Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012
The GLCCB and Gay Life have published the first-ever Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide containing a plethora of information on activities, attractions, accommodations, restaurants and nightlife especially for gay and lesbian visitors to Baltimore, Maryland.
2012 EDITION VISITORS GUIDE Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 1 WHAT'S INSIDE THIS VISITORS GUIDE 15 21 27 37 6 The GLCCB Baltimore's LGBT Community Center 41 30 Baltimore Map Complete overview of the Baltimore City area 50 Activities Sporting, support and social groups 55 Calendar A full year of activities across the city 8 Safe Spaces Introducing the Bmoreinclusive Project 44 Neighborhoods Baltimore's LGBTfriendly communitities 52 Congregations Welcoming faiths and denominations 58 Essentials Important information for visitors 12 13 25 25 John Waters Mary L. Washington, Ph.D. Rev. Mother Meredith Moise Rahne Alexander 26 John Shields 36 Shawnna Alexander 36 Charlie Mumford Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. The GLCCB/Gay Life assume no responsibility for the correctness of information published herein. Copyright 2012 by The GLCCB/Gay Life. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of The GLCCB/Gay Life. 4 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 TO BALTIMORE, MARYLAND In this first annual LGBT Visitors Guide to Baltimore, you will find tons of useful information about how to locate welcoming establishments during your visit to Charm City. Discover where to dine--from the casual to upscale--throughout the city. Find out about our town's best museums, galleries, theaters, and other attractions, many of which are recognized as some of the country's best. Check out great shops in many neighborhoods as well as an array of area nightlife. Learn about LGBT meet-ups, recreational and social groups, bowlers, bridge players, yoga studios, and gyms. You can also find a long list of welcoming religious congregations, as well as several support groups that meet throughout any given week. Hear from prominent Baltimoreans on how they entertain their LGBT visitors: see which bars Filmmaker John Waters frequents with his friends; learn about Delegate Mary Washington's favorite about-town activities; find out where Chef John Shields likes to eat; and see what season reflects Baltimore's best, according to Queer Cultural Ambassador Rahne Alexander. Don't forget to check out our Calendar of Events, which includes annual festivals and fairs, 2012 theatrical events, and regular LGBT-happenings about town. While we list over 200 restaurants, shops, bars, attractions, hotels, congregations and groups, there are many, many more welcoming establishments we did not include. How did we choose these? Simply put, we asked around. We talked to our partners and friends, we interviewed neighborhood associations, GLCCB staff and board, and some of our strongest supporters. We even slipped in a few of our personal favorites. And with all of the friendly places that didn't make the cut--we'll be sure to highlight them in future editions of the LGBT Visitors Guide, giving you all the more reason to come back! With all of these great suggestions, we were able to create the first of many annual LGBT guides to help you plan your Baltimore vacation. We thank Visit Baltimore--the city's official destination marketing organization--for launching its LGBT tourism marketing campaign several years ago and for its generous support of this guide. We hope you have a wonderfully welcoming visit. Enjoy your stay! The Staff & Board of the GLCCB The GLCCB, 241 W. Chase St. Baltimore, MD 21201 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) publishes Gay Life, produces Baltimore Pride, and provides numerous other services to Baltimore's LGBT community. Learn more at GLCCB.org or by calling 410.837.5445. Gay Life has been a free publication of the GLCCB since 1977. We distribute approximately 10,000 copies of each issue throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging coverage on local events, conversations with visiting celebrities, and in depth explorations of important topics that affect the LGBT community. Visit us at BaltimoreGayLife.com or call 410.837.7748. Editor Maggie Beetz Art Director M. Cory Burgess Advertising Sabre Chase Contributors Anthony Moll, Doug Rose, Gary Wolnitzek Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 5 BALTIMORE'S LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER I n 1977--less than 10 years after the Stonewall riots in New York--the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) was founded. At the time, Baltimore was by no means a stranger to LGBT activism. During the late `60s and early `70s a number of lesbian journals began publication in Baltimore. In 1972, the Baltimore Chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) was established. There were also groups for AfricanAmerican lesbians and, in 1973, gay and lesbian Catholics. Gay student groups at local universities and the Baltimore Pride rally both appeared in 1975. That spring, the Baltimore Gay Alliance (BGA) had its first meeting. The BGA began its work galvanizing the community into one entity, celebrating diversity and offering sanctuary. By 1977 it was clear that the BGA needed to form a unified community center, and the articles of incorporation were signed on March 28, 1977 establishing the Gay Community Center of Baltimore (GCCB). In 1985, Lesbian was added to the organization's name to create the most commonly know acronym: GLCCB. In 2002--in an effort to remain inclusive--the GLCCB incorporated the entire community it serves into its name to become the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLBTCCBCM) while retaining the familiar (and more manageable) nickname of "the GLCCB." At first the GCCB survived only through the hard work and self-sacrifice of committed volunteers who provided meeting space, operated a switchboard, and distributed a newsletter out of homes and basements. The newly established GCCB Health Clinic--later to become Chase Brexton Health Services, Maryland's LGBT health provider--shared space with MCC. In 1980 however, the GCCB finally found a home at 241 West Chase Street, the building it still owns today. BALTIMORE PRIDE Baltimore Pride has celebrated the diversity of our community in Maryland and throughout the Mid-Atlantic for more than 35 years. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland's largest LGBT visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBT community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions. Attended annually by an estimated 30,000 people, Baltimore Pride is recognized not only as the premier LGBT event in Maryland, but also one of the largest festivals in Baltimore City. The Parade and Block Party are held in Mount Vernon, one of the most historic areas of the city and one of the centers of LGBT life in Baltimore (learn more about this neighborhood on p. 44). The Festival takes place in a lakeside setting in beautiful Druid Hill Park, which provides a pleasant and casual environment for the festivities of the day. The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975 and the GLCCB has been the producer of Baltimore Pride since 1977. Learn more at BaltimorePride.org. GAY LIFE In 1979, The GCCB newsletter evolved into the Baltimore Gay Paper--now known as Gay Life. Today, Gay Life distributes approximately 10,000 papers throughout the MidAtlantic region. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging coverage of local events, as well as national and international news. Gay Life regularly tackles important and relevant topics such as personal finance for same-sex partners, local resources for LGBT youth, faith-based support, and health care issues. Gay Life also covers local theater, concerts, art shows, fashion, festivals, films, discussions, fundraisers, contests, and regularly includes opinion pieces and Q&As with local celebrities and community figures. Gay Life is a free publication of the GLCCB that is available in print and online at BaltimoreGayLife.com. THE GLCCB'S OFFICE AT 241 WEST CHASE STREET Things have changed markedly from the days when the GLCCB operated out of basements, fought for its right to hold the Pride Celebration, or watched gay rights bill after gay rights bill get voted down by the Baltimore City Council. With ever-increasing acceptance, things may appear to be less challenging now, but there is still much work to be done. There will always be challenges, both personal and societal. Through individual gifts, generous bequests, fundraisers, and grants, the GLCCB has been able to expand its services to include more support groups, increased educational opportunities, and more community outreach services. Learn more at GLCCB.org. 6 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 THE BMOREINCLUSIVE PROJECT hen young activists Matt Wolff, Ryan Derham and Andrew Huff couldn't find an easy way to identify LGBTfriendly businesses and services in Baltimore, they decided to try a different approach: creating one themselves. Baltimoreans can spot stickers that identify some businesses in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, and across the city, as organizations that are eager to identify themselves as welcoming and inclusive locations. The stickers, displayed at the entrances of participating businesses, offer a clear message printed atop a rainbow-bedecked outline of the city: "This space does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity." The stickers are just one aspect of the BMoreInclusive project, a safe-space campaign started by the three scholars from Goucher College. Beyond icons indentifying inclusive businesses, the project aims to help mend the gap between the city and its LGBT community. In addition to the sticker, the group seeks to provide welcoming businesses with information about preventing the harassment of their LGBT patrons and to offer an online resource with information about improving Baltimore's LGBT community. Along with an interactive map identifying participating organizations, visitors to the group's website (BMoreInclusive.wordpress.com) will find a list of both local and national resources for LGBT people and allies, an outline of LGBT-related legislation important to Baltimoreans, and a regularly updated blog. The three students began the project when they recognized the lack of a clearly marked LGBT neighborhood in Baltimore. The group knew that print and online resources pointed to Mount Vernon as the city's LGBT neighborhood, yet they found no way for visitors and newcomers to the community to clearly identify where this welcoming zone begins or ends. When the group looked to local and regional organizations during research for the project, they found that they were not alone in their concern; the Gay, W ANDREW HUFF, RYAN DERHAM AND MATT WOLFF Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) receives more than 2,500 phone calls, emails, and face-to-face questions each year about where to find businesses and services in Baltimore that are inclusive of the LGBT community. Spurred by this reality, the group created the Bmoreinclusive project both as an investment in the city and to fulfill a community service requirement for their studies. "We're learning as we go," explained Huff of the project. "We're taking it one business at a time." Still in its early stages, the project has already partnered with three organizations who have agreed to display the BMoreInclusive symbol: Michaelangelo's Pizza, Chained Desires, and the GLCCB, the home of Gay Life and a hub for LGBT resources in Baltimore. The project is similar to models already in place in locations such as Philadelphia, where rainbow strips and banners are affixed to the street signs in the LGBT neighborhood, and the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City, where Columbia University students launched a similar sticker-based project. BUSINESSES INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT CAN CONTACT THE GROUP AT BMOREINCLUSIVE@GMAIL.COM By Anthony Moll 8 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 