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Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport 

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky × Shelby Barbour

”Every now and then an automobile manufacturer shocks us with a treasure. Something that snatches the air right out of our lungs. This time around Cadillac breathes life into its newest family member and all she does is turn heads and causes jaws to drop.” -Vaughn Lowery

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, maybe you should consider the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover for one of your very own urban excursions. We decided to venture downtown LA to Chinatown in our test model. Just like this vehicle, there’s an unprecedented reaction to Howlin’ Rays (Tennessee style hot chicken) as it’s one of the first establishments of its kind within the metropolitan area.

Launched in 2018, it’s their smallest crossover and a hopeful competitor in its segment. It sustains its own against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Design: The aim of this model is v-shape inspired by crisp lines, sweeping arcs, and high-end appointments. Factory tinted windows allow for added privacy and UV protection against the harsh LA sun rays. But you also get a 360 view under the car, insignia displayed on the front, and a backup camera to view more of what’s behind you. Above you, is a dual panel retractable Sunroof/Moonroof, which allows more light to come in, making the vehicle feel roomier. Compared to its predecessor, the 2018 XT4, this new variation has more room for you and four other people.

Technology: Loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable with many luxury manufacturers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability, rotary dials, and 8″ infotainment touchscreen. The 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seat controls made perfect sense after we shoved our faces and felt our sides begin to split. After all, who needs pants when you have an XT4?! Thanks to their elegant Bose audio system, with 13 speakers and tweeters, we were able to bounce some of the calories off from those extremely spicy french fries from Howlin’ Rays that brought us to tears. My dear Lord!

Performance: Just as significant as the aesthetic and feel of the car is its agility. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engines are peppy, to say the least, cranking 237hp with 258 pound-ft of torque. Clocking in at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on highways, this model is a front wheel drive with an all-wheel-drive option. This is also an advantage over the previous year’s XT4 model which weighed 15lbs more. Moreover, on that point are also selectable driving modes with paddle shifters. This new model possesses 4-wheel independent suspension easily, offering a high-quality smooth ride which grips most terrains with ease. On an urban excursion to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, we accidentally climbed up onto the sidewalk rushing to pick up our mouthwatering Howlin Rays Nashville style chicken. We weren’t only stunned by the 2 hr wait in a block-long line, but the fact that we were perched off road. This vehicle may just be Pismo Beach worthy.

Safety: Now, of course, the honorable people at Cadillac care about your safety. Thus, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot (the front seat passenger). You also incur a head curtain for all outboard seating positions. In addition, this car has multiple alerts. Whether it’s for lane changing, the side blind zone, or rear cross traffic. This comes in handy to avoid dings and scratches to its beautiful 18″ 10-spoke alloy wheels. Overall, the braking was decent, but not as sharp as other competing models at this price point.

Other specs: Fuel tank capacity for the 2019 XT4 sits at 15.9 gals. This car’s carbon emission is at 6.8 gals per year at 15,000 miles per year. It too has an air filtration system in the cabin and a powered universal tablet holder.

In short, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport is a match made in heaven for an emerging influencer, a youthful mid-level executive and/or an adventurous individual on the prowl for some of the best eats in a major metropolis area. Of course with a few friends in tow. The model we tested was $55,735 and it was worth every cent.

Pre-order here.

It Was the Roaring 20’s NYE 2019

Everyone stepped back in time upon entering the historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles this New Years Eve. McCullough and Ross, in partnership with KCRW, presented the seventh annual Prohibition NYE, reviving the event of the year at Union Station.

Hosted in one of LA’s most discernible historic landmarks, the Roaring 20’s themed Prohibition NYE featured an assortment of entertainment from world class DJs, a live jazz ensemble, a renowned burlesque troupe, and a premium open bar. This year’s acts included Classixx, a disco-inspired DJ set, with further musical support from saxophonist Justin Ward, DJ Gadachy, Jackie Emerald, and MDA DJ’s Daniel Minaya & Mogli.

The glitz and glamour of the venue, sparkling attire, and one too many drinks – I mean it’s an open bar – will have you wondering if you’re really in Los Angeles or at a Gatsby party.

Prohibition NYE was LA’s premier party to be at for New Year’s Eve and the perfect way to step into a fresh year. Don’t just take our word for it, find out for yourself.

About Prohibition NYE:
Prohibition NYE delivers a transformative experience showcasing the excitement of the Roaring Twenties. Founded by McCullough & Ross, Prohibition NYE has been based in Los Angeles since 2012.

About KCRW:
KCRW curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, cultural exploration and public affairs. The station embodies the spirit of LA and delivers its culture in innovative ways – on the radio, digitally, and through live events – to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air throughout Southern California and online at http://www.kcrw.com/.

Handling Your Anger

5 STEPS TO UNDERSTANDING YOUR ANGER AND HANDLING IT EFFECTIVELY IN INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Anger can be a normal and healthy emotion. So why is it often so problematic? Here are a few signs that your anger may be harmful rather than helpful:

  • I’m often told I have a “bad temper”
  • Others distance themselves from me when I’m angry
  • Expressing anger leads to fighting
  • I don’t feel understood when I’m angry

Let’s take some time to understand anger in a different way.

