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Lake Geneva Wisconsin-year round paradise

360 Magazine Culture Editor, Tom Wilmer visits with Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director of Walworth County Visitors Bureau as she shares insights about the four seasons attractions of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

boating and yachting on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin has been an iconic part of the allure since the 1870s. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

The modern iteration of Lake Geneva as a consummate resort/vacation destination commenced with Gilded Age barons of Chicago who came to build their mansions on the shores of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin following the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

 

Iconic Eastlake Victorian architecture on the Lake Geneva waterfront. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Situated just 75 miles away from the Windy City, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin quickly became a coveted destination for the rich and famous…and it remains true today.

The innkeeper’s welcoming smile at the historic circa-1856 Maxwell Mansion symbolizes the friendliness of the locals in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin  Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Over the years, the lakefront town has evolved in to a year-round vacation destination for everybody even though luxurious mansions still line the lakefront—and in Lake Geneva’s modest fashion—even the resort-sized mansions are sometimes fondly referred to as summer cottages and cabins.

 

Since the days of Big Band live music performances Lake Geneva’s Riviera remains as cool place for gatherings of all sorts. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Vacation time in Lake Geneva doesn’t stop with the first November gales…that’s when the locals start prepping for the winter ice festival, tuning up their ice boat racers, and dreaming of snowmobiling, drilling holes in the ice, and setting up their fish shanties on the frozen lake.

 

Gage Marine century old classic vessels are an ideal way to cruise around on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

In the wheelhouse of an iconic Gage Marine vessel touring Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Bill Gage at Pier 290 Restaurant at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

This us just a sampler of the outdoor allures that keep this cool, small town humming year round. The businesses are mostly ma & pa operations–an important ingredient that makes Lake Geneva a most welcoming place.

 

Downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is like stepping back in time. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Lake Geneva Wisconsin’s downtown Horticultural Hall pays homage to the region’s agrarian roots. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

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Rising Latin Star Melissa Sandoval

By Krishan Narsinghani

You may have heard of Melissa Sandoval back in 2015 when Vine was at its peak. Melissa was one of the initial Vine pioneers to reach nearly 1 million followers within the first year. Melissa achieved her claim to fame by posting song and dance covers that to this day still accumulate millions of views on popular pages across Twitter and Instagram.

Since going viral, the twenty year old has been crafting her own name as a recording artist. In only two years, Melissa has moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music and has released numerous singles. Her hit single Movin reached 400,000+ Spotify streams and YouTube channel has exceeded 1M+ views. Her most recent single Contigo features the singer’s Latin roots. She is currently in the middle of her first headlining tour.

Melissa has a slew of exciting features and collaborations that she is preparing to drop in addition to Spanish versions of her singles. She plans to take over US radio in 2019 and promote with shows in her home country of Chile. Melissa has also co-founded a creative agency that is growing rapidly for social influencers and marketing campaigns.
The independent music artist is paving a path for herself which is sure to generate buzz in the industry. Make sure to keep an eye on the female mogul as she navigates her way to stardom.

Eau Claire–Inspired Culture

Culture Editor Tom Wilmer explores Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a city of 68,000 that has rapidly evolved to become a trend-setting cultural mecca.

EAU CLAIRE abounds with classic architecture melded with cutting-edge street art  Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

The driver behind the city’s renaissance has everything to do with the passionately engaged locals, including a 39-year-old tech executive who’s invested millions of his own money revitalizing his hometown’s anchor hotel-conference center, and millions more in Eau Claire’s new performing arts center, the Pablo Center at the Confluence in the heart of town.

The cutting-edge facility’s inaugural season includes dance productions, literary and film events, along with a series of musical events performed in the 1,200-seat main theater. Mack John, Public Relations Manager at Visit Eau Claire, notes, “there are multiple art galleries featuring regional and national visual art displays representing an array of mediums. And in keeping with Eau Claire’s emphasis on community engagement, the galleries are free and open to the public.”

Workers installing finishing touches at the Pablo Center in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin in preparation for opening day festivities September 22nd 2018    Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

John added that there are also multipurpose spaces on the third floor that offer dramatic vistas of the Chippewa River and the city’s lighted Phoenix Park Bridge.

A line up of the 2018-2029 live performances includes: Cloud Cult, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Tony Jackson, Ailey II, Kate Lindsey/Baptiste Trotignon, The Oak Ridge Boys, Blind Boys of Alabama, Kodo Taiko, Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure, La Caverne (torch Sisters), Aaron Diehl, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and Farewell Angelina.

 

Mack John at the Eau Claire Farmers Market   Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Kristin Dexter, co-owner of Forage EC Community kitchen in Eau Claire is a prime example of why the town is thriving. Listen to her conversation in the NPR.ORG Podcast   Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

 

Eau Claire’s proud multi-ethnic pride is exemplified by the Hmong seller at Farmers Market in the heart of town. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Trend-setting Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s hip and happening Shift–it’s a combination coffee house and bicycle repair place Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

tranquility is mere feet away from the heart of downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

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New York Reality Shows

New York is an exceptional city and its essence has been immortalized in Michael Montgomery’s iconic song New York, New York. Its unmistakable skyline is recognizable in countless movies and TV shows and has become home to record-setting, rating-grabbling reality TV shows. Just like the hugely successful Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles featured previously on 360 Magazine, the following rank as the top three and most popular of their respective franchises under reality TV shows based in New York.