INNER HARBOR PADDLEBOATS AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM MOUNT VERNON LITTLE ITALY THE FRANCE-MERRICK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BROMO SELTZER ARTS TOWER FELL'S POINT BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART LEXINGTON MARKET OUTDOOR DINING NATIONAL AQUARIUM FORT MCHENRY REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM WASHINGTON MONUMENT SPORTS LEGENDS AT CAMDEN YARDS PIER SIX CONCERT PAVILION BALTIMORE VISITOR CENTER JOHN WATERS Filmmaker, author, performer, and provocateur Identifies: Gay, but sometimes "gayly incorrect" When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I take all my gay friends to the straight hipster bars (Club Charles, Rocket To Venus, Ottobar) because these places are so mixed, sexy, unpredictable and like all of Baltimore... on the edge of glamour. Photo by Greg Gorman MARY L. WASHINGTON, PH.D. Delegate, Maryland General Assembly Identifies: Same gender loving/Lesbian When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I love giving "sampler" tours of Baltimore. We might walk or bike around Lake Montebello, then head south to Patterson Park, followed by a visit to Broadway Market at Fell's Point and stroll down Thames Street. Or maybe take in Little Italy, the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History, the Inner Harbor, and Fort McHenry. Baltimore also offers exciting outdoor events yearround: springtime's tulips at Sherwood Gardens and the Charles Village Festival; summer's Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party; autumn's Baltimore Black Pride celebration; and the yearend "Miracle on 34th Street" holiday lights. Every weekend visit should include Saturday morning at the outdoor Waverly Farmers' Market. My favorite place to take visitors to eat, drink, dine, and shop is Belvedere Square. And a perfect evening with friends includes dinner at Tapas Teatro, a film at the Charles Theater, dessert at Sophie's Crepes, and drinks at Club Charles. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 13 BROTHERS GRIMM ROOM AT SCARBOROUGH FAIR BED & BREAKFAST Photo courtesy of Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast 1840s Carrollton Inn 50 Albemarle St. 410.385.1840 1840sCarrolltonInn.com Admiral Fell Inn 888 S. Broadway 410.522.7377 HarborMagic.com Embassy Suites -- Baltimore/Hunt Valley 213 International Circle Hunt Valley, MD 410.584.1400 EmbassySuites.com Gramercy Mansion 1400 Greenspring Valley Rd. 410.486.2405 GramercyMansion.com Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown/ Convention Center 550 Washington Blvd. 410.539.7888 HamptonInn.com HI -- Baltimore Hostel 17 W. Mulberry St. 410.576.8880 BaltimoreHostel.org Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel 401 W. Pratt St. 443.573.8700 Baltimore.Hilton.com Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor 301 W. Lombard St. 410.685.350020 HolidayInn.com Hotel Brexton Baltimore 868 Park Ave. 443.478.2100 HotelBrexton.com Hyatt Regency Baltimore 300 Light St. 410.528.1234 Baltimore.Hyatt.com Inn at 2920 2920 Elliott St. 410.342.4450 TheInnat2920.com Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 4 W. University Pkwy. 410.235.5400 ColonnadeBaltimore.com Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 15 WHAT IS TAG-APPROVED? TAG Approved� gay-friendly hotels and attractions meet six LGBT welcoming qualifications: � Enforce non-discriminatory policies including "sexual orientation." � Treat heterosexual and domestic partners equally in personnel policies. � Provides LGBT diversity and sensitivity training for employees. � Empower customers and employees to be "watchdogs" of its gay and lesbian business practices. � Gives back to their community. � Employs staff who reflect the diversity of their community. Learn more at TagApproved.com Inn at Henderson's Wharf 1000 Fell St. 410.539.2000 HarborMagic.com InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore 550 Light St. 410.234.0550 HarborCourt.com Monaco Baltimore 2 N. Charles St. 443.692.6170 Monaco-Baltimore.com Mount Vernon Hotel 24 W. Franklin St. 410.727.2000 MountVernonBaltimore.com Pier 5 Hotel 711 Eastern Ave. 410.539.2000 HarborMagic.com Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore 20 W. Baltimore St. 410.539.8400 Radisson.com/LordBaltimore Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast 1 E. Montgomery St. 410.837.0010 ScarboroughFairBAndB.com Sheraton Baltimore City Center 101 W. Fayette St. 410.752.1100 SheratonBaltimoreCityCenter.com Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel 300 S. Charles St. 410.962.8300 Sheraton.com/InnerHarbor Sleep Inn and Suites Downtown Inner Harbor 301 Fallsway 410.779.6166 SleepInn.com Tremont Plaza Hotel 222 St. Paul Place 410.727.2222 TremontPlazaHotel.com Businesses with highlighted listings are proudly advertising in the Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 16 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 17 18 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 19 20 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore ANIMALS The Maryland Zoo In Baltimore 1876 Mansion House Dr. 410.396.7102 MarylandZoo.org Located in Druid Hill Park (home of Baltimore Pride!) the zoo is home to 2,000 animals plus a Polar Bear Watch and an award-winning Children's Zoo. Learn about animals in your own backyard, trek through the Maryland Wilderness, or embark on an African Journey. GALLERIES Area 405 Gallery 405 E. Oliver St. 410.528.1968 Area405.com The primitive urban character reflects its long history and provides an alternative setting to traditional "white-wall" galleries. Metro Gallery 1700 N. Charles St. 410.244.0899 TheMetroGallery.net A multipurpose performance space, art gallery, and bar. LIVE THEATER An die Musik LIVE 409 N. Charles St. 410.385.2638 AndieMusikLive.com An intimate classical, jazz and world music venue and part of the non-profit, MusikNOW. Art Gallery of Fell's Point 1716 Thames St. 410.327.1272 FellsPointGallery.org Non-profit artists' cooperative featuring original art and prints from local artists. National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St. 410.576.3800 Aqua.org Three-hour showcase of more than 16,000 animals including sharks in a 225,000-gallon ring shaped exhibit, the Dolphin Amphitheater, and tropical birds, poisonous frogs, sloths, and monkeys in the world-renowned rain forest. Load of Fun Arts 120 W. North Ave. LoadOfFun.net firstname.lastname@example.org A community based gallery presenting emerging and established artists. Baltimore Concert Opera 11 W. Mt. Vernon Pl. 443.445.0226 BaltimoreConcertOpera.com BCO offers a new experience by operating in an affordable and intimate setting that highlights the human voice. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 21 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 1212 Cathedral St. 410.783.8000 BSOMusic.com Internationally recognized as having a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Everyman Theatre 1727 N. Charles St. 410.752.2208 EverymanTheatre.org Accessible and affordable quality plays in an intimate setting. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 410.685.5086 LyricOperaHouse.com One of the city's most lively and important institutions for more than a century. CENTERSTAGE 700 N. Calvert St. 410.332.0033 Centerstage.org Not-for-profit theater celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season with smart, provocative, and entertaining theater; a consistently broad range of productions in two intimate performing spaces; and a variety of dramaturgical, community, and educational programs. Fell's Point Corner Theater 251 South Ann St. 410.276.7837 FPCT.org Located in a historic brick firehouse the FPCT offers an intimate setting for theater as well as art and acting workshops. Peabody Conservatory, Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall 1 E. Mount Vernon Place 410.234.4500 Peabody.jhu.edu Built in neoclassical style, the Concert Hall is one of the oldest recital halls in America. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center 12 N. Eutaw St. 410.837.7400 France-MerrickPAC.com The formerly named Hippodrome Theatre is the centerpiece of world-class stage performances. Single Carrot Theater 122 W. North Ave. 443.844.9253 SingleCarrot.com Carefully selected diverse and challenging productions that complement one another. Creative Alliance at the Patterson 3134 Eastern Ave. 410.276.1651 CreativeAlliance.org A dynamic center of art in all genres, Creative Alliance supports area artists and advocates for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place. The Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill 3600 Clipper Mill Rd. Ste 114 MobtownPlayers.net Born out of John Hopkins University, this theater company specializing in classical and new works. Spotlighters Theatre 817 Saint Paul St. 410.752.1225 Spotlighters.org Exceptional, diverse, creative, bold, and affordable theatrical productions that stimulate both audience and artist. 22 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Strand Theater 1823 N. Charles St. 443.874.4917 Strand-Theater.org Dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors, with a focus on producing original works. MOVIE THEATERS Bengie's Drive-In 3417 Eastern Blvd. Middle River 410.687.5627 Just outside of Baltimore, this drive-in is worth a trip down memory lane. MUSEUMS American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 AVAM.org America's official national museum and education center for intuitive, self-taught artistry offers quirky, fun, and fantastic exhibits you won't find anywhere else in Baltimore. Toby's Dinner Theater Best Western Hotel & Conference Center 5625 O'Donnell St. 410.649.1660 TobysDinnerTheater.com Broadway and original musicals with an exceptional buffet-style dinner. The Charles Theater 1711 N. Charles St. 410.727.FILM TheCharles.com The oldest movie theater in Baltimore is known for screening independent and foreign films. Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1700 ArtBMA.org Collection includes 90,000 works of art, the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse, The Cone Collection, plus the BMA Gift Shop, Gertrude's, and Summer Jazz Concerts. Vagabond Players 806 S. Broadway 410.563.9135 VagabondPlayers.org "America's Oldest Little Theatre," continuously operating since 1916, has produced plays by H.L. Mencken, Eugene O'Neill, and more. The Landmark Theatre 645 S. President St. 410.624.2622 LandmarkTheatres.com Located in Harbor East, this first-run Hollywood cinema offers 7 screens, stadium seating, a full bar and gourmet concessions. Windup Space 12 W. North Ave. 410.244.8855 TheWindupSpace.com Bar and art space regularly featuring homegrown art, music, and film. The Senator 5904 York Rd. 410.323.4665 TheSenatorTheatre.com A historic single-screen Art Deco movie theater that first opened to the public in 1939. Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum 1417 Thames Street 410.685.0295 The museum gallery and interactive learning centers tell the story of Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers, as well as the founding of the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company, America's first African-Americanowned shipyard. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 23 The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum 1601 E. North Ave. # 3 410.563.3404 GreatBlacksInWax.org The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is among the nation's most dynamic cultural and educational institutions. Well-known for its moving exhibit on the Middle Passage, the museum highlights the stories that make up the African-American experience. Maryland Science Center 601 Light St. 410.685.5225 MarylandScienceCenter.org Family fun exhibits plus IMAX theater, planetarium, and interactive science encounters. