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Yvonne Maria Lowery

Yvonne Maria Irby was born on October 14, 1941, in Asheville, North Carolina. She was the first born to Mary Elvira Wilson and James Edward Irby. The two met and married in Washington, DC. From this union, there were five children. Yvonne was the eldest and was given the nickname “Irby”. Her beautiful Godmother MaryAnna help raise, loved and adored Yvonne. She also showered Yvonne’s children with equal love and admiration. She would visit every summer and created many wonderful memories. Yvonne truly appreciated there relationship.

Yvonne was raised Catholic and attended private school all the way through college. She was only a few months from becoming a nun, until a special person came and change the direction of her life. While attending Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, she met and married her handsome co-ed Joseph Echols Lowery Jr. in 1964. The couple decided to progress and move to Detroit, Michigan. Before leaving Ohio, Yvonne and Joseph opened a restaurant in Dayton. They also owned a fish market in Detroit. After the businesses closed, Yvonne started new ventures. With her warm and friendly outgoing personality, she decided to run for Detroit District Council (yes, there was a district Council back then). She was trying to make a difference in her community.

Yvonne worked for Amurcon Management Group in the 1970s and earlier 1980s as a Property Manager. One of the properties she managed for a few years was Research Park Apartments and Townhouses, which she and her family lived for years. Yvonne and her children created over forty years of true lifetime friendships that continues to this very day. Later, Yvonne and Joseph both landed contract positions with Detroit Edison (now known as DTE) in 1981 as analysts. This gave them an excellent opportunity to help with Hawaii’s Hurricane Disaster in 1982. They spent approximately four to six weeks in Hawaii to help assess the electrical damage in 1983. In 1984, Yvonne became employed with Rivers Investment Group as a Property Manager and remained there for several years.

Yvonne became ill in the early 1990s. Her health was up and down for many years thereafter. She was a real fighter to say the least. She remained a people person. Always upbeat, positive, and smiling. She became very feisty in her last years. If you know any of her children, then you know, they much of her personality.

Yvonne always prided herself on all of her children and her grandchildren. She was so proud and loved spending time with family, particularly her grandchildren. She loved to laugh with them. Sometimes, she’d laugh so hard she would almost fall over and we had to run over and catch her. She loved candy! Her favorites were Tootsie Rolls, Mentos, Mints, and Milky Ways. She loved watching local sports and rooting for the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Tigers every season. She was a ray of light that will always continue to shine above us all!

She leaves in memory of her passing: Her parents Mary Stephen and James Irby, (both deceased) her brothers, James Irby (deceased) Charles Irby of Charlotte, North Carolina, her sisters Jane Tahir (Melvin) of Baltimore, Maryland, Regina Gates-Flowers (Michael) of Los Angeles, California: her children Felicia Garnes (Wayne), of Livingston, New Jersey, Joseph Lowery III of Silver Spring, Maryland, Dawn Lowery-Campbell (Gregory) of Detroit, Michigan, Rashawnda Lowery of Detroit, Michigan, Vaughn Lowery of Los Angeles, California, thirteen grandchildren and two-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends.

Tori Kelly

GRAMMY nominated artist Tori Kelly will kick off a North American headline tour on October 18 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The run is in support of her new project, Hiding Place, a powerful collection of R&B infused gospel songs that was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin.

In addition to playing such venues as Warner Theatre in Washington DC (October 28) and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (November 8), Tori and her band will perform at several historic houses of worship, including New York City’s Riverside Church (October 30) and the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (November 16 & 17). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14. See below for itinerary or visit www.torikellymusic.com

Capitol Records will release Hiding Place on September 14. The passion project follows Tori’s 2015 album Unbreakable Smile, which Idolator recently hailed as “one of the better debut albums in recent memory.” It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Shouldߣve Been Us” and “Hollow”

Tori recorded Hiding Place primarily at Kirk Franklin’s studio just outside Dallas. Half of the songs were penned solely by Franklin, while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in a decades-long career that’s seen his songs performed by legends like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.

Fans who pre-order / pre-save Hiding Place in digital format will instantly receive the first single “Never Alone” (feat.Kirk Franklin,) and “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones, official background vocalists for GRAMMY winner Anthony Hamilton. Other guests include Jonathan McReynolds and Lecrae. The video of Tori performing “Never Alone” live with Kirk Franklin, which has more than two million views, can be seen HERE.

Tori Kelly Hiding Place Tour

10/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

10/19 Birmingham, AL @ Lyric Theatre

10/21 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

10/22 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre

10/25 Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Temple Performing Arts Center

10/28 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre

10/30 New York, NY @ Riverside Church

11/1 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

11/2 Grand Rapids, MI @ Fountain Street Church

11/5 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/6 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/8 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

11/11 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater

11/12 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre

11/13 Houston, TX @ Wortham Center Cullen Theater

11/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/19 San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theater

Watch “Never Alone” here.

