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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.

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.

Loch Raven Resevoir

Go take a hike at the Loch Raven Reservoir

If you’re new to Hopkins, you’ve probably noticed that we don’t exactly have mountains anywhere nearby. Baltimore isn’t known as an outdoor mecca. But don’t fret: There are a multitude of great hiking spots in and around Baltimore. Look at a city map and you’ll see swaths of green spattered across good old Bmore and even more of it out on the edges. Just half an hour north of Homewood, Loch Raven Reservoir offers a perfect escape from the red brick and repetition of Charles Village.

A Station North neighborhood staple, Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse offers a hip cafe atmosphere.

Bmore hipster cafes part two: Red Emma’s

Another weekend at Hopkins equals another Sunday full of work. I vowed to myself that I would actually leave the MSE Library several times this semester, so I chose none other than Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, the epitome of hipster cafes, to explore. Located near The Windup Space (a place that I strongly recommend for a unique night of drinks and dancing), Red Emma’s is only a short walk from Penn Station. Nevertheless, it would not be a smart idea to walk in that area alone late in the evening.