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OUTSIDER ART Public murals are taking the suburbs by storm. Here are a few worth checking out. 6

At the Bethesda Metro station, a series of artworks, dubbed “Tunnel Vision,” line the Wisconsin Avenue pedestrian walkway.


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Woman Willing to Depend on Metro for Timely Transport D.C. resident Rose Preston got out of an ambulance and took Metro to the hospital last month. Why? The first responders treating her were arguing, NBC-4 reports. Preston, an Army veteran who was worried she was having a stroke, said she received oxygen in the ambulance, but exited before the vehicle began moving. “They were constantly bickering back and forth,” she told NBC-4. RELOCATIONS

Beavis Lives in Virginia Now Firefighters in Manassas, Va., were called to put out a blaze in a middle school bathroom last month after someone decided to set toilet paper on fire, Potomac Local News reports. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze at Metz Middle School, which was contained in the lavatory, firefighters said. No injures were reported. AND

SNL’s ‘The Ladies’ Man’ Lives in Maryland Now A burglar in Dundalk, Md., had something to drink to last month when he or she made off with 2,142 cases of cognac plus a truck to haul it, The Baltimore Sun reports. Police say on March 16 someone snuck into a fenced-in lot through an unlocked staff entrance, and drove off in a truck trailing a cargo container of cognac. At press time, the thief was still at-large. (EXPRESS)

SOLDIERS AT DAWN: Cloudy skies hampered Nathan Jones’ plans to take photographs of the sunrise on March 22, but they enhanced this long-exposure shot he ended up taking of the Iwo Jima Memorial at 5:30 a.m.

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Totes: A Field Guide You see a flock of tourists near the Washington Convention Center, all wearing nametags and schlepping identical carry-alls. “Ah, conference-goers,” you think. “But what species?” Different industries tend to favor certain styles of totes. We asked Jen McCall, a trendspotter with the Promotional Products Association International, how to classify conventioneers by their bags. SADIE DINGFELDER (E XPRESS)

Brightly colored reusable grocery bag

Briefcase-style bag

Textbook-size tote

Logo messenger bag

Basic black sack

Worn by: People to whom you

Worn by: Do-gooders who

Worn by: Positive thinkers with

Worn by: People who run in

owe money

condo board elections Where spotted: Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute Expo, March 22

Where to spot: Property

believe the education system’s not broken Where to spot: The National Service Learning Conference, April 9-12 Identifying characteristics: “This is the kind of shape and size that reminds you of writing and books,” McCall says. “It’s a little short on aesthetics, but they are still trying to be cute, with the sweeped pocket on the outside.” Educators also like pen pockets.

decent paychecks Where to spot: American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Aug. 7-10 Identifying characteristics: Nice messenger bags with big logos are found on people who “are proud of the work they do and excited about the opportunity to be with their peers,” McCall says. Red is popular with advocacy groups, because “you get this feeling of activism and movement and change.”

Worn by: People who are richer than they look Where spotted: American College of Cardiologists Conference, March 29-31

Identifying characteristics:

A pastel- or jewel-toned tote indicates an “informal, friendly, relaxed group,” McCall says. Thrifty, too: “Smaller associations prefer these lighterweight bags because they are affordable.”

Management EXPO 2014, April 17 Identifying characteristics: The

“Barracuda Briefcase,” as this svelte, multipurpose model is known, is meant for serious businesspeople who “work on the road, or spend a lot of time out and about visiting places,” McCall says.


A Man About Town

in the 1970s. One plaque brags; the other says “ARPANET” in binary code.

1400 Wilson Blvd.: Two plaques here, at the former headquarters of the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), honor the scientists who built ARPANET, an ancestor of the Internet,

2507 N. Franklin Road: The building that now houses The Java Shack in Clarendon was the American Nazi Party’s headquarters from 1968, the year after Party founder George Rockwell was

2512 N. Randolph St. (pictured): Double agent Aldrich Ames bought this home with dirty money from the Soviets. The CIA operative was assigned to lure Russian spies to America’s side; in 1985, he switched teams, selling secrets to his former foes. In the ’90s, the FBI bugged the home, dug through the trash outside and hacked Ames’ computer. He and his wife were arrested in 1994.


