Few places are left unexplored for Jennifer Petrin Johannes. Over the years, the 38-year-old public high-school art teacher has been to six continents, 27 countries and 43 states. She also shares her passion for traveling with her students, taking them on trips to Egypt, China and Australia. Johannes grew up in Demarest, N.J., but has called Pigtown her home for the last seven years. When she isn’t traveling, she enjoys making jewelry and cooking. Currently, she and her students are shipping over 3000 books to a school in Kenya that she visited in 2010. Earlier this year in May, she married her husband, Kevin. The wedding took place at the the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and the black-and-white cake (decorated with animals, of course) featured a penguin bride and groom topper with a veil and bow tie, handmade by the bride. Here, Johannes gives b the scoop on Cirque de Soleil, “Project Accessory” and the unfortunate existence of hair feathers.
Worst pet peeve? Loud cell phone talkers in public places like stores or restaurants. Seriously people, you aren’t that important.
What's on your iPod? Shuffle has the potential to be very embarrassing! Arctic Monkeys to the “Xanadu” soundtrack … you just never know. I also love catching up on podcasts like “Fresh Air” and “This American Life.”
What song are hating/loving right now? [Last week] was an homage to Heavy D & the Boyz. I was diggin’ some “Now That We Found Love”.
Last play you attended? It’s not a play, but I saw Cirque de Soleil a few months ago. I never get tired of the costumes and amazing feats of the human body.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Hair feathers: If 6- or 60-year-olds are wearing them, I don’t think they are edgy anymore.
Last video that made you snort with laughter? When I’m having a bad day I YouTube “Dogs saying I Love You.” It cracks me up and can turn any day around.
TV shows you can't get enough of? I like “Project Accessory,” the spinoff from “Project Runway.” The challenges are great, but it lacks Heidi and Tim. I love Tim Gunn, I wish we were related so I could invite him to my house for Thanksgiving.
Favorite book you recently read? I just downloaded “The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper” by Kate Ascher. It’s about how skyscrapers are built and full of fun facts like where water goes when you flush on the top floor. Really interesting stuff!
Last great meal you had? I just made spaghetti squash for dinner. It was the first time I’ve cooked it, so good!
Food you hate? Processed foods. I think Americans have lost their minds. They are willing to put anything into their bodies. Cooking does not take much time and eating well is so important and cheaper!
Favorite store? DuBois Textiles on Washington Boulevard. They sort through the crappy thrift store finds and present great vintage clothing and accessories at affordable prices. They have fantastic fabrics; I am currently working on some curtains.
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? I love riding boots. However, thin tights are not leggins’, ladies.
Favorite quote/saying? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi If everyone would take that seriously the world would be a very productive and magical place. I try to live that quote each day with my actions.
Favorite/least favorite place to travel? My husband and I went to Thailand this past summer. It was fantastic, but I believe that Kenya will always be my favorite place. Kenyan people have the most beautiful attitude and spirit.
Favorite artist? I love Franz Marc, his color symbolism is really interesting. I love that he painted animals and used his work as an anti-war statement.
Favorite art style/period? I love neo-gothic. Gaudi was a genius. I’d love to go back to Barcelona.
Favorite museum or gallery? AVAM. Every year they put together a great themed show. I like that they feature “untrained” artists. Their gift shop is one of Baltimore’s best stores.
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