Weekend Wrap-Up: Looking Smart in January

looking smartThough things have been a little bleak this week with recent news of more crime in our hood, that’s no reason to halt everything and huddle under a blanket fort this weekend. Instead, bundle up, put on your brave face, and go drink in the life and culture our hood (and this week, surrounding hoods) has to offer. That’s right, Cantonites. It’s the weekend. And you’re looking smart!

Friday, January 17, 5 to 8 p.m.: Fridays after 5 at the National Aquarium: 

After five on Fridays, the typical flow of people through the aquarium’s hallways ebbs, which is why they’re inviting you to swim on over and see new exhibitions: Blacktip Reef and Discovery Dolphins for a lower admission price. Through March 28 on Friday evenings, you can bring the fam or contemplate fish solo for a $12 ticket. Sounds like Fridays may start going just swimmingly.

Saturday, January 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: PABU cooking Class with Chef Jonah Kim

Looking to make warm bowls of Japanese goodness? At home? Every day until summer? Look no further than Pabu’s Saturday cooking class with Jonah Kim: Dashi, Soups, and HotPots. Head to the Pabu kitchen to learn new techniques and skills and then gobble down your creations with your new Iron Chef friends. You’ll leave with a soup startup kit as well as recipes for making the deliciousness at home. Tickets are $65. Reservations are required. Please call Shannon Toback at (410) 223-1464, or email Shannon.Toback@fourseasons.com

Sunday, January 19, 8 p.m.: Trivia Night at Kooper’s Tavern

So you’re a trivia whiz but you just can’t seem to motivate yourself to leave the house on a work night. Another local establishment has started a trivia night … and this one’s on Sundays. No excuses. Enjoy a brew, a burger, and a challenge starting at 8 p.m. If you’re a Service Industry Professional, you also get 25 percent off your check from 9 p.m. to close.

Monday, January 20, All Day: Pitch in on MLK Day

If you’re one of those lucky Cantonites that have the day off chances are you’ve decided to spend the day doing something important, like watching the entire season of Orange is the New Black in one sitting. But, if you’re itching to get out and make the day count, I’ve got good news. MLK Day is a national day of service. It’s the perfect time to do something helpful that you’ve always wanted to do for your neighbor, or the entire community.  There are also organized service opportunities at AllForGood.org. Go out for a few hours, help someone out, and then spend the rest of the day watching Netflix.


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