Escape From Baltimore: The best ways to avoid the Marathon/Fleet Week clusterfuck

Some genius thought it would be a good idea to have the Baltimore Running Festival, aka the marathon, and Fleet Week, a gathering of ships, sailors, aerial shows, and other military stuff, during the same weekend. And that's this weekend, namely Saturday, when both overlap.

Typically, we at City Paper are pretty enthusiastic about encouraging our readers to explore Baltimore. In this instance, however, we're saying you should either lock yourself indoors or get the hell out of dodge. Here are a few ways to evade the city as traffic-clogged hell hole being monitored by a private surveillance company.

-Here's a handy list of some of the best things added to Netflix for the month of October. Here's a list for Hulu. "Titanic," "Air Force One," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Kill Bill," "Dazed and Confused," the new Ava DuVernay documentary on mass incarceration—there's so much to choose from. Between Netflix, college football, the NFL, the start of the NHL season, and playoff baseball, there's plenty to watch. Just be sure to stock up on groceries beforehand.

-Along those lines, stay in and listen to some music. CP's Brandon Soderberg already told you about new releases from Bon Iver and Danny Brown. There's also new releases from Flock of Dimes, Blacksage, and Terence Hannum's annual curation of horror movie soundtracks.

-If you are able to find a route out of town that isn't affected by the road closures for runners, go do some autumn stuff, like attend the Renaissance Festival or go pick a pumpkin. Or hell, go see what's going on in Frederick, Washington, D.C., or Annapolis. 

Whatever you do, be sure to prepare for the streets being ceded to runners, their supporters, and fans of the military-industrial complex.

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