How do celebrities, who call tonier cities like New York or L.A. home, have a great time in Baltimore?
While Penn and Teller may work together like magic onstage, the comic magicians sure have different views about how to live it up in Charm City. Teller says, "I have to confess whenever I'm in Baltimore I'm performing at night, so here's my idea of a perfect afternoon: I would go and have lunch at the Woman's Industrial Exchange. I remember being charmed by the cozy, maternal and somewhat severe look of the place. . . . And then I'd get on a bus and go to Kelmscott Books and sit in a large, comfortable armchair perusing books for hours."
Penn Jillette, on the other hand, wants to spend his time visiting the Maryland Science Center, listening to Half Japanese (a Maryland "art" band) and going to Rock 'N Bowl. "After that," he says, "it's no one's business."
For Tim and Daphne Maxwell Reid, actors and co-hosts of the "Tim and Daphne" talk show on WMAR-TV, a great night out means having dinner at the Polo Grill with good friends.
Actor Lou Jacobi, meanwhile, would dine at Tio Pepe or the Harvey House and then take in a play at the Mechanic Theatre. He'd end his evening walking along the Inner Harbor. "It's a tremendous attraction for me," he says. "There's a wonderful peacefulness there."