The Economist x Midterms

Today The Economist launched its first real-time midterm model, which uses statistical forecasting to predict how many seats in the House of Representatives each party is likely to win in this year’s US midterm elections.

View the model here:

Applying cutting-edge machine-learning techniques to political science, the model combines information from polling, past elections, special elections, fundraising, ideology and “fundamental” factors like the economy and incumbency.  It has been trained on every election cycle since 1942 and nearly 6,500 historical district races. The model will conduct 4.35 million simulated elections every day until the vote, live-updating to incorporate up-to-the-minute data.

The Economist’s midterm model currently predicts that Democrats have a 2 in 3 (or 65%) chance of taking the House, and holding an average of 222 seats, or 4 more than is needed for a majority.  It shows that there is a 95% chance that the Democrats will hold between 206 and 241 seats.

The Economist’s data team plans to launch a similar model to forecast Senate results later in the year once primaries are complete and more polls become available.

Find out more about The Economist’s midterm model here.

Lord Huron’s Vide Noir is Out Now!

Vide Noir, the highly anticipated new album from Lord Huron is out now on Whispering Pines/Republic Records. Additionally the band’s music video for their lead single, “Wait by the River,” debuts today—watch/share it here: https://bit.ly/2J62veY. Vide Noir can be purchased here: https://LordHuron.lnk.to/VideNoirPR

The new music continues to receive widespread critical praise while the band is due to perform “Wait by the River” on “Late Night with Seth Meyerson May 2. You can also listen to singer/songwriter/producer Ben Schneider’s Guest DJ interview with Bob Boilen on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” here: https://n.pr/2HD0E4A

Last week, the band launched a Vide Noir public access television show in select cities nationwide. As a true multi-media artist, Schneider has created an immersive program that expands upon the album’s narratives and themes while showcasing the hidden world that inhabits Vide Noir. Fans can tune in to their local listings or see below for a current airing schedule. Additional local airings will be announced soon.

In support of the release, the band begins their worldwide tour tonight in Grand Rapids, MI. Even as the band headlines their largest venues to date, many shows (including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Oakland and Seattle) have sold out months in advance. Every pair of tickets ordered for the U.S. headlining tour includes a copy of Vide Noir. Tickets for the dates are on sale now at http://lordhuron.com.

Vide Noir was written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron’s Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines, and was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT). Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night: “My nighttime drives ranged all over the city—across the twinkling grid of the valley, into the creeping shadows of the foothills, through downtown’s neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean. I started imagining Vide Noir as an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions, and out into the cosmos. A journey along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of The Universe,” he says.

VIDE NOIR TRACKLIST

1 Lost in Time and Space

2 Never Ever

3 Ancient Names (Part I)

4 Ancient Names (Part II)

5 Wait by the River

6 Secret of Life

7 Back from the Edge

8 The Balancer’s Eye

9 When the Night is Over

10 Moonbeam

11 Vide Noir

12 Emerald Star

VIDE NOIR PUBLIC ACCESS TV AIRING SCHEUDLE

April 20— Nashville, TN— NECAT at Channel 19—1 a.m. Local Time

April 20— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—5:30 p.m. Local Time

April 20— Madison, WI—WYOU at Channel 991—7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Local Time

April 20— Lansing, MI—LPMC at Channel 16—6:30 p.m. Local Time

April 21— Nashville, TN— NECAT at Channel 19—4:30 a.m. Local Time

April 21— Berkeley, CA—BCM at Channel 28—4:30 p.m. Local Time

April 22— Berkeley, CA—BCM at Channel 28—8:30 p.m. Local Time

April 22— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—10:30 p.m. Local Time

April 22— Denver, CO—DOM at Channel 56—10 p.m. Local Time

April 23— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—12:30 p.m. Local Time

April 25— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—4:30 a.m. Local Time

April 27— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—5:30 p.m. Local Time

April 29— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—12:30 p.m. Local Time

