Your Weekend

Atomic Books is an independent bookstore located in Hampden.

The rise of the indie bookstore in Baltimore

October 27, 2016

Baltimore is a haven for readers looking to discover bookstores apart from fiendish chain stores. Let’s start in Station North, currently one of the hubs of Baltimore’s art scene, as the neighborhood holds MICA, the Copy Cat Building, and the only alley in Baltimore where graffiti is legal.

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Just look at these beautiful waffles. Golden West Cafe in Hampden only serves these treats during the weekend.

Golden West Cafe offers weekend-only waffles

October 13, 2016

Waffles. We all love them. When the waffle makers are out in the FFC, the sun shines a little brighter, or the stars do if it’s Late Night. They’re good savory. They’re good sweet. They’re for breakfast. They’re for dessert. What’s not to love?

Finding shenanigans, even during midterms

October 13, 2016

It’s that happy time of year again: Leaves are turning colors, the air is growing crisp, everything is pumpkin spice flavored and you’re stuck in the library until well after dark. The calendar is filled with midterms, papers and presentations. And if you’re a senior, there’s a whole new level of stress brought on by job interviews and applications.

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The entrance to the American Visionary Art Museum, near Federal Hill.

Go take a hike at the Loch Raven Reservoir

October 6, 2016

If you’re new to Hopkins, you’ve probably noticed that we don’t exactly have mountains anywhere nearby. Baltimore isn’t known as an outdoor mecca. But don’t fret: There are a multitude of great hiking spots in and around Baltimore. Look at a city map and you’ll see swaths of green spattered across good old Bmore and even more of it out on the edges. Just half an hour north of Homewood, Loch Raven Reservoir offers a perfect escape from the red brick and repetition of Charles Village.

Loch Raven Resevoir

A Station North neighborhood staple, Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse offers a hip cafe atmosphere.

Bmore hipster cafes part two: Red Emma’s

October 6, 2016

Another weekend at Hopkins equals another Sunday full of work. I vowed to myself that I would actually leave the MSE Library several times this semester, so I chose none other than Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, the epitome of hipster cafes, to explore. Located near The Windup Space (a place that I strongly recommend for a unique night of drinks and dancing), Red Emma’s is only a short walk from Penn Station. Nevertheless, it would not be a smart idea to walk in that area alone late in the evening.

B-there or b-square: a visit to B. Doughnut

September 29, 2016

The cronut has come to Baltimore. Or, at least, the doughssant has. A metaphorical and physical portmanteau of doughnut and croissant, the doughssant is a delicious hybrid between the two pastries. It has flaky, buttery, laminated dough like a croissant, but is fried like a doughnut. Sound amazing? It is, but you better be prepared to go to some lengths to get one.

The sweet, sweet harvest of an early morning run to B. Doughnut.

Leyla McCalla during her time with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Creative Alliance features Rats, Leyla McCalla

September 22, 2016

It is a Sunday night and I should be at home doing homework. Instead, I am sitting in the back of my friend’s car, listening to her talk with her neighbor, wondering if the concert we are on the way to will be worth the loss of sleep I see coming my way like a freight train.

The fellowship of Belvedere Square Market

September 22, 2016

Hobbits eat six meals a day: Breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea and supper. You could make a hobbit very happy at any time of day by taking them three miles due north of Homewood to Belvedere Square Market, a closed market best described as a gourmet food court.

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A typical, joyful Sunday morning at the Waverly Farmer’s Market between 32nd and 33rd Streets.

The wizard of Waverly Farmer’s Market

September 15, 2016

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and no one looks more alive than the older gentleman strumming a guitar at the entry of the Waverly Farmer’s Market. He sits on an old milk crate, holding court next to Zeke’s Coffee with his circular spectacles glinting in the light.

Local musicians host cozy house concerts

April 28, 2016

“What happened to you?” I hear as soon as I step onto the porch. It’s Joe Langley, or Old Joe as I admittedly think of him. He’s referring to my splinted, bandaged finger, on which I recently had surgery.

Courtesy of Veronica Reardon
Foghorn Stringband plays with local Baltimore musicians Brad Kolodner and Patrick McAvinue.