Published: September 21, 2011
800 St. Paul St., (410) 230-0450, redemmas.org
Baltimore is blessed with an abundance of collectives, but Red Emma’s is the mother of them all. This bunch is single-handedly, er, collectively bringing the Revolution to Baltimore. Named after anarchist Emma Goldman, this worker-owned operation is the most political—and the most collective—of our collectives. But that’s just part of it, because the really great thing about Red Emma’s is how diversified it is. The members run the coffee shop and well-stocked bookstore in Mount Vernon, but they also organize the Free School, which offers a variety of classes on radical politics and grassroots culture. They host the annual Radical Book Fair at Bookfest this weekend and run one of the city’s best performance spaces, the gorgeous 2640 Space at St. John’s Methodist Church in Charles Village, home to some of our most epic shows, including Celebration’s CD-release party and two hotly anticipated nights with Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. Red Emma’s shows us how much we can do if we work together and reminds us how much fun it can be. Viva Red Emma’s!