LORD HURON TOUR DATES

April 20— Grand Rapids, MI—20 Monroe Live * 

April 21—Chicago, IL— Riviera Theatre  *

April 22—St. Paul, MN—The Palace Theatre  *

April 23— Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theatre  *

April 25—Kansas City, MO—Arvest Bank Theatre ^

April 26—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue  ^

April 27— Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theater  ^

April 28—Cincinnati, OH—Homecoming Festival

April 30—Boston, MA— House of Blues  %

May 1—Philadelphia, PA—Electric Factory %

May 3—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre  %

May 4—Washington, DC—The Anthem %

May 4-6—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Festival

May 31—San Diego, CA—House of Blues

June 1—San Diego, CA—House of Blues 

June 2—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre

June 3—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater 

June 5—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom 

June 6—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom 

June 7—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre 

June 8—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre 

June 15-June 17—Dover, DE—Firefly Festival

July 25—Toronto, ON—Sony Centre

July 26—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE

July 27—Cleveland, OH—House Of Blues   

July 30—Portland, ME—State Theatre

August 1—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel   

August 2—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel

August 4—Montreal, QC—Osheaga Festival

August 5—Boston, MA—House Of Blues  

September 21—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant

September 25—New Orleans, LA—Civic Theatre

September 27—Houston, TX—Revention Music Center

September 29—Austin, TX—Stubb’s Waller Creek

October 1—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom

October 3—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium

October 4—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre   

October 5—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre   

October 19—Copenhagen, DK—Vega

October 20—Aarhus, DK—Voxhall

October 21—Hamburg, DE—Gruenspan

October 22—Amsterdam, NL—Paradiso

October 23—Brussels, BE—Ancienne Belgique

October 25—Cambridge, UK—The Junction

October 26—London, UK—Roundhouse

October 27—Sheffield, UK—Plug

October 28—Gateshead, UK—Sage Gateshead

October 29—Liverpool, UK—Invisible Wind Factory

October 31—Paris, FR—Le Trianon

November 2—Munich, DE—Technikum

November 3—Koln, DE—Gloria

November 5—Berlin, DE—Columbia Theater

BOLD—sold out 

* with In Tall Buildings

^  with Liz Cooper & The Stampede

% with Midnight Sister

4 Reasons Electric Cars Will Become Mainstream

As automakers try to plug into consumers’ future needs, electric cars are stirring boardroom curiosity – but not a lot of sales.

Some car manufacturers are banking on a different story in the future, though.

Electric cars comprise less than 1 percent of U.S. auto sales, yet some major automakers are planning to manufacture many more electric models in the near future. According to an article on Bloomberg.com, General Motors plans to roll out 20 models by 2023 and

Toyota 10 by early in the next decade. Researcher LMC Automotive predicts 75 electric models will be produced in the U.S. over the next five years.

“The 21st century will see the return of electric cars, as we are witnessing with Tesla, Porsche, GM, Ford, and others,” says Ted Annis, manager and co-founder of Transducing Energy Devices, LLC (www.tedmagnetics.com) in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Environmental, economical and market factors will meet to make the electric car prominent in the American culture.”

LMC forecasts gasoline-powered engines will still make up about 85 percent of U.S. new car sales in 2025, but that electric cars’ market share will continue to accelerate. Bloomsberg New Energy Finance’s Electric Vehicle Outlook 2017 projects electric cars will comprise over 50 percent in sales of new light-duty vehicles by 2035.

Annis gives four advantages of an electric car that will increase its popularity:

• Fuel cost savings. Electric cars are entirely charged by the electricity you provide, meaning you don’t need to buy any gas ever again. An average American spends $2,000 to $4,000 on gas each year. “From the gas standpoint alone, the electric car makes a lot of sense,” Annis says. “Keeping these cars charged isn’t free, but overall the electric car is far cheaper in operating costs.”

• Environmentally-friendly. Cars and trucks are responsible for roughly 24 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution, according to Scientific American. With no emissions, electric cars are eco-friendly as they run on electrically powered engines. “The growing popularity of these cars is partly an outgrowth of our global environmental concerns,” Annis says. “You’ll be contributing to a green climate. And some manufacturers will offer incentives through the government for going green.”

• Low maintenance. No more oil changes, spark-plug replacements, or the many repair possibilities associated with an internal combustion engine and transmission. The electric car motor has far fewer moving parts. Brakes on electric cars receive less wear and tear. “Expensive engine work is a thing of past,” Annis says.

• Quiet. Engines of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles contribute to noise pollution, which is harmful to health. A study published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reported that nearly 100 million Americans had annual exposures to traffic noise that were high enough to be harmful. Electric vehicles are extremely quiet.

“The advantages are many,” Annis says.

“Technology tailored to a changing consumer base is steadily making improvements in electric cars, and in the next decade the roads will be filled with them.”

New Music from Paris ft. Gunna

With music that can be described as My Chemical Romance coated hip-hop comes 300 Entertainment’s newest addition, Paris. Today, Paris released his debut single, “Po’ed Up” featuring hip-hop’s hottest new artist, Gunnaas well as brand new track, “Bones.” Both tracks highlight Paris’ versatile artistry. “Po’ed Up” is an energetic party starter and “Bones” in an introspective break up song with elements of alternative trap. This charismatic California native is new to the LA music scene, but has already locked in a spot on tour with multi-platinum artists,Post Malone and 21 Savage. Take a listen to “Poe’d Up ft. Gunna” and “Bones” below and be on the look out for a full length project from Paris this April!

