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The Lyrical Genius of Valerie June The genre-defying artist reflects on her Tennessee roots, her journey from dog-washer to rising star, and finding the beauty in “the raspy times and the squeaky times.”

“The Order of Time,” Valerie June’s fifth album, debuts March 10.

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14 Gary’s Greeting 16 Saludos de Gary 18 Our Star 20 The A-List 22 Spotlight 24 Community Outreach 26 You Made Our Day 30 From the Editor

41 Meet the pigeons that can discern your four letter words, and stay at the quirkiest new hotel in Richmond.

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49 Relish Brooklyn’s Polish roots, and pick the perfect jet-setting accessory.

A Man of Letters 57 What do we lose when written languages die? And can tools a thousand years old be used to save them?

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Gary’s Greeting

The Core of Southwest Airlines our core. It’s one of our top strategic objectives, and we have a crystal-clear sense of the most important aspects of our business model.

At Southwest, we seek to • Operate safe, reliable, and efficient operations • Offer low fares and a strong network so our Customers can fly when and where they want • Offer a distinctive Customer Experience • Be the most loved and respected airline in the world

• Hire the best People and enhance our unique and special Culture

• Have low costs so we can offer low fares and be financially prosperous I’m very proud of the fact that our core is no different today than it was in 1971 when we first took to the skies. What’s different is the fact that we’ve grown to become the largest airline in the United States in terms of passengers carried. That’s remarkable, and it’s important for us to continue growing so we can fulfill our Purpose: to connect People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. A big part of that involves offering exciting new destinations where our Customers want to go! Of course, we look and act like a different airline than we did 10, 20, or 45 years ago. But we’re the same Company, and we’re more committed than ever to protecting and growing our core. Our Employees have built one of the most—if not the most—celebrated and successful airlines (and companies) in the world. And our Customers, all of you, have rewarded us with your business and your loyalty. Because of you, we can dream big as we continue working to fulfill our Vision: to become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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One of the things that I’ve learned as I’ve grown older is that when it comes to physical fitness, one of the most important areas you should seek to strengthen is your core muscle group. This might come easier or more naturally when you’re younger, but in my seventh decade, I can appreciate how a strong set of core muscles stabilizes the entire body—and most activities depend on it. The same is true for a Company—and especially for 46-year-old Southwest Airlines. We’re not over-the-hill by any means, but it’s more important than ever before for us to strengthen and grow

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Saludos de Gary

El Núcleo de Southwest Airlines principales objetivos estratégicos, y tenemos un sentido claro de los aspectos más importantes de nuestro modelo de negocio.

En Southwest buscamos: • Tener operaciones seguras, confiables y eficientes • Ofrecer tarifas bajas y una sólida red de destinos para que nuestros Clientes puedan volar cuando quieran y a donde quieran • Ofrecer una Experiencia distintiva a nuestros Clientes • Ser la aerolínea más querida y respetada del mundo • Contratar a la mejor Gente y mejorar nuestra Cultura, única y especial • Tener bajos costos para poder

ofrecer tarifas bajas y ser prósperos financieramente

Estoy muy orgulloso de que hoy en día nuestro núcleo no ha cambiado con respecto a lo que era en 1971, cuando volamos por primera vez. Lo que es diferente es el hecho de que hemos crecido hasta convertirnos en la aerolínea más grande de los Estados Unidos en términos de pasajeros transportados. Eso es extraordinario, y es importante que continuemos creciendo para poder cumplir nuestro Propósito: conectar a las Personas con lo que es importante en sus vidas a través de vuelos amistosos, confiables y de bajo costo. ¡Y gran parte de eso implica ofrecer nuevos y emocionantes destinos a los cuales nuestros Clientes quieren ir! Por supuesto, nos vemos y actuamos como una aerolínea diferente a la que éramos hace 10, 20 o 45 años. Pero somos la misma Compañía, y estamos más comprometidos que nunca con proteger y hacer crecer nuestro núcleo. Nuestros Empleados han construido una de las aerolíneas (y Compañías) más celebradas y exitosas del mundo, si no es que la más. Y nuestros Clientes, todos ustedes, nos han recompensado con su preferencia y su lealtad. Gracias a ustedes, podemos soñar en grande mientras seguimos trabajando para cumplir nuestra Visión: convertirnos en la aerolínea más querida, más volada y más rentable del mundo. ¡Gracias por acompañarnos durante el paseo!

Gary Kelly Presidente de la Junta Directiva y Director Ejecutivo Southwest Airlines

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A medida que he ido creciendo, he aprendido que, en términos de condición física, los músculos centrales son una de las áreas más importantes de fortalecer. Esto puede ser más fácil o más natural cuando se es más joven, pero en mi séptima década, he notado que tener un conjunto de músculos centrales fortalecidos puede estabilizar todo el cuerpo, y que la mayoría de las actividades dependen de ellos. Esta verdad aplica también para cualquier Compañía, especialmente para una de 46 años como lo es Southwest Airlines. De ninguna manera quiero decir que estamos haciéndonos viejos, pero para nosotros hoy más que nunca es importante fortalecer y hacer crecer nuestro núcleo. Es uno de nuestros

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Our Star

“I try to be a hardworking guy and help everyone have a good time.” —KEVIN COOK, MATERIAL SPECIALIST

Born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Kevin Cook is the hardworking, easygoing Midwestern type. Add his fun-loving humor to the mix and you have the quintessential Southwest Airlines type. Kevin spends his days as a Material Specialist at Chicago’s Midway Airport, where he ensures that Mechanics have the parts they need to maintain Southwest’s aircraft. His work ethic and slapstick humor keep the productivity high and the mood fun during busy shifts. Kevin makes his Coworkers smile and keeps our Customers headed to their destinations safely and on time. His specialty is doing impersonations, but we think Kevin is a shining star just for being himself. —Casey Dunn, Communication & Outreach

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The A-List

“I’m thankful to be surrounded by some of the most talented folks in the business.” —SHANNON RYAN NICOSIA , DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS An 11-year member of the Pixar Animation Studios team, Shannon Ryan Nicosia knows a thing or two about delivering a high-quality product. As director of marketing and communication, she works with promotional partners to share Pixar’s stories, the ones audiences know and love. Shannon’s role often requires quick trips from Pixar Animation Studios near Oakland, California, to Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. With Southwest, Shannon can attend meetings at Disney and still be home for dinner. And it’s not just the ease of travel she values— it’s the quality. Shannon appreciates that Southwest Employees are committed to making their Company the best, just like her colleagues at Pixar. —Adam Rucker, Communication & Outreach SUSHI STOP “On my trips to Burbank, I try to fit in lunch at Katsuya, my favorite sushi spot.” PASSION PROJECT “I’m excited about our upcoming adventure film, Coco, which comes out this fall. It follows a 12-year-old boy who discovers a generations-old mystery at a family reunion.”

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Experience rich culture in three of Southwest’s newest destinations. At the end of last year, Southwest Airlines launched historic service to three destinations in Cuba: Varadero, Havana, and Santa Clara. When it comes to adding new destinations, the sky is the limit— literally—making it easier for Southwest to connect Customers to what matters most in their lives, whether they’re seeking new adventures, spending time with family, or experiencing new cultures. No matter which Cuban destination you visit, there’s a story to be told. The stories lie within the historic architecture, the beautiful landscape, the detailed art, the classic cars, the generous people, and the music filling the streets. For a moment, time stands still, and the stories and the art become a reality. For

a short time, you become part of the story and part of the history. With proper documentation and U.S. approval, Cuba is just a plane ride away. There are three documents needed when traveling to Cuba. The first is a U.S. passport that has two blank pages for stamps and is valid for at least six months from the return date. You’ll also need a Cuban Tourist Card or visa issued by the Cuban Consulate at either the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., or Cuba Travel Services, which has locations at the Fort Lauderdale and Tampa airports. Finally, you must have a declared Reason for Travel (RFTV) that meets one of 12 authorized licensed travel categories. Once all proper documents are obtained, visit Southwest.com to book your ticket. Check out Southwest.com/ Cuba for more information on travel needs and flight reservations. It’s your turn to be part of the story. Get ready for the flight of your life! —Tiffany Valdez, Communication & Outreach

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In December 2016, Southwest started service to three destinations in Cuba.

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the ECOM Foundation fund satellite schools in these remote areas. This past fall, schools in these two villages opened, giving the community access to online curriculum through satellite internet that provides access to secondary education as well as agricultural, technological, and academic training for all community members. Each classroom is equipped with computers and a local community member to facilitate the online classes. The classroom space has staggered scheduling for maximum usage, so the facilities can impact up to 2,400 individuals and families. Coffee is the primary industry in these close-knit communities, and we want to do our part to ensure their livelihood is sustainable by equipping community members with educational resources in their own backyard. This month, as Southwest celebrates one year of serving premium Community® coffee onboard, we ask you to raise a cup and join us in giving back. ¡Salud! For more information, please visit Southwest.com/coffee. —Haley Mulvey

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As many stories do, this one started with the promise of a once-in-a-lifetime barbecue recipe. My wife and I were having friends over, and I wanted to make an appetizer that involved a brand of Taiwanese barbecue sauce. We’d been unable to find it near our home in Burbank, but when I was in Phoenix for work, I tracked it down at the Chinese Cultural Center. I was traveling light, but the bottles meant I’d have to check a computer satchel. When I landed in Burbank and looked

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About three-and-a-half years ago, my beautiful wife, Katie, gave birth to our equally beautiful daughter, Jillian. It was every bit as wonderful and scary as it could be. She was a little early, but I was able to fly Katie’s mom out to be with us thanks to my Rapid Rewards points. About six weeks after Jillian’s arrival, Katie was diagnosed with

multiple breast cancer tumors (she was 29 years old). Life flipped upside down. The next morning, my points had Katie’s mom on another plane to stay with us. Over the next two years, Katie went through a number of surgeries, chemo, radiation, and countless appointments. Throughout that time, we were blessed in many ways by family and friends. We were also blessed by Southwest. We were able to use my Rapid Rewards points to almost constantly fly family and friends to Colorado to help. I have no adequate words to express how much it meant to us to have the support of so many people. I am happy to report that both Katie and Jillian are doing perfectly well. Our daughter is now 3, and Katie has a clean bill of health. Southwest is much more than an airline to our little family. You are all an integral part of our story, and we are eternally grateful. —Jason Kramarczyk DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

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Dear Reader,

PAGING BEDTIME

To those whose parents read them to sleep, books are a comfort.

the same spirit. To them, books are not just homework or an education. They’re a comfort. So, snug in our tent, I began to read. Suddenly I felt his head clunk onto my chest. He had grown a lot in the years since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but he was my little boy again. No one writes better about the ceremony of bedtime reading than Michael Cannell. On page 76, he describes a different, moving occasion in which the roles get reversed. Michael has written some of the best bedtime adult reading I’ve come across lately, a true-life crime page-turner titled Incendiary (out in April). Tuck yourself in and get comfortably lost in our most civilized, never-dying tradition.

