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April 14, 2024

Leisure

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





COURTESY OF EMMA SHANNON
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.


COURTESY OF CLAIRE GOUDREAU
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.


COURTESY OF JESSE WU
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.


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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.


COURTESY OF TRISHA PARAYIL
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. 


Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 7 - 10

The Peeps Show The BIG Theater 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Baltimore Improv Group features a female artist explaining the inspiration behind her work. Female improvisers then perform a set based on the artist’s piece. Reservations required. Free.





COURTESY OF JESSE WU
Masarap’s menu, served in front of Fadensonnen during the pop-up event.

Learning about food at Masarap Filipino pop-up

For the first time since November’s pop-up Night Market at Baltimore Center Stage, Masarap hosted a pop-up event. On the evenings of Jan. 25 and 26, they were slinging Filipino fare in a food truck outside of Fadensonnen. Chef Rey Eugenio, who has worked many years in the culinary industry as a managing and consulting chef, is the head of the operation.


COURTESY OF KIM ROBINS
Robins drinking a soy cappuccino at Baby’s On Fire in Mount Vernon.

One overcaffeinated student, 36 coffee shops

During my first few months at Hopkins, I tried — and harshly judged — every coffee-serving establishment on campus. As freshman year went on, my political beliefs became more radical and my caffeine tolerance higher, so I spent many hours and dollars at Bird in Hand. I began hearing about other locations that are known for coffee, and I wanted to investigate my options. 




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