In his column for the Falls Chuch NewsPress, “Our Man in Arlington,” journalist Charlie Clark digs dirt and mines gold from the city’s history. His essays are compiled in “Arlington County Chronicles” ($20, History Press), out April 22. The book’s a window into the city’s often-forgotten past, full of degenerates (Nazis) and heroes (astronauts). Here are a few semihistoric locations Arlingtonians may well pass every day.

shot to death outside an Arlington laundromat, until the early 1980s.

4709 Lee Highway: In the 1960s, this CVS was a branch of Peoples Drug Store and a stop in a two-week series of antisegregation sit-ins along Lee Highway. The protesters were arrested at a nearby Howard Johnson’s. MARISSA PAYNE (EXPRESS)

Identifying characteristics:

“The health care industry has been under fire for the way they spend their promotional dollars,” McCall says. “So they’re trying really hard to show the consumer that they really are invested in health care and in the well-being of their patients.”


Booze-nomics In Virginia What is the oldest bourbon you can get in a handle at Virginia’s ABC stores? Which vodka has the highest alcohol content to price ratio? Find the answers on the “VABC” app ($0.99 for iOS, free for Android), which tracks price, value and other characteristics of the offerings at the staterun liquor store chain. RACHEL SADON (EXPRESS)

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gravy. If you take the milk out, and you add sour cream and paprika you could be in Hungary. If you take the milk out, and you add tomatoes and bananas and habanero, you can be in West Africa. The technique is the same, basically, but you’re changing the spices. And that’s sort of how we are as people. We’re very similar, and the differences are very small.

Carla Hall is a former “Top Chef” contestant, a D.C. resident, owner of an artisanal cookie company and a co-host of ABC’s “The Chew.” But her true calling is expanding America’s definition of “comfort food.” In her new cookbook, “Carla’s Comfort Foods” ($30, Atria Books), the native of Nashville, Tenn., begins with the Southern recipes she grew up eating and branches out to explore classic dishes from around the world. She’ll talk about it at Sixth and I on Monday.



What local places do you like?

A lot of the places we go to are joints. We just want a little joint. I think that’s why you have to go to Wheaton, Md., and Fairfax and Falls Church. They’re still there. I’m really happy about our restaurant scene, but unfortunately the more expensive the real estate is, you kind of push those places out. I don’t know what the solution is. You want that authentic food, but they can’t really afford to be downtown.

What was the inspiration for this cookbook?

The f irst t hought t hat I had actually had nothing to do with food and had more to do with people. It was around 2012, and people were just focusing on their differences. I said, “You know, I wish I could show through food how we’re very similar.”

As soon as I say “comfort food” you go to macaroni and cheese, collard greens, smothered chicken, barbecue. But the fact of the matter is I love all kinds of foods from all over the world, and they’re just as comforting as food from my region.

No. I wish. Some of the dishes come from the places I’ve traveled. Some of it is just traveling around D.C. because, as you know, we have so many different cuisines represented here. It’s really nice to kind of travel through food here in D.C.

You cook very healthfully. How do you do that with comfort food?

What I really try to do is to come back to having those fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch. When you’re controlling what you make and what you’re putting into your food, it can be very healthy. At the Sixth and I event, You’ll be speaking with Pati Jinich of Pati’s Mexican Table.

I love her! She’s been on “The Chew” at least three times. [Cohost] Mario [Batali] has a huge crush on Pati. BETH MARLOWE (EXPRESS)

How do you do that through food?

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Mon., 7 p.m., $20; 202-4083100, (Gallery Place)

The idea was starting in the South and having a chicken with milk

This book is about comfort food, but a very international version of comfort food.

Did you get to travel all over the world to find recipes?


“I love all kinds of foods from all over the world, and they’re just as comforting as food from my region.”

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1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and minced 1 ⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano

CARLA HALL’S TANGY HOT CABBAGE SLAW “There’s a pupusas joint near my home that gets packed as dinnertime approaches. Their hot griddled cornmeal cakes come with a little plastic container of this slaw, which balances the hearty meat-and-cheese fillings. This super simple slaw is just as good on any other cornmeal creation.”