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Years ago, my son George decided he would show up for his first year in college by walking 110 rugged miles from our house in New Hampshire to Middlebury, Vermont, a six-day route that traveled stretches of the Appalachian and Long Trail. I asked to join him. George carried a heavier pack with most of the supplies, but he forgot one critical piece of gear. We both realized its absence as we lay in our tent the first night. I switched on my headlamp and began reading a tattered paperback copy of Herman Melville’s wild tropical novel Typee. George reached over and turned it so he could read too. “Hey,” I said. “Where’s your book?” “I forgot it.” I offered to read mine aloud, just as I did back when he and his sister, Dorothy Jr., were little, and just as my mother had done with my little brother and me a generation before. To this day, when I sit back in the evening with a good book, I can almost feel her warmth. My own grown children seem to have inherited

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Dear Editor,

I could relate to “Superhero Worship” [December 2016] by Ryan Jones. My 15-year-old son has taken a liking to hunting. I have zero interest in hunting, but I slog through the woods to have uninterrupted time with him in those cold shooting houses. The article reminded me never to take it for granted; those moments will become less common as he becomes more independent. It also made me think of my father. He graduated from West Point and served 28 years. I attended the Army–Navy football game with him in December. He wondered if, at 73, he would ever see Army win again. Seeing his eyes get glossy as the cadets stormed the field is something I will never forget. Those sports moments are special and rare. I am thankful to have had one in my dad’s later years, and hope I can share one with my son, too. Tom Genetti BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

PRECIOUS TIME

I’ve never been moved to write a note to an author whose work I’ve read, but I had to reach out to Michael Graff after reading “The Letter” [December 2016]. I lost my mom to leukemia when I was a kid, and my wife has MS (and frequently complains

of the tingling in the toes). I’m a soldier, facing my third deployment, and I’m on my way to see my family before my trip across the Pacific. The holidays always accentuate the importance of relationships, and this one seems a poignant reminder of how precious time is with the ones I love. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DESIREE ESPADA (MAGAZINES)

/ Any dad who freezes for his son has already created perfect moments.

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I lost my “Kendra” a year ago and didn’t feel fully at peace until after reading Michael Graff’s story. Everyone deserves their own Kendra, one of those people who makes the world a better place. I’m blessed to have had one, and I pray Michael’s stays in his life for years to come.

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mentor was 43. I’m 41. She worked at a small paper in Virginia. I spent five years at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. She attended the University of Mary Washington. After re-reading, I realized Kendra was my editor at Mary Washington’s campus newspaper my freshman year of college. I eventually crossed the aisle and became ad manager, but I remember Kendra as the most kind and dedicated editor. I’m so saddened to learn of the difficulties she’s faced. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bridget Malone HAMPTON BAYS, NEW YORK

/ What a thing to read on your flight, Bridget. MANY THANKS

I wanted to write and say thank you to Michael Graff for writing such a beautiful, selfless story, and for “not putting it off.” Thank you, Michael, for the wonderful thing you did for Kendra and her son.

And thank you for reaching me and making me cry. I pray now for Kendra, for Michael, and for me. May the world bring a mentor as amazing as Kendra into my life.

David Landguth LOS ANGELES

/ To that, we say thank you for

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What I loved most about “The Letter” was the depth of meaning that Michael highlighted in Kendra’s life. It’s sad to me that we only ever tell people at weddings and funerals how much they mean to us. People deserve to know how amazing they are today. Thank you for Colin and Kendra’s story. I hope her fight continues.

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In this issue, Sam brought a father’s bedtime tales to life. Growing up , he treasured Jack Prelutsky’s The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight. “The illustrations by Arnold Lobel haunted my dreams.”

Penning a book? Michael recommends posting up at Caffe Reggio, a Greenwich Village mainstay since 1927. “It’s the most atmospheric spot to think and write in New York.”

Unsurprisingly, the man behind the camera of our Drink page is good for cocktail recommendations—particularly margaritas. Based in Austin, Nick suggests the Blanche, a frozen blood orange concoction, served on the patio at Salty Sow.

In an effort to preserve endangered alphabets from around the world, Tim picked up wood carving at age 56. “I have almost no equipment and work in basically two dimensions. If I can do this, there’s hope for everyone.”

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that most people (even most Cherokee) can’t read it. This is who we are, it beckons. Don’t forget. WE WRITE SO WE REMEMBER. Shopping lists, memos, histories, even fiction and spiritual texts: The sheer act of writing carries the injunction, This is important. The busier we are, and the more we have on our minds, the more likely we are to forget, so the more important writing becomes. Is it

I launched the Endangered Alphabets Project, and I started documenting these losses in a medium more permanent than paper or the fleeting pixel. Learning about woodwork as I went, I carved Balinese and Javanese from Indonesia; Tifinagh from North Africa and Bassa Vah from West Africa; Lanna from Thailand and the traditional Mongolian script called bichig. First by emailing scholars and later through

To my astonishment, I started getting emails from the other side of the planet with tiny miracles of exotic text. any surprise, then, that humans are writing more now—emails, texts, Facebook posts—than at any other time in history? None of this had occurred to me before 2009. At the time, I was a freelance writer trying to support a family. In the previous two decades, I had penned a dozen books, around 100 magazine articles, and some 500 newspaper articles. I was prolific, but I was a mess—frantic, scattered, confused of purpose. And then, more or less on a whim, I began carving endangered alphabets. I had stumbled across a website, omniglot.com, that catalogs the world’s written languages. Despite being a well-traveled guy, I’d never heard of most of them. Many of these written forms were beautiful, even astonishing. And an alarming percentage, perhaps a third, were on the verge of extinction: no longer taught in schools, no longer used for official purposes, and in some cases used only by priests. What do we lose when a written language dies? And what happens when some daft Englishman living in Vermont decides to buck the global trend and write slowly, using tools a thousand years old?

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Facebook, I gradually developed a network of contacts. To my astonishment, I started getting emails from the other side of the planet with tiny miracles of exotic text to enlarge, transfer with carbon paper, and gouge into maple, cherry, walnut, and sapele. IN 2012 I RECEIVED AN EMAIL from Maung Nyeu, a graduate student at Harvard. A member of the Marma, an ethnic group from the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, he had been stunned to discover photos of my carvings. We met in Cambridge, and he told me of his journey from the remote upland region of his birth to Harvard, via degrees at the University of Hawaii and the University of Southern California. He had begun developing schools in the Hill Tracts where indigenous children could be educated in their own languages. Public education in Bangladesh takes place, by law, in Bangla, the official national language. For many of the children in the Hill Tracts, Bangla is not even their second language. Unsurprisingly, the results are dismal: Less than two percent of the region’s children

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E is copied, deliberately and with reverence, from the letters on Roman memorials. To us it stands for Renaissance virtues of education and civilization. But to the Romans themselves, it was literally

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an artifice, one that required tools and skill to execute properly. It embodied the ideal forms of Euclid—straight lines, parallel lines, right angles, symmetry—that you can’t actually write by hand. It was chosen to embody the qualities of an empire: balance, durability, law and order. The Cham E, on the other hand, has no truck with straight lines or symmetry. Instead, it’s all about movement and curve—the virtues of the human wrist. AFTER WORKING ON THE alphabets for a year or two, I started to realize that the enterprise was changing me. I’ve published about a million words in my lifetime, but now I might spend all evening working on one. I still spend many of my daylight hours answering hundreds of emails, but in the evening, I sit down with a piece of wood that compels me to slow down. There’s no such thing as a perfect sentence, but there is such a thing as a perfect curve, and if you make the slightest mistake, you notice. The project has also revealed interesting things about error. The

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When a culture loses its alphabet, it also loses everything written in that alphabet. whole word; rounding a corner at excessive speed; wanting to get to work quickly and not preparing the wood properly, so when you apply the finish, disfigured lines left by the planer rise out of the grain. Which is what the whole project is about, really: making sure nothing important is lost in the name of convenience or haste. Carving endangered alphabets forces me to pay attention, and it’s only when you pay attention that you truly understand value— and beauty. Sitting down to the clean look and satin feel of wellsanded wood, the smooth sweep of the wrist, bone over bone, forges curves that somehow preserve and express almost everything we know. Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, is the author of 16 books, including Endangered Alphabets. He lives in Burlington, Vermont. His next project is a picture-book dictionary for children in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts. To learn more or donate, visit endangeredalphabets.com.

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The soulful singer-songwriter has long moved audiences by channeling a chorus of voices from her Tennessee roots. Now, on the eve of her fifth album, she’s primed for a bigger stage. / The

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“Looky khan” needed to tell people about the first time he heard Valerie June’s voice. He had to thank her. ¶ So on the YouTube page for “Somebody to Love,” the bluegrass-inflected lullaby from Valerie’s 2013 album Pushin’ Against a Stone, looky khan tells the story. He was in the car with his dad, who has Alzheimer’s and dementia, and his dad was getting disgruntled with the long journey home. When this song came warbling through the radio, looky khan’s dad suddenly fell silent to “appreciate her angelic voice,” he wrote.

A magical three minutes, but no telling if his dad would recall them. One night later on, they were out on the veranda together, and looky khan’s dad turned to him and asked if he could put “that song” on. Looky khan knew precisely the one. They sat there listening with the rain crashing down, and it was so sublime that looky khan says he’ll remember that moment for as long as he lives. People tend to remember their first encounter with Valerie’s voice. They may disagree on what it sounds like (at turns an old man or a young girl, depending on the song) or even the genre it represents (blues, bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, rock). Still, there’s a striking unanimity around the use of terms like “timelessness” or “soulfulness” to describe it—essentially, its transcendence of age and culture and myriad other categories we invent to sequester ourselves. Even in the bowels of comments sections, which often skew toward our less virtuous traits, there is an overwhelming consensus. When I speak to her in early January, she’s a few days from embarking on the European leg of her tour for her new album, The Order of Time. Luggage is sprawled across her Brooklyn apartment, and she’s just pulled some thighs and legs from the freezer to make chicken soup—prepping for the tour involves restoring her voice. “I went to the store and I got some awesome organic ginger and carrots,” she tells me. “And I’m gonna drink a lot of awesome herbal teas—dandelion, burdock root. And I’m gonna take my bath, because I do a lot of that. That’s for rejuvenation.” The Order of Time is the 35-year-old’s fifth album, though the first three were self-released. Her last album, Pushin’ Against a Stone, was co-produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, and the new record features backup vocals by the likes of Norah Jones. Her relative anonymity won’t last long. But it’s unlikely to alter her approach, either. Her music is deeply rooted in family traditions: Her father and brothers also sang backup on one of the tracks.

