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September 26, 2023


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 Renee Scavone
RyeZenDine’s well-lit set up makes it the perfect spot for breakfast Instas.

RyeZenDine offers alternative to local breakfasts

At the risk of sounding too much like a knock off Ron Swanson, I am sincerely shocked that there are people out there who wouldn’t rather be eating breakfast foods. Indeed, in my opinion a city is only as good as its breakfast options, and we are lucky to live in a place with a plethora of them.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 15-18

Thursday Love Hangover, One World Cafe, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Valentine’s Day a bust? Shake it off with this fun, disco-themed evening. Jailbreak Brewing and Troegs Independent Brewing will be taking over the taps for the night, and there’ll even be some free stuff. No cover.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: February 8-11

Thursday Writing Circle, The Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Head over to Highlandtown to participate in this bimonthly writer’s circle. Critique the work of others, or bring a six to eight page piece of your own. Many stories workshopped in the circle have gone on to be published. Free. Friday I Heart City Life Happy Hour, Oliver Brewing Company, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Kick off your weekend by stopping by this reoccurring happy hour in northeast Baltimore. The first 100 guests to register will receive a pint class designed by Baltimore’s very own Annie Howe. Live entertainment provided by The Soul Magnets. $10 donation. Constellations & Crossroads, Arena Players, Inc., 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Come see the opening night of two back-to-back, musical performances: Determination of Azimuth, dedicated to the black female NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and The Battle of Blue Apple Crossing, a fictionalized account of legendary guitarist Robert Johnson. Doors open at 7:30. $20. Saturday Elsa Fitzgerald: The Art of Lace, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Stacy Stube, one of the Bromo Tower’s resident artists, was inspired by the traditional Kebaya dress on the island of Bali to create an exhibit that showcases this historic fashion in detailed dresses. Light refreshments will be served. Free.   When ___ Met ___ , Baltimore Improv Group, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with this “improvised romantic comedy.” The show is set in the style of classic Hollywood rom-coms, but the two stars will be audience volunteers. $5.  Sunday  4th Annual Chili Cook Off, Barcocina, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Not only do you get to sample chili from multiple chefs, but also enjoy discounted beer and cocktail specials to warm you up during this cold February. $5.

Bike Party brings Baltimoreans from all over the city all through the city.

Pedaling my way through and with Charm City

If you’re about to read this article while cozy in your bed in Nine East, these next few paragraphs might not really be for you. After four semesters of living in the dorms, when I moved farther into Charles Village junior year it felt like the commute to get anywhere became roughly 45 minutes, barring traffic.

Local theaters provides many different atmospheres

Two goals of mine this past semester were to spend more time off campus and to see more theater. I was aware of Baltimore’s substantial and vibrant theater community but previously had never prioritized making time to see shows.

You can get to the Science Center using the Circulator’s Purple Route.

Take advantage of the Science Center’s Dollar Days

With finals nearly upon us, it can be hard to remember to take time to do things that we enjoy. While the Hopkins work ethic of spending three days straight on A-level and talking about how stressed you are may seem seductive, giving your brain a break actually boosts your ability to meaningfully take in information. At least, it prevents you from going all Nicholson in The Shining.

Edgar Allen Poe’s grave is located at the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground.

The top four spookiest places to visit in Baltimore

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and so we shed our first semester angst in exchange for winter holiday angst. You’re cold, you’re really stressed, and you’re trying to choose a major. But nobody has invented an app that lets you input all your courses and then tells you what major you’re closest to fulfilling so you can graduate early and become a “consultant,” whatever that means. Someone please make that app, by the way. Oh yeah, and the best holiday of the year (Halloween) is now an entire month behind us. The worst of the seasons has arrived, so what better time than now to review the top four spookiest places in Baltimore.

The play Intimate Apparel’s bittersweet tale

Sleep-deprived and in a slight food coma after my first time properly brunching, I was nowhere nearly as excited as I usually am about plays as I trudged to Everyman Theatre to see Intimate Apparel. Part of me was thrilled to go to a professional performance, while another part was mentally preparing myself for the 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. commitment.

Penn Station was built in 1911 and is Baltimore’s central train station.

A love letter to Baltimore’s Penn Station

If you’ve been around campus in the late morning to midafternoon, the chances are you’ve seen tour guides enthusiastically telling potential Hopkins students that one of the greatest virtues of Baltimore is how easy it is to leave.