Post Malone + 21 Savage Tour Dates

April 26—Portland, Ore.—Veterans Memorial Coliseum

April 27—Vancouver, B.C.—Rogers Arena

April 29—Seattle, Wash.—ShoWare Center

May 1—Salt Lake City, Utah—USANA Amphitheatre

May 2—Denver, Colo.—Red Rocks Amphitheatre

May 4—Sioux City, Iowa—Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City

May 8—Nashville, Tenn.—Nashville Municipal Auditorium

May 9—Simpsonville, S.C.—Heritage Park Amphitheatre

May 10—Jacksonville, Fla.—Daily’s Place

May 16—Charlotte, N.C.—PNC Music Pavilion

May 18—Raleigh, N.C.—Coastal Credit Union Music Park

May 19—Baltimore, Md.—Preakness

May 23—Philadelphia, Pa.—Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

May 24—Boston, Mass.—Xfinity Center

May 26—Darien, N.Y.—Darien Lake Amphitheater

May 27—Toronto, On—RBC Echo Beach

May 29—Detroit, Mich—Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

June 2—Cleveland, Ohop—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

June 5—Chicago, Ill.—Huntington Bank Pavilion

June 6—Indianapolis, Ind.—Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn

June 10—Atlanta, Ga.—Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

June 14—Dallas, Texas—The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

June 15—Houston, Texas—The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

June 16—Austin, Texas—Austin360 Amphitheater

June 19—Phoenix, Ariz.—Rawhide Event Center

June 21—San Diego, Calif.—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU

June 22—Las Vegas, Nev.—Park Theater at Park MGM

June 24—San Francisco, Calif.—Shoreline Amphitheatre

Skid Row Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

Growth Industry: LA’s 60,000 homeless

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from Skid Row at the Cardinal Manning Center Los Angeles

A tale of two cities—a far cry from the best of times for Los Angeles County’s 60,000 homeless

 

 

 

Skid Row in Los Angeles is home to more than 2,000 homeless who sleep on the streets, in doorways, alleys, under bridges, and on streetcars.

 

Skid Row Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

Skid Row Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

CLICK HERE to listen to Tom Wilmer’s NPR.ORG/KCBX podcast interview with Lawrence Hurst, Director of Social Services, and Njambi Kingori, Deputy Director of Social Services at the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center, located in the heart of Skid Row.

Skid Row is just a slice of a larger population of homeless in Los Angeles County with a total homeless population of around 60,000. And this does not include the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach—three of the County’s larger towns.

Skid Row Los Angeles home to more than 2,000 homeless. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

Skid Row Los Angeles home to more than 2,000 homeless. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

More than 30 percent of the homeless population is mentally ill, not to mention the drug addicted and alcoholics. Los Angeles County witnessed a 20 percent increase in homelessness in the past year.

Skid Row Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

Skid Row Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Jimmy Cheng

 

From January 2016 to January 2017, the homeless count rose from an estimated 46,000 to 60,000.

And a dominant driver has been the skyrocketing rents in LA County that averaged a 20 percent increase in rental costs over the past two years alone.

 

Less than two blocks from the heart of LA's Skid Row is a different world--where wealth abounds. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Less than two blocks from the heart of LA’s Skid Row is a different world–where wealth abounds. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

The new growth industry in homelessness is not necessarily drugs and alcohol but people being evicted from their homes due to an inability to pay exorbitant rents. 

There are approximately 1,270 mission and 24-hour shelter beds in the Skid Row area, but there are often more than 2,400 homeless camped out in the greater Skid Row neighborhood.

 

Thankful diner at Thanksgiving Dinner at Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of LA's Skid Row.

Thankful diner at Thanksgiving Dinner at Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of LA’s Skid Row.

Among the numerous agencies caring for LA County’s homeless is the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

 

 

 

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Ann Arbor

Kelsey Welsh x Vaughn Lowery

Ann Arbor is a small town unlike any other, primarily because it is not a small town at all; with a population of over 120,000, Ann Arbor is actually classified as a city. Although some aspects of Ann Arbor do resemble city-like characteristics, there is also an obvious small-town vibe. Basically, what we’re saying is that if a big city got together with a quaint little town and they had a baby, its name would be Ann Arbor. Fondly referred to as A2 by the locals, the city is located just 50 miles west of Michigan’s hub, Detroit. Although technically an exurb (a prosperous area beyond the suburbs that absorbs influences from the larger city) of Detroit, Ann Arbor embodies a unique personality of its own. Ann Arbor is the younger, more mellow neighbor to the bigger, more energetic Detroit. While Detroit may be the party house on the block, Ann Arbor is more akin to the house that is surrounded by a white-picket-fence with a University of Michigan flag hanging proudly by the front door. Ann Arbor is the epitome of a college town.

Just 13 years after the city was founded in 1824, the University of Michigan relocated from Detroit to Ann Arbor, meaning that the city’s cultural foundation was built around the university which has resulted in an exuberant amount of Wolverine pride. At the core of all of that pride is “The Big House”, also known as Michigan Stadium. “The Big House” earned it’s nicknamed due to its sheer immensity. The stadium holds the record for the largest stadium in the United States and comes in at second for title of largest stadium in the world. The stadium’s capacity, which is officially listed as 109,901, is big enough to accommodate almost the entire population of Ann Arbor. Every seat in “The Big House” is necessary as game attendance often exceeds 111,000 fans. The Wolverine’s football team have earned the right to call this magnificent area their home field as they are the winningest collegiate football team in NCAA history. Even just stepping foot on the turf during our tour of the stadium made us feel like winners. When game day rolls around, the city becomes a sea of blue and gold.