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“We all have so many different voices. It’s great when my voice is warm, but isn’t there something beautiful about the raspy times and the squeaky times? It’s perfectly imperfect.”

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Take us back to your childhood. How’d you get your start? “I grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, and I was around a lot of people who had dreams. They showed me how to live each day with hope and inspiration. My father was promoting music, so that inspired me. He had a construction company too, which is how he made most of his money. I loved it when he let me ride with him in the dump truck. He loved music so he always had the radio playing. Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ would come on, and I would get up and sing at the top of my lungs.”

came from, but I’ve also always loved what other cultures are doing musically. I’ve always been curious about it. Maybe moving and going to a different church and being around a totally different musical culture was the thing that inspired that first. But I also had a babysitter who was a black woman with a big afro, and she wanted to write country songs in a time when Charley Pride was the only African American country music singer. That was inspiring too. I’m constantly being more inspired by what moves me versus what the world thinks I’m supposed to write because of the way I look. [Laughs.]”

Your voice transforms considerably depending on the song. How did that come about? “We went to church three times a week. It was Church of Christ, so there wasn’t a choir. We all joined our voices, and there were no real instructions. It was just get in where you could—so 500 people opening the songbook and giving it a go. It was one of the most beautiful things, because I would hear some people that could really throw it out there, who sounded like professionals, and other people who had rough voices or soft voices. I learned so much about singing, being around people with different types of voices. And I feel like anybody can sing. You just have to find your voice.”

Critics have struggled to define your music. There’s something about your songs that feels universal. Perhaps that’s because you’re pulling from so many different traditions and pieces of your own biography. I wonder whether people are drawn to you because you defy these categories? “I reckon they are. The most important thing for us creators is to shine, and to shine unapologetically. I feel like when I do that, people respond. That’s me being my truest self, me being who I came here to be. That is our job as human beings. Everybody has a reason why they came and a gift, and you have to live up to that highest potential of what you came here to do.”

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And your experiences in different churches influenced you in different ways? “When I first started singing, it was more from the lower part of my abdomen because we went to a black church and that’s how they sang. As I got older, like 10 or 11, we moved and so we went to a predominantly white church. That’s where the singing was from the head, so I learned to sing from a different place. We all have so many different voices: the morning voice, the afternoon voice, the evening voice. It’s great when my voice is fully warm and I’m ready to sing, but isn’t there something beautiful about the raspy times and the squeaky times? Why can’t it just be something that gives you pure raw emotion and moves you, and it’s not like every single note is perfection? It’s perfectly imperfect.” Do you think your wide-ranging background is what gave rise to the variety in your songs? “I think it definitely did. I’ve always loved where I

Growing up, Valerie (in red, age 13) and her siblings often invented songs on the fly.

You use the word “receive” when you talk about songwriting. It’s almost like you’re not taking credit for the things you’re creating. What’s your process like? “Somewhere from the ether, I hear this voice, and I hear all kinds of different voices—a man’s voice,

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Your new album is built around notions of time. Why is that theme so central to your work? “All of the beauty around us that we’re excited to see in the world, those things happened in very small steps, with little things happening every day. There’s such beauty to that. Time is the ruler of everything. It’s the rhythm of the earth. For people trying to manifest a dream, you have to work with time. It’s about tending the garden and being like, ‘OK, if I don’t get there, at least I’m sitting in this garden, and I’m trying. I’m still trying.’”

a young girl’s voice. Sometimes it starts as a hum, almost like baby talk, then it starts to morph into words, and then I start singing along with what I’m hearing. I hear other voices coming in beside it, like harmonies and layers. It’s like a chorus. It’s way too much, so I have to write it down and carve out what’s essential and important. Maybe one of the voices should be a keyboard or a guitar. That’s where I’m becoming part of the process. It’s a funny thing to explain to people. For many years, I wouldn’t talk about it.” You were doing a lot of tough jobs coming up, trying to make this work. How has that informed your approach? “It makes me so grateful for where I am, to be living my dream as a musician, but the truest thing for me is more about understanding the journey. When I was cleaning houses, waiting tables, and washing dogs, I was looking at it like, you know, it would be great to be a singer, but the whole act of becoming who I am as an artist is me working in those worlds first. That’s the magic of it all.”

You recently lost your father. Did that change the way you think about the themes of this album? “It certainly brought it home. When my father passed in November, they called me and said, ‘Hey, he’s not gonna make it. You can fly in and go to the hospital and hope he’s there when you get there.’ All my brothers and sisters, all five of ’em, were there. We sang around him for two hours, until his spirit left. We just held hands and we sang. We sang hymns and spirituals, but also songs that we made up. He had dementia and Alzheimer’s. They say that people who have that sometimes have certain things from their past that they remember musically, and they like to hear those songs again and again. That proved true for him.” Ultimately, what do you aspire to? What’s your ambition? “I would love to look out at my crowds and see all ages and all colors, speaking all languages. What an awesome thing to have a show where you’re gonna bring together people who normally would not be in the same room. They’re all enjoying something together, and their worries slip away for a while. If we’re moving from 30 minutes of happiness here to 30 minutes of happiness there, and we’re all getting along in a beautiful way, then what a changed world, right?” march 2017 southwest 69

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mr. grass and i have just spent a few hours on his porch talking about the factual accuracy of the movie Sully and eating backyard peaches and watching rabbits thump thump across the lawn and taking in the warming Colorado morning, so I figure it’s probably time to get out of his hair. We walk through his suburban Denver home and out onto the driveway, where he stops about 10 feet past the front of the garage, a place he’s stopped hundreds if not thousands of times before. “The sun’s gonna be a little bright in our eyes,” Mr. Grass says, wheeling around in his bare feet. We squint and look up at the small balcony off his master bedroom, fixing our eyes on the applesized camera tacked to the eave overhead. “You gotta freeze because it needs to go for about two seconds.” We both reflexively give the camera a thumbsup, hold the pose, and smile.

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story begins as most do, with a man searching the internet for a choppy video of a garbage truck: The truck lifts a trash can, and then unceremoniously thrashes that can up and down, spewing trash across a quiet street. I can’t remember exactly why I was searching for that video—it was technically the GIF version I was looking for—but it was likely for use in a witty email, something I admittedly spend way too much time on and am way too proud of. When the Google Images page loaded, the GIF appeared: top left, option one. I patted myself on the back for my superior Googling skills—“garbage+truck+GIF”—and was ready to X out the window when I spotted another image of interest: blue and white garbage truck, lush lawn, suburban. Expecting to add a new arrow to my quiver of trash-chucking GIFs, I was instead met with a garbage truck lifting two trash cans one by one, and

then gently returning them to the ground. Surely this must be a mistake, I thought. I watched the GIF over and over, waiting for something else to happen. It did not. What I did see, though, was a flicking time stamp in the corner—this trash was picked up and not thrown at 10:46 a.m. on June 20, 2007—and the website’s URL, Watching-Grass-Grow.com. Curious enough to spend a few more minutes down this rabbit hole, I pulled up the site. The Rocky theme song blared. A weather report sat atop an all-green, rudimentary web page. My cursor became a scrolling red lawnmower. And I, for the first time, stole a look at Mr. Grass’ front lawn. A poured concrete driveway runs down the right side of the frame, with a few coniferous trees poking into the screen. A Volkswagen-sized

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The Grass Cam snaps a photo every two seconds, including these images from the week of July 21, 2013.

bush occupies the southwest quadrant, sitting at the top of a yard that slopes down to the street. The top edge is populated with the beginnings of neighbors’ yards. As I moved my cursor over the image, the words “grass webcam” appeared. According to a counter in the upper right, 37 other souls were staring at the lawn with me. Just as I began to come to terms with what I was watching, a tan Chevy Avalanche blipped onto the screen. I jumped, and maybe yelped. (I yelped.) I started winding my way through the tip of the site’s 11,000-plus comments. Highlight of my day: Mr. Grass getting the newspaper newspaper, wrote Sr. Grass, from North Platte, Nebraska. The UPS van just drove by!!! a Branson, Missouri, viewer announced. This is my favourite website, said Lucy, from Serbia. Occasionally, the man behind the curtain, Mr. Grass, would respond, like when a viewer complained about the yellowing of the

lawn. It will perk back up when the weather gets cooler and we get some rain, Mr. Grass said. I scanned the dozens of screengrabbed highlights from over the years: mundane shots of him fertilizing the grass, elaborate Christmas and Halloween displays, sun-soaked carwashes. The years flitted by. Grass crinkles and reemerges; his neighbor gets a new mailbox. In one, from Father’s Day 2004, Mr. Grass is trimming the lawn, with his two early elementary-school age sons pushing toy mowers behind him. After the webcam, it’s the first image any viewer sees. It’s sweet. I pulled the tab into its own window and left it running while I went back to work trying to write pithy emails. But I couldn’t stop looking at the feed. It updated every two seconds or so; sometimes whole minutes would pass where nothing would happen. I’d refresh the page, assuming it was stuck. Again: nothing. It was like a real time march 2017 southwest 73

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Magic Eye poster, only one where you stare at it for 10 minutes before you realize it’s not, in fact, even a Magic Eye poster. At the end of the day I went home, but something stopped me from closing out the window. The next day I reloaded the screen. Same thing the third day. Eventually, I just kept it open all the time. I’d pull it up when I wanted to zone out for a few minutes and watch this shamrock-green lawn. I started evangelizing to friends and family; no one found it nearly as interesting. So I’d sit at work with 33 or 27 or 52 strangers, and we’d watch in silence as the mail was delivered, or a bird landed on a signpost, or the residual morning dew evaporated as the sun rose and filled the driveway. A few months earlier, I’d learned that my wife was pregnant with our first child. We dubbed the mystery baby “TBD,” and I immediately set out upon an investigation into how much takeout I’d need to stop eating to afford day care. (The answer: all of it, plus I would probably need to stop buying groceries. We’ll live off the land, I thought.) We’d always wanted children. Chronologically, I was ready. Emotionally, I was swallowing anxiety in gulps. Sometimes I’d sit at my desk, mute the Rocky theme, and stare at Mr. Grass’ lawn, unsure if I wanted something to happen or not. By nature I am not an anxious person, but this somehow felt like self-medication. I’d glance down at the Father’s Day photo, all three of them suspended in a perfect line, three pairs of Velcro shoes sinking into the high grass. I wondered who they were and what they were doing now, 12 years later. They seem happy, I’d think to myself. I’d put my computer to sleep, and head for home.