Say Yes to The Dress

TLC’s famous reality show, which debuted in 2007, revolves around New York’s swanky bridal salon, Kleinfeld, owned by Mara Urshel and Ronald Rothstein. The show follows soon-to-be brides in choosing their dream wedding dress. While accompanied by friends and family, they are waited on by the store’s consultants and fitters. To be featured on the show, future brides must provide countless personal details, including the fiancée’s occupation and information about the upcoming wedding for dramatic purposes.

Due to the success of the show, Kleinfeld has become a tourist hotspot with fans flocking from all over to check out the store and try on dresses despite upcoming marriage plans. In-person, the store appears quite different than on the show, with the small salon packed with 20 or so brides crowding for dresses. With only 90 minutes to choose the perfect dress, brides who aren’t even in front of the camera feel the pressure.

Million Dollar Listing New York

In its seventh season, Bravo’s popular New York real-estate reality TV program features what it truly means to sell high-priced New York City properties. Hosted by New York brokers Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold, the series has become a massive hit with viewers who live vicariously through the show and dream of owning a high-end New York apartment. With the wide exposure, the show has seen the hosts’ careers fast-tracked immensely. As for Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold, it has brought both fame and fortune.

Serhant was ranked 15th on The Real Deal’s top agents when the show debuted in 2012, and is now listed as number 1 for Manhattan closed deals. With Manhattan apartments getting more expensive each year, broker commissions have also soared. Yoreevo reports that New York commissions have gone up 50% in the last decade despite the increased information transparency. It’s no wonder that the show’s exposure has exponentially benefitted the trio – Steve Gold landing a job with coveted brokerage firm, Corcoran Group.

The Real Housewives of New York

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In what has been described as 10 seasons of catfights, wine swigging, and backstabbing, the Bravo show’s popularity stems from its intentional and unintentional humor. The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) features 7 female socialites while focusing on their personal and professional lives. Originally a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Orange County, the 13th season premiered July 16. Executive producer, Andy Cohen told Vanity Fair that the show “…is stuff no one could script. It’d be considered too absurd.” This is exactly what the series feels like, absurd, with storylines that often defy belief. Although, it was RHONY’s mercurial cast and over-the-top drama which has propelled the franchise to the grand following it has today.

BUICK: A CLASSIC REBORN

By Krishan Narsinghani x Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine was recently invited to test-drive the redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD 1 SP in Carmel, California. The model type avenir derives from a concept car introduced in 2017. Avenir translates to “future” in French and the modern aesthetics do not disappoint. Buick has since mirrored those design elements on multiple vehicles.

Walking up to the luxury three row crossover, drivers can start their engine with a new remote start key. The Enclave introduces sharper lines and athletic curves. The headlights and taillights are slimmer to create a skinnier look when in fact the vehicle is larger. Buick reaped the benefits of high strength steel shaving roughly 400 pounds off the previous model. Family trips just became easier with a spacey seven seater inside and roomy trunk.

This lifestyle voyager sets the stage featuring a bespoke-like interior with a two tone color pattern making the Enclave an executive family car perfect for a trip or a late-night urban outing. Avenir has not only set the bar with design but also in technology as a revolutionary rear view mirror transforms into a screen that bleeds to the edges of the mirror for a second back-up camera that faces an eye level view. This camera travels faster than five mph to give a real-time view of moving surroundings. Located under the tail, drivers can find a foot activated swivel to open the trunk. Finding the hands free lever becomes easier with a ghost lit Buick emblem highlighting where to kick the lever.

Reduce carbon footprint through carpooling while the crossover adjusts fuel efficiency at 18 miles per gallon on city roads, 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 21 miles per gallon with mixed driving.

The team alongside Buick explored Carmel-by-the-sea and the fairytale land the city has to offer. The team joined Carmel Valley Ranch to see the daily life of a professional beekeeper. 360 handled the bees, watched honey come to life and even found the queen bee do her thing. While driving around the beach-city on California’s Monterey Peninsula, Buick stopped at the harbor for a kayaking expedition.  In-between adventures, the team had a chance to get acquainted with the smooth feel and driving style of the vehicle.

The Enclave packs a 3.6L V6 with stop/start technology and nine speed automatic transmission at 310 horsepower at 6,800 rotations per minute. As one of the top luxury models, quiet cabins are enforced with QuietTuning. The weight saving translates to nimble handling and ride is soft while the body leans in the corners. The Buick Enclave Avenir’s base price is set at $53,500. Additional information can be found on their website.

la food fest

9th Annual LA Food Festival

Written By: Krishan Narsinghani

The city of Los Angeles is known for an assortment of activities and attractions. The amount of restaurants and food trucks the greater area of LA offers continues to skyrocket.

