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L. Paul Bremmer's "My Year in Iraq" and GQ's "This Is Our War" A Soldier's Portfolio﹕ Servicemen's Photographs of Life in Iraq," provide very different looks at the current conflict in Iraq. The former is Bremer's account of his 14 months spent as Ambassador to Iraq in 2003-04 as the struggle to rebuild began; the latter is a collection of 256 personal photos taken by soldiers serving in Iraq. Both touch issues that the American public is dealing with every day.



There's something for everyone this year as Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary: B.B. King will stop by during his final world tour; slide-guitar siren Bonnie Raitt will play two dates around the Fourth of July; and Elvis Costello will ask "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?" in June. For schedule or ticket information visit
www.wolf-trap.org or call (703) 255-1900.



Named for the two Labradors in her life, Katharine Ordway's new boutique offers ladies who lunch, moms to be, and every woman in between a new Capitol Hill fashion stop. Maggie and Lola stocks Sweetees and Fourtys, and Ordway's own line of baby wear. Located inside a former B & B, the boutique also has a Wisteria-filled garden available for bridal parties or baby showers. Visit Maggie and Lola at 1013 E Street S.E. or check out www.maggieandlola.com.




Is it a battle every weekend to book the only teenaged babysitter on the block? Babysitters.com, based in Potomac Falls, allows parents to search a database of potential sitters in their area. Founded in 2001 by Michael Cravens, formerly AOL's director of small business product and business development, the site features over 18,000 sitters in all 50 states. The service costs $29.95 for the first three months and $8.95 per month thereafter. For more information visit www.babysitters.com.




Your need for speed, eye for design or love for things expensive and Italian can all be satisfied at the Ferrari Club of America's annual meet, to be held this year at the Westfields Marriott International Conference Center in Chantilly. The meet expects to attract 250 to 300 Ferraris of all types which will be on display to the public June 1 at Great Meadow near The Plains, Va. Admission is free; visit www.fca2006. org for more information.




Sidewalk dining. Cocktails al fresco. Everything is better outside during the District spring. That includes entertainment at the Kennedy Center, where NSOvation will host its annual "Quartet Under the Stars" on May 25 on the Roof Terrace. But there's a catch- you've got to be a "young professional" to get in. NSOvation, the young patrons group of the National Symphony Orchestra, works to cultivate a new generation of patrons (ages 25-40) in supporting our nation's orchestra. Besides the amazing view, guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as they're serenaded at sunset by a quartet of NSO Youth Fellows. Tickets on sale April 24; call (202) 416-8040, e-mail NSOvation@kennedy-center. org or visit
www.kennedy-center.org/nso/calendar for more information.




That's the principal behind eSpot, a service that sells its customers' luxury goods for them over eBay. Operated by Toby Moore, Justin Lesher and Adam Vitarello, friends from high school at Washington's St. Albans, the company takes the hassle out of "eBaying" - they take the photos of the product and run the auction - you just collect a check at the end. eSpot, located in Georgetown, sells everything from antiques and collectibles to high-end electronics and automobiles, though they specialize in designer brand clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as jewelry and watches. They don't accept items with an anticipated value of less than $100, so forget getting rid of that cozy sweater your aunt Edna knitted. Visit www.espotstore.com for more information.


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