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Ingredients 1 ⁄2 cup white vinegar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sugar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 8 cups thinly sliced cabbage

Makes Eight Servings In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper until the sugar dissolves. Add the cabbage, onion, carrot, jalapeno and oregano and toss well. You can cover the slaw and refrigerate it overnight, but it’s best fresh. You can adjust the amount of onion to your taste. To make it spicier, keep the seeds in the chile and add another if you’d like. Recipe adapted from “Carla’s Comfort Foods” with permission.

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which stops at the Warner Theatre this weekend, is titled “The Rant Is Due.” In the past, he’s seen red over socialized medicine, airplanes and bottled water. Warner Theatre, 513




When we last left the almostleader of the free world and her team, Vice President Selina Meyer was planning a presidential run of her own. Julia Louis-Dreyfus resumes her Emmy-winning role, joined again by Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott and Matt Walsh. “Veep” returns Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

Singer, songwriter and banjo player Alynda Lee Segarra may be just 26, but her velvety voice and traditional bluegrass style have more in common with performers like Gillian Welch and Loretta Lynn than with acts her own age. She’ll showcase the folksy blues of her new album, “Small Town Heroes,” at Sixth and I on Wednesday. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Wed., 8 p.m., $15; 202-408-3100, sixthandi .org. (Gallery Place)


The Wanted This may be your last chance to see The Wanted: The boy band plans to split up after this


‘Rio 2’

Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Wed., 8 p.m., $35; 301-9609999, (Silver Spring)


Lewis Black Whether he’s performing stand-up or appearing on “The Daily Show,” Lewis Black is pretty angry. It makes sense, then, that his stand-up tour,

FRIDAY | Rare macaws Blu (below left), voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, and Jewel (right), voiced by Anne Hathaway, take their family to the Amazon to find more of their species. Also populating the jungle: Tracy Morgan as a dopey bulldog, Kristin Chenoweth as a tree frog, and Bruno Mars as a brawny bird.


Hurray for The Riff Raff


Columbia,  5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia; through June 22, various times and prices; 800-8886297,

tour so members can pursue solo careers. Expect plenty of screaming girls when the group, most famous for 2011’s single “Glad You Came,” plays the Fillmore on Wednesday.



St. NW; Thur., 7 p.m., $22.50-$92.50; 202-628-3200, (Gallery Place)

An ogre, a donkey and a princess take the stage, entertaining audiences with fart jokes, wisecracking and sass, respectively, in this family-friendly musical based on the “Shrek” films. Take the kids: Maybe they’ll finally stop singing “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” Toby’s Dinner Theatre of

The biggest question lingering as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” kicks off its fourth season (Sun., 9 p.m.) is obvious: Can anything top the Red Wedding? That shocking, bloody, Twitter outrage-inducing moment cemented the fantasy series’ status as appointment TV. And based on trailers for the new season, the show — and life in Westeros — is only going to get darker, bleaker and more ruthless.


In Tampa, Fla., she spit water on the first row of the audience. In Milwaukee she showed up on stage in her underwear. In Las Vegas, she kissed a fan in the middle of a song. There’s no telling what kind of stunt Miley Cyrus will pull when her “Bangerz Tour” stops in D.C. Thursday. Verizon Center, 601 F

‘Shrek the Musical’

‘Game of Thrones’


Miley Cyrus

13th St. NW; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m., $4373; 202-783-4000, warnertheatredc .com. (Metro Center)

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke, left) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) think deeply in “Game of Thrones.”




Neil Finn Many artists in their 50s turn to singer-songwriter material, but Neil Finn just made one of his noisiest albums yet. His sound fuses psychedelic pop with New Wave. Don’t expect to doze off during Saturday’s show. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW; Sat., 7 p.m., $40; 202-8880050, (U Street)

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Bold murals brighten up neighborhoods beyond the District’s boundaries Washington, D.C., isn’t short on street murals. Marilyn Monroe’s visage graces Woodley Park. Bright swirls of paint pop on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, and a giant man with a rooster head looms over H Street NE. While they’re all well worth seeing, it’s no longer necessary to go to the District to get your mural fix: They’ve gone suburban. Large-scale paintings are encouraged, and sometimes even funded, by local governments, businesses and citizens. These community-driven murals often serve the same purpose as more traditional public art (bronze statues, stately fountains and the like). Their presence can contribute to economic development by luring new residents or businesses to previously not-so-pretty areas. Pedestrians are drawn to murals and other outdoor art projects, too, according to a 2011 study by the American Planning Association. So what are you waiting for? Here’s where to spot some of the best murals on the suburban street art circuit. TE X T BY MARISSA PAYNE (E XPRESS); PHOTOS BY TEDDY WOLFF (FOR E XPRESS)