As normal and as common as anger is, the emotion is frequently misunderstood and mishandled. In today’s day and age, we are taught that we are supposed to let others know exactly how we feel, which can be helpful at times; however, expressing anger is complicated for two main reasons. First, because it is often a secondary emotion, meaning that people often use anger to mask more vulnerable feelings such as hurt disappointment or fear. These feelings may be frightening because they can leave us feeling weak and helpless. This may cause us to resort to showing anger instead so that we can maintain a sense of control. Second, anger can be problematic because expressing anger, in the wrong way, can trigger fear, defensiveness and anger in the recipient. This may cause the other person to begin to protect him or herself instead of trying to understand you.

So What Is Anger?

In its purest form, anger can be a natural response to feeling purposely violated or wronged in some way. When we believe that someone has intentionally violated us, anger can give us the energy to stand up for ourselves. However, the way in which we understand and express our anger can either cause constructive or destructive results.

If expressing anger leaves you feeling misunderstood, or others feeling hurt, angry or shut down, these tips may help.

1. TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE

When you notice that you are feeling angry, slowing down your breath can give you a sense of self-control and peace. This will give you time and space to think about your process so that you don’t go on autopilot. If you feel tension in a particular part of your body, breathe relaxation into it.    

2. NOTICE WHAT YOU ARE FEELING

Notice the thoughts that are passing through your mind and the emotions in your body. Is there a tinge of sadness or fear? Are you longing for something? Do you need reassurance? Because many people fear that the other person won’t be there for them in the way they need, these softer feelings often get ignored.  

3. DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS

Let the other person know that you have some apprehension about sharing your feelings because you fear that he or she won’t be receptive. For example, you may say something like “It’s hard for me to tell you what I need because I think you will judge me.” Once this is in the open, discuss this with the other person until you feel safe enough to share your more vulnerable feelings.

4. BE WILLING TO ADDRESS THE SOFTER FEELINGS

Acknowledging feelings such as loneliness and the desire for acceptance and appreciation can trigger feelings of vulnerability. However, expressing these feelings can connect you to others. When you let someone know your needs, if the dynamic is healthy, the other person will likely try to understand them and help search for a viable solution.

5. BE SOLUTION ORIENTED

Think about your intentions. What are you trying to accomplish by addressing your anger with others? Are you trying to hurt them in the same way you believe they hurt you? If so, this can feed into a destructive pattern of fractured relationships. On the other hand, if your goal is to resolve the issue so that you can build trust and harmony with the other person, then addressing your anger can be helpful. See my blog on Conflict Resolution for detailed steps on how to address conflict.

Understanding and addressing your anger in a way that restores harmony in your relationships can be easy when we focus on the right thing. Call me today for a free consultation so that I can help you change your relationship with anger from one that is harmful to one that creates peace.

 

About Dr. Crystal Clements:

Dr. Crystal Clements is an adjunct professor and registered psychological assistant who practices in Downtown Los Angeles at Sync Counseling Center. She works with adults, adolescents, couples and families to treat depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and relational issues. She loves what she does and is passionate about helping people feel good about themselves and life. Dr. Crystal earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies and MAs in Psychology and Christian Leadership from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her training, she completed an APA accredited internship in Health Service Psychology at California State University, Fullerton.

Contact her today for a free 15 minute consultation!

 

October Art Walk

On Thursday, October 11th from 6-9PM, and until further notice, the Downtown Art Walk Headquarters will be hosted monthly at the SPRING ARTS COLLECTIVE, on the mezzanine level of The Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring St in Los Angeles. Enter the bookstore on 5th at Spring, and walk up the stairs to the mezzanine. The Art Walk team will be on hand to distribute free collectible Gallery Guides (maps), and share information on what to see and do in their participating galleries and artist studios throughout the evening! For more info on the October programming, visit the Facebook event page.

The Spring Arts Collective is a unique art venue located on the mezzanine level of The Last Bookstore, in the center of Downtown Los Angeles’ Gallery Row. The Collective is comprised of five artists, Andrea BogdanJena PriebeDavid LovejoyLiz Hustonand Robin McGeough. In addition to the five studios, the Collective also includes the Spring Arts Gallery, located at the entrance of the studios. For more info, please visit the Spring Arts Collective’s website.

Interested in the October 11th guided Art Walk Gallery Tour? Grab tickets here while you still can!

Art Walk Galleries

Roughly 30 local galleries and art spaces participate in the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on the 2nd Thursday of each month. To find out more about these, please visit www.downtownartwalk.org/galleries, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook!

Free Maps (Gallery Guides) are available at any of the participating spaces, or at The Spring Arts Collective at 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90013 from 6-9PM on Thursday, October 11th.

A digital version of the map is also available here!

Support

Did you know, the Downtown Art Walk does not receive funding from food truck and vendor lots? They rely on donors like you to keep this cultural event going strong! Please show your support for thecommunity by making a donation at the following link: www.DowntownArtWalk.org/Donate

To become a sponsor of Art Walk, please contact Downtown Art Walk.

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