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture 830 E. Pratt St. 443.263.1800 AfricanAmericanCulture.org The largest African-American museum on the East Coast, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum brings Maryland to the world through its extensive permanent collection, and the world to Maryland through its educational programs and special exhibitions. Port Discovery Children's Museum 35 Market Place 410.727.8120 PortDiscovery.org This museum offers three floors of educational and interactive exhibits, programs and activities for children ages 10 and under. Maryland Historical Society 201 W. Monument St. 410.685.3750 MdHS.org Founded in 1844, MdHS is the state's oldest continuously operating cultural institution with over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, including Francis Scott Key's original manuscript of the poem that became "The Star-Spangled Banner." The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St. 410.547.9000 TheWalters.org Art and artifacts from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe include more Businesses with highlighted listings are proudly advertising in the Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 than 30,000 objects in this internationallyrenowned museum. TOURS Baltimore Ghost Tours Fell's Point & Mt. Vernon BaltimoreGhostTours.com In 1814, the Star Spangled Banner was written at Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key. Under the cover of night, explore the many haunted pubs, shops, and residences of Fell's Point and Mount Vernon. 24 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 REV. MOTHER MEREDITH MOISE Old Catholic Priest, Vice Chairperson of Baltimore Black Pride Identifies: Afro Latina Lesbian When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I try to show my LGBT family and friends the soul of Baltimore. We may visit the Great Blacks In Wax Museum then travel down to neighborhoods like Mt. Vernon (the Gayborhood), Station North, or Charles Village. I have also taken folks to Fell's Point, Hampden, and Canton-- neighborhoods where Baltimore meets Bohemian... and we love it! RAHNE ALEXANDER Identifies: Queer Cultural Ambassador Musician, Artist, and Operations Manager of the Maryland Film Festival When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I always try to make my friends visit in September when the weather is great and the city always looks fantastic. We start with brunch either at Clementine or Tortilleria Sinaloa, and then we're off to pay our respects at the graves of Divine and Dorothy Parker, followed by shopping at Atomic Books and Normal's. We'll spin by the Bromo Seltzer Tower on the way to the American Visionary Art Museum. The ultimate goal will be Bengies Drive-in for a double feature. But after dinner at Indigma, we'll get distracted into a mini-pub crawl between Port in a Storm and The Laughing Pint, where we'll enjoy some shuffleboard before we realize it's too late to catch the second feature. We'll close down the bar, get some package goods, and in the morning my friends always want to start looking for apartments! Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 25 JOHN SHIELDS Chef/Proprietor, Gertrude's Restaurant Identifies: Gay When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: Because my partner and I run the restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the tour begins there--literally. Then we treat our guests to lunch at Gertrude's, which gives us a chance to visit. And if our friends have to wait for us, they can browse BMA Shop's fantastic collection of gifts and artsy treats. We also like to show off Baltimore's gorgeous waterfront, including Federal Hill. After a stop at Cross Street Market, we hop to the nearby American Visionary Art Museum, which features the best in "outsider" art-- plus AVAM's outrageous gift shop, Side Show. Uptown, we like to visit the Homewood Museum, walk through Guilford, and have lunch at my favorite caf�, Azafran, located at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute building at Johns Hopkins University. Obviously, my tours usually include art, and food--and then more food! Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore Jack's Bistro 3123 Elliott St. 410.878.6542 JacksBistro.net CANTON DOWNTOWN B&O American Brasserie 2 N. Charles St. 443.692.6172 BAndORestaurant.com This approachable American brasserie menu features local and seasonal ingredients and daily specials. Edo Sushi Inner Harbor Inc. 201 E. Pratt St. #2075 410.843.9804 EdoSushiMD.com Rated America's Top Japanese Restaurant by Zagat Survey, Edo Sushi offers sushi, sashimi and cooked Japanese specials for lunch, dinner, carryout, and catering. Innovative cuisine includes fabulously enticing options like "Mac + Cheese + Chocolate," and a "Buttered Popcorn Martini." Yellow Dog Tavern 700 S. Potomac St. 410.342.0280 YellowDogBaltimore.com Providing the neighborhood with fresh, healthy, gourmet food and excellent service in a delightful and relaxing environment. Boheme Caf� 400 E. Pratt St. 410.347.9898 BohemeCafe.com Amazing espresso drinks, great soups and sandwiches, plenty of vegetarian options and tasty sweets. Hard Rock Cafe 601 E. Pratt St. 410.347.7625 HardRock.com Hard Rock's Power Plant location features down-home American food seasoned with a healthy dose of rock `n' roll, along with cool memorabilia and merchandise. In 1869, the J.S. Young Company was the first candy factory to produce licorice. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Kona Grill 1 E. Pratt St. 410.244.8994 KonaGrill.com New American cuisine and full sushi bar. Bar, patio and happy hour available. 27 28 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 M&S Grill 201 E. Pratt St. 410.547.9333 McCormickAndSchmicks.com Enjoy classic American cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of legendary eateries of the early 20th century. Little Havana's 1325 Key Hwy. 410.837.9903 LittleHavanas.con Cuban inspired cuisine and irresistible mojitos on the water. FARMERS' MARKETS SUNDAYS Baltimore Farmers' Market April 3 � December 18 Downtown: Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under JFX Viaduct) 7am to Noon (or sell out). McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant 711 Eastern Ave. 410.234.1300 McCormickAndSchmicks.com A rich bounty of seafood specialties from the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic Seaboard and Chesapeake Bay. Matsuri 1105 S. Charles St. 410.752.8561 Matsuri.us Repeatedly voted Baltimore's Best Japanese restaurant. Miss Shirley's 750 E. Pratt St. 410.528.5373 MissShirleys.com Eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist. Maryland's best breakfast, brunch and lunch in three locations (Roland Park, Inner Harbor and 1 Park Place in Annapolis). Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar 902 S. Charles St. 410.234.0235 MetroBalto.com Federal Hill's best coffee spot is accompanied by a dining room and a wine bar that comes to life with young professionals in the evening. TUESDAYS Lauraville Farmers' Market June 7 � October 25 4500 Harford Road 4pm to 8pm WEDNESDAYS Mt. Washington Whole Foods Farmers' Market June 8 � October 26 1330 Smith Avenue Whole Foods parking lot 3pm to 6:30pm FEDERAL HILL (PLUS LOCUST POINT) Miguel's Cocina y Cantina 1200 Steuart St. 443.438.3139 MiguelsBaltimore.com Tucked away inside the Silo Point Condominiums building, Miguel's kitchen offers authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex fare and exotic tequila cocktails. THURSDAYS Towson Farmers' Market June 9 - November 17 Allegheny Avenue (between York Rd. and Washington Ave.) 10:45am to 3pm Afters Caf� 1001 S. Charles St. 410.244.0909 Frozen yogurt that regularly impresses visitors and regulars alike. Bluegrass Tavern 1500 S. Hanover St. 410.244.5101 BluegrassTavern.com An informal fine dining experience dedicated to the perfect pairing of food and drink, with a special focus on America's finest bourbons. Mr. Rain's Fun House American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 443.524.7379 MrRainsFunHouse.com Inventive, upscale restaurant offers creative takes on American classics, an extensive list of wines and beers, plus eclectic elixirs and inspired cocktails. FRIDAYS Charles Street Friday Market May 20 � November 18 Lanvale Avenue at the 1700 Block of Charles Street 3pm to 8pm Elvis 1022 Light St. 410.244.8817 Inside an unremarkable storefront, visitors can get a hefty and delicious plate of freshly made San Francisco-style burritos or tacos for under $10. One of Baltimore's best values. Mother's Federal Hill Grille 1113 S. Charles St. 410.244.8686 MothersGrille.com Join Ravens and Orioles fans for burgers, chicken, chili cheese fries and other pub grub in this well established sports bar. SATURDAYS Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers' Market May 21 � October 8 1415 Key Highway. 9am to 1pm (except Sept. 3) Waverly Farmers' Market (Open All Year) 400 block of E. 32nd Street 7am to Noon Fells Point Farmers' Market June 4 � November 12 800 Block of South Brodway 7:30am to 11:30am Discover more farmers markets at tinyurl.com/bmoremarkets 29 Hull Street Blues Caf� 1222 Hull St. 410.727.7476 HullStreetBlues.com Unpretentious seafood, sandwiches, pastas, salads, and pub grub, plus all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch for under $20. Nick's Fish House & Grill 2600 Insulator Dr. 410.347.4123 NicksFishHouse.com Known to support community organizations like AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) and Moveable Feast, Nick's serves seafood and steaks in a waterfront dining room and outdoor deck with live summer entertainment. RESTAURANT LISTINGS ARE CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Camden Station MARC Trains to Washingtion, D.C. Charm City Circulator: BALTIMORE VISITOR CENTER 401 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21202 1.877.BALTIMORE Baltimore.org The Baltimore Visitor Center is simply the best place to start exploring the new Baltimore. This 8,000-square foot, state-of-the art facility offers an array of information resources and services, all designed to make your stay in Baltimore one to remember. Catch up on special events, purchase tickets for attractions, museums, tours, and harbor cruises, pick up brochures, make reservations for dining and lodging, and learn about the city's history, arts, neighborhoods, and shopping--all in one convenient location on the West Shore of Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor. THE GLCCB 241 W. Chase St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410.837.5445 GLCCB.org The GLCCB serves as a clearinghouse for information, resources, and services within the LGBT community. From local gay-owned/friendly business, to medical St O'Donnell professionals, real estate agents, attorneys, therapists, and other professionals, Bo sto nS the GLCCB attempts to connect visitors t with the particular resource they seek. LEXINGTON MARKET 400 W. Lexington St. 410.685.6169 LexingtonMarket.com With 10 fresh produce stalls, 11 delicatessen stalls, 6 fresh fish stalls, 5 fresh poultry stalls, 8 bakery stalls and 19 international cuisine stalls, Lexington Market provides a unique alternative to the restaurants shown here. Shuckers Restaurant & Bar 1629 Thames St. 410.522.5820 ShuckersOfFellsPoint.com A Maryland seafood restaurant so gay-friendly, the owners provided meeting space for the (now defunct) local chapter of Stonewall Democrats. Koco's Pub 4301 Harford Rd. 410.426.3519 KocosPub.com Voted best crab cake by Baltimore Magazine and best wings by the City Paper, this place is popular so reservations are recommended. Sip & Bite 2200 Boston St. 410.675.7077 SipAndBite.com 24-hour hole-in-the-wall diner enjoyed by families, the 4am crowd, and everyone in between. Lost in the 50s Diner 5512 Harford Rd. 410.254.1639 LostInThe50sBaltimore.com Enjoy a taste of the past at a great place for food, folks, fun, all-day breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner plates. Regi's American Bistro 1002 Light St. 410.539.7344 RegisAmericanBistro.com A true neighborhood spot with homestyle American cuisine, members of the Chesapeake Region chapter the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals meet here before a trip to the Science Center or Aquarium. Sticky Rice 1634 Aliceanna St. 443.682.8243 BmoreSticky.com Dine in or take out, Sticky Rice serves up an unusual mix of American, Pan-Asian entrees in a friendly, inexpensive and inviting atmosphere. Spring rolls, potstickers, sushi, noodles and edamame (steamed soy beans) are simple and standard. Tooloulou's Artisan Pizza 4311 Harford Rd. 443.627.8090 Tooloulou.com Tooloulou (the Cajun word for crab) is a neighborhood place that features artisan pizza, po'boys and a rotating menu of prepared goods. HAMPDEN PLUS REMINGTON & ROLAND PARK SoBo Cafe 6 W. Cross St. 410.752.1518 SoboCafe.net A good and quiet option that serves comfort food with a twist. Chameleon Caf� 4341 Harford Rd. 410.254.2376 TheChameleonCafe.com This inconspicuous, family-owned gem put Lauraville on Baltimore's culinary map with a seasonal menu of French-inspired, locally sourced delicacies and an exceptionally well curated wine cellar. HAMILTONLAURAVILLE Azafran Caf� 3700 San Martin Dr. 410.338. 