Bethesda and Silver Spring Metro Stations The Wisconsin Avenue pedestrian tunnel at the Bethesda Metro station got a face-lift in 2012. “It was dark and dingy with poor lighting,” says Stephanie Coppula, director of marketing and communications for Bethesda Urban Partnership. Funded entirely through donations from the public, “Tunnel Vision” now greets commuters with 12 8-foot wide paintings, photographs and digital images. That’s “Rainbow Pulse,” a psychedelic digital print by Bethesdabased artist Richard Dana, on the far left in the photo above.

The Georgia Avenue pedestrian tunnel leading to the Silver Spring Metro station also got a makeover, in 2006, thanks to the “Silver Pass” project. Prompted by the community organization Arts on the Block, the city provided $5,000; a fundraiser held at Jackie’s Restaurant brought in enough additional money to hire renowned D.C.-based muralist Byron Peck. He led a group of 24 teenagers to create a 200-foot-long transit-themed work composed of four mosaic panels and 800 square feet of painted space.

National Harbor


Color Outside The Lines

Del Ray Mural art in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood has taken on a life of its own. “They’ve been going up so quickly,” says Diane Ruggiero, deputy director of the Alexandria Office of the Arts’ Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities department. “It’s a very entrepreneurial approach,” Ruggiero says, meaning many of the works go up without city approval. Some murals have had official support, such as the human rights-themed work on the Mount Vernon Recreation Center’s gym (2701 Commonwealth Ave.). Kids helped local artists paint it during a 2010 art festival. It was meant to be temporary, but citizens loved it so much they petitioned to keep it.

National Harbor is a veritable outdoor museum. Developer Milt Peterson was determined that the Maryland multi-use complex be beautiful as well as functional. National Harbor’s grandest piece, “Chesapeake Journey,” comes from D.C.’s Steven Weitzman. His 1,680-square-foot tile sidewalk mural awaits visitors at the intersection of American Way and Waterfront Street. The installment incorporates dozens of other elements from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. history. You may need to visit a few times to spot them all.

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cover story Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Border “Turning Point,” which adorns the wall at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Piney Branch Road, proves that murals can transform and even unite a neighborhood. “It was really unpleasant to drive by there,” says Jan Goldstein, executive director of Arts on the Block, which partnered with Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers to complete the $85,000 work in 2008. (George Soros’ Open Society Foundations pitched in some funds.) “It was a really wild and amazing project,” Goldstein says, with members of rival gangs working together and a security guard on-site making sure the work in progress didn’t get tagged. “I definitely think it’s helped change the area,” Goldstein says.

Road Trip! Street art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the capital of Virginia. So clearly you’re unaware of the Richmond Mural Project. Run by Art Whino, a contemporary gallery that works out of National Harbor, Md., the annual project spans two weeks, during which muralists from around the world will paint 20 murals throughout the city. This year’s festival runs from June 16 to 27. To fund the event, Art Whino has turned to Kickstarter, where it hopes to crowdsource $6,000 to help cover 2014’s expenses. The campaign ends April 11. M.P.

Gateway Arts District Rhode Island Avenue (aka U.S. Route 1) wasn’t always the most scenic of routes. Four Maryland communities — Brentwood, North Brentwood, Mount Rainier and Hyattsville — changed that last year by commissioning 19 murals on or near the once-blighted motorway, in the area known as the Gateway Arts District. And they did it on “an impossibly small budget,” says Stuart Eisenberg, executive director of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. A jury-selected pool of eight muralists divvied

up $10,000 in public funding (sometimes supplemented by the owners of the properties getting a mural). One of Eisenberg’s favorites is a painting of an eagle and an American flag, on a wall of an auto mechanic’s shop at 4728 Rhode Island Ave. in Hyattsville. “You can see the thread count on a very dynamic flag, it’s that detailed,” he says. Another mural is eye-catching in a very different way: It depicts a kitten and puppy nuzzling in a hot-pink chair. See it at Mount Rainier pet spa Paws of Enchantment (3415 Perry St.).