The university is not the only reason to visit. Ann Arbor’s diverse food scene is ripe with international flair. There are over 300 restaurants with menus inspired by cuisines from all over the world with atmospheres that will satisfy the wildest dining dreams. Whether you’re in the mood for a fancy, black-tie dining extravaganza or a laid-back snack from a quirky food truck, Ann Arbor has it all. We treated ourselves to a fine dining experience at Taste Kitchen. The high-quality ingredients combined with the expertise of the staff are what makes the blend of French and New American style dishes so delicious. Miss Kim’s Korean restaurant was perfect when we were in the mood to sit back and relax with a fabulous Korean style meal with a little Michigan twist. The restaurant’s owner and namesake designed the menu to showcase Michigan’s bountiful produce and works closely with local farmers to ensure the food is always at the highest possible quality. Miss Kim’s prides itself on offering a carefree and fun environment to its guests. Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina offers patrons the best of both worlds. The restaurant opened its first location in Southfield, Michigan with the intent to provide diners with a casual dining experience while still maintaining supreme standards of cleanliness and authentic cooking, adopting the motto “we feed you like we feed our family.” Bigalora is the pioneer of biga fermented pizza in the state of Michigan. The restaurant’s success led to several more locations opening up throughout the metropolitan area, including Ann Arbor. Biga lovers can grab a slice anytime anywhere from the food truck or even book the truck for catering services. 

We planned a trip to world class indoor rock climbing facility, Planet Rock, but before we could transform ourselves into world class rock-climbers, we had to look the part. We outfitted ourselves at Bivouac, a men’s and women’s gear and clothing store that was founded in 1970. We may have bought way more than we needed for our upcoming adventure but we just couldn’t help ourselves! Bivouac’s array of unique merchandise is perfect for every occasion, whether it be a weeklong camping trip or a night out on the town. Once we had nearly emptied our wallets, we were ready to take on Planet Rock. Unfortunately, we had been so distracted by the stylish clothing at Bivouac, we completely forgot to pick up some climbing gear. Luckily, Planet Rock pro shop carries all essential gear for both indoor and outdoor climbing sessions. The facility caters to recreational climbers as well as those training to climb competitively. The climbing walls are fun for everyone and the challenging features are sure to interest even the most experienced climbers. The topography of the wall design may result in a few missteps and slip-ups but Planet Rock has installed an innovative mat system that will suitably cushion the occasional fall. By the end of our session, we were exhausted and in serious need of some chill vibes and good food. We replenished the burnt calories at Fred’s, a trendy health conscious restaurant a few blocks away from the University of Michigan. 

By the time we refueled, our heads were still in the clouds from our rock climbing adventure and we weren’t quite ready to land just yet so we went over to the Yankee Air Museum, located just 30 minutes away from Ann Arbor in the city of St. Belleville, Michigan where the sky is the limit. Literally. The museum opened its doors in 1981 and really took off when it acquired a small collection of flyable aircrafts, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, and C-47 Skytrain. The museum’s popularity soared right along with its visitors once the opportunity was extended to the public to fly on some of America’s most iconic flying machines. Our team was lucky enough to have a chance to ride aboard the C-47 Skytrain. With the wind beneath our wings, we glided through the sky in that bright yellow airplane and admired the beautiful city of Ann Arbor below. Although we flew for a reasonable length of time, it felt like we were only up there for a few seconds. We guess it’s true when people say, “time flies when you’re having fun.” Our feet were back on the ground and we felt sad that our stay in Ann Arbor was coming to an end. 360 Magazine’s President, Vaughn Lowery, loved the trip so much that he decided to nab a souvenir before we left so he could carry the experience around with him for the rest of his life. Michael Aul, a local tattoo artist who works at one of Ann Arbor’s best shops, Spiral Tattoo, drew up a stunning design and inked it onto Lowery’s arm. Much like a tattoo, the memories of our experience in the beautiful city of Ann Arbor will last a lifetime. 

