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February 4, 2023


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

Houses on 34th Street feature eclectic items, like a tree made from hubcaps.

70 years later, Miracle on 34th Street thrives

We live a mile away from one of the most festive blocks in America. Come December, the residents of 34th Street in Hampden step into their roles as holiday extraordinaires and plug in their twinkle lights. But we aren’t talking about some regular string of bulbs across the gutter: 34th Street turns into a holiday wonderland, with more lights than you’d see in a neighborhood, let alone a single block.

The theatre is known for showing indie, foreign and classic films.

The Charles offers unique cinematic escape

As the weather cools off and the sun sets earlier, it can be hard to fight feelings of winter gloom. But hop on the southbound JHMI and in 10 minutes you can escape to a completely different world, beyond freezing wind and looming exams.

The Baltimore Farmers’ Marlet & Bazaar offers a wide variety of goods.

A brief survey of Baltimore farmers’ markets

When you wake up at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, frantically pull on clothes and speed walk to the 32nd Street Farmers Market (formerly the Waverly Farmers Market) you know you might have a farmers market addiction.

When Professor Dani Smith isn’t working on her research, she’s exploring Baltimore’s restaurants.

A busy weekend with Professor Dani Smith

This week we interviewed Dani Smith, a research scientist and professor at Hopkins to see how she spends her weekends. Smith teaches Behavioral Assessment of Animal Models of Cognition and Neuropsychiatric Disorders.

Each restaurant in the Dinosaur BBQ chain, which originated in Syracuse, bears  this logo above its doors.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que offers a taste of Syracuse

There’s a hit 1987 song by the band Was (Not Was) and the chorus goes a little like this: “Open the door/get on the floor/everybody walk the dinosaur.” I don’t think it’s worth trying to figure out what “walking the dinosaur” means, but it is certainly worth your while to check out Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harbor East.

Few things can beat a dinner shared with friends, whether it’s home-cooked or out on the town.

Three fun ways to celebrate Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving break is fast approaching. With many students leaving the Thursday or Friday before, this weekend is likely your best shot at doing a “Friendsgiving” before everyone scatters to the winds. Here, we give you some suggestions on how to build the perfect Friendsgiving based on your personal #squadgoals.

Atomic Books is an independent bookstore located in Hampden.

The rise of the indie bookstore in Baltimore

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

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?

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

Finding shenanigans, even during midterms

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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