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Shake Up Lunch YOU’VE LIKELY never seen a salad

that looks like Sisu Kind Food’s before. That’s because the mixes — prepared in Mount Pleasant — come in a Mason jar ($8 plus $1 jar deposit, Each Peach Market, 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW; 202525-1725). The vegan mixes rotate seasonally and include dressing varieties like chipotle and tahini.


D.C.’s blow dry bar wars opened its pink-filled digs last month in Dupont Circle. Blo (2126 P St., NW; 202-293-2256; blomedry .com), part of an international chain, offers $40 shampoo and blowout combinations from the tousled “Pillow Talk” to the Anna Wintourstraight “Executive Sweet.” Stylists can also come to your home for a “blo on the go” service.

Sales as Old as Time

Chad and Krisi Hora stock Peg Leg (9600 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md.; 301-477-3423,, the College Park vintage store they opened last November, with the type of vintage treasures they’d want in their own home. Lucky for us, they have good taste. Though they concentrate on wellpriced, mid-century modern furniture (wood credenzas run $500-$900), you’ll also find a few art deco furnishings and home accents from the 1970s.

Skin, Again

Hot Threads

based designer Tricia Hash uses recycled leathers and African mudcloth to craft her minimalistic-cool line of bags, sold under the label Tree Fairfax ( /treefairfax). Styles, which she sews by hand, include richhued backpacks (shown, $85), drawstring cross-body pouches ($40-45) and mudcloth totes ($60).

earns his living fighting blazes for the D.C. Fire Department. But in his spare time, the native of College Park, Md., designs menswear with futuristic flare ( His debut Native Danger collection just launched with springappropriate styles like slim-fitting hooded sweatshirts (shown, $200) and lightweight shorts ($100, shown).


Grab Bag is written by Jennifer Barger and Holley Simmons.


D.C.’S CHERRY blossoms are fleetingly beautiful. Formula X’s new Cherry Blossom nail polish ($12.50, and Sephora stores) channels the blooms via a glittery pink topcoat that, if applied well, will last longer than the flowers on the trees. It’s loaded with tiny posy-shaped doodads, too, making for an even springier look.

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Buy Big Art

Blanketing your walls with dozens of framed vintage postcards or a bunch of family photos can still look cool. But too many ironic — or badly hung — artworks in one space vaults your pad to Sad Clown Painting Gallery status. And do you really want friends to mistake your Petworth group house for page 95 of the Ikea catalog?

“It’s not always expensive to buy a larger piece that’ll fill up a wall,” says Christine Gasparich, a Bethesda interior designer (www.christinealice .com). “Keep your eyes peeled at estate sales — the art often comes with a frame.” Or, score a jumbo print or poster via Print Club Boston ($100 each, shown below,

Antlers and Taxidermy You think of yourself as rugged and natural. But taxidermy is frankly creepy (ew, those plastic eyeballs!), and antlers feel overdone if you’re not hunkered down in a West Virginia cabin.

Banish tired home trends (antlers, chevrons) with hip tips on dressing your nest

Thanks to the rise of Pinterest, a gazillion decor blogs and, frankly, too many chain stores, the way you outfit your home can now come off as copy-catty as page 9 of the new Pottery Barn catalog and as overplayed as Miley. We’re talking to you, hipster newlyweds with more antlers on the wall than the “Duck Dynasty” family and, you, little miss “I own 48 ikat pillows,” who’s never set foot in Istanbul. “You often see the same room over and over again,” says B., the Brooklyn-based dude behind the tumblr, [expletive]your “It’s just kind of ridiculous. Your design should be yours, not something you saw on a blog.” Here’s our highly subjective scoop on how to freshen up your space, no clichés allowed. JENNIFER BARGER (E XPRESS)

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It’s disheartening — and dull — when the chick one cubicle over shows up for work in the same Banana Republic dress as you. But such design double takes aren’t reserved for your wardrobe: Seen-ItEverywhere Syndrome can also strike at home.




Mid-Century Madness

An Eclectic Mix

We get it — Don Draper is your design soul mate, and Charles and Ray Eames are demi gods. But filling a whole room — or condo — with the iconic style can be sterile not to mention uncomfortable … have you tried sitting on one of those low-slung sofas while you binge-watch Netflix?

