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What Keeps a Veteran Musician Traveling After Decades in the Spotlight?

At an age when plenty of musicians are calling it a day from touring, what prompted one musician to double down on both their touring and their forays into live music, period? That’s a question at the heart of a new Washington Post profile of musician and actor John Davidson. (Who, it should be noted, should not be confused with the retired hockey player of the same name.)
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One Swiss City Is Giving Its Art Scene a Major Boost

At what point does a country become an art-world destination? Switzerland is already on the map when it comes to contemporary art as a result of Art Basel, but its reputation might be heightening even more in the months and years to come. That’s one of the big takeaways from a new article in ARTnews, which discusses the ways in which a trio of art institutions have converged into one especially notable arts district.
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Environmental Questions Surround Abandoned California Gold Mine

In 1956, the Idaho-Maryland gold mine in California closed its doors for the last time. The site stood abandoned for many years — a status quo that benefitted the local environment. Now, as detailed by an article by Hailey Branson-Potts at the Los Angeles Times, the mine has a new owner who’s looking to reopen it. And, as you might expect, that’s led to more than a little controversy.
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How Falcons Improved Tourism at the Jersey Shore

At their best, birds can transform an outdoor space into something transcendent — there’s nothing quite like the sound of birdsong to make a yard or park sound that much more lively. Sometimes, however, the behavior of bird can make a big difference — there is, after all, a reason that the phrase “pigeon mitigation” comes up in various public works projects. (It would also make for an amazing metal band name, in my opinion.)
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Neal Schon’s Pandemic Hobby? Buying Dozens of Guitars.

In recent years, there’s been a trend of famous guitarists selling off some or all of their collections. David Gilmour did just that a few years ago, with proceeds from the sale going to charities dealing with climate change. Last summer, word came that Journey guitarist Neal Schon was also selling off 112 of his guitars — which, at the time, he said was to clear space “for some new arrivals.”
ENTERTAINMENT

Brilliant Blenders, Filson x Birdwell Britches and an Auto-Inspired Whiskey

Nota bene: If you buy through the links in this article, InsideHook may earn a small share of the profits. Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of it. Today: Nutribullet releases a bevy of colorful blitzers, FEW spirits and BRMC team up for a “Motor Oil” whiskey and a teched-out trunk from Filson and Birdwell.
LIFESTYLE

Ford Is Making a Big Change to the Way You Lease an EV

For many a driver, leasing a vehicle rather than buying it outright can be appealing. The fact that most automakers let you purchase a vehicle once your lease is up adds another wrinkle into the proceedings — but if you’ve fallen in love with a particular car or truck, it makes sense to have that as an option. You get to keep the vehicle you’ve gotten used to, the car manufacturer gets a significant amount of money — it’s a win-win for everyone.
CARS

Paolo Gucci’s Collaboration With Jaguar Withdrawn From Auction

Several decades ago, an automotive collaboration between a storied luxury marque and one of the biggest names in fashion didn’t quite materialize, leading to the production of just a single vehicle. The parties involved were Jaguar and Paolo Gucci (in other words, the member of the family recently played by Jared Leto onscreen) — and the result of their work was slated to be auctioned off this week.
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A Mystery Illness Is Targeting Tourists at the Grand Canyon

It’s not COVID-19, and it’s not monkeypox, either. So why are hundreds of tourists suddenly getting sick while visiting the Grand Canyon?. According to a new report from The Daily Beast, the park is currently in the throes of an outbreak of a “gastrointestinal illness that closely resembles norovirus,” which, for the uninitiated, is a disease that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, body aches and mild fever. It’s also highly contagious — you can get it by having direct contact with an infected person, consuming contaminated food or water or touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth, per the CDC — and anyone can get it.
PUBLIC HEALTH

Oh Great, Super Gonorrhea Is a Thing Now

During my last STI scare, I found myself actively rooting for it to be chlamydia, not gonorrhea. This would have been a pretty negligible difference, logistically speaking. Two of the most common STIs, chlamydia and gonorrhea are relatively similar infections. You test for them the same way, they present similarly (when they do at all) and they’re usually treated the same way (a round of antibiotics should do the trick). The only reason I would have preferred a chlamydia diagnosis over a gonorrhea one is because I think chlamydia sounds better. Like, not “sounds better” as in sounds less shameful or any such sex-shamey nonsense, but literally sounds better. “Gonorrhea” is just kind of an ugly word and also it sounds like “diarrhea.” “Chlamydia,” on the other hand, really rolls off the tongue and I think it would be a beautiful name for a child or maybe a pet hamster.
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7 Slam Dunk Deals From the Jordan Flight Fest Sale

Nota bene: If you buy through the links in this article, InsideHook may earn a small share of the profits. The Jordan Flight Fest Sale is coming in hot, with 20% off hundreds of Jordan brand items with a Nike membership (just a click and an email sign-up away) and code FLIGHT20. The all-star sale is only around for a second — it expires at 7:00 PM on June 25 — so hurry up and get your shot off (see: cop a bunch of Jordan gear) before the buzzer beats you. We’ve even got you with the assist; below, seven poster-worthy steals and deals from the Jordan Flight Fest Sale that’ll GOAT-ify your wadrobe.
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Pappy & Company Is Hosting a Sale on Bourbon-Themed Home Goods

Let’s be honest: The only thing related to Pappy you can afford is…not whiskey. Pappy & Company is a whiskey-fueled lifestyle brand started in 2013 that crafts bourbon-inspired products, from barrel-aged pantry staples to small-batch cigars to assorted home goods. And right now, the company is offering discounts if you bundle these spirits-adjacent products together.
LIFESTYLE

Tyreek Hill Claims He Got Death Threats for Praising Tua Over Patrick Mahomes

One of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL claims he is under fire after saying his new quarterback’s popgun arm is more accurate that his old QB’s Howitzer. Tyreek Hill, who was dealt from the Chiefs to the Dolphins for a haul of draft picks including a first- and a second-round selection, took the shot at his old quarterback Patrick Mahomes on his new It Needed To Be Said podcast. Speaking to his co-host Julius Collins, Hill said he felt Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was a more accurate passer than Mahomes, a Super Bowl winner and former league MVP. “Obviously, like I’m gonna go with 15 as the strongest arm but as far as accuracy-wise, I’m going with Tua all day,” Hill said on the first episode of his podcast.
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Keeper’s Heart Is an Ideal Marriage of Irish Whiskey and Bourbon

What we’re drinking: Keeper’s Heart Irish + Bourbon Whiskey. Where it’s from: The O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. in Minneapolis, where the liquid is overseen by Master Distiller Brian Nation (formerly of Jameson) in collaboration with David Perkins (founder of High West Distillery). Their initial releases under the Keeper’s Heart name are an attempt to combine Irish and American distilling traditions.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Photographer Vashon Jordan Jr. Chooses 6 Images That Define Chicago

Chicago photographer Vashon Jordan Jr. was born to document the city he loves. He started snapping images as an adolescent growing up in West Pullman, using a disposable camera and training his eye to recognize authenticity and stories within those images. By the time he was in high school, he had built a social media following from his city snaps. In college, he became the first photography intern for the Chicago Public Schools.
CHICAGO, IL

Windham Is About to Become the Ultimate Upstate Getaway of the Summer

Located in the Northern Catskills, Windham has long been a destination for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts unfazed by freezing temperatures and an overabundance of snow. Thanks to its wealth of lodging options and trails, it’s become known as “the gem of the Catskills.” It’s scenic, family-friendly and highly accessible — the American Alps, if you will.
WINDHAM, NY