Other Notable Ann Arbor Hotspots

Humane Society of Huron Valley Animal Shelter vows to love and protect the animals of Ann Arbor by encouraging and enforcing responsible care. Their mission is to adequately nurture the animals that come into their shelter until they can be placed in loving homes and also to provide educational services about animal care to the community in an effort to combat animal cruelty. http://www.hshv.org

Yourist Studio Gallery exhibits and celebrates the works of clay artists, potters, printmakers, sculptors, and painters. Their diversified classes are held in the fully-equipped studio workspace and are offered for advanced and introductory level students. http://www.youristpottery.com

Ypsi Alehouse is located in the Centennial Center Building in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Founded in 1982, Ypsi is not only one of the first breweries in Michigan, but also one of the first in the country. Guests can wash down the delicious food with one of the 12 unique brews that are crafted from the finest local ingredients. https://ypsialehouse.com/

VinBar is one of Northern Michigan’s finest wine bars and is located in downtown Ann Arbor. All wines come from Black Star Farms and cocktails are made from Grand Traverse Distillery spirits. VinBar customers can enjoy the cozy, yet contemporary atmosphere and munch on small bites that pair perfectly with the drinks. http://www.vinbara2.com

Mélange is a French word that literally means “a mixture”. The restaurant is named due to the unique combination of diverse culinary influences that make up the foundation of the menu. Taste buds embark on an epic journey with every bite. http://www.melangebistro.com

Nightcap is exactly what it sounds like: the perfect way to end (or begin) a great night out. Ann Arbor’s newest cocktail bar is open every day of the week except for Tuesday from 5 PM – 2 AM. Their drinks are mixed with the finest and freshest ingredients and the staff is devoted to excellence and quality. https://www.nightcapbara2.com/

The Graduate hotel is just minutes away from iconic Ann Arbor destinations such as Kempf House and University of Michigan. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with refrigerators, flat-screen televisions, and complimentary WiFi. https://www.graduatehotels.com/ann-arbor/

Yankee Air Museum is “where history takes flight.” The museum’s goal is to educate people about American aviation, aerospace technology, and Willow Run, the birthplace of Rosie the Riveter. Visitors can opt to soar through the sky in one of the museum’s historic flyable planes. http://yankeeairmuseum.org

Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina is famous for their mouth-watering biga fermented pizza. Pizza lovers rejoice as the Bigalora is committed to their motto: “we feed you like we feed our family.” http://bigalora.com

The Brinery was founded in 2010 with the intent to preserve a surplus of fresh cabbage by making it into sauerkraut. The operation expanded and went on to make more batch ferments and processes over 200,000 pounds of local family farmed vegetables per year. https://thebrinery.com

Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars opened its first tasting room in Traverse City, Michigan in 2007 and has since expanded to opening four additional locations, including one in Ann Arbor. Fustini’s prides itself on the quality is taste of their products, offering healthy and flavorful additions to any home-cooked meal. https://www.fustinis.com

Spiral Tattoo is among the best tattoo shops in Ann Arbor and has maintained its superb reputation for over 13 years. Although the shop specializes in Traditional Tribal and Americana styles, the talented artists can masterfully ink just about any design in whatever style is desired.
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Taste Kitchen believes that the first step to preparing good quality food is knowing exactly where the ingredients come from. The variety of menu selections are a delicious blend of French and New American cuisine and are cooked to perfection with the highest quality ingredients available. http://www.tastekitchena2.com/#restaurant

The Last Word embodies an old-fashioned aesthetic and gives off serious speakeasy vibes. The dimly-lit underground locale is decorated with vintage style furniture and the book-themed menu offers a variety of drinks and late-night bites. Well-dressed bartenders serve up both classic and original cocktails while patrons enjoy the live music and unique ambiance. https://thelastwordbar.com

At Candy Bar, it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi, queer, trans, whatever; everyone (over the age of 18) is invited to the weekly dance party. Satisfy your sweet tooth every Thursday at LIVE nightclub. http://livea2.com

Blind Pig is the music venue that helped put Ann Arbor on the map. The club opened in 1971 and originally only showcased blues style music to the wide range of clientele that frequented the venue. Ownership changed in the 80’s and the atmosphere of the club followed suit. The 90’s brought about “grunge” music and Blind Pig became one of the first to book the then unknown start-up band, Nirvana, that would later describe Blind Pig as their all-time favorite venue. http://www.blindpigmusic.com

The Big House, also known as Michigan Stadium, is the largest stadium in the United States and the second largest stadium in the world. The stadium is home to the University of Michigan Wolverines and was built in 1927. http://mgoblue.com/

Fred’s is a health-centered café that is located within walking distance of the University of Michigan. The assortment of acai bowls, salads, smoothies, and various toast options makes eating healthy the ideal and tastiest option. https://fredsannarbor.com

Planet Rock has been offering its world-class indoor rock climbing facility to the public since 1994. Climbers of all ages and experience levels will enjoy the innovative design of the walls and landing mats that Planet Rock has perfected in order to enhance everyone’s rock climbing experience. http://www.planet-rock.com

Jolly Pumpkin is a local chain that brews artisan ales. With six different locations throughout the state, it is undeniable that Jolly Pumpkin is a Michigan favorite. The Ann Arbor location is not only a brewery but it is also a café that offers delectable dishes to pair with the hand-crafted beers, wines, or cocktails also listed on the extensive menu. http://www.jollypumpkin.com

