On The Town

Weekend Lineup: Jan. 8-10

The best ways to spend your Charm City weekend.

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Jan. 10: Hearty Soup Cooking Class with Baltimore Chef Shop

Zoom. Baltimore Chef Shop. 807 W 36th St. 1:30-4 p.m. $49.99

When it comes to fighting the winter frost, a hearty soup is hard to beat. For that reason, the culinary experts at Baltimore Chef Shop are serving up a crash course on seasonal slurps. Before you sign up for the virtual class, head to the teaching kitchen’s website to find a list of ingredients and equipment needed (all available for pick-up at the Hampden shop.) Then at 1:30 p.m., throw on an apron and get ready to tune in via Zoom. Follow along with a personal chef and as you learn to whip up roasted butternut squash and turkey black bean soups.


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Jan. 10: Ravens Playoff Takeout Specials

Various locations. 

Charm City is hungry for a win as our beloved birds take on the Tennessee Titans in what’s sure to be a nail-biting game this wild-card weekend. No at-home watch party is complete without a spread of snacks and sips, and the local restaurant scene has plenty of takeout options available for game day. Swing by Abbey Burger Bistro to indulge in a playoff package that comes enough with sliders, wings, and beer to feed your quarantine crew. Other not-to-miss specials include wings by the pound at Don’t Know Tavern, crab balls and tots from The Point in Fells, and aptly-colored purple bagels at all THB locations throughout the weekend.


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Jan. 10: An Afternoon of Asimov

Zoom. Enoch Pratt Free Library. 400 Cathedral St. 3-6 p.m.

Presented by the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Enoch Pratt Free Library, this three-hour virtual event explores sci-fi writer and biochemist Isaac Asimov through two of his best known works of fiction. This Sunday at 3 p.m., tune in for a community reading of Asimov’s famed (and favorite) short fiction story, “The Last Question” (1956.) Then follow along for a presentation led by Harvard alumnus Alec Nevala-Lee. Join the Hugo-nominated author for an hour-long discussion and interpretation of Asimov’s beloved works, and learn how they reflect the prolific writer’s beliefs on technology, science, and faith. To wrap up, be sure to stick around for a spooky reading of Assimov’s 1941 novelette, “Nightfall.”


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Jan. 9: Reginald Cyntje Group at An Die Musik

Instantseats.com. An die Musik. 409 N Charles St. 7 p.m. $10.

In tumultuous times of stress and chaos, there’s nothing like music to help soothe the soul. This Saturday, take a break from the never-ending news cycle and tune in for an evening of song led by Dominican-born musician and composer Reginald Cyntje. Grab tickets online ahead of the show (donations encouraged), and tune in via the streaming link, which is available for listening through January 15. Groove along from home as the acclaimed trombonist, joined by Lenny Robinson on drums and Herman Burney on bass, takes the An Die Musik stage to perform tracks from his 2020 album Healing. Ranked no. 2 on CapitalBop’s “Best DC Jazz Albums of 2020,” the nine-track addition to Cyntje’s catalogue grapples with complex themes of human emotion and social justice.


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Jan. 9: B&O Turntable Demonstration

B&O Railroad Museum. 901 W Pratt St. 12 p.m.

January kicks off Appreciation Month at the B&O Railroad Museum. And to show their thanks, the staff at the Pratt Street institution is treating fans to a special glimpse of a historic locomotive. Grab a mask and head to the B&O’s spacious roundhouse to gather around the museum’s famed 60-foot turntable for a live demonstration featuring the B&O No. 600 “J.C. Davis.” At 1 p.m., enjoy a scenic ride along the nation’s first stretch of commercial railroad.

Additional reporting by Sarah Raymond