The ninth annual LA Food Festival took place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Thousands of foodies entered the park on a sunny September day to try street bites, hand-crafted drinks and decadent desserts. The venue offered parking for a minimal fee and separate validated parking for VIP ticket holders. Inside the venue included live performances ranging from mariachi bands to top hits radio stations.

One of 360 Magazine‘s personal favorites was the fish tacos. Talk about paradise. With chili powder topped piña coladas, refreshing  salads and oriental wonders, the day was pleasantly overwhelming. The Indian cuisine vendor, Tukda, inspired a fusion of the traditional appetizer Pani Puri by mixing vodka in the liquid filling. It was a sweet and savory delectable that is served at their Culver City Location.

The festival concluded with a contest where guests could vote on their favorite foods and encouraged the use of social media through hashtags: #LAfoodfest + #FoodFestWinnerWinner + #stretchypants.

The day left everyone with high spirits and food comas. Check out LA’s hottest restaurants by visiting the vendor page at lafoodfest.com.

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Klingande x Exchange LA

By Krishan Narsinghani

360 Magazine had the opportunity in joining Exchange LA for their Labor Day Weekend bash featuring DJ Klingande. The 25,000 square feet venue includes three separate floors and a vegas-style club atmosphere. In VIP, a top floor overlooks the stage with lounges and private bars. The club boasts a younger diverse demographic that celebrates all guests on their evening out.

Klingande, known as Cédric Steinmylle, is a French tropical house DJ known for his melodic uplifting sound. Klingande incorporates Swedish lyrics into his music as well as his stage name, that translates to “chiming” or “to sound”. The DJ took over the night with originals and crowd favorites, shifting from deep house to EDM. The 360 team personally enjoyed watching the live saxophone player who gave each song a funky twist.

With confetti falling from the sky, the evening ended at 2:00am. Klingande is a showstopper breaking the surface of the house music world.

Charles Wachter

Charles Wachter is the Emmy Award-winning founder and president of Hard Twenty. He has produced over thirty television series, most recently he served as the executive producer and show-runner for Apple’s Planet of the Apps, MTV’s Fear Factor, as well as numerous network and cable television shows including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for ABC, King of the Nerds  for TBS, and the reboot of American Gladiators for NBC. Prior to alternative television, Charles was an English major at Yale, a Sundance Film Festival Institute Finalist, and has a graduate degree in film from NYU. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Porsche Design x Escada Fashion Show

By Krishan Narsinghani

360 Magazine recently attended LA Fashion week’s pre-show featuring Porsche Design and Escada‘s newest fashion lines. The event took place at The Petersen Museum in the heart of LA at Miracle Mile. Petersen Automotive Museum is considered one of the largest of its kind known for its history and vast collection of automobiles. The attraction was founded by magazine publisher, Robert E. Petersen, in 1994 and is currently worth over forty million US dollars.  The venue offered validated parking for VIP attendees and a red carpet for all guests and celebrities.

Vintage models of Porsche vehicles greeted guests as they entered the venue for hors d’oueveres and speciality cocktails. The soiree proceeded with the fashion show held inside the Mullin Family Grand Salon. Porsche Design dressed male models as mannequins in their new men’s line where attendees could take an up-close look at edgy jackets, joggers and shoes. Escada organized a traditional runway unveiling for their women’s collection.  Models strutted alongside history as Porsche’s antique motor vehicles highlighted the runway.  Escada revealed elegant gowns for body types of all shapes and sizes. Textures varied from aqua ruched patterns to sequence-floral combinations.

The evening ended with a VIP After Party held in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery. Additional spirits and champagne were served as larger food portions were presented to socializing guests. The architecture of the building plus views from the rooftop completed the tasteful ambiance of the night.

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Lure Hollywood

By Krishan Narsinghani

360 Magazine joined Hollywood’s very own Lure Nightclub for LIT Saturdays at their most recent event with Hip-Hop’s number one radio station, Power 106. DJ Inferno and Krucial hosted the magical evening with mixes of top Hip-Hop, R&B and EDM hits. Lure (owned by parent company – Sunset Entertainment Group) has featured celebrities such as Jay-Z, Future and Drake as hosts for this prime venue, located at 1439 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Lure exhibits high-tech entertainment with a massive stage, motion-sensitive LED screens, and numerous LED lights. Mirrors and booths outline the perimeter which define a Vegas-style appeal and transforms Lure into a major hotspot of Los Angeles. The 18,000 sq. ft. dance club includes indoor and outdoor party areas, intimate lounges, bottle service and hand-crafted cocktails.  A strict dress code is applied to both men and women as multiple guests were seen arriving in classy chic or formal wardrobe. LIT Saturdays reflected a diverse crowd of multiple races while ages ranged from twenty-four to thirty-two.

A VIP line is also offered for special guests and bottle service holders. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets guarantee entry before 11:30 p.m., while non-ticket holders may enter after 11:30 p.m. if the venue is not at capacity. Lure operates weekly on Friday and Saturday.

The 360 team ended the night with a feeling of success thanks to Lure’s refreshing ambiance and crowd. The venue’s balance between lounge and dance makes for an exceptional Hollywood outing.

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