4757 CafeAzafran.biz Located on the JHU campus, in the Space Telescope Science Institute building, this hidden wonder offers locally grown foods, vegetarian options, and a full espresso bar. Thai Yum 1006 Light St. 410.528.2146 ThaiYum.com Exclusively Thai and exceptionally delicious in the heart of Federal Hill. The Dizz 300 W. 30th St. 443.869.5864 TheDizzBaltimore.com This favorite neighborhood bar with a fiercely loyal following offers good food and cheap drinks in a casual and funky setting, which includes the bar plus two dining rooms and outdoor tables. The Dizz truly is "Baltimore in a bar." Mr. Yogato 723-A S. Broadway 410.276.1006 MrYogato-FellsPoint.com The best frozen yogurt treats in a super fun yet chill atmosphere. FELL'S POINT Chef Mac's Louisiana Cuisine 4709 Harford Rd. 410. 319.6227 ChefMacs.com Louisiana inspired cuisine and live jazz and blues music. Clementine 5402 Harford Rd. 410.444.1497 BMoreClementine.com Dang good food with a cross-cultural twist and a different menu every evening. Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 410.889.3399 JohnShields.com Nationally acclaimed Chef John Shields brings his signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine to the BMA for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and outdoor dining in the sculpture garden. Salt 2127 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5480 SaltTavern.com A new American tavern serving innovative renditions of classic favorites, guaranteed to bring back nostalgic memories of even the most experienced palate. Hamilton Tavern 5517 Harford Rd. 410.426.1930 HamiltonTavern.com Burgers with a loyal following in a warm and down-to-earth setting. 32 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Golden West Caf� 1105 W. 36th St. 410.889.8891 GoldenWestCafe.com This hipster hang out in Hampden welcomes all for drinking, dining, and live alternative music. HARBOR EAST Chazz--A Bronx Original 1415 Aliceanna St. 410.522.5511 ChazzBronxOriginal.com Developed by Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri and experienced restaurateurs Sergio and Alessandro Vitale of Baltimore's Aldo's, this restaurant redefines the Italian American culinary experience. Pazo 1425 Aliceanna St. 410.534.7296 PazoRestaurant.com This restaurant unveiled a space of such staggering and sumptuous loveliness, patrons swoon upon entering. The menu is comprised of tapas and main courses. Miss Shirley's 513 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.889.5272 MissShirleys.com Eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist. Maryland's best breakfast, brunch and lunch in three locations (Roland Park, Inner Harbor and 1 Park Place in Annapolis). LITTLE ITALY Chiapparelli's Restaurant 237 S. High St. 410.837.0309 Chiapparellis.com One of Little Italy's best-known and best-loved restaurants offers homemade pasta, seafood, veal dishes and a famous house salad. Cinghiale 822 Lancaster St. 410.547.8282 Cgeno.com Cinghiale celebrates the richness and style of the modern Italian kitchen. Rocket to Venus 3360 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.7887 RocketToVenus.com Retro-space age atmosphere, unique and comforting food options, and beer for every palate. James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant 616 S. President St. 410.727.5107 TheJamesJoycePub.com Built in Ireland and shipped to Baltimore, this authentic Irish pub serves Irish American cuisine, with live music Thursday through Saturday at 9pm. Sabatino's Italian Restaurant 901 Fawn St. 410.727.2667 Sabatinos.com This family-owned Little Italy restaurant serves delicious Central and Southern Italian cuisine--voted People's Choice for Best Italian Restaurant for 24 years. Businesses with highlighted listings are proudly advertising in the Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 33 Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop 222 Albemarle St. 410.685.4905 VaccarosPastry.com This beloved pastry shop offers authentic Italian treats such as gelato, rum cake, tiramisu and many other homemade cookies and cakes. Waterstone Bar & Grille 311 W. Madison St. 410.225.7475 WaterstoneBarAndGrille.com A unique and upscale atmosphere where everything is reasonably priced with quality and tastes that make all of the items become an instant favorite. MOUNT VERNON City Caf� 1001 Cathedral St. 410.539.4252 CityCafeBaltimore.com This is the place to see and be seen for homo- and metro-sexuals. XS 1307 N. Charles St. 410.468.0002 Restaurant, bar and cafe featuring a diverse menu of coffee, sushi, cocktails, breakfast, desserts, paninis, and more. Indigma 801 N. Charles St. 443.449.6483 IndigmaRestaurant.Com "The enigma of Indian cuisine" where creative CRABS When you visit Baltimore you're going to get crabs, hon. The question then is, where can you pick up a nice steaming pile of crabs? Here are a few of our favorite places. Bo Brooks 2701 Boston St. 410.558.0202 BoBrooks.com Canton Dockside 3301 Boston St. 410.276.8900 CantonDockside.com The Crackpot Seafood Restaurant 8102 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.828.1095 CrackpotCrabs.com L.P. Steamers 1100 E. Fort Ave. 410.576.9294 LPsteamers.com Rusty Scupper 402 Key Hwy. 410.727.3678 Rusty-Scupper.com Ryleigh's Oyster 36 E. Cross St. 410.539.2093 Ryleigh's.com 34 innovation and the traditional are so intricately balanced. Ethel & Ramone's 1615 Sulgrave Ave. 410.664.2971 EthelAndRamones.com MT. WASHINGTON The "Chesapeake Bay meets Louisiana Cajun" fusion fare is simply amazing! The food is only surpassed by the owner's affable personality. Land Of Kush 840 N. Eutaw St. 410.225.5874 TheLandOfKush.com Incredible you-wouldn't-believe-it's-vegan soul food. STATION NORTH Joe Squared 133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 JoeSquared.com Award-winning coal-fired pizza, 17 varieties of risotto, long rum list, and eclectic beers; Joe Squared is known for a hipster atmosphere that appeals to all ages. Michaelangelo's Pizza 235 W. Read St. 410.462.3662 MichelangeloPizza.com Easily the best Italian delivery, Michaelangelo's Pizza will satisfy your cravings. Milk & Honey Deli 816 Cathedral St. 410.685.6455 MilkAndHoneyBaltimore.com This market/deli offers tasty, healthy, and organic sandwiches and paninis, as well as groceries--and an espresso bar to boot. Sofi's Crepes 1723 N. Charles St. 410.727.7732 SofisCrepes.com Fresh and natural sweet and savory crepes filled, folded, wrapped in one neat package you can eat on the go or enjoy at their outside tables. Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon 909 N. Charles St. 410.685.7427 MVStable.com Dining room offers a wide selection, brunch, and regular specials, cozy and inviting bar lets you relax or mingle. Station North Arts Caf� 1816 N. Charles St. 410.625.6440 StationNorthArts.com A "small-batch from scratch" restaurant with a rave reviews at a place where food, art, music, theater, and fine crafts come together. Red Maple 930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 930RedMaple.com This Asian tapas lounge has tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance, and a musically diverse late night. Tapas Teatro 1711 N. Charles St. 410.332.011 TapasTeatro.com Seasonal, fresh ingredients, a full range of international flavors, rustic, reasonably-priced wines and a range of interesting beers. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 SHAWNNA ALEXANDER Queen of Comedy and Camp Identifies: Funny, of course! When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I've been entertaining in Baltimore (home of the crabs to eat, not the itchy ones) for a little over 30 years. We got so much fun stuff to do here, plus you get to see me and my friends almost everywhere! Quest is my main show bar--and where I, Mama Bear, keep a den for the Bears of Maryland (find us on Facebook!). The Rowan Tree is great for karaoke--plus where I reign as Miss Rowan Tree 2012. I also party at Grand Central and Club Hippo and other downtown hangouts like Club Bunns, The Drinkery, or The Triple L. And for ladies who love ladies, there's always a Port in a Storm. Of course, visitors must catch my act on Baltimore's stages. I'm doing special appearances at the King & Queen of Pride Pageant (May 17) and at Baltimore Pride (June 15-17). Come visit... and PUT YO HANDS TOGETHER! CHARLIE MUMFORD GLCCB Board Member Identifies: Jewish gay man with a lesbian trapped inside When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: The day starts at Little Havana's. We sit outside and relax on the water with a beer and their delicious crab dip. Next is a long walk around the entire Inner Harbor promenade, stopping at one of the country's best museums, the American Visionary Art Museum (and their must-see gift shop!). The walk continues with a trip to the Maryland Science Center or the beautiful National Aquarium. Then over to Fell's Point for some "pink berry" yogurt at Mr. Yogato. Finish the day up with an excellent sushi dinner at XS on Charles St. On a Monday or Tuesday it's then off to Grand Central Station for karaoke. On a Wednesday, we'd head up to Mixers; Tracy is the DJ and she's a real loveable Baltimore local. We'd end the night back downtown at the Sip & Bite, a cash-only diner that feels like home and oozes "Baltimore." 36 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Photo by terra hiltner Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore APPAREL & ACCESSORIES Brightside Boutique 1133 S. Charles St. 410.244.1133 BrightsideBaltimore.com Fashion-forward clothing, shoes, jewelry at vintage prices influenced by the tattoo couture and New York City fashion industry. Eye Candy 849 W. 36th St. 410.889.0607 EyeCandyop.com Fashionable lenses and eyewear specific to each client's needs. Ma Petite Shoe 832 W. 36th St. 410.235.3442 MaPetiteShoe.com Boutique specializing in the world's most fabulous shoes from some of the newest designers, plus vegan products and chocolates. Handbags in the City 840 Aliceanna St. 410.528.1443 HandbagsInTheCity.com The latest must-have designer handbags as well as clothing, shoes, and luxurious accessories for men and women. ART Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Ave. 410.578.1919 BaltimoreClayworks.com Non-profit ceramic art center offers classes as well as beautiful ceramics made from safe, natural materials from the earth. Chained Desires 136 Read St. 410.528.8441 ChainedDesires.com Variety of clothes, toys, books and novelties to spice up your life. Dreamland 845 W. 36th St. 410.467.1582 DreamlandVintage.com Cute, crafty vintage clothes, jewelry and gifts. Jean Pool 92 Village Sq. 410.466.1177 BaltimoreJeanPool.com A boutique denim store that caters to men and women with the goal of finding the perfect fit for everyone. Charlotte Elliott 837 W. 36th St. 410.243.0990 CharlotteElliott.com Fine art, antique furniture, jewelry, gourmet treats, books, and worldwide treasures. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 37 Crystal Moll Art Gallery 1030 S. Charles St. 410.952.2843 CrystalMollGallery.com Watercolor cityscapes capture the essence of Fed Hill. Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd. 410.662.4444 AtomicBooks.com Legendary, alternative, independent bookstore specializing in comics and graphic novels, as well as John Waters' mail. Zelda Zen 46 E. Cross St. 410.625.2424 Home d�cor, funky art, cards and jewelry. MISCELLANEOUS Spirits of Mt. Vernon 900 N. Charles St. 410.727.7270 SpiritsOfMtVernon.com Champagne, wine, gourmet cheese, crystal stemware, decanters, plus weekly wine tastings and Boris the wine dog. Fleckenstein Gallery 3316 Keswick Rd. 410.366.3669 FleckensteinGallery.com Custom and archival framing plus a diverse collection of local and regional artists in a variety of media: prints, painting, sculpture, and more. Book Escape 805 Light St. 410.504.1902 TheBookEscape.com Extensive collection of new, used and rare books plus readings and events. Min�s 815 W. 36th St. 410.732.4258 MinasGalleryAndBoutique.com Two venues in one: an art gallery (and home of the 510 Reading Series) and a boutique with clothing, jewelry, local crafts, retro toys, Japanese ceramics, and more. Read Street Books 229 W. Read St. 410.669.4103 ReadStreetBooks.com New and used books, vintage paperbacks, lesbian fiction, plus espresso, teas, Italian sodas, and desserts. Sugar 927 W. 36th St. 410.467.2632 SugarTheShop.com Stir up raw passion in this sex-positive shop offering toys as well as classes. COLLECTIBLES Hampden Junque 1006 W. 36th St. 410.889.6453 HampdenJunque.com Buying and selling chic nostalgic antiques, collectibles and junque. MUSIC & MOVIES Normals 425 E. 31st St. 410.243.6888 Normals.com Overflowing with used books, records and CDs. Museum Shop at the Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1844 ShopArtBMA.org A wide variety of items exclusive to the BMA. s.c. lord design 3000 Chestnut Ave. 410.961.4597 SCLordDesign.com Gallery and archival framing from oversized antique posters to three-dimensional works, works on paper to vintage photographs. HOME Curiosity 1033 S. Charles St. 410.727.6262 CuriosityForTheHome.com Unique and beautiful objects for your home and hard-to-shop for people and occasions. Video Americain 400 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.243.2231 VideoAmericain.com The best selection of independent, local, foreign, cult films, and documentaries, plus extensive LGBT and adult sections. PETS Dogma 1340-G Smith Ave. Ste B 443.708.4420 and Sideshow Shop at American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 SideShowBaltimore.com AVAM's gift shop offers original art, books, scares, jewelry, souvenirs, and toys. Great Finds and Designs 1924B Greenspring Dr. 410.561.9413 GreatFindsAndDesigns.com Quality pre-owned furniture and accessories that express your individual style, plus current and vintage art work, lamps, china, jewelry, porcelain and crystal. 3600 Boston St. #20 410.276.3410 DogmaForPets.com Food, treats, products, and grooming services for cats and dogs. BOOKS Alliance Comics 904 Light St. 410.685.0021 AllianceComicsOnline.com Great selection and a welcoming staff. Nouveau 514 E. Belvedere Ave. 410.962.8248 Furniture and accessories that are fun, funky, contemporary, and transitional. Howl 3531 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.2469 HowlBaltimore.com Natural, high quality pet products specializing in special food needs, chemical/filler/by-product�free foods, plus toys and accessories. Phina's for the Home 919 S. Charles St. 410.685.0911 Phinas.com Top-quality home linens and bath and body products and gifts. 38 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 39 40 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore Club Bunns (Dance/Hip-Hop) Club Hippo (LGBT, Disco) Gallery (Gay) 608 W. Lexington St. 410.234.2866 This fun club offers an exciting and safe environment that caters largely to the African American community and plays the latest hip-hop hits into the early morning hours. Check out their happy hour and special events. 1 W. Eager St. 410.547.0069 ClubHippo.com Established in 1972 in the heart of Mount Vernon, the Hippo has been a cornerstone in the gay and lesbian community in Baltimore greeting all those who love and support them. Whether you want to dance the night away, relax in the video bar, or enjoy a cocktail and a pool game in the saloon, Hippo has something for everyone! Gay Bingo Wednesday nights benefits the GLCCB. 1735 Maryland Ave. 410.539.6965 This friendly, casual bar is welcoming to both men and women. Grand Central (Gay) Club Charles (Mostly straight, welcoming) 1001-1003 N. Charles St. 410.752.7133 CentralStationPub.com Nestled in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Grand Central has established itself as the cornerstone of trendy, upscale nightlife in Baltimore city. Grand Central has three distinct areas: The Disco (a high-tech, industrial dance floor), The Pub (with a pool parlor and karaoke), and Sappho's (an exclusive ladies lounge). 1724 N. Charles St. 410.727.8815 A dark and hipstery dive that's a low key spot for a drink--especially before or after catching a film at the Charles Theater. Drinkery (Gay) 203-207 W. Read St. 410.225.3100 Named the best bar in Mount Vernon by Baltimore City Paper in 1999 and Best Gay Businesses with highlighted listings are proudly advertising in the Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Dive Bar in 2005, The Drinkery is a dark, loud and friendly neighborhood bar with karaoke and great 2-for-1 Happy Hour deals. 41 Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon (Mixed) The Rowan Tree (Mixed, Local) 909 North Charles St. 410.685.7427 MVStable.com Dining room offers a wide selection, brunch, and regular specials, cozy and inviting bar lets you relax or mingle. 1633 S. Charles St. 410.468.0550 TheRowanTree.net Gay-owned and -operated, this neighborhood pub draws a mix of gay and straight patrons to its game room, karaoke nights, and occasional drag shows. Otto Bar (Mostly straight, welcoming) Silo.5% Wine Bar (Mostly straight, welcoming) 2549 N. Howard St. 410.662.0069 TheOttobar.com Baltimore's premiere venue for live sub-mainstream music is also a dream venue for dive-bar lovers. 1200 Steuart St. Unit-2 443.438.4044 Silo.5WineBar.com The glamorous waterfront Silo Point building is home to this offshoot of Hampden's 13.5% Wine Bar. Oenophiles can explore more than 30 wines by the glass or 200 by the bottle, plus small plates, salads, and entrees to complement the libations exquisitely. PWs Sports Bar & Grill Idle Hour (Mostly straight, welcoming) (Gay, Mixed) 201 East Fort Ave. 410.468.0357 This laid back, friendly, neighborhood bar is off the beaten Federal Hill path, but the beer, the art, and the atmosphere are more than worth it. 9855 Washington Blvd. N., Suite N 301.498.4840 PWsPlace.com People come for the live music and karaoke, multiple TVs, pool, and darts. The bar also sponsors league teams, including the gay softball league. Triple L and Leon's (Gay, Leather/Levi) 227 W. Chase St. 410.539.4850 LeonsLeatherLounge.com Located just two doors down from the GLCCB, Leon's Leather Lounge (Triple L) is the newest leather/levi bar in the heart of Mt. Vernon. On Tuesday nights at 8:30, patrons can enjoy an all male revue, hosted by Ada Buffet. Attached to Triple L is Leon's of Baltimore, Maryland's oldest gay bar where happy hour and great times never sleep! Jay's on Read (Gay, Mixed) Port in a Storm (Lesbian) 225 W. Read St. 410.225.0188 JaysOnRead.com This piano bar on Read Street, with great drinks, atmosphere and people, isn't exclusively gay, but most of its patrons are. Every Tuesday has an all-day happy hour and movie night. Here, you can actually hold a conversation without raising your voice... unless you want to sing along with the piano. 4330 E. Lombard St. 410.534.0014 MySpace.com/AtPortInAStorm One of the few lesbian-centric bars in Baltimore, Port in a Storm is known for its very affordable drinks and ever-popular pool tables. In 2007, Baltimore City Paper named it the Best Lesbian Bar. Waterstone Bar & Grille (Mixed) Quest (Gay, Karaoke) 311 W. Madison St. 410.225.7475 WaterstoneBarAndGrille.com A very unique and upscale atmosphere where everything is reasonably priced with quality and tastes that make all of the items become an instant favorite. Joe Squared (Live music) 3607 Fleet St. 410.563.617 This neighborhood gay bar attracts locals with its great Happy Hour specials, 4-8pm daily and all day Thursdays. The jukebox has a huge selection and karaoke happens monthly. 133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 JoeSquared.com Award-winning coal-fired pizza, 17 varieties of risotto, long rum list, and eclectic beers; Joe Squared is known for a hipster atmosphere that appeals to all ages. ZiascoZ (Dance, Mixed) Red Maple (Dance) Mixers (Mixed) 930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 930RedMaple.com Created to meld as both restaurant and nightclub, this Asian tapas lounge has tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance, and a musically diverse late night. 1313 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5790 Facebook.com/Ziascoz ZiascoZ Lounge is a lesbian-owned, cozy and happening neighborhood bar with upstairs dance floor and female mixologists, open all week long. Two-for-one drink specials are offered during happy hour, with the occasional one-price open bar. Nightly events include Maryland Crabs Monday, Karaoke Wednesdays, DJ Miss Tiff on Thursdays happy hour. Bar food is served Monday-Thursday. Party on Fridays and Saturday nights! 6037 Belair Rd. 410.599.1952 Mixers is the new kid on the block for Baltimore gay guys and gals. This is a small neighborhood bar/club with a cool deck and a big sound system, especially with DJ lordbyron spinning on Friday nights. With gay and nongay mingling, Mixers lives up to its name. 42 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 43 LGBT-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES MOUNT VERNON Mount Vernon is beautiful, colorful, lively and like no other neighborhood in Baltimore. Mount Vernon historically has also been the center of gay life and gay celebration in Baltimore, and, in many ways, it still retains that role. Mount Vernon is pleased to host the annual Pride Parade and Block Party for Baltimore, and the city's best gay clubs are right on Charles Street in the heart of the neighborhood. Many residents and community leaders in Mount Vernon are gay as well. Mount Vernon is filled with 19th century mansions, charming workers cottages, and the city's best entertainment, culture, and restaurants. From cafes to fine dining, from Afghan to Thai, and everything in between, it is all in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is also home to the Walters Art Museum, Centerstage, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Modell Center for the Performing Arts, and the Maryland Historical Society. It's easy to spend a day or an entire weekend in Mount Vernon trying to take in everything this gorgeous community has to offer. Mount Vernon also has many lodging options, of all which are gay-friendly. Pick up a colorful Mount Vernon Visitor's Map at any of the cultural institutions, restaurants, and shops, and take the fascinating walking tour on the back for a quick introduction to the neighborhood. There is much to enjoy in this neighborhood that CNN once described as "more European than Mid-Atlantic." For what's happening now in Mount Vernon go to VisitMountVernon.info. Courtesy of Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association ACCOMMODATIONS See Page 15 for details 1 Hotel Brexton 2 Mount Vernon Hotel ATTRACTIONS See Page 21 for details 3 An die Musik LIVE 4 Area 405 Gallery 5 Baltimore Concert Opera 6 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 7 Everyman Theatre 8 Load of Fun Arts 9 Maryland Historical Society 10 Metro Gallery 11 Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric 12 Peabody Conservatory 8 Single Carrot Theatre 13 Spotlighters Theatre 14 Strand Theater 15 The Walters Art Museum 16 Windup Space RESTAURANTS See Page 27 for details STATION NORTH Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District, more commonly called Station North, sits in the center of the City, near Penn Station and historic Mount Vernon. The first Baltimore neighborhood to be designated an Arts and Entertainment District, Station North is an eclectic mix of people, architecture, arts, food and fun. Theaters, caf�s, galleries, music venues, restaurants and bars fill this residential and commercial area. Former industrial buildings have evolved into attractive artist studios and residential lofts. New, modern units have been constructed, though beautiful, three-story, early 20th century row homes provide most of the Station North housing. With creative types in abundance, entertainment is vital in Station North. Venues feature jazz, improvisational music and performance, dance parties, comedy and film screenings. The neighborhood hosts the Station North Flea Market the first Saturday of each month featuring artists' work. The community also celebrates the last Friday of every month with Final Fridays in which spaces in Station North are transformed into spectacular celebratory environments filled with musicians, performance artists, art installations, and food for all to enjoy. 