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September 30, 2023


Leisure is the section where we highlight the intriguing, exciting and all-around fun events and activities happening in Baltimore over the weekend.

Shannon and a friend visited D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Out of Bloomberg and into the cherry blossoms

The first time I ever visited Baltimore, I was still a naïve, admitted-but-not-committed high school student. It was the first day all of the cherry blossom trees around campus were in bloom, and I fell in love instantly. The petals falling in the wind seemed like a snowstorm. They had all the beauty of snowflakes without any of the bitter cold that I would later discover arrives in tandem. I knew that this short period could possibly replace fall as my favorite time of year. 

 The Newseum, dedicated to journalism, is one of Wu’s recommendations for a D.C. day trip visit.

Plan out your perfect Washington D.C. day trip

Washington D.C.’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is world-renowned. Approximately 1.5 million people flock to witness its natural beauty and commemorate the cultural and diplomatic exchange that took place between Japan and the United States in 1912. 

Wu’s friend eating the Angus Burger at Chuck’s Trading Post.

Hampden’s Chuck’s Trading Post’s quality burgers

Mediocre burgers are all alike; tasty burgers are all tasty in their own way. In this inaugural edition of The Burger Column, we present one of the tastiest of them all: the Angus Burger from Chuck’s Trading Post in Hampden. Before we dig into the burger, however, a little context is needed.

A spray painted mural by Kimchi Juice at the Night Market Underground. 

Night Market Underground is a successful sequel

Charm City Night Market, organized by The Chinatown Collective, returned last Saturday night to bring another celebration of Asian-American heritage and culture. This Night Market Underground was a part of a larger Asia North Festival to recognize the historic Asian-American presence in Baltimore, particularly in the neighborhood of Station North.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: April 4-7

Thursday O No! Drunk Comedy Show! Old Major 8 p.m. It’s the Orioles’ opening day! Comedians are celebrating by performing two sets — one sober, one drunk — so it’ll be a hilarious experience. $10.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: March 28 - 31

Thursday Everything Will Be Okay The Crown 8 p.m. Four comedians are stopping by the Red Room for a night of stand up and video performances. $7 in advance; $10 at the door.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: March 14-17

Thursday Drag Queen Bingo for Suicide Prevention Points South Latin Kitchen 7 - 9 p.m. Raise money for the Joshua York Legacy Foundation. Play bingo, eat, drink and hope to win a raffle basket. Free.

On Top’s signature hot dog, Bullet the Blue Sky, shown with all the fixings.

R. House stall White Envelope flips to On Top burgers

Last Friday evening, On Top made its debut in the former White Envelope space at R. House. The stall that used to sling Venezuelan arepas has transitioned into an American street food stand, serving burgers, hot dogs and fries.

Wax Atlas owner Andy Phillips hopes to help customers find new music.

Record store Wax Atlas puts new spin on old tunes

When you walk into the brand new Wax Atlas Record and Stereo Exchange on 22 W. 25th St., it feels like you are being transported to another time and place, entirely separate from what happens outside. There is classic rock music playing in the background, and it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of records, cassette tapes and books placed carefully throughout the store. Right now the display includes The Beatles, Ghostface Killah and Madonna, to name a few. 

Events in Baltimore this weekend: March 7 - 10

Thursday Papi’s 5 Year Anniversary Papi’s Tacos Fells 11 a.m. - 12 midnight Celebrate five years of Papi’s with happy hour drink prices all day and a free taco eating contest at 6 p.m.! Must be 21 to enter.

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Patterson Park is a wallet-friendly, beautiful Baltimore spot to visit.

How to enjoy your day in a budget-friendly way

When most people think of the phrase “date night” or even just imagine having fun with friends on the weekend, they conjure images of brunches, nights on the town or days spent shopping in Hampden. For most college students, however, this is just out of our reach for a myriad of reasons including, but not limited to, time commitment and financial cost. Spending time with friends is a welcome break from studying. But most college students don’t want to break the bank while doing so. 

Shannon and friends enjoying a night of swing dancing at Mobtown.

Swinging into the weekend at Mobtown Ballroom

I have never, ever been a religious person, but recently I have found myself wandering into a church on as many Friday nights as I can. The thing is, it’s not a church anymore. It’s actually a dance hall, filled with people swinging to classic jazz and big band music. Some people seem like they’ve been doing this since the genre was invented, and some people have two left feet but are trying their best anyways. Regardless of skill and experience, everyone is having a good time grooving to the music.

A man in a minotaur costume wanders Morgan State’s BMA labyrinth.

BMA Monsters & Myths provides surreal experience

If I had a dime for every pre-med who’s told me that they “haven’t had time” to go to the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), I’d have the larger part of my tuition paid.  One of the great tragedies of life at Hopkins is that even though one of the best museums in the city is literally feet from the edge of campus, large portions of the student body simply aren’t interested, even though it’s free.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 21 - 24

Thursday  Charity Trivia Series La Tavola 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Come by for happy hour dishes, drinks, trivia and prizes. A portion of sales will benefit Baltimore Dance Crews Project. Free.

Wu was unsatisfied with his unadventurous weekend, including his meal at Pizza Boli’s.

On productivity and an unadventurous weekend

Those of you that know me personally know that I don’t like breaks. This past weekend, though, I was exhausted. As a result I’m going to take a small break from my usual food-related content and share with you what I did over my weekend. It didn’t involve going into the city and meeting new people as usual but more on that later.