Blend classic furnishings like an Eames chair or a teak dresser with more modern stuff for a look that says 2014, not 1964. “These iconic pieces are beautiful,” says B. of F--- Your Noguchi Coffee Table. “It’s just when you put them all together it adds up to a bit much.”


Bring nature inside with dreamy flair via a vase of pheasant or peacock feathers (from craft stores or “Feathers, particularly when you combine them with dried seeds or pods, are a great alternative to fresh flowers,” says local floral designer Sarah von Pollaro of Urban Petals ( Also earthy: a sculptural chunk of driftwood ( DiscountDriftwood). Weathered wood also stars on items like lamps (shown, $225-$295,


Chevron Everywhere

Blue and White Prints

The V-shaped pattern, usually white with a bright color, has starred on everything from West Elm rugs to Forever 21 tops. Use it at home, and you’ll run the risk of party guests blending into your sofa. “I’m kind of sick of it now,” says local decor blogger Katie del Castillo of Life with a Dash of Whimsy ( “I’m gravitating toward batik prints.”

All those Portuguese tile makers and people in the Navy are onto something: Blue and white always looks crisp and never truly goes out of fashion. Del Castillo reupholstered a vintage sofa in a royal-on-white ikat print; we like Serena & Lily’s Asian-inflected “Kyoto” pillow cover (shown, $68,

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Fernando Gomez, the creator of Fistbells, demonstrates two of the ways his boxing glove-inspired weights can be used to strengthen muscles.

Iron Gloves Personal trainer Fernando Gomez says his Fistbells weights help exercisers do it all Fitness Equipment Fernando Gomez had just earned his MBA from the University of Maryland University College in 2009 when he was struck by a boxing glove — or, rather, the idea of one. “I wanted to make a free weight that was as variable as possible,” says Gomez, who realized that exercisers holding his glove-inspired inventions would be able to do more than just lift them up and down. Thanks to the flat surface that would cover their knuckles, they could put the weights on the ground and rotate them (like the

Perfect Pushup), or slide them out and back (like an Ab Roller). A set would be well suited for punching drills, too. And then a knockout name hit him: Fistbells. For Gomez, 33, the goal wasn’t to introduce just a product, but a brand. So he spent years developing what Fistbells would look like. Working with a design firm, he refined his prototype. The final product has an oval handle, not a round one, to provide an easier grip. There’s a protective pad at the wrist. He also created an accompanying mat that diagrams how to perform several exercises. “I want to teach you how to use them,” Gomez says. The weights made their gym debut in January at Results on Capitol Hill, where Gomez is a personal trainer (in addition to working in business development for Ben-

Details The Fistbells “Pioneer Home” package ($195$198) is available this spring. Customers receive two sets of Fistbells, a Fistbells mat, a kneepad and 13 boot camp sessions in D.C. (or Oxford, England, or Barcelona, Spain). For more info, see

jamin Moore). Although Fistbells are available to the general public (see box), fitness professionals are Gomez’s first target market. That’s because, he says, they understand what Fistbells are capable of. Sarah West, director of training at Results, says all of those sliding moves on the mat force core muscles to pull together and work like they’re supposed to. You can do situps all day to try to get stronger abs, she says, “but this is just more realistic.” If anyone understands the benefits of proper strength training, it’s Gomez, whose childhood friends in Equatorial Guinea knew him as “El Flaco.” The nickname — which means “the skinny one” — was fitting then. He was frequently ill, and one case of malaria at the age of 8 even required him to learn to walk again. “The first time I saw a 20-pound dumbbell, I could barely pick it up,” says Gomez, who began exercising every day when he moved to the D.C. area for college, and transformed his body in the process. Despite his current athletic physique and expertise, exercising with Fistbells can still pose a challenge for Gomez. None of the weights are all that heavy — Fistbells are available in sets of 2 pounds, 3 pounds, 6 pounds and 10 pounds. But it’s how you use them that counts. When you hold them with an “active grip,” so the flat part is up against your wrist, muscles all along the arm get involved. The “low grip,” with the flat part hanging under your knuckles, isn’t as tough — until you realize that from that position, a Fistbell can take the place of a kettlebell for a series of swings. Gomez has devised more than 50 variations of Fistbell burpees. And he keeps coming up with new ways to use his Fistbell mat. One particularly tough move: the horizontal pectoral slide. Starting in regular pushup position, slide one hand out to the side while sinking down, and pull it back in as you get back up. “Ever y t hing is engaged,” Gomez says. So being struck by a boxing glove, even just the idea of one, can

