Around Town

Event Pick: Chuck’s Trading Post throws a party to celebrate that they can now serve booze

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The dry days are over at Hampden’s signature–and probably only–breakfast skillet spot, Chuck’s Trading Post. Tonight, the restaurant will celebrate its newfound freedom to serve alcohol by partnering up on a party with nearby Union Craft Brewing. “Prohibition Ends at Last!” a flyer reads, also listing some of the brews that will be on tap, including the Double Duckpin double IPA, the coffee-infused Pajama Pants oatmeal stout and others.

Redeemer Speaker Series: Tim Phillips, Co-founder of Beyond Conflict, March 14


The Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 North Charles Street. Click here to sign-up for supper at 6:00 p.m. for $10 per person. There is no cost and no sign-up to attend the lecture only.

Event Pick: Summon the spirit of P.T. Barnum at the Peale Center

Magician David London.

When it first opened, the Peale Museum–one of the first museums of any kind in the U.S.–included fossils, taxidermied animals and the large skeleton of a mastodon. That American sense of spectacle only developed over time, leading to circuses, carnivals, freak shows and other public exhibitions in the 20th century. So it’s only fitting that the Peale, now known as the Peale Center, serve as the location of a seance to contact one of the greatest showmen ever, P.T. Barnum. From its opening tonight through April 20, local magician David London will try to reach through the great beyond to contact the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. London will tell stories about Barnum and share artifacts (some purportedly genuine, others admittedly replicas) and display one of Barnum’s first hoaxes, the FeeJee Mermaid.

Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. through April 20, Peale Center, 225 Holliday St., (410) 396-1149,, $20-$80.

Friends School Future of Education Series presents Patricia McGuire March 27


The Friends School of Baltimore Future of Education Series will present Patricia McGuire, J.D., president of Trinity Washington University, on Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm, in the Forbush Auditorium. Admission is free; click here to register. For more information, contact Heidi Blalock.

Event Pick: Susan Stryker discusses transgender history at Red Emma’s

Susan Stryker gives a talk at Central European University. Image still via YouTube.

Conversations about gender have increasingly become part of the mainstream as the media has given more coverage and representation to people who have publicly identified as transgender or as allies of the LGBTQ community. But like so many things, the community was there well before the mainstream started paying attention.

Event Pick: Feast on spaghetti and dance to disco to benefit the Village Learning Place

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Nothing goes together quite like spaghetti, disco music and helping your community.

Event Pick: Brewer’s Cask in Fed Hill screens ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

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In the latest installment of “Bill Murray Movie Night,” Federal Hill beer bar Brewer’s Cask is showing Wed Anderson’s witty 2001 redemption tale, “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra to make its debut at Paulie Gee’s, March 11

“We pattern ourselves after ‘hotel orchestras’ that thrived playing dance music and hot jazz at luxury hotels across the country in the 1920s and 1930s. Our white dinner jackets and red carnations give us an extra-smart—and authentic—look,” Lynn Summerall, musical director, Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra.

Longing to listen to jazz? Big band? The sound of an orchestra?  Get a mix of all three when The Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra performs at Paulie Gee’s in Hampden on Sunday, March 11 from 3-5. The 12-piece orchestra specializes in early jazz and sweet dance tunes from 1920 to 1935,(well before the Glenn Miller swing era) with some songs dating back to 1910.

Event Pick: Bring an instrument and jam at Charm City Meadworks

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Volunteer organization 4our Flights 4amily says it has a two-word mission statement: “increase music.” That could be interpreted as releasing a bunch of records or something, but really it means getting people of all skill levels together to jam and try new things. On this eve, the venue for the session is Charm City Meadworks, where no shortage of musical lubrication will be on offer, including special flights. Individual players are invited to jam, as are full ensembles. 4our Flights is providing the full back line, i.e. drums, keys and amps. The only thing missing is you and your instrument of choice.

Sign-up at 6 p.m. 6:30-11 p.m., Charm City Meadworks, 400 E. Biddle Street,, free.