17 City Cafe 18 Joe Squared 19 Land of Kush 20 Michaelangelo's Pizza 21 Milk & Honey Deli 22 Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon 23 Red Maple 7 Sofi's Crepes 24 Station North Arts Caf� 7 Tapas Teatro 25 Waterstone Bar & Grille 26 XS SHOPPING See Page 37 for details 27 Chained Desires 28 Read Street Books 29 Spirits of Mt. Vernon NIGHTLIFE See Page 41 for details 23 Club Hippo 28 Drinkery 30 Grand Central 31 Triple L and Leon's Courtesy of Visit Baltimore Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 44 8 18 16 24 14 7 10 11 4 26 6 31 1 20 19 28 27 21 25 9 17 23 29 22 13 30 5 15 12 2 3 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 45 ACCOMMODATIONS See Page 15 for details 1 Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast 1 8 10 9 14 3 7 2 12 11 5 15 13 ATTRACTIONS See Page 21 for details 2 American Visionary Art Museum RESTAURANTS See Page 27 for details 6 3 Afters Caf� 4 Bluegrass Tavern 5 Elvis 6 Little Havana's 7 Matsuri 8 Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar 2 Mr. Rain's Fun House 7 Mother's Federal Hill Grille 5 Regi's American Bistro 9 SoBo Caf� 5 Thai Yum SHOPPING See Page 37 for details 4 16 10 Alexandra Webb Artisan Jewelry 11 Alliance Comics 12 Book Escape 7 Brightside Boutique 10 Crystal Moll Art Gallery 3 Curiosity 13 Morstein's Jewelers 14 Phina's for the Home 2 Sideshow Shop 15 Zelda Zen NIGHTLIFE See Page 41 for details 16 The Rowan Tree FEDERAL HILL Baltimore's historic Federal Hill neighborhood lies just south of the famed Inner Harbor. Known for its picturesque park--an oasis, with incredible day and night views of the Baltimore Harbor and skyline, Federal Hill enjoys a storied history. The hill was given its name in 1788 after thousands paraded there celebrating ratification of the new "Federal" U. S. Constitution. Having been used as a key "look-out" destination during the Civil War, Federal Hill maintains a large U.S. flag, cannons, and a monument honoring its history. An eclectic group calls Federal Hill home today, upwardly mobile young professionals, affluent empty-nesters, and families who have lived in row-homes in the neighborhood for generations. Pubs, restaurants, galleries and antique shops line the streets, where you can also find salons, boutiques, and the Cross Street Market--a 19th century marketplace that continues to serve as the neighborhood commercial and social hub. The walkable neighborhood is close to Baltimore's professional sports stadiums, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium allowing many to patronize Federal Hill pubs and restaurants before and after games. The new Charm City Circulator makes it convenient to get to and from Federal Hill for free. Courtesy of Visit Baltimore 46 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 1 9 4 12 8 6 2 10 3 5 7 11 FELL'S POINT Fell's Point is an historic waterfront community just one mile east and a 15-minute walk, 10-minute water taxi ride, or 5-minute cab ride from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Established during the colonial era, Fell's Point is a neighborhood rich in history, attractions and colorful people. Known to many visitors as a wonderful place to eat, shop, and play, its diverse residents enjoy a very livable community where individuality is welcome. Fell's Point is a mixed-use neighborhood, so many services and shopping opportunities are within easy walking distance. This neighborhood has a lot of character and options for all. Pick up a hat from Hats on the Belfry and check out the many yummy options for eating perhaps a burger at Koopers, tots at Alexander's Tavern, or a fun cocktail at Murphy's Law. Events vary throughout the year: you can watch Santa come in on a tug boat in December, shop local at the Farmers' Market, or attend Fell's Point Main Street's annual Privateer Day in April to list a few. Come to Fell's Point, and make your own history. Courtesy of Fell's Point Main Street ACCOMMODATIONS See Page 15 for details 1 1840s Carrollton Inn 2 Admiral Fell Inn 3 Inn at Henderson's Wharf Hu ATTRACTIONS See Page 21 for details ll S t 4 Fell's Point Corner Theater 5 Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum 6 Vagabond Players 7 Art Gallery of Fell's Point RESTAURANTS See Page 27 for details 8 Mr. Yogato 9 Salt 10 Shuckers Restaurant & Bar 11 Sip & Bite 12 Sticky Rice Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 47 HAMILTON-LAURAVILLE Hamilton-Lauraville is a neighborhood that enjoys its parks and open See Page 27 for details spaces. The Herring Run meanders through Morgan State University and the Chameleon Caf� Chef Mac's Louisiana Cuisine neighborhood's many large homes nestled among mature trees. This offers Clementine a variety of outdoor experiences such as hiking, cycling, and sports. MonteHamilton Tavern bello Lake is a 1.37 mile loop that attracts runners, walkers, cyclists, and pet Koco's Pub lovers for a little exercise around a beautiful lake setting. Lost in the 50s Diner The neighborhood also has a strong and growing commercial district comTooloulou's Artisan Pizza prised of many business owners that live in the neighborhood. In addition to the many great restaurants and pubs, the Green Onion Market, a fresh locally-owned market, will open this spring. From June through October, Lauraville hosts The Tuesday Market at 4500 Harford Road, Tuesday evenings 4-8pm. This is a small community market with fresh farm produce, fruit, meats, cheese, bread and more. Prepared foods are available for commuters and community members to take home, or visitors can stick around and enjoy a meal, a little music, and artisan wares. Urban agriculture is alive & growing in Hamilton and Lauraville. There is a great story tucked in the backyards, rooftops, schoolyards & marketplaces along Harford Road. The Hamilton Crop Circle, an urban farm, maintains a large produce garden on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary Middle School, as well as in large backyards and at the site of the Tuesday Market. The food, grown locally, finds its way to the farm-to-table restaurants in the area, such as The Chameleon, Clementine & Hamilton Tavern. Courtesy of Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street RESTAURANTS HAMPDEN Traditionally a blue collar community, Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood has morphed into eclectic at its very best. Located just minutes from the Inner Harbor, young urban professionals now call the brick rowhouses and luxury condos home, but the "Bawlmer Hons" remain. Hampden celebrates its quirkiness, and people from all over come to join in the fun. In fact, one of the city's most popular events is Honfest, named for the local term of endearment "Hon," short for "Honey." Honfest features the enormous beehive hairdos, cat eyeglasses, leopard print attire and language-- "Balwmerese"-- indigenous to this area. The neighborhood started in 1802 as housing for workers in the new flour and cotton mills. While Hampden maintains a modest, small town atmosphere with its original structures and businesses that have been around for a long time, former factories are now artist studios, offices, wine bars and new restaurants intertwined with new mixed-use development. Hampden's combination of old and new, with its central location, makes it one of Baltimore's most distinctive and desirable areas. Courtesy of Visit Baltimore MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET ACCOMMODATIONS See Page 15 for details SHOPPING See Page 37 for details Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore RESTAURANTS See Page 27 for details Azafran Caf� The Dizz Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art Golden West Caf� Miss Shirley's Rocket to Venus Atomic Books Charlotte Elliott Dreamland Eye Candy Fleckenstein Gallery Hampden Junque Howl Ma Petite Shoe Min�s s.c. lord design Sugar 48 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 SPORTING, SUPPORT & SOCIAL GROUPS COMMUNITY-BASED ACTIVITY GROUPS Baltimore Area Gay Men's Outdoor Adventure Group Meetup.com/Baltimore-WashingtonGay-Men-Outdoor-Adventure-Group Offering an alternative to bars and the internet, this Meetup�driven social group organizes activities that include hiking, biking, camping, rafting, canoeing, and tubing. Out and About Bowling Leagues OutAndAboutBowling.com 410.426.0491 OutAndAboutBowling@hotmail.com Cheer on Baltimore's LGBT bowlers at three different league nights during the 32 weeks that follow Labor Day or at the Monday night league during summer. Whitemarsh Gay Movie Group Meetup.com/The-Whitemarsh -Gay-Movie-Group Once or twice per month, gay men meet in the Baltimore suburb of Whitemarsh for a movie, followed by discussion over a meal. AFFINITY GROUPS Baltimore Gay Bridge Night Meetup.com/Baltimore-Gay -Bridge-Night Experienced LGBT and straight bridge players meet every other Monday night for dinner, socializing, and bridge play. Women OUT and About GLCCB 241 W. Chase St. 410.837.5445 Kelly at BWOAEvents@yahoo.com This group for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women meets every third Saturday at the GLCCB to socialize and plan outings. Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers BaltimoreFrontRunners.org 410.662.2887 BaltimoreFRs@yahoo.com LGBT runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to join weekly Saturday morning outings along Baltimore's waterfront, followed by brunch. YOGA CLASSES Baltimore Yoga Village Locations in Hampden (410.662.8626) and Mt. Washington (410.377.4800) BaltimoreYogaVillage.com BYV offers yoga for practitioners of all levels, in a variety of lineages and styles, as well as classes in meditation, kirtan, and more. Charm City Volleyball VolleyBaltimore.org Contact Chris at email@example.com LGBT volleyball organization offers weekly social and competitive volleyball events. All skill levels are welcome during social play, most Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Baltimore GLBT Social Group Meetup.com/The-Baltimore -Gay-Social-Group Friendly LGBT folks meet monthly for potlucks, cook outs, theme parties, day trips, and game nights. Baltimore Lesbian Cougars & Cubs Meetup.com/LesbianCougars A group for lesbian cougars and cubs who want to meet and socialize with other couples in the Baltimore area. Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) League P.O. Box 71363 Washington, DC 20024-1363 ETeamz.com/caps Team Hippo Coach Ryan Bos: firstname.lastname@example.org Club Hippo sends the local team to represent Baltimore in this DC-based LGBT league.League games are on Sundays beginning in May. Charm City Yoga Multiple locations CharmCityYoga.com 1.800.336.YOGA (9642) Info@CharmCityYoga.com CCY offers classes for beginners as well as Vinyasa, hot Vinyasa, Astanga, Hatha, pregnancy, restorative, and gentle yoga classes. Imperfectly Perfect Pairs Meetup.com/ImperfectlyPerfectPairs This social group is for committed gay and lesbian couples who want to share friendship and camaraderie with like-minded couples. Prime Timers of Baltimore PTBalto.org President@ptbalto.org Prime Timers of Baltimore is social groups for mature gay or bisexual men and the men who admire them. Members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities. Chesapeake Squares P.O. Box 1633 Baltimore, MD 21203-1633 ChesapeakeSquares.org ChesapeakeSquares@yahoo.com Baltimore's premier square dance club for gays and straights offers "open house" dances at various times throughout the year. Visitors are welcome at club dance nights on Tuesdays. Straight Eights: Lambda Car Club Straight8s.net Strt8s@prodigy.net The Washington and Baltimore chapter of Lambda Car Clubs International organizes monthly events, tours, and other activities for LGBT classic car enthusiasts and collectors. Gentle Beginners Yoga GLCCB 241 W. Chase St., Room 201 410.837.5445 Drop-ins are welcome every Sunday at 3:30pm for gay instructor Tim Hurley's soothing and revitalizing yoga class. A donation of $9 is requested. 