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when I pull up to the yard I’ve been monitoring for months. Late spring green has given way to a summer mustard, but the chlorophyll is fighting the good fight once again. (I brushed up on my grass lingo before the trip, unsure of Mr. Grass’ botanical knowledge.) The first thing I notice: The yard I’ve been staring at is much bigger than I anticipated. Onscreen, it’s 6 inches by 4 inches. In reality, if you took out the slope you could host a pretty decent touch football game on it. Mr. Grass is leaning on his balcony, wiping the remnants of the previous day’s hailstorm off the webcam. Alek Komarnitsky is Suburban Dad defined: early 50s, brown hair, a decade-old, unbuttoned, royal-blue polo, khaki shorts. He is shoeless. I walk up the driveway and past the lawn, resisting the urge to lean down and pluck a blade. Being here feels at once familiar and disorienting.

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Mr. Grass captures roughly 43,000 images every day. Here, one from all 31 days in May 2012.

Mr. Grass invites me in, and we head to the back porch. He tells me he’s told no one that I’m coming—not Mrs. Grass, neither of the two teenage Grasses. I ponder this for a second before Mr. Grass says scratch that, he told the garbage man, Connor. Yesterday, Connor stopped by the house and rang the doorbell to ask if Alek was indeed Mr. Grass. Connor’s 8-year-old daughter had learned about Watching Grass Grow from a YouTube show, and he realized he’d been picking up Mr. Grass’ trash for the past two years. I’m skeptical of the story—it sounds like a bad movie plotline about people’s lives intersecting at serendipitous times—but when I check the site later, there Connor is, screengrabbed by Mr. Grass, giving a thumbs-up to the camera from the front seat of the truck. Mr. Grass is a former systems administrator for a variety of tech companies and, back in 1987,

was a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Internet User Group. His 1992 MBA thesis was titled “The Internet: The Information Superhighway of the 21st Century.” He was in the Air Force, and then got a job in New Mexico at Sandia National Laboratories. He first put up his webcam in 2002 so that he could monitor his drought-scourged turf while on vacation. He began leaving it up for Halloween and Christmas, which led to increasingly fantastical holiday displays. Eventually he rigged his whole 25,000-light system onto modules that let viewers around the world control them (along with his ginormous inflatable Santa). One day in 2005 he stopped taking the camera down between Halloween and Christmas, and Watching Grass Grow was born. Since then he’s also attempted a slew of spinoffs: the Concrete Cam, which was dedicated CONTINUED ON PAGE 81

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Daughters and Dragons Every night, as my daughter drifted to sleep, I hatched elaborate tales that starred a variety of fantastical characters. As the characters grew up, so did she. by Michael Cannell illustration by Sam Kalda

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prospective parents, an administrator at a Waldorf school explained that its early childhood curriculum emphasizes the value of spirit and imagination. Nothing wrong with reading aloud, he said, but children engage more fully with tales drawn from your own wits. I tested the Waldorf theory that night by inventing Cricket, a precocious little girl who lives in a grand apartment overlooking Central Park with a grizzled caretaker, Ling Ling, and their kindhearted dog, Buddy. Cricket was part Eloise, part Katniss Everdeen. I knew the Waldorf theory had panned out when Evie propped herself up in bed to query me. What befell Cricket’s parents? Was Ling Ling wicked or warmhearted? Did Cricket walk Buddy in Central Park by herself? The Cricket stories made such an impression that Evie began calling her younger sister Cricket months before she was born. As a teenager Ann still goes

hen my daughter Evie was small, I told her a series of bedtime stories. Seated in the half-light of her room, I devised nightly updates on Ten Town, where every citizen is 10 years old, and on the birdbrained doings of Buckwheat, the silliest donkey in the world. Evie binge-listened in her compact built-in bed, bath-scented and pajama-soft. Her curls fanned out on a white cotton pillow like a cinnamon halo. The nightly installments went on for years, like sitcoms in syndication. On nights when I came home after beers with friends, the plotlines detoured, digressed, and dipsy-doodled. On a few evenings, I fell half asleep and, chin to chest, unknowingly blended the stories with the fantastical events of my dreams. The stories began as an experiment. In 2002, when Evie was 3, we toured preschools. During an information session for

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by Cricket, like it or not. (Oddly enough, the flesh-and-blood Cricket resembles the fictional version—a gimlet-eyed New York girl with deadpan banter and a sizzling streak of independence.) The Cricket chronicles, and all the ensuing stories, halted mid-episode when Evie’s fluttering eyelids lowered by increments and her soft exhales assumed the steady rhythm of sleep. She sometimes raised a forefinger, indicating that she was still listening with eyes closed. But the finger never stayed aloft for long. It felt like a reprieve when my audience of one fell asleep for good. I rarely knew how to bring the plots to tidy resolution. Storytelling, like parenting, requires constant improvisation. Instinct is the only rudder. With Evie asleep I would stagger into the kitchen looking for dinner, though over time I developed the habit of lingering in the dark, listening to the muffled complaints of taxi horns and the wheeze of city buses lumbering across Columbus Avenue. No doubt I paused out of exhaustion. I was spending long days toiling in a newspaper newsroom. I can see now that I also stayed for a measure of solace and satisfaction. Story hour was the moment of the day when I felt most present; I was reluctant to break the spell. I had brought to life and set in motion characters drawn from roommates, workmates, aunts, uncles, and other family members. The cast had its own gravitational pull. They softened the coarse edges of everyday life. Stories, I had come to understand, are the balm of the soul. My repertoire of stories would compete for dominance, like TV shows vying for prime time. For a period they gave way altogether to My Father’s Dragon, a chapter book about a boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away from home to rescue a baby dragon enslaved on faraway Wild Island. The lions, monkeys, and other mean-spirited island creatures had knotted a stout rope

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around the baby dragon’s neck and forced him, as a matter of convenience, to shuttle them across a muddy river that divides the island. Ruth Stiles Gannett wrote the book in 1948 “to amuse [herself] between jobs” four years after graduating from Vassar College. It was a family collaboration. Her husband chose the typeface. Her stepmother illustrated Elmer’s Homeric journey to Wild Island and back with grease pencil. My brother Petey sent Evie the book. Its title page bears a hand-written inscription made crooked by his decline. Evie never got to discuss My Father’s Dragon with Petey. Oncologists diagnosed him with an inoperable brain

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tumor not long after the book arrived. I was on deadline at The New York Times when his email hit my inbox. The news shuddered me to the core, but it was not entirely unexpected. We had vacationed at a Yucatan beach with Petey and his family weeks earlier. He arrived in Mexico somber-faced and suffering a bad flu, or so he said. As the week wore on, his illness acquired an ominous gravity. Headaches drove him to sit in the shade with a towel draped over his head. He seemed detached, unreachable. In the wrenching months of deterioration before Petey fell into a coma, Evie could reliably make him smile. On my laptop I keep a photo of her in a tiny red felt nightgown sitting down to eat a plate of scrambled eggs. Petey leans in with mouth agape, as if to gobble the eggs before she can sink her fork in. I put her in bed with him, and they would poke each other and guffaw. She was, of course, unaware of the foreboding in the room. My father wrote a short eulogy for Petey’s memorial service. He is an old-fashioned gentleman of stoic bearing, but he was unable to read his words. And so I read them for him, standing in a soft rain on an island in the Potomac River before two hundred or so friends. The eulogy referred to Petey as “our gentle son.” He was gentle. Gentle but droll—like a sweet-tempered Monty Python comic. He was an ornithologist, an evolutionary biologist employed by the Smithsonian, but he possessed an unlikely rapport with children—a fairy dust. He didn’t come at kids all moony-faced and smirky. He let them gravitate to him, drawn by his quiet waggery. When a niece was homesick for her parents, we aunts and uncles in a shared beach house tried to comfort her with varying degrees of failure. Petey was the one who could lull her contentedly to sleep with his own bedtime stories told in his buttery baritone. When Evie and I reread My

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Father’s Dragon after Petey’s death, I sensed that the young hero, Elmer Elevator, was a version of Petey—a boyish adventurer inexplicably gone from his household. Elmer departs on his rescue mission in the middle of the night with his father’s knapsack stuffed with 25 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He leaves no parting word behind—no note, no goodbye. The book does not show his parents waking to find their son missing. Nor does it convey the terrible days of anguish that surely followed. Elmer’s own thoughts cast back to his home only once, and fleetingly, when he and Boris, the liberated dragon, stand stranded on a sandbar with the tide precariously rising above their ankles. An illogical backwater of my mind wondered if Petey might have sent the book to foretell of his own departure.

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In 2008 we moved to a larger apartment where, for the first time, Evie and Cricket bedded down in their own rooms. The stories continued in Cricket’s room for a year or so, then petered out. I never told another story until three years ago when, on a pitchblack night in Tortola, our rental car slid precariously on a steep, pockmarked cliff road above the ocean. Once we safely reached our rental home, Evie asked for a story. I was pleased to oblige. Fifteen years have passed since Petey’s death. The copy of My Father’s Dragon bearing Petey’s inscription now sits in a stack of neglected books above Cricket’s desk. Last Christmas I sent a copy to 1-year-old Oscar, the grandson Petey never met, with a note gently hinting at its significance. Evie turns 18 this spring. We’ve long since stopped sharing evening stories. Like any busy teenager, her reading consists of biology textbooks, calculus problem sets, and, of course, the incessant inflow of texts. She leaves for college late August. I have a numbing awareness that I will soon confront an empty bedroom. In the long run-up to her departure, my mind goes back to Elmer’s bereft parents. We live in a wired-up culture that discusses every issue to exhaustion, but a child’s leave-taking is still a strangely private form of heartbreak. We all yearn to keep our loved ones safe; we wish to hold them close to our hearth, to arrange blankets about them as they drift to sleep. But faraway dragons call for rescue, they call for all of us. Evie must attend hers, as I attended mine. In the meantime, the capers of Ten Town and Mike and Mikey live on in my nocturnal imagination. Michael Cannell is the author of Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling. Tweet him your favorite bedtime stories at @michaelcannell.

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to the pouring of his new deck; Watching Paint Dry, a self-explanatory, two-part series documenting the living room and exterior of the house; and the Bird Cam, which lasted two seasons, 2010 and 2011, when house finches built a nest inside the wreath on the front door. This last one was Mr. Grass’ favorite—the excitement is clear as his voice climbs. “It was freaking right ... I mean I couldn’t believe it.” He once loaned an extra camera to a friend, and the Custom Home Construction Cam launched soon after. A decade-plus out, Watching Grass Grow is the only one to survive. Mr. Grass talks for hours about everything from the cooking techniques of the Denver-based hamburger chain Smashburger to the Atlantic island of South Georgia, before eventually doling out some solid advice on lawn maintenance: “Basically the solution is you have to water the crap out of it.” I try to get philosophical with him. For the viewer, I theorize, the web cam is an opportunity to slink away from reality, to recess into whatever corner of our brain we want to relax in. For you, I say, it’s a real-time archive of your life. Mr. Grass pauses. He’s saved every image from almost the entire run of the lawn cam. They’re dumped on an external hard drive in his messy home office. “Being an old systems admin type, you ideally never throw away data,” he says. “Being an engineer, you want data to look at after the fact. And so that’s just ... I guess that’s a pattern of mine.” Then he launches into a story about a neighborhood kid who ripped out his driveway lights. A little baffled and no closer to understanding my obsession, I head back to my hotel. A few hours later, I’m picking our conversation over in my brain when I remember a toss-away line from a tangent about the movie Sully. We were talking about how it

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The web cam is an opportunity to slink away from reality, to recess into whatever corner of our brain we want to relax in. important about that is the attention is on the outside world, on the stream of everything that’s coming into your perceptual system visually.” Javid brings up the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In it, Gary Oldman’s character is often shown in wide angle, simply having a drink or smoking a cigarette.

