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My fun weekend

I had such a fun weekend. My friend Ginger has been here and Saturday a group of us spent the day in Baltimore, a city that I’m crazy about. We had lunch at Yabba Pot, a great vegan restaurant:

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Then we visited Ginger’s Uncle Dudley, a writer whose huge apartment is covered head-to-toe in folk art and “outsider art”.

Paintings were hung on every inch of the wall, salon-style (and still more were in stacks leaning against walls). It was thrilling. I recognized work by Ned Cartledge, Ruby C. Williams and friend-of-a-friend Carrie Price among the lot.

Then the five of us walked around Hampden, the hipster section — and incidentally my favorite part –of Baltimore. Will someone please explain to me why the word “Hon” is on every sign and bumper sticker in Baltimore? For example, “Come here and pray, hon!” on a church sign. And cafes and bars with the word “Hon” in their monikers. I understand that it’s some kind of Baltimore-ese.

The city is also not afraid to capitalize on being the home of cult director John Waters, as evidenced by this gigantic pink flamingo above –where else? –Cafe Hon:

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On Sunday night, Ginger, who’s an actor, hooked us up with tickets to see The Dog In The Manger, a funny 17th century Spanish play about love and class, at D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company Lansburg Theatre. My lady friend was most excited because she recognized Michelle Hurd, the lead actress, from her brief stint on Gossip Girl. (She also played a detective on the first season of Law & Order: SVU. Not that I checked out her IMDB page).

We finished off Sunday night by dining at Clyde’s, an almost anachronistic restaurant. Here’s the description on its own web pages:

The grand Victorian saloon recalls Hong Kong’s Empire-era opulence and celebrates the sporting life in an impressive collection bronze sculpture and oil paintings.

And it doesn’t even mention the large tiki statues in the faux jungle greenery.

How about you? Was your weekend good?

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2 thoughts on “My fun weekend

  1. Brittany on said:

    Fun blog! And I too love art hung in cluster style. It’s totally captivating.

  2. Kevin Croitz on said:

    Have to get up to Balimore sometime, want to check out the ships, the fort, Camden Yards which my Bro says is a very architectually beautiful baseball park, and the hipster section of town, I’ve never really stopped in Baltimore only drove through it, I spent my weekend in Raleigh with my friend the Ghost Hunting Lady, we dined in a nice local Italian Restaurant named Vic’s, then went to the Metro Cafe, where house was being played, inbetween walks we stopped and took pics of the Raleigh Cityscape and Alleys at night, then we ended up a Tir Na Nog this nice cozy little Irish Bar and listened to a nice local band, and sipped some Guinness and Newcastle, over all a grand weekend was had.

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