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November 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.

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.

Some of the thousands of attendees at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting.

DC’s radical departure from STEM apathy culture

STEM apathy culture at Hopkins is the butt of countless jokes and memes. After all, how many times have you avoided eye contact with a student group tabling on the Breezeway on your way to math class? But as funny as it is to make fun of your friend who never leaves Brody for long enough to see the protests on the terrace, STEM students and professors’ relative lack of engagement in social and political activism is a serious problem.

Planning your ideal date night in Baltimore

First Date: Happy hour at Clavel With its unmatched plants-and-fairy-lights aesthetic, you’re sure to woo your love interest on a first date at Clavel. Their happy hour special is Monday through Friday, and you can split chips and queso for $8 and sip on some margaritas for $6. Make sure you get in line right at 5 p.m. though because it fills up fast with Baltimore residents who head right to Clavel after getting off work. For those who aren’t of age, they also have tasty non-alcoholic mixed drinks. Pro-tip: If there’s a wait at Clavel, you can always pop on over for a drink at W.C. Harlan, a small speakeasy bar that’s tucked away on the same block.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 14 - 17

Thursday Anti-Valentine’s Day The Owl Bar 4 - 11 p.m. Screw romance with Anti-Love Potion cocktails, single/taken glowsticks and a free shot if you bring a picture of your ex. No cover.

Md. Vegan Restaurant Week expands beyond the city

“What do you identify yourself as?” When I saw the question in the survey, I wasn’t sure what kind of answer I was supposed to provide. I hadn’t expected to find that question in a simple survey about food. I was just checking out the voting form for Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week.

Vendors set up shop in the R. House Garage for the Nevermore Market.

Unique Valentine’s shopping at Nevermore Market

I spent my Sunday afternoon browsing the stalls at the Nevermore: A Baltimore Inspired Valentine’s Market at the R. House Garage on Feb. 10. The vendors were mostly all based in Baltimore. Part of the proceeds of the event went to the Women’s Advocacy Coalition: Baltimore.