting at 606 If warehouse-chic is your vibe, then not only is Remington up your alley, Remington Row, the factory-inspired apartment building, should speak to you. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring natural light and openness—classic features that never go out of style. And …

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Southern Comfort

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When Nina Compton was a fledgling N’Orleanian, a friend offered her crawfish bisque at Easter time. The idea underwhelmed Compton, who helms Compère Lapin in the city’s warehouse district. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘I’ve had crawfish bisque a thousand times. What’s so special about yours?’” she recalls. But the execution …

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Knight Life

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  Industry wunderkind—and Annapolis native!—Christian Siriano has taken the fashion world by storm since becoming the youngest-ever winner of “Project Runway” in 2008. The larger-than-life 30-year-old, a Baltimore School of Design alum, is known for his body-inclusive runway shows and has dressed everyone from Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama to …

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