Final Round Training Center is a personalized mixed martial arts training facility that offers classes 7 days and individual lessons. Beginners, experts, and everyone in between is sure get their booty kicked (in a god way) by the skilled coaches that are devoted to understanding the individual goals of each client and helping them to succeed. http://finalroundannarbor.com

KindleFest is a one day annual festivity that takes place on the first Friday of December in the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market. The four-hour event features artisans, farmers, and retailers selling unique goods at unbeatable prices to holiday shoppers and downtown businesses stay open after traditional hours to participate in the festivities and offer some holiday bargains of their own. The assortment of traditional food, mulled wines, crafted beers, and family-friendly activities are an added bonus to the highly anticipated night. http://kerrytown.org/kindlefest/

Aventura is the brainchild of restaurateur Sava Lelcaj, who bought the building out due to her fascination with its history. Lelcaj decided to transform the building into a space that would celebrate her fixation with Spanish culture and cuisine, particularly with tapas-style dining and its intent to bring people together through food. http://aventuraannarbor.com

The Earle delivers scrumptious award-winning French and Italian country style meals and an epic wine list that features over 1,200 selections to choose from and has been given the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 21 consecutive years. Jazz music resonates through the dining room five nights a week for an uncontested high-class dining experience. http://theearle.com

Necto Nightclub is all about serving up good drinks, good music, and good vibes. Weekly theme nights such as Factory Monday, one of the longest-running Goth-Industrial style nights in the U.S., and Pride Friday, one of the largest weekly LGBTQ+ parties in Michigan, revamp the atmosphere frequently to ensure that every night is a good night. https://www.necto.com

Zingerman’s Deli is the birthplace of some of the best sandwiches every ingested in Ann Arbor. Each sandwich is made-to-order therefore the opportunities are endless. The Deli is also proudly stocked with an array of fine farmhouse cheeses, olive oils, vinegars, fish, salamis, coffees, teas, and much, much more. https://www.zingermansdeli.com

Zingerman’s Roadhouse is the seventh member of the Zingerman family of businesses. Following the success of the Deli, Zingerman’s has committed itself to providing Ann Arbor with great-tasting foods as well as fun and informational eating experiences for guests to enjoy and they have traveled the country looking for inspiration on how to do just that. The Roadhouse has allowed the Zingerman’s franchise to bring traditional foods from all over the U.S. back home to Ann Arbor. https://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/

Bivouac was founded in 1971 as an army surplus store and has since expanded evolved to cater to a much larger audience. Bivouac, which has adopted the slogan “Outfit Your Life”, is essentially a one-stop-shop that serves a wide array of shopping needs. The store carries an immense collection of both men’s and women’s clothing and gear and has the means to prepare customers for any and every adventure. https://www.bivouacannarbor.com

Miss Kim is another member of the Zingerman’s family. The restaurant was named for the restaurant’s lead female chef, Ji Hye Kim. Raised in Seoul, South Korea, Kim greatly admires ancient Korean culinary traditions and seeks to practice the cooking methodologies of her home country while using ingredients native to the state of Michigan. http://misskimannarbor.com/#home

 

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Carla Contreras, Deputy Director of Store Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store

Thrifting at Saint Vincent de Paul

Culture Editor Tom Wilmer takes us on an insider’s tour of Saint Vincent de Paul’s trendy Thrift Store in the heart of downtown Los Angeles

Saint Vincent de Paul's downtown Los Angeles Thrift Store

Saint Vincent de Paul’s downtown Los Angeles Thrift Store. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Saint Vincent de Paul’s downtown Los Angeles Thrift Store, the largest in Los Angeles County and one of the largest thrift stores in America, provides quality merchandise to those in need as well as a burgeoning trade with millennials and Gen Z.

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The secret is out that this is the place to score a great bargain—and it’s a win-win as all proceeds go to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s various programs including the Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of Skid Row.

 

Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of Skid Row, downtown Los Angeles

Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of Skid Row, downtown Los Angeles

The Cardinal Manning Center includes overnight accommodations for sixty five homeless folk. Saint Vincent also operates a summer camp in the hills above Santa Barbara.

In addition to a vast section at the Thrift Store filled with clothing, shoes and related apparel, there’s an entire section filled with furniture.

The Thrift Store is ardently supported by individual donations, as well as brand new items donated by regional manufacturers.

The old song in the world of thrift stores is “gently used” but at Saint Vincent de Paul you’ll also discover brand new items donated by manufacturers–from shoes to clothing that were earmarked as production overruns or last year’s trends.

Brand new shoes are just a sampling of the super deals at Saint Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles Thrift Store

Brand new shoes are just a sampling of the super deals at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles Thrift Store

The sale sticker prices will cause reverse sticker-shock as the prices are jaw dropping inexpensive.

