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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore Experimental Music in Baltimore


5. Oddball Day

An outdoor exhibit at Creative Alliance.  

The Wire fans will recognize Highlandtown as the rapidly gentrifying home to organized-crime boss "The Greek." The show's dockworkers might have resented this blue-collar neighborhood's art-renewal initiative, but it's a fun place to spend the day. Start your adventures at the 137-acre Patterson Park, where bike races, ethnic festivals, and flea markets dominate in warmer months. Check the park's Website for a full schedule of activities. Stand atop the pagoda for panoramic views of the city, then head to Eastern Avenue for bargain shopping. Stop into Value Village (3424 Eastern Ave.; 410-327-5300) for gently used boots that cost only a few bucks. A few doors down, stop into the Creative Alliance to check out a gallery show, concert, or play. Cap off the day with a game of duckpin (a pint-size version of bowling) at Patterson’s Bowling Center; games are $4 per person and drinks are BYO. After tallying up your scorecards, grab a mouth-watering, thick-crust slice at Matthew’s Pizza (3131 Eastern Ave.; 410-276-8755), open since 1943.

Published on May 14, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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