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This can go on for seconds or minutes. The viewer, Javid says, is left to watch with intention—you’re forced to fill in the blanks. (Or, if you choose, to leave them empty.) He contrasts this with the music

I toggle back to the whiteness of the webcam and think of my own daughter, who saw snowflakes for the first time last week. video for Korean pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” the most popular video in YouTube history, with more than 2.7 billion views. In one scene, Psy meets a woman on a subway. The video flashes between the two commuters, faster and faster, until there are more than 10 cuts per second. By the end, the jumps are nearly unperceivable. These cuts—whether they’re in a Korean music video or the newest Transformers movie—are what we as viewers have grown to expect from our entertainment. Gone are the days when a wide shot of a mesa fills the screen before the beginning of every Western. There are exceptions, of course. And one of the major exceptions is Norwegian slow TV. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s fairly simple: Take cameras. Affix them to objects. Hit record. Broadcast. (This is an oversimplification, but not much of one.) The most famous example—the one you might’ve heard about from an NPR podcast—is 2009’s Bergensbanen, a seven-hour train journey from Bergen to Oslo, Norway. This was followed up in 2011 with Hurtigruten, a 134-hour broadcast of the MS Nordnorge’s

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started with the opening of Main Street’s Hyatt Regency in 1982, which established a downtown anchor that’s since seen a major renovation. The revival continued in the next two decades, including the Peace Center for the performing arts in 1990, restaurateur Carl Sobocinski’s 1997 opening of still-popular Soby’s New South Cuisine in a one-time shoe store, and the 2000 renovation of the historic Westin Poinsett. Other accommodations, attractions, shopping, and dining followed, filling long-vacant gaps. However, that was just the beginning of a flood of activity that’s best compared to the rush of water at the now-bustling Falls Park on the Reedy. The last 15-plus years have seen an explosion of new hotels (including a riverfront Embassy Suites, the chic Aloft, and a Home2 Suites, with more to come); attractions, like the 21-mile and growing Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail that winds through downtown to the acclaimed Greenville Zoo and the outdoorsy town of Travelers Rest; adventures, including segway tours with Greenville Glides; and restaurants like Sobocinski’s Table 301 Dining Group, which includes tasty downtown offerings. Development in downtown’s “West End” was inevitable. The Liberty Bridge, the 345-foot curved pedestrian span praised by Mayor White, provides stunning views of Falls Park and the Reedy River

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Greenville SOUTH CAROLINA Falls. Nearby, there’s RiverPlace, with condos and shopping; creative restaurants, like Larkin’s on the River and Pomegranate on Main; and a Hampton Inn and Suites lauded by Greenville-born singer-songwriter Edwin McCain. Just a few blocks farther, Fluor Field at the West End is the home of the Greenville Drive, a Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team’s name nods to BMW and Michelin, with both having a major presence in the area. Nearby, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum & Baseball Library is housed in the childhood home of the famed major leaguer. With more than 110 restaurants downtown and 600-plus countywide, Greenville’s diverse dining offerings—from Persian and Indian to authentic Thai—are a huge draw. Of note is the spring addition of Chef Sean Brock’s farm-to-table Husk Greenville. Or score reservations at American Grocery Restaurant, Ink N Ivy, or Rick Erwin’s West End Grille. Stroll Main Street’s Farmers Market, TD Saturday Market, from May to October, drink in the booming microbrewery scene, and have a spirited sip at Dark Corner Distillery.

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Culture Cues Take a bite out of town with Greenville History Tours’ culinary tours. Come September, euphoria is a premier four-day food, wine, and music festival. Other signature events include Artisphere, the BMW Charity Pro-Am, Gallabrae-The Greenville Scottish Games, Fall for Greenville, as well as holiday skating rink UCB Ice on Main. Greenville’s cultural scene is booming, too. The Peace Center features headline musicians, Broadway productions, ballet companies, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. To the north, Heritage Green includes the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville Little Theatre, the Upcountry History Museum, and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Don’t miss 70-plus works of art featured as part of the Art in Public Places initiative, including Dale Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower” in Falls Park on the Reedy. Spot all nine Mice on Main bronze sculptures based off Goodnight Moon. Seeking more adventure? A 20-minute drive can have you paddleboarding, kayaking, or hiking. The county has three state parks and abundant outdoor recreation—from scenic mountains to sparkling lakes—an easy drive from town. Given all the options, there’s never a better time to head to Greenville. Yeah, that Greenville. MAIN STREET

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Greenville SOUTH CAROLINA ENCHANTING. DECADENT. SOPHISTICATED. Three words that have become synonymous with the Rick Er win brand.

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Feast on Freshness Visit Table 301’s unique group of restaurants for an experience, not just a meal. THE LAZY GOAT Share meals and conversations over global cuisine at The Lazy Goat. Overlook the river, nosh on Mediterranean fare, and enjoy housemade drinks. TheLazyGoat.com

THE LOFT AT SOBY’S Enjoy the ultimate in private dining and entertainment for up to 100 guests at the Loft at Soby’s. Located above Soby’s on the Side, the Loft is a fully furnished event space with a rooftop patio. Sobys.com TABLE 301 CATERING Whether you need to entertain a few people at home or hold a major event, Table 301 Catering will work with you to create a memorable experience. Table301Catering.com

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PAPI’S TACOS Fresh and simple, Papi’s Tacos is known as a taco truck without wheels. Authentic flavors and delicious ingredients are prepared with care—sample tacos, tortas, salsas, and dips. eatpapistacos.com

PASSERELLE BISTRO Feeling French? Visit Passerelle, located at the base of The Liberty Bridge in downtown Greenville. Gaze over Falls Park and enjoy European fare at this casual French bistro. PasserelleInThePark. com CR AFTED AT NOSE DIVE Inspiring, handcrafted cocktails are on the menu at Crafted, located on the mezzanine level of Nose Dive. CraftedAtNoseDive.com

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JIANNA Savor a modern Italian menu and freshly shucked oysters at Jianna. An open kitchen, 40-foot bar with indoor and outdoor seating, and house-made pasta round out this next-level dining experience. JiannaGreenville.com

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Skills & Thrills BY THE NUMBERS Size of the fleet: 115 cars Tires used in a year: 3,000 Center visitors each year: 15,000 Length of driving track: 1.7 miles, which can be configured in 7 ways Top speed you can reach on the track: As fast as you can go. No one looks at the speedometer! Numbers are approximations. Credit: Dan Gubitosa, Director BMW Performance Center

Check off your bucket list at the BMW Performance Driving School. By Brian Cook My heart races the minute I turn up the drive. I’ve come to the BMW Performance Driving School in Greer, South Carolina, for the highly anticipated, five-exercise Car Control program. The teaching pros here know their way around not only “the Ultimate Driving Machine,” but also what may be the ultimate classroom: some two miles of meandering blacktop, with varying widths, turns, and elevations that simulate various driving conditions—a dream outing for car lovers. Most of my day will be spent behind the wheel, yet there’s no underestimating the value of class time. All instructors at the Performance Driving School are BMW–certified, with backgrounds including experience in NASCAR, the Sports Car Club of America, and the International Motor Sports Association. As we head outside, it’s misting rain—perfect for car-control school, we’re told. Weaving my way between cones at speeds topping 30 mph, I hold back a bit at first but quickly gain confidence on the slalom course. Soon it’s time for the skid pad, where BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system can shine. DSC uses sensors that monitor wheel rotation, steering angle, lateral forces, and other conditions. It also helps keep the car on course, even if the tires aren’t gripping evenly.

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The skid pad is a circle of slick, wet concrete that you drive around at increasing speed until you lose control. Then you steer your way back under control before sliding onto the rough asphalt surrounding the ring or into the grass beyond. It’s an unnerving routine, but after a few 360s, I manage to compensate fairly well through steering, very quickly, and not freaking out. Other exercises follow, such as the “lane change technique” (aka crash avoidance). Accelerating straight ahead to about 40 mph, we let off the gas at a designated spot, make a sharp, hard left turn—as if avoiding a stopped vehicle—an immediate right turn, then come to a stop. The takeaway for everyday driving: “Always leave yourself an out, someplace you can put your car in an emergency maneuver.” Our instructor wraps up our session with an invitation nobody refuses: to ride along as he takes a few laps in a twin-turbo, 10-cylinder, 560-horsepower BMW M5. A few minutes later as I step out of the car, I’m slightly dizzy but also grinning madly. My notion of a thrill ride has been spectacularly redefined. Other programs include M School, motorcycling, and multi-day events. Try the challenging North and South Palm Circuits at the Thermal, California location, too. Both locations specialize in thrilling corporate team-building events. For info and to book your visit, call 888.345.4269 or go to bmwperformancecenter.com.

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MOVING FORWARD

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is a 250-acre innovation campus where industry, academic, and economic developers collaborate to address today’s top global mobility challenges. Located in Greenville, SC along the I-85 corridor, CU-ICAR is a growing ecosystem for the automotive industry. Beyond housing multiple state-of-the-art research laboratories and Clemson University’s graduate automotive engineering program, the CU-ICAR campus is also home to over 20 resident partners, including BMW, JTEKT, and the global headquarters of SAGE Automotive Interiors. cuicar.com Pictured above is one of five technology neighborhoods that make up the CU - ICAR Campus.

Higher Learning

Greenville offers an array of educational opportunities.

THE FURMAN ADVANTAGE

Furman University, one of the nation’s premier undergraduate institutions, is located in Greenville, South Carolina, a vibrant, award-winning city nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Known for its rigorous academics, the university is home to 2,800 students who live and learn on a campus that is internationally lauded for its stunning beauty. At the heart of the university’s academic experience is The Furman Advantage—a promise that all of Furman’s students will receive an education that links classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery to forge a transformational pathway to meaningful lives and fulfilling careers. furman.edu march 2017 southwest 97

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MIX IT UP

One of the area’s hottest new hotels, Aloft Greenville Downtown, is much more than a place to stay when you’re in town. Mingle with other guests and locals in the re:mix area and WXYZ lounge. Meet your new best friend in the lobby—Aloft sponsors a Furever Home dog adoption program in partnership with local rescue groups. Pups live it up in a custom dog house in the re:mix area. Look for local art—check out the gallery wall—and live music here as well. aloftgreenvilledowntown.com

Stay and Play

Check out these cool and classic places to stay in Greenville.