50 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Yama Studio Belvedere Towers 1190 W. Northern Pkwy. Ste. 129 410.464.9000 YamaStudio.com In addition to therapeutic yoga for practitioners at all levels, Yama offers individual Ayurvedic consultations, as well as teacher training programs in therapeutic yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation. Merritt Athletic Clubs Downtown locations in Canton, Locust Point, and Mt. Vernon MerrittClubs.com Full service fitness clubs offer a variety of trial, short- and long-term membership options, as well as special promotions, such as a free seven-day fitness makeover. The 24-hour flagship Downtown Athletic Center is located footsteps from the center of Mt. Vernon, Baltimore's "gayborhood." AT THE GLCCB 241 W. Chase St. Baltimore, MD 21201 GLCCB.org MONDAYS Men Like Me 2nd and 4th Mondays 6pm MenLikeMe@glccb.org Support group for gay men of all ages ATHLETIC CLUBS & FITNESS CENTERS Federal Hill Fitness 39 East Cross St. 410.752.3004 FHFitness.com Info@FHFitness.com This sister store to Mt. Vernon Fitness (below) offers the same high quality services and amenities in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, a short walk from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Mt. Vernon Fitness 1016 N. Charles St. 410.878.2990 MVFitness.com Info@mvfit.com Personal training programs are emphasized in this elegant, full-service club located in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Free trial memberships and other promotions are available. WEDNESDAYS Poz Men Every Wednesday 7pm POZMen@glccb.org Support group for HIV+ men THURSDAYS Trans-Masculine Alliance 3rd Thursday 6:30pm BTMA@glccb.org Support group for FTMs SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous GLCCB 241 W. Chase St. Rm. 201 410.837.5445 LGBTQ centered AA recovery groups, welcoming to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Meets every Monday and Thursday at 8:30pm, and Saturdays at 6:30pm. Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y 900 E. 33rd St. 410.889.9622 YMaryland.org/harry-jeanette -weinberg-family-center-y Amenities at this central Baltimore facility include cardio equipment, Cybex strength equipment, free weights, a rock climbing wall, and a four-lane, 25-yard indoor lap pool. "Stay-n-Play" child care and a community playground are also available. Women of Color 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursdays 7:30pm WOC@glccb.org LBTQ support group for all women SATURDAYS Sufficient As I Am (SAIM) Every Saturday 12 Noon SAIM@glccb.org Support group for 24 years and younger AA-Positively Sober GLCCB 241 W. Chase St., Rm. 201 410.837.5445 JeffreySquibb@yahoo.com An open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, which provides a safe place for those with HIV or other health related issues. All are welcome. Meets every Sunday at 6:15pm. Maryland Athletic Club Harbor East Location 655 President St. 410.625.5000 MACWellness.com TeamMAC@macwellness.com Daily guest passes are available for visitors to MAC's newest facility, which features 10,000 square feet of cardio equipment, more than 70 strength training stations, free weights, a 25-yard lap pool, plus many other amenities. Express Yourself Every Saturday 3:30pm email@example.com Art program for 24 years and younger Narcotics Anonymous GLCCB 241 W. Chase St., Rm. 201 410.837.5445 Men's Rap group for men in recovery. Meets every Sunday at 11:30am. SOFFA-T 4th Saturday 8pm SOFFA-T@glccb.org Support group for significant others, friends, family and allies of transgender persons Meadow Mill Athletic Club 3600 Clipper Mill Rd. 410.235.7000 MeadowMill.com Info@meadowmill.com This 40,000 square foot full service fitness club nestled between Druid Hill Park and the neighborhood of Hampden offers numerous amenities, including the largest indoor squash facility in the United States. Women of Color Baltimore GLCCB 241 W. Chase St. 410.837.5445 Meetup.com/Baltimore-Lesbians -of-Color WOC@glccb.org This support group for women and transgender women at the GLCCB also organizes social events and outings via their Meetup page. Tran*quility 2nd and 4th Saturdays 8pm Tranquility@glccb.org Support group for MTFs The above groups are scheduled to meet at The GLCCB at the dates and times shown, which are subject to change. Please contact the emails provided or call 410.837.5445 to confirm. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 51 WELCOMING DENOMINATIONS & FAITHS The Baltimore Ethical Society 306 W. Franklin St. Ste. 102 410.581.2322 BmorEthical.org Beit Tikvah 5802 Roland Ave. 410.464.9402 BeitTikvah.org Bolton Street Synagogue 210 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.5354 BoltonStreet.org Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church 1316 Park Ave. 410.523.1542 BrownDowntown.org Cathedral of the Incarnation 4 E. University Pkwy. 410.467.3750 TheCathedral.ang-md.org Corpus Christi Church 110 W. Lafayette Ave. 410.523.4161 CorpusChristiBaltimore.org Christ Lutheran Church 701 S. Charles St. 410.752.7179 ChristInnerHarbor.org Divinity Lutheran Church 1220 Providence Rd. 410.823.8293 DivinityLutheran.net Dundalk Church of the Brethren 2660 Yorkway 410.284.7081 DundalkCOB.org Emmanuel Episcopal Church 811 Cathedral St. 410.685.1130 EmmanuelDowntown.org Epiphany Lutheran Church 4301 Raspe Ave. 410.485.7654 God-Is-Love.org Faith Presbyterian Church 5400 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.435.4330 FaithPCBalt.org First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ 6915 York Rd. 410.377.5224 First-StStephens.org First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church 210 W. Madison St. 410.728.5545 FirstFranklin.org First Unitarian Church of Baltimore 12 W. Franklin St. 410.685.2330 FirstUnitarian.net Govans Presbyterian Church 5826 York Rd. 410.435.9188 GovansPres.org Grace United Methodist Church 5407 N. Charles St. 410.433.6650 GraceUnitedMethodist.org Holy Comforter Church 5513 York Rd. 410.433.1801 ComforterBalt.com Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1131 Mace Ave. 410.687.5531 HolyTrinity.ang-md.org Keepers of the Holly Chalice Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Wiccan Religious Organization SacredWheel.org/khc Light Street Presbyterian Church 809 Light St. 410.539.0125 LightStreetChurch.org Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore 401 W. Monument St. 410.669.6222 MCCBaltimore.org St. Mark's Lutheran Church 1900 St. Paul St. 410.752.5804 StMarksCelebrates.org Second English Lutheran Church 5010 Briarclift Rd. 410.945.2350 SecondEnglishLutheran.webs.com Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore 4007 Old York Rd. 410.244.0884 UFCB.org ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland IFCMD.org In 1789, the first Catholic diocese in the U.S. was established in Baltimore. 52 Believe Out Loud BelieveOutLoud.com/learn /find-welcoming-church Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 LITTLE ITALY FILM FESTIVAL FRIDAYS IN JULY & AUGUST A BALTIMORE RAVENS GAME AT M&T BANK STADIUM THE BATTLE MONUMENT DEFENDERS DAY AT FORT MCHENRY BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER PREAKNESS STAKES BALTIMORE PRIDE FESTIVAL Photo by Jay W. MAY 2012 Maryland Film Festival (May 3-6) MD-FilmFest.com Annual 4-day event presents top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties to tens of thousands of audience members. International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) DayAgainstHomophobia.org Transmodern Performance Festival (May 17-20) TransmodernFestival.com A cultural phenomenon presenting radical, experimental, expectation-defying work from local, national and international artists representing communities and artists who defy cultural normative practices and disciplines. JUNE 2012 The Hot l Baltimore (June 1-24) Spotlighters Theatre Spotlighters.org A brilliant Off-Broadway success by an outstanding playwright brings compassion, humor and arresting theatricality to its imaginative, touching study of lost souls trapped by society's inexorable decay. Videopolis (May 3 & 4) Metro Gallery Themetrogallery.net/videopolis Held across the street from the Charles Theater during the Maryland Film Festival, find work that doesn't make more traditional festival formats. Kristin Chenoweth (June 9) Hippodrome Theater France-MerrickPAC.com Don't miss Emmy and Tony Award Winner (of Wicked and Glee) in this rare concert appearance performing classic favorites and original songs. Ride for the Feast (May 19-20) MFeast.org A two-day, 140-mile bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore City raises awareness of nutritional needs of people living with HIV/ AIDS and breast cancer. Flower Mart (May 4 & 5) Mount Vernon Place FlowerMart.org A colorful festival of spring featuring flower sales, gardening items, high quality crafts, food and music. HonFest (June 9-10) HonFest.net Annual celebration of all things "Bawlmer" pays tribute to the neighborhoods, distinctive dialect, and people of Baltimore. Live music, classic Bawlmer foods and Hampden's eclectic merchants. You've never seen an event quite like HonFest. American Dance Theater (May 22 & 23) Patricia & Arthur Modell Perf. Arts Center Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (May 5 & 6) 1st Mariner Arena BaltimoreArena.com A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences and literally turns Michael Jackson's signature moves upside down! LyricOperaHouse.com Let Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's gorgeous dancers lift your spirits as they perform thrilling premieres and new productions plus long-time audience favorites. Star-Spangled Sailabration (June 13-19) Inner Harbor StarSpangled200.com Celebrate the official launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with Sailabration, an international parade of naval vessels and tall ships along with an air show featuring the Blue Angels. Sowebo Arts and Music Festival (May 27) Hollins Market SoWeBoArts.org/festival.html The never say die, utterly unique and always free arts and music Sowebohemian Fest offers four stages of live musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a salon art show, and more. 137th Running of the Preakness Stakes (May 16-18) Pimlico Race Course Preakness.com Following the Kentucky Derby, the annual Preakness Stakes is run the third Saturday in May with a weeklong celebration leading up to the running. Mamma Mia (June 15-17) Hippodrome Theater France-MerrickPAC.com Enjoy the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs in this hit Broadway musical. Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 55 BALTIMORE PRIDE 2012 King and Queen of Pride 2012 Pageant (May 17) Location TBD BaltimorePride.org Each year, the GLCCB and Baltimore Pride produce the King and Queen of Pride pageant. Kings and Queens of Pride are the reigning symbols of excellence in Baltimore Pride festivities. They preside at events throughout the year and represent the GLCCB and Baltimore Pride with honor, grace and usually a bit of light-hearted humor! LatinoFest (June 23 & 24) LatinoFest.org A fun-filled weekend of Hispanic culture featuring live musical performances, costumed dancers and traditional foods. Baltimore Restaurant Week (July 27 to August 5) BaltimoreRestaurantWeek.com A delicious week of Baltimore's best eateries. JULY 2012 Fourth of July Celebration (July 4) Celebrate Independence Day with a blast of vivid fireworks and live entertainment in Baltimore's Inner Harbor during the Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration. Hamilton Street Festival & Classic Car Show (July 28) BmoreMainStreet.com More than 80 vendors, great food, 16 bands and performers on two stages and a display of classic cars. AUGUST 2012 International Festival (August 4 & 5) Poly/Western High School PromotionAndArts.com Showcases the diverse cultures of Baltimore City with international performers, multicultural foods, children's activities and an annual soccer competition. Club Hippo's 40th Anniversary ClubHippo.com Established in 1972 in the heart of Mount Vernon, the Hippo has been a cornerstone in the gay and lesbian community in Baltimore. Whether you want to dance the night away, relax in their video bar, or enjoy a cocktail and a pool game in our saloon, they have something to suit everyone's mood! Club Hippo will mark its 40th Anniversary on July 7. Check out the celebration this night and throughout the month (and year!) for a fabulously fun time. Twilight on the Terrace (June 15) Gertrude's at the BMA BaltimorePride.org At Baltimore Pride weekend's kick-off event, attendees enjoy signature cocktails while taking a stroll through the Baltimore Museum of Art's beautiful sculpture garden, dance to music, place bids on silent auction packages, and receive exclusive Pride gift bags. Maryland Renaissance Festival Annapolis, MD RennFest.com Visit a 16th-century British village complete with jesters, jousting, and jugglers for 9 consecutive weekends. Artscape (July 20-22) Mt. Vernon and Station North Artscape.org America's largest free arts festival features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, outdoor sculpture, art cars, and photography; live outdoor concerts, performing arts, and family events. Hot August Blues & Roots Festival Oregon Ridge Park HotAugustBlues.com Blues and roots music festival in a pastoral setting. Baltimore Pride Parade & Block Party (June 16) Mount Vernon BaltimorePride.org Saturday's events begin with a High Heel Race up Charles Street. Bring your own or borrow a pair of ours! On the "heels" of the race is the Pride Parade on Charles Street in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Join everyone from cowboys to bikers, from the King and Queen of Pride to leather daddies and maybe a float or two. After the parade, Baltimore Pride's Block Party is a nightclub without walls with many local and regional acts performing throughout the evening. African American Festival (July 7 & 8) M&T Bank Stadium AfricanAmericanFestival.net Celebrate black history with an eclectic mix of regional and nationally-known entertainers, including top soul and R&B recording artists, educational exhibits, arts and crafts, foods and children's activities. Baltimore Grand Prix (August 31-September 2) Downtown 2012BaltimoreGrandPrix.com Get your motors running, and celebrate three days of ear-pounding adrenaline on as Baltimore rocks the spotlight for worldwide race fans. SEPTEMBER 2012 HampdenFest (September 8) 36th Street and Falls Road HampdenFest.blogspot.com A neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors to enjoy the community of merchants on and around West 36th Street with toilet races, mustache championships, and live local music all day. Baltimore Pride Festival (June 17) Druid Hill Park BaltimorePride.org The festival features many regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, a Family Zone, and plenty of fun for the whole community to enjoy. An estimated 5,000 celebrants come out on Sunday for the fun and festivities. Rain or shine. International Deaf Leather 2012 (July 12-15) InternationalDeafLeather.org Let us Show You our Charm! Tremont Plaza Hotel & Grand Historic Venue. Caribbean Carnival Festival (July 13-15) PromotionAndArts.com Bringing island traditions to the states with the popular carnival parade, live reggae and soca performances, colorful costumed dancers and authentic Caribbean cuisine. Ukrainian Festival (September 8 & 9) Patterson Park UkrainianFest.net Capture the essence of Ukrainian culture with unique arts and crafts, customary songs and dances, a beer garden, assortment of appetizing foods, children's activities and storytelling. 56 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Dining Out For Life (September 20) MFeast.org Simply dine at one of the participating restaurants, and proceeds help feed hundreds of men, women, and children living with HIV/ AIDS, and other life-challenging conditions such as breast cancer. Out & Equal Workplace Summit (October 29 � November 1) OutAndEqual.org The premier conference on LGBT issues in the workplace takes place in Baltimore this year. B&B Holiday House Tour (TBD) BetterBaltimoreBedAndBreakfasts.com The Better Baltimore Bed & Breakfasts welcomes participants with food, wine, and seasonal d�cor. NOVEMBER 2012 Transgender Parents' Day (November 3) TransParentDay.org TransParentDay is a day to celebrate being a parent without concern of the stereotypes of gender. So whether you are MtF or FtM, this is a day for you and your children to celebrate. JANUARY 2013 John Waters' Hairspray (January 24-27) Marking the 25th anniversary of the original film's release, the BSO under its Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will premiere a concert production of Hairspray, based on John Waters' movie. This concert will be narrated by Waters, who wrote and directed the 1988 film. Baltimore Book Festival (September 28�30) Mount Vernon Place BaltimoreBookFestival.com Local and national authors, books sales, food and music. The Lauraville Fair (September 29) BmoreMainStreet.com A great community fair with food, music, family-friendly entertainment and many vendors in a beautiful park setting. Transgender Day of Celebration (November 19) Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) Wicked (November 1-4) Hippodrome Theatre France-MerrickPAC.com Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. FEBRUARY 2013 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7) OCTOBER 2012 LGBT HISTORY MONTH! Baltimore Black Pride (October 6-10) Citywide BlackPrideBaltimore.org Baltimore Black Pride brings together the community to embrace and celebrate diversity with a full schedule of events, including workshops and town hall meetings, entertainment, and the annual Cultural Affair and Fall Festival. MARCH 2013 Flashdance (February 12-17) Hippodrome Theatre France-MerrickPAC.com What a feeling! The pop culture phenomenon is now live on stage. DECEMBER 2012 World AIDS Day (December 1) Miracle on 34th Street Hampden ChristmasStreet.com Visit 34th Street on a December night after dark and learn about a beautifully bright Baltimore holiday tradition. Traditional Mini Powwow Baltimore American Indian Center Baic.org The Baltimore American Indian Center will host its first traditional mini powwow, which includes tour of the museum. The powwow will have vendors, face painting, dream catcher making workshops, Native American dance, and Native American food. Mount Vernon Ghost Walk (October 6-27) BaltimoreGhostTours.com Baltimore's gayborhood may be more "spirited" than you think. Admire the architecture while guides regale you with the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood. Merry Mart (December 2) Creative Alliance at the Patterson CreativeAlliance.org A unique craft show featuring a diverse mix of art and craft from Baltimore and beyond. APRIL 2013 EcoFest Franklin and Calhoun Streets BaltimoreGreenworks.com To kick off Baltimore Green Week, EcoFest annually promotes local organizations that provide sustainable goods and services. But it's fun, too, offering free belly-dancing and yoga classes, a children's play area, and lots of yummy food. National Coming Out Day (October 11) Russian Festival (October 19-21) RussFest.org Traditional and delectable foods, live bands, imported crafts and more. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. Monument Lighting (December 6) Washington Monument Mount Vernon Place BOP.org A spirited evening celebration of the holidays with live seasonal music and fireworks. Baltimore Open Studio Tour (October 20-21) BaltimoreOpenStudioTour.org Step into the studios of Baltimore's visual artist during this free, self-guided tour. Encounter fresh works in painting, sculpture, photography, installations, clay, and mixed media right where they're made. LOOKING FOR MORE TO DO? VISIT BALTIMORE.ORG/EVENTS OR BALTIMOREGAYLIFE.COM/EVENTS-CALENDAR Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 57 IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VISITORS TRANSPORTATION AIR BWI-Marshall Airport Information & Terminal Paging 410.859.7111 or 800-I-FLY-BWI BWIAirport.com Pricing estimates for transfer to Downtown Baltimore: Shuttle service $22 Individual taxi $35 Sedan, limousine or van $45+ Bus, metro or light rail $1.60 WEATHER Month January February March April May June High 41� 44� 53� 65� 74� 83� Low 24� 26� 34� 43� 53� 62� Month July August September October November December High 88� 85� 79� 65� 56� 45� Low 67� 66� 58� 43� 37� 28� PARKING For parking garages, see map on pages 30-31. Motorcoach Information Baltimore city offers motorcoach parking at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. For more information, see the group tour section of Baltimore.org or call the Tourism Sales Department at 410.659.7040. Inner Harbor Loading and Unloading Zones Area One (West) -- Baltimore Visitor Center/Light Street: Loading and unloading are permitted on the northbound lane of Light Street by the Baltimore Visitor Center. No staging is allowed. Area Two (North/East) -- National Aquarium/Pratt Street: Loading and unloading are allowed on the north side of the Inner Harbor at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. No staging is allowed. LAND TRANSIT SERVICES The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates bus, Metro Subway, Light Rail and MARC train services. For fares and schedules, please call 888.218.2267 or 410.539.5000 or visit MTAMaryland.com. The Charm City Circulator is a free bus service with three routes that intersect downtown Baltimore; and connect to other transit like the Light Rail, MARC, Metro Subway and the Baltimore Water Taxi. Call 410.396.6802 or go to CharmCityCirculator.com TAXIS Yellow Cab 410.727.7300, YellowCabofBaltimore.com LIMOUSINES & SHUTTLES A.S. Midway Tours, Inc. & Limousines 410.367.6900 Airport Shuttle, Inc. 800.776.0323 Airport Taxi and Limo, LLC 443.550.1196 An Extraordinar Limousine Company 410.437.8200 Charm City Connections 410.661.6033 ExecuCar 410.859.8518 RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportaton 800.878.7743 SuperShuttle BWI 800.258.3826 Wink's Nationwide Transportation Service, LLC 410.426.9456 PET FRIENDLY To find dog-friendly locations in Baltimore, go to Baltimore.org/pets. MEDICAL SERVICES & HOSPITALS Concentra Medical Center with Urgent Care 410.752.3010 (Downtown Baltimore Location) Johns Hopkins Medicine 410.955.2280 (Adults) 410.955.5680 (Children) Mercy Medical Center 410.332.9477 University of Maryland Medical Center 800.492.5538 ZBest Limousine Service, Inc. 410.768.1148 AUTO RENTALS & LEASING Enterprise Rent-A-Car 800.RENTACAR, Enterprise.com RAIL Amtrak 800.USA.RAIL, Amtrak.com MARC (MTA) Train Service 866.743.3682, MTAMaryland.com CITY & STATE OFFICIAL CONTACTS Office of the Mayor City Hall, Room 250 100 N. Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202 410.396.3835 BaltimoreCity.gov Baltimore City Services If you are not sure what agency to call, contact the City's One Call Center 311 or by dialing 443.263.2220. Maryland Office of Tourism 401 E. Pratt St., 14th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 410.767.3400 VisitMaryland.org Office of the Governor 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401 410.974.3900, 800.811.8336 Maryland Relay (TTY) 800.201.7165, Maryland.gov WATER Baltimore Water Taxi A fleet of 14 boats operates continuous service to more than 35 attractions. 800.658.8947, BaltimoreWaterTaxi.com Cruise Terminal Departures from the Port of Baltimore to various ports-of-call in Canada, New England, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Serviced by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival and American Cruise. Visit CruiseMaryland.com for a complete list of the port's cruise offerings. 58 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide 2012 59