 

Antique pump organ for $99 at Saint Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles Thrift Store

Antique pump organ for $99 at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles Thrift Store

For example, how about a pair of brand new tennis shoes for $5, an 1890’s antique pump organ for $99 (try same item in a Malibu thrift shop for $1,000 to $1,200), a three-piece gently used, elegant leather couch-ensemble for $350.

The customer demographic includes much more than low-income earners.The store maintains a passionate following by those with a passion for green, environmentally conscious living, shabby-chic-trenders, and young start-out couples on a limited budget.

Wealthy customers often roll up in their Mercedes with a large stack of donations and subsequently walk out with an armload of purchases.

Alfred Rodriguez, Director of Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles Thrift Store

Alfred Rodriguez, Director of Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles Thrift Store

Even Hollywood studios gets in to the act at Saint Vincent de Paul. Set decorators frequently purchase furniture, clothing, miscellaneous décor, and more to outfit an entire set.

 

Carla Contreras, Deputy Director of Store Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles Thrift Store

Carla Contreras, Deputy Director of Store Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles Thrift Store

And then when filming is a wrap, the set designers drive up in their trucks and donate all of their purchases back to the thrift store…a classic win-win.

 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has been serving the needs of Los Angelenos for more than a century

Saint Vincent de Paul Los Angeles has been serving the poor and homeless community since 1904.

 

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Doron Levin weighing in on President Trump’s comments

SiriusXM host Doron Levin weighing in on President Trump’s comments – during his State of the Union address – on Detroit and the auto industry.

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“…State of the Union message from President Donald Trump and he did take the time to make a shout out to Detroit and to the auto industry.

I think we should talk about it because he did say in his speech that because of him the country was building and expanding auto plants, something that we haven’t seen in decades. That was one of his assertions.

He also said that very soon auto plants were going to be opening all over because of him.

With the President you always have to fact-check what he said. Afterwards he said that this was the biggest audience that had ever heard a State of the Union address and, of course, that wasn’t true but, we have to fact-check this stuff about the auto industry too. It turns out that while he does want to take credit for this there’s some good and there’s some bad.

The good is that it is true that we have had a big boom in the stock market and in personal wealth since he came into office. I don’t how much that can hang on him but it’s going to be that we can buy more cars, probably.

And that people are feeling optimistic and that’s going to be very good for the car makers. And I love it when the car makers are doing well because it means they can invest more in new models and we can get more features. And the whole mobility scene gets better because people are feeling confident and buying new vehicles so, that’s very good news.

As far as the assertion, that we’re now going to have a bunch of new car plants because of him let’s look at that.

In the last 20 years, and this is mostly when he’s not been President, global car makers have actually invested 75 billion dollars in the United States. What we need to understand is that the United States is a very good place to not only to build vehicles but also to export vehicles that’s because this is a very profitable market, it’s because we have very favorable trade agreements and I hope that doesn’t get messed up with the North American Free Trade Agreement being renegotiated in a way that isn’t advantageous to us. President Trump has said that he’s going to re-negotiate that and that has to be done carefully because that has worked out for us.

We have a new Volvo plant coming soon to South Carolina; a new Mercedes Benz plant in Alabama; we have additions coming to the BMW plant in South Carolina; Toyota and Mazda are going to build a new plant in Alabama; and even Chrysler is going to bring back some of its truck production from Mexico to Michigan, which is good news for the UAW and good news for the Michigan economy.

So, yes, the place is great for building vehicles and I think the Presdient was right to highlight that stuff but, we can’t say that it’s basically because of him. It’s been happening, actually a trend, a long-term trend, long before he even announced he was going to run for President so, let’s put that in some kind of perspective.

The important thing about this truck deal that Chrysler has now in Michigan is that it’s really being done as a hedge against the possibility that trade agreements that made it advantageous to build trucks in Mexico and bring them back to the United States may change. And if that changes then Chrysler needs to be building those trucks in the United States and it’s important for the administration not to mess up trade rules.

Now, I know a lot of you tune in to this show to hear about cars but, part of hearing about cars is also hearing about how they’re built, where they’re built, why they’re exported to where they are, and why they’re imported to where they are and a lot of that has to do with the trade rules. So, we look forward to all of that being negotiated in a way that’s advantegous to us in the United States and I think that that’s going to happen.

I don’t foresee that the North American Free Trade Agreement or some of the other agreements that allow cars and trucks to be built in Canada, United States, and Mexico and parts built in those places that allow them to go across the borders more or less without tariff I don’t foresee that changing. One thing that might happen, that the administration may do, and this is why no one really wants to contradict the President on this and get him upset, is a rethinking of some of the stricter fuel-efficiency rules and that could mean that we could see, soon, a relaxation which the auto makers would like, because they don’t want to bring in electric vehicles more quickly than people actually want to drive them.”

SiriusXM’s “In The Driver’s Seat with Doron Levin” airs every Saturday at 12:00pm ET on SiriusXM Insight channel 121.