A DOWNTOWN CLASSIC

Overlook the Reedy River from a well-appointed guest room or suite at Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace. Situated on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in central downtown, the boutique-style hotel is located within walking distance to hundreds of popular shops and restaurants. Book a two-room circular suite and enjoy the city views. Take advantage of the complimentary breakfast and enjoy the stellar service of the friendly staff. hamptoninnandsuitesgreen ville.com

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NEW VIEWS

Newly opened in the center of downtown, Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace boasts comfortable suites with spectacular river and mountain views. Local custom art adorns the walls throughout the hotel, and an indoor saltwater pool beckons. Grab a bite at two on-site dining options: Ruth’s Chris serves classic, mouthwatering steaks, while the brandnew UP on the Roof features striking views of downtown Greenville along with small plates and craft cocktails. eatupdrinkup.net ruthschris.net embassysuitesgreenvilledown town.com

STAR QUALITY STAY

When you walk in the doors, you realize you’re in the midst of the action at the Westin Poinsett. Located in the heart of downtown and situated close to Greenville’s exciting new shops, restaurants and venues, the hotel is the place to see and be seen. When the Poinsett opened in 1925, it was soon known as “Carolina’s Finest.” As it nears its centennial, it is now, more than ever, the heartbeat of a vibrant city. Completely renovated when it became a Westin, all historical details in the public space and grand ballrooms have been meticulously restored. Its completion triggered the revitalization of an award winning downtown. Today, guests stay here for the hip, cool vibe that draws the likes of George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, and Ringo Starr. The very latest in amenities and technology meet the outstanding service and sophistication Westin is known for in this landmark hotel. westinpoinsettgreenville.com march 2017 southwest 99

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FEELING FESTIVE

What began in 2006 as a three-day festival highlighting Greenville’s culture, depth of talent, and outstanding revitalized downtown now draws more than 6,000 guests from 30 states and multiple countries. Today, this fourday food, wine, and music festival features celebrated chefs, renowned pitmasters, celebrity singers and songwriters, craft brewers, master sommeliers, and unique culinary experiences. Named one of the “10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste,” euphoria educates, entices, enlightens, and entertains. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. euphoriagreenville.com

PAST AND PRESENT

Delve into the history of this unique area at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the state-of-the-art facility’s expansive exhibit space includes seven permanent galleries as well as three galleries with changing exhibits. Award-winning exhibitions and innovative programming not only showcase regional history from the 1700s to the present, but also feature nationally acclaimed traveling exhibitions and in-house exhibit projects. upcountryhistory.org 100 southwest march 2017

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Game Notes

This pro-am format is unique to the event. Each amateur is paired with a professional; the Pros are playing for the purse and the opportunity to go to the PGA Tour. The Ams are playing for pride and experience. To top it all off, the field is filled with A-list celebrities like actors and Super Bowl-winning QBs. bmwusfactory.com/charity-golf

18TH HOLE

BMW Charity Pro Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation

By John Maginnes

You are standing in the sunshine on a gorgeous May day in South Carolina. “I think it’s a smooth seven iron right at the edge of the television tower,” the player says to his caddy. He replies, “I love it; take your time.” This is the 72nd hole and these guys have a one-shot lead; par wins the BMW Charity Pro-Am. You can’t believe how nervous you are watching a sporting event, but you’re doing more than just watching: You are in the fairway playing alongside one of the best young players in the game who is about to punch his ticket to the PGA Tour in front of a national television audience. There’s only one place this is possible: the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX—three days on three golf courses and the opportunity to make the cut and play on Sunday. Plus, don’t miss other perks like the BMW Performance Center, vibrant downtown Greenville, and the Celebrity Concert on Main. Past champions include David Toms, Jonathan Byrd, Ken Duke, and Rod Pampling. Taking place May 18–21 in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, this once-in-a-lifetime golf experience is one of the great values in the game. Whether you’re playing or just watching, at the BMW Charity Pro Am you’re always inside the ropes. bmwcharitygolf.com John Maginnes spent more than a decade and a half playing professional golf, including eight years on the PGA Tour. He currently hosts a radio show, Katrek & Maginnes on Tap.

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SPARK IMAGINATION

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is a dynamic learning center and a compelling community attraction in Greenville, S.C. that offers innovative family activities and STEAM programming for children. While visiting, families can explore 20-plus exhibits housed in more than 80,000 square feet of space on three floors. The museum is an affiliate of The Smithsonian Institution, with a mission to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. For hours and admission costs visit tcmupstate.org.

SUITE RETREAT

Greenville’s only resort property is more than a place to lay your head. The newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center features recreation, relaxation, and plenty of perks. Wake in your spacious two-room suite and enjoy a made-to-order breakfast before venturing to the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, or fitness center. Complimentary evening cocktails, on-site dining at Craft 670, a shuttle to attractions, and more than 44,000 square feet of event space make this 175-acre site the ideal balance of business and pleasure. embassysuitesgreenville.com 102 southwest march 2017

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Greenville SOUTH CAROLINA check in Enjoy the light and airy updates to GreenvilleSpartanburg International Airport.

Time to Soar

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) serves more than two million passengers annually. Conveniently located near downtown Greenville and a short drive to other Upstate South Carolina attractions, GSP offers service to more than 40 Southwest destinations. Known for ease and convenience, GSP recently reinvented the passenger experience with $125 million in terminal building improvements, including new restaurants like The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck. Be sure to check out the airside garden, located just outside of the Grand Hall once you pass through security. Beautifully landscaped with artwork and fountains, it’s an experience you will not find at any other airport in the world. gspairport.com

Stay Connected

GSP’s airside garden represents true horticultural artistry, a picturesque setting, and an abundance of Southern charm.

Get some work done while you wait for your flight to board. Hook up to multiple charging locations, or book a public meeting or conference space.

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With historic haunts, a vibrant arts culture, and a growing culinary scene, Charm City more than lives up to its name. During your stay, dig into delicious crab cakes, take in harbor views, and be dazzled by Baltimore’s second annual Light City. By Melissa Flandreau

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LIGHT CITY

Last year, more than 400,000 people attended the inaugural Light City, and in 2017, the festival is back and bigger than before. With two added evenings of excitement, there’s no shortage of bright ideas.

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When Light City illuminates Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and eight distinct neighborhoods from March 31–April 8, it won’t be the first time the city has been a beacon for light innovation. Its connections trace back to 1816, when it became the first U.S. city to introduce gas street lamps. Two hundred years later, the level of accomplishment is no less impressive. An electric nine-day festival, Light City features 23 light art installations, 35 concerts from local and international artists, more than 200 performances, and a series of conferences that focuses on social

change in different disciplines— from design to education. Their scale isn’t the only reason the 23 eye-catching installations are impressive. The works are as diverse as the artists who made them, with rich meanings that speak to everything from the relationship between nature and technology to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The displays include “ARGO,” a 70-foot work that represents water’s influence, and “Impulse,” an interactive urban playground with 15 seesaws outfitted with LED lights and speakers. At Pier 5, attendees can view “Sueños,” a piece created by Balti-

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performances by local groups like Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra and Bmore Than Dance. Although some concerts are scheduled at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, pop-up performances are a common occurrence at the BGE Light Art Walk. A 1.5-mile stretch along the Inner Harbor, the Art Walk features interactive displays, maker tents, and local food. At its eastern end, you’ll find Baltimore’s bustling Harbor East neighborhood, which will be illuminated during the festival. With fine dining, luxe accommodations, and shopping options that include Under Armour’s flagship store, the mixed-use district is a nod to modern “New Baltimore.” For families, Mini Light City is a must-see. Along with light-themed crafts and hula hoops, you can join

“The Pool [Reflect]” shifts color to create an interactive landscape.

“The Peacock” by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller is one of two returning installations.

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more–based artist Edgar Reyes to showcase the Latino community’s struggle for social justice. To create the work, whose title means “dreams,” Reyes collaborated with Latino youth from Baltimore and Langley Park, a nearby suburb of Washington, D.C. All of the installations are new this year except for two returning crowd favorites from the festival’s 2016 iteration—Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller’s “The Peacock,” and “The Pool [Reflect]” by Jen Lewin. Attendees will also be surrounded by performances—from dance to live music to puppet theater. On the festival’s final two nights, Squonk Opera will perform “Light Cycles” by creating double-decker, humanpowered cycles to promote sustainable power. Other high notes include

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Put yourself in the middle of the action by enjoying Harbor East’s sights and sounds.

the Family Jam session with Dance & Bmore FazaFam and try fanciful snacks (last year’s treats included glow-in-the-dark cotton candy). Before the festival opens, families can also swing by Baltimore’s National Aquarium. Home to 20,000 animals—including Calypso, a 500-pound green sea turtle—the aquarium will offer scavenger hunts and themed activities tying light to the aquatic world. Along with exploring the Blacktip Reef and watching flicks at the 4-D Immer-

sion Theater, guests can visit the Living Seashore, two touchpools with species native to the Mid-Atlantic. Although Light City’s epicenter is in the Inner Harbor, its Neighborhood Lights initiative involves surrounding neighborhoods that are creating an immersive community arts program and illuminated public project. Each of the eight neighborhoods—from Hampden to Station North—will feature a light installation reflecting its unique character. In Little Italy, you’ll find Kaiser Permanente’s “The Sweetness of Doing Nothing,” a canopy and fountain crafted from recycled water bottles. The neighborhood will also have a lantern-making workshop where participants repurpose recyclable materials into a canopy across High Street. The innovation at Light City doesn’t stop with the art—it also highlights creative cuisine and drinks. Along the BGE Light Art Walk, the festival will serve Asian

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Follow an American hero’s footsteps through history.

But I was free, and they should be free. —Harriet Tubman

Historic towns. Coastal wilderness. Stunning landscapes. Come explore along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway—starting at the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, opening March 11, 2017. For a Scenic Byways guide, call 800-863-2053 or go to VisitMaryland.org. MM17-493828MD

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street food, with contributions from local restaurateurs like Phil Han. Other eats include empanadas, Baltimore barbecue, and organic falafel, as well as a sustainable seafood concept with oysters and a dessert bar. At Light City’s eight bars, you’ll find local beers like Union Craft Brewing’s Blackwing lager, and a signature cocktail created at a local competition with the festival’s official spirit—Sagamore Spirit Rye. Throughout the city, businesses and restaurants—including Fell’s Point Main Street—are illuminating their buildings to promote the “Brilliant Baltimore” initiative. Located in Fell’s Point, Max’s Taphouse has been the go-to spot for suds for 30 years. This watering hole boasts a bevy of brews—102 beers on draft and more than 2,000 bottled options, to be exact. The knowledgeable staff, some of whom have been at Max’s for decades, is always happy to make recommendations. For a convenient—and picturesque—way to travel the city’s

waterfront neighborhoods, step aboard the newly redesigned Baltimore Water Taxi. BWT will offer extended hours during Light City, with service running until the end of each night’s programming. And with 17 landings, it can connect you to everywhere from Harbor Place to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. To see Light City from a different vantage point, book Monumental Helicopters’ “City Lights” tour. The night flight soars over the city, offering aerial views of the illuminated Inner Harbor. Monumental Helicopters also hosts daytime tours that highlight views of Fort McHenry, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and M&T Bank Stadium. Tours are private, accommodate up to three passengers, and last 25–50 minutes. With electric works of art, a packed schedule, and delicious fare, Light City offers endless entertainment and juxtaposes the city’s history with its focus on innovation.