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fun & games PUT IT IN IDLE ACROSS 1 Port of Iraq 6 Famous fiddle, for short 11 Ladybug’s lunch 16 Kitchen meas. 19 “The door’s open!” 20 City at the foot of Mount Carmel 21 Knock it off 22 Former heavyweight champ 23 Not earning one’s wages, in a way 26 Gene sharers 27 Dispense 28 Certain noble’s domain 29 Pretentious syllables 31 With a fresh start

32 Aromatherapy setting 34 Flowery necklace 35 Reed instrument 37 Army chow 38 Notable boy king 39 Plumed wading bird 41 City in India 42 Mesa relatives 45 Microorganism’s locomotion appendages 47 Prepare to ice skate 51 500 sheets of paper 53 Bad ___ (German resort) 54 Lively tune 56 Store cremated remains

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57 Recharge one’s batteries 59 Vietnam’s capital 60 Participate in an election 61 Small snapshot? 62 Place to work out 63 Swindler’s activity 65 Ballpark fig. 66 “Out of the question” 67 Chest muscle, for short 68 Fair to middling 69 Headlight setting 70 Obviously pleased 72 Actor Aykroyd 73 Hairy beast 74 Mother of mine?

75 Like a pocketful of krypton 76 Not worry 79 Long-term inmate 80 Petri-dish medium 81 D.C. dignitary 82 Part of a foot 83 Bats’ hangout 84 Most brittle 87 Like pant legs 89 Black, to a poet 91 Opposite of a giver 92 “Fargo” assent 93 Like the Mojave 97 Peace of mind 99 Biblical jawbone source 102 Jamaican popular music 103 Glazier’s installation 104 Bicycle for two 105 “The People’s Princess” 107 Shape of a planet’s orbit 109 She raised Cain 110 Relaxing with an ottoman 114 Suffix for “command” or “profit” 115 With no one 116 Exposed publicly 117 10 plus 10 118 Bride’s new title 119 Dryer materials


120 Dictation pro 121 More withered DOWN 1 Hag 2 Nobody in particular 3 Subway entrances 4 Extends, as a subscription 5 2012 film about hostages 6 Heavyweight event? 7 Marble used as a shooter 8 Fruit skin 9 Ran __ of the law 10 Tango, for one 11 Feeling flu-ish 12 Carolina’s ___ Dee River 13 Leon Uris book “The ___” 14 Put by itself 15 Prevent entry of 16 Using a comfortable chair 17 Tricky pitch 18 Big hit at birthday parties? 24 Quarrel 25 One available for the taking? 30 Ringing up, old-style 33 What opposites do 35 Muscle spasm 36 Chair parts 40 Faint flicker 42 Frank holder 43 “Oh no, a mouse!” 44 Letters on a motor-oil can

46 Pampas kin 47 Cats have nine of them 48 Loss of sense of smell 49 Economizing 50 “Able was I ___ I saw Elba” 52 Primary color, to a printer 55 More hesitant 57 Light, metallic sound 58 Gotham, initially

59 Car-engine part 61 Breathe rapidly 63 Editor’s raw material 64 Abrasive cloth 66 Wispy white clouds 67 Faux ___ (blunder) 68 Square dance moves 71 Added to one’s knowledge base 72 Close-packed

74 Like Al Capp’s Abner 76 Badly needing a bath 77 Ambulance stops (Abbr.) 78 High card 79 Was in front of the pack 81 Exchange of cross words 83 On ___ of (for) 85 Impulse activators

86 Back of a wedding gown 88 Gets by 89 Put on a pedestal 90 June Cleaver’s son 93 By the item 94 “Jurassic Park” predator 95 Underwrite a risk 96 More thoughtprovoking 98 Katmandu’s land

100 Palms yielding starch 101 Aardvark feature 105 Bites the dust 106 Pay to hold hands? 108 Diet-food label word 111 Brick measure? 112 Demolitionist’s stuff 113 Suffix for “Hallow”


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