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There’s a reason Zagat named Baltimore the No. 2 Food City in the U.S. The city’s culinary scene has transformed into a mustvisit foodie destination with chef-driven restaurant concepts, a thriving craft beer and spirits scene, and artisanal food halls popping up throughout its eclectic neighborhoods. Come see what everyone’s talking about.

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The art installations at Light City aren’t the only eye-catching things in Baltimore. Here’s where you can taste the freshest seafood, sip local brews, see intrepid exhibits, and sleep in style during your stay.

SIP

For an insider perspective, spend the day with City Brew Tours Baltimore. Sample your way through local craft breweries like Waverly Brewing Co. and Brew House 16, and learn the process behind Baltimore’s favorite beers. You’ll also have the chance to nosh on sliders and house-made

pretzel sticks thanks to a lunch or dinner pairing. Choose from a preselected public brewery tour, or craft your own private tour. If you’re in the mood for mixed drinks, swing by Sugarvale, a modern cocktail bar that’s located in Mount Vernon, the city’s historic

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Sip suds with City Brew Tours, eat crab cakes at Jimmy’s, and go Greek at Ouzo Bay.

arts district. Wine lovers should make their way to Fell’s Point and slip into the atmospheric V-NO Wine Bar & Shop.

SAVOR

No trip to Maryland is complete without a taste of the state’s iconic dish—crab. A Charm City staple since 1974, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood serves up fresh fish, tender steaks, and—of course—their famous crab cakes. This family-owned and -operated restaurant is a Food Network darling, and has been mentioned on

Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins, as well as Ginormous Food. If you fall in love during your visit, don’t worry: You can order online and have the cakes shipped anywhere in the U.S. For other dinner destinations, don’t miss Atlas Restaurant Group’s three properties in Harbor East. Ouzo Bay serves up classic Greek fare—think spanakopita and lamb meatballs—and a variety of freshly caught seafood. For harbor views and half-shells, head to Loch Bar, where you can enjoy the well-rounded, extensive whiskey list. Craving

sushi? Azumi flies in fish from Japan to create its inventive entrees. Opt for the tasting menu to try the restaurant’s signature dishes.

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Baltimore boasts an impressive array of museums with equally impressive collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art and its 95,000 works. Along with two sculpture gardens that cover nearly three acres, the museum features the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse. The Cone Collec-

Get closer. Experience the magic of the Aquarium and Light City Baltimore—a celebration of art, music and innovation—when you visit between March 31 and April 8.

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tion, which features the 500 Matisse masterpieces, also touts paintings by visionaries like Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. To bring art home with you, check out the museum’s annual Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, held April 1–2. Focusing on African-American history and culture, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a Baltimore gem. During Light City, its Red Wall of Freedom, symbolizing triumph over adversity, will be illuminated. Don’t miss the museum’s 2,000 jazz records or its “Now, That’s Cool!” exhibit, which highlights recent additions to the permanent collection. The 40-plus new objects include a signed photograph of Frederick Douglass and an 1802 notice for two runaway slaves from Frederick County, Maryland.

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Along with Light City, there are plenty of other exciting entries to make on your itinerary.

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The Port of Baltimore’s Cruise Maryland Terminal is home to Carnival Cruise Line’s Pride and Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas, offering yearround cruises. The cruise terminal is known for its award-winning customer service. Come for the cruise and stay for the experience. Hosted by the Maryland Office of Tourism and Maryland Winer-

Clockwise from L: Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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ies Association, Wines of March is also happening throughout the state all month. Vineyards and wineries showcase their finest vintages, while restaurants offer themed events, culinary pairings, and special deals. If you’re in town on March 12, make your way to the Washington Monument at 2 p.m. to be part of a 50-year Baltimore tradition: the St. Patrick Parade. Dive deeper into history with a day trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A beautiful two-hour drive to Cambridge takes you to the 17acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, which will celebrate its grand opening March 11–12. The state park provides visitors with the chance to learn about Tubman’s early life and her role in the Underground Railroad. Style-savvy visitors can upgrade their wardrobe at Gian Marco Menswear. The high-end North Charles Street boutique, co-owned by Marc Sklar and John Massey, has been outfitting patrons with quality looks since 1990. The haberdashery is the best spot to purchase perfectly tailored suits, handmade leather shoes, and merino wool coats based on the latest European fashions. Get lucky at Maryland Live! Located 10 minutes from BWI, Live! Casino & Hotel is open 24/7 and features over 200 live action tables and approximately 4,000 slot machines. It also offers nine world-class dining outlets, including The Prime Rib, the No. 1 Zagat-rated steakhouse, and entertainment at Live! Center Stage. Plan your next visit when the 17-story luxury Live! Hotel, featuring 310 guest rooms, opens in early 2018.

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An hour outside of the city, MGM National Harbor offers an actionpacked option. You might not expect a 24-story spot with more than 125,000 feet of gaming to be known for its conservatory, but the resort’s glass-domed atrium has helped it become the second-most Instagrammed place in Maryland. Adding to the social buzz, these accommodations boast a luxurious spa and salon, a notable public art collection, and several celebrated restaurants run by chefs like José Andrés and Marcus Samuelsson. After testing the odds at the blackjack tables, retreat to one of the

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For a picturesque dining experience, try Chart House, where you can pair your crab cakes with views of Chesapeake Bay.

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Step into the past with a walk through Historic London Town and Gardens, a historic colonial town complete with charming 18th-century brick homes. History buffs should also carve out time for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, while movie lovers can catch documentaries, short films, and more at the Annapolis Film Festival, March 30–April 2.

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Landlubbers can drop their bags in the heart of downtown at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Rather be on the water? Sleep aboard the Schooner Woodwind for a boat and breakfast experience.

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Pueden usarse en ocasiones dentro del avión We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines. Want to photograph and/or record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Let them know first! The use of cameras and mobile devices is permitted onboard to capture personal events but can never interfere with the safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy. Entendemos que es posible que desees documentar tu viaje en Southwest Airlines. ¿Quieres fotografiar y / o grabar Clientes o Empleados de Southwest Airlines? ¡Hazles saber primero! El uso de cámaras y dispositivos móviles se permite a bordo para capturar eventos personales, pero nunca debe interferir con la seguridad de un vuelo y siempre debe respetar la privacidad de los demás.

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NEXT FLIGHT

GET THE WORM

FAMILY TR AVEL

BIN WIN

PL AN AHEAD

POWER UP

SNACK PACK

Save time with EarlyBird CheckIn® ($15 one way**). We automatically check you in and assign your boarding position.

An adult traveling with a child 6 years old or younger may board before the B group begins boarding.

If you bring a carryon, stow it wheels-out so we can get wheels-up.

Last off the plane? Next time, ask about Upgraded Boarding*** at your departure gate.

Before you board, charge your devices in the gate area.

We serve complimentary snacks, but feel free to bring your own food.

* Business Select® Customers receive a free premium drink on the day of travel. ** Price is subject to change. *** Upgrades from Wanna Get Away fares® are $30 or $40 depending on your itinerary. Based on availability and prices subject to change.

Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión

Never Permitted Nunca pueden

Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos

Devices capable of transmitting data, unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos los dispositivos con capacidad para transmitir datos, excepto que se especifique lo contrario.

CREW INTERFERENCE

Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.

implantados también son permitidos.

Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos

Pacemakers Marcapasos

Noise-Canceling Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido

Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos Electric Shavers Rastrillo eléctrico DISABILITY ASSISTANCE

Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar.

CARRYON BAGGAGE

Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal. LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT?

Visit the Customer Service page on Southwest. com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.

usarse dentro del avión

PETS

All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to

Two-Way Radios (WalkieTalkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies) Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices Cigarrillos electrónicos y dispositivos para fumar anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona.

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/FM Remote-Controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone PERSONAL DEVICES

Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.

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Products and Services

Need a hand? Southwest can help you when ... ... you’re dreaming of warmer weather. No matter what you have in mind, Southwest Vacations® can help you take the trip of a lifetime this summer. Save up to $100* on air + hotel packages of $1,000 or more with promo code SUMMERTIME. Southwestvacations.com

... YOU WANT MORE VALUE FROM YOUR VACATION.

Bundle and Save Southwest Vacations makes bundling your air + hotel packages easy on you—and on your wallet. Don’t forget to add trip insurance so you can plan with peace of mind.

Phone a Friend Southwest Vacations’ 24/7 traveler assistance line is ready to answer questions or assist you, no matter the time.

Add On Adventure Southwest Vacations lets you add on activities, from snorkeling in Montego Bay to exploring Mayan ruins in Cancun.

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... you want to stay in the loop. Follow @SouthwestAir on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see what we’re up to. And if you notice something worth sharing, tell us by using #SouthwestHeart.

... you’re flying on company time. CHANGE OF PL ANS? Don’t stress. Business Select® offers the most flexibility of any fare. Southwest.com/ businessselect TIRED OF WAITING?

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASTRAKAN IMAGES/OFFSET

Business Select® Passengers can bypass long lines with our Fly By® priority check-in and security lanes. READY FOR A TRIP? Make your travel plans using SWABIZ, Southwest’s free online corporate booking tool. Southwest.com/ corporatetravel * Valid on air/hotel packages to all Mexican and Caribbean Southwest destinations, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and all Florida and California Southwest destinations for bookings made March 3–31, 2017, for travel June 1–Aug. 31, 2017. Save up to $100 on any air/hotel vacation package of $1,000 or more.

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Rapid Rewards

Freddie Ready

We think Rapid Rewards® is the best loyalty program around, and we have the awards to prove it. No blackout dates. No hidden fees. Just “yes” to rewards you can actually use. Every year, the Freddie Awards honor the top airline and hotel loyalty programs. This year, we’re nominated in six categories, including Program of the Year and Best Customer Service—both of which we won in 2016. Cast your vote at freddieawards.com through March 31, and look for the winners in April.

ENROLL NOW! Not a member? Sign up on this flight at Southwest.com/enroll.

Earn Points Fast with These Exclusive Credit Card Benefits:

Hotels

Paint the town red, then turn in at your favorite hotel and earn up to 10,000 Rapid Rewards® points per night.† Book now at Southwesthotels.com in partnership with booking.com.

• 2X points on Southwest® and Rapid Rewards® partner purchases • 1X point on all other purchases • Bonus points on your Cardmember anniversary • Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, rental cars, access to exclusive events, and more Visit Southwest.com/inflight to learn more. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa Credit Cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. Accounts subject to credit approval. Restrictions and limitations apply. Offer subject to change. See Southwest.com/ inflight for pricing and rewards details. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. Earn from 1,000 to 10,000 points per night for every hotel stay booked through Rocketmiles. Visit rocketmiles.com/southwest to book now.

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The Rapid Rewards® Credit Card

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Which Status Will You Earn? A-LIST

A-LIST PREFERRED

COMPANION PASS

• 25 percent pointearning bonus • Fly By® priority checkin and security lane access (where available) • Dedicated phone line to answer any questions Southwest.com/ALstatus

• All the perks of being an A-Lister • Free inflight WiFi (where available) • 100 percent pointearning bonus Southwest.com/ALPstatus

Every time you purchase a flight or redeem points for a flight, Companion Pass lets you choose one person to fly free* with you for an entire calendar year. Southwest.com/CPstatus

All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. * Does not include taxes and fees from $5.60 one-way. Visit Southwest.com/ rrterms for a complete list of Companion Pass rules. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.

Rental Cars

Speed up the earning with your next car rental. Earn 600 points per qualifying rental.† Visit Southwest.com/car-rentals to book now.

† Hotels and Rental Cars: Potential to earn additional

Make your points go further.

Shop, Dine, and More

From haute couture to haute cuisine, you can earn hundreds of Rapid Rewards points with every dollar you spend.

Earn 3 points per $1 spent. Join Rapid Rewards Dining for free today at rapidrewardsdining.com.

Rapid Rewards Members can earn 1,000 points on an order of $29.99 or more. Visit 1800flowers.com/rapidrewards.

Earn Rapid Rewards points for shopping at hundreds of your favorite online retailers. Visit rrshopping.southwest. com to learn more.

Earn 2,000 Rapid Rewards bonus points when you join the 4 Seasons wine club—plus 3 complimentary bottles. Learn more at laithwaiteswine.com/ southwest.

Close to a reward flight but need a few more points? You can buy points for yourself, give them as a gift, or transfer points from your Rapid Rewards account to another Member—all from one location. Visit Southwest. com/pointscenter to get started.

points depending on applicable promotion. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. ©2017 Southwest Airlines Co.

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Go International

Insider’s Punta Cana Southwest serves 14 international destinations,

including Punta Cana. Twenty miles of white-sand beaches line this lively Dominican spot.

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SCAPE PARK Located in Cap Cana Resort, this park is packed with exciting excursions. Thrill seekers, don’t miss the zipline or the chance to explore the flora and fauna via mountain bike. You can also travel trails on horseback and visit Hoyo Azul, a hidden cenote with stunning vistas.

Boarding, Customs, and Immigration CONNECTING TO AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

• Go directly to the Southwest departure gate. • Checked bags will be transferred automatically. • You should not have to leave the secure part of the airport.

CONNECTING FROM AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

• Depending on point of departure, Customers may have to clear U.S. Immigration before collecting checked baggage from the baggage carousel.

• You will then proceed through customs to clear checked and carryon baggage. • Customers traveling from some countries go through the customs process before returning to the United States. • If you have checked baggage, proceed to the Southwest recheck desk or ticket counter to check your bags for the final portion of your trip. • Customers traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight may carry liquids in carryon

baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in secure, tamperevident bags. • Proceed to your departure gate. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, you must obtain one at the ticket counter or at kiosks near the Southwest recheck desk before proceeding to your gate.

U.S. CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM*

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) bound for the U.S. How to complete this form: • Complete before arrival in the U.S. • Write in English, in capital letters. • Be sure to include the street name and number, city, and state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF TOURISM (SCAPE PARK) AND PUNTACANA RESORT & CLUB (TORTUGA BAY)

 DO IT ALL Scape Park is located just 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.

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CHOCOMUSEO

Two-hour workshops teach guests to turn local cacao beans into chocolate treats. Afterward, indulge your sweet tooth with decadent drinks and desserts.

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2 PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRENT LANZ/STOCKSY UNITED (BOAT) AND MICHAEL PIAZZA/OFFSET (CACAO)

FUN IN THE SUN No matter which stretch of sand you choose—from Playa Bavaro to Macao Beach—you’re guaranteed beautiful views. If you opt for Juanillo Beach, cool off with a drink at Little John, a beachfront restaurant.

• • • •

and your final destination country. Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. Please read both sides of the declaration. Sign at the “X.”

MEXICAN CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same

address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form. MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) who are not citizens of Mexico, on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and

TORTUGA BAY Located within Puntacana Resort & Club, this retreat offers horseback rides on the beach and 13 Oscar de la Renta–designed villas.

sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form. • Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form, which serves as your visa while in

Mexico. It must be surrendered at time of checkin for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.

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Inflight Entertainment

Getting Connected

To connect to our entertainment portal using your iOS device, Android™ device, or Mac or PC laptop, follow the instructions below.

IOS

Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the WiFi icon.

Tap the On/Off button and turn WiFi On.

Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Tap the Safari icon.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

ANDROID

Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the WiFi icon.

Tap the On/Off button and turn WiFi On.

Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Tap the Internet icon.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

LAPTOPS

Click the WiFi icon.

Select SouthwestWiFi from the list of WiFi networks by clicking on it and confirm connection.

Open your preferred Web browser.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

 FREE LIVE TV! Don’t miss a minute of your favorite shows. Our entertainment portal offers a variety of live channels—including ESPN and the Disney Channel—for you to choose from.* Android is a product of Google Inc. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. * Limited time. Where available.

MORE INFORMATION:

• Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from

destinations outside the contiguous U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free AirTime Player app.

• Pricing information can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide a top-notch WiFi experience, we prohibit access to certain high-bandwidth

applications and websites, including YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go, and VoIP applications such as Skype and FaceTime. We also prohibit access to certain obscene or offensive content.

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Beverages

St Roc Sparkling  Wine ’ break out the IT S TIME TO

bubbly and raise a glass to the latest refreshing addition to Southwest’s beverage menu. This brut sparkling wine is the perfect drink of choice when you’re looking to celebrate in the skies, whether you’re beginning a vacation or closing another successful business trip. Cheers!

THIS ONE’S ON US Business Select® Customers receive a free premium drink on the day of travel.

COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES

• • • • • • • • • • • • •

Coca-Cola® Coke Zero™ Diet Coke® Sprite® Sprite Zero™ Dr Pepper® Diet Dr Pepper® Seagram’s® Ginger Ale Seagram’s® Tonic Water Seagram’s® Seltzer Water Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix Mr & Mrs T® Margarita Mix Tomato Juice

• Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Community® coffee* • Community® decaf instant coffee* • Community® tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water

* Regular and hazelnut creamer available

LIQUOR $5

• • • • •

Dewar’s® Scotch Jack Daniel’s® Wild Turkey® Tanqueray® Gin Bacardi® Rum

BEER $5

• Bud Light® • Miller Lite® • Dos Equis® Special Lager • Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale • Fat Tire®

• Baileys® Irish Cream • Finlandia® Vodka • Sauza® Gold Tequila WINE $5

• Hacienda Chardonnay • Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon • St Roc Sparkling Wine

You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap.

Valid Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select® drink coupons are valid for same-day use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor. RECYCLING

We’re happy to take care of any recyclable items, including plastic bottles, coffee cups, newspapers, and food containers.

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Route Map

Your Destination Awaits

Planning your next getaway? Choose from more than 100 destinations— including our international cities. It’s a snap at Southwest.com. PACIFIC TIME MOUNTAIN TIME

SEATTLE/TACOMA

CENTRAL TIME

SPOKANE

PORTLAND

BOISE

MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL

GRAND RAPIDS MILWAUKEE

RENO/TAHOE

DES MOINES

SALT LAKE CITY

SACRAMENTO

CHICAGO (MIDWAY)

OAKLAND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) SAN JOSE

OMAHA INDIANAPOLIS DENVER KANSAS CITY

ST. LOUIS

LAS VEGAS

LOUISVILLE

WICHITA

YOU’RE ON BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX) YOUR WAY LONG BEACH You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest destinations. Travel to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario, Galveston via Houston, and more. Service between some cities/airports is not offered. * Service to Cincinnati and Grand Cayman begins June 4, 2017.

ONTARIO

ALBUQUERQUE

ORANGE COUNTY

NASHVILLE TULSA

AMARILLO

SAN DIEGO

OKLAHOMA CITY PHOENIX

LITTLE ROCK

LUBBOCK

TUCSON

MEMPHIS

BIRMINGHAM DALLAS (LOVE FIELD)

EL PASO

MIDLAND/ODESSA PENSACOLA AUSTIN HOUSTON (HOBBY)

PANAMA CIT

NEW ORLEANS

SAN ANTONIO CORPUS CHRISTI

FT. MYERS/N

HARLINGEN/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS

CANCÚ CANC ÚN PUERTO VALLARTA

SAN ANTONIO

Founded in 1720 and completed in 1782, Mission San José is the largest of the city’s five missions and is still an active parish.

MEXICO CITY BELIZE CITY

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BEST RESORTS. BEST REWARDS.

ST. LOUIS

With a history dating back to 1929, The Fabulous Fox Theatre has long been a go-to spot for entertainment.

EASTERN TIME ATLANTIC TIME PORTLAND MANCHESTER ALBANY

ROCHESTER FLINT DETROIT

BUFFALO/ NIAGARA FALLS

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CLEVELAND AKRON/ CANTON

BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI)

COLUMBUS DAYTON

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL)

CINCINNATI*

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RALEIGH/DURHAM

CHARLESTON

ATLANTA

PENSACOLA PANAMA CITY BEACH

BALTIMORE

JACKSONVILLE ORLANDO

TAMPA FT. MYERS/NAPLES

WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE (MIAMI AREA)

The Ivy Hotel packs plenty of charm into its 18 rooms and suites. Visit the library or stroll through the courtyard.

NASSAU

VARADERO SANTA CLARA

HAVANA

SAN JUAN PUNTA CANA

GRAND CAYMAN* MONTEGO BAY

BELIZE CITY

ARUBA

LIBERIA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY YINYANG/ISTOCK (MISSION SAN JOSE), DAN DONOVAN/COURTESY OF FABULOUS FOX THEATRE, COURTESY OF THE IVY HOTEL

CHARLOTTE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG

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See Taraji in new episodes of Empire, beginning March 22.

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