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COMMUNIT Y Spotlights Jim Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosiland Brooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Ganesha Center Five Physical Senses Bring Mindfulness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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C U LT U R E The Smith Center Carillon Bells The Sound of a Dream Coming True . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Kevin Cardiff Mak ing Music by Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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DESIGN Water Smar t Landscapes Where Beauty Makes Cents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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F L AV O R Ser ving the Senses Coffee Cafés to Call Your Own . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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THE BLVDS TEAM The rain is coming down lightly as I walk down the path to my gazebo to enjoy yet another summer storm. I love the big puff y thunderclouds that we get here in the summer, the crisp buzz of the cicadas singing in the trees, the momentary relief from the heat. I remember to stop and take a moment to see what shapes I can make out in the clouds. Do I see an elephant? A dolphin? A dog? The smell of rain in the desert is one of my favorite scents. You can smell everything better after a good rain. In this issue called Come to your Senses, we will be sharing some of the Valley’s sensory experiences with you. You’ll meet individuals whose passions embrace taste, touch and sound. We’ll take you to the new Smith Center as they prepare to ring out a symphony of sound from their very own carillon bell tower. Have you been to the new Tivoli Village yet? Built out of marble and stone, it has a rich patina reminiscent of the cities and town of old Europe that will give you an historical sense of space and place. In the evening you can enjoy the bustling streets and colorful lights as you shop or enjoy an evening out at their wide array of restaurants. Our neighborhoods have seen a recent surge in independent coff ee shops, all wonderfully unique in their off erings. One of my new favorites is Sambalatte. I love ordering a latte and enjoying not just an incredible cup of coff ee, but a little piece of art in the designs they craft into the foam.

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blvds communit y the local spotlight ARTICLES Spotlights Jim Stanford Creating A Place To Quiet Minds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Rosiland Brooks Growing a Garden, Growing Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ganesha Center Five Physical Senses Bring Mindfulness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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CREATING A PLACE TO QUIET MINDS Las Vegas can be pure sensory overload. Not just the shimmering lights and jangling slot machines of the Strip. Even the stop-and-go traffic, strip malls, and sunshine of suburbia can be enough to stimulate an overwhelming desire for inner peace. What if there were a place where the sights and sounds of the city could be left behind? Thanks to the tourists who buy shot glasses and ashtrays, there is. Born-and-raised Las Vegan Jim Stanford began his own search for inner peace as a teenager. His parents, who moved to Las Vegas in 1936, “were Christians. They were true humanitarians. They helped people. My father was the first president of YMCA in Las Vegas. They showed me that love was the most important thing,” he recounts. But Stanford, a self-described hippie, yearned for different answers to his spiritual questions. As a student at UNLV, Stanford found a likeminded group and began his practice of Zen. A former chair of the Las Vegas Arts Commission, gallery owner, and supporter of the community’s visual arts scene, Stanford received his B.F.A. from UNLV and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington. After graduate school, he returned to Las Vegas and worked and taught at UNLV and CSN. During that time he also did a stint as a casino dealer, during which he discovered the act of dealing blackjack could be meditation in itself. “What a wonderful Zen meditation dealing 21 is. You have to be in the moment and you have to deal with one thing at a time. If you let your mind go ahead, you’re lost. If you react to people, you’re lost. That was a big lesson,” he says.

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Along with his wife, Stanford owns Bonanza Gifts, “The World’s Largest Gift Shop,” (hence the shot glasses and ashtrays). Because of that financial success, he is able to offer his monetary support to help others with their own practice at The Zen Center of Las Vegas. With a schedule including daily meditation practice, weekly yoga, “What a wonderful Zen meditation dealing 21 chi gung classes and monthly lectures, the is. You have to be in the moment and you have center is a welcoming to deal with one thing at a time. If you let your place for beginning mind go ahead, you’re lost. If you react to people, Zen practitioners. The facilities include winding you’re lost. That was a big lesson.” paths surrounded by rustling bamboo for Why do you get out of bed every morning? walking meditation, Well, I get out of bed to continue on with a pond and a Dharma room for sitting this practice, learning. It’s exciting. I get up meditation practice. Stanford has been and I make art—I still want to make art. instrumental in the refurbishment and its design. “For two years I’ve been very occupied Where would you most like to travel? with this,” he says. I’ve always wanted to go to Asia, and I’ve never been to Asia. I’d like to go Korea; I’d Stanford hopes that his efforts have created like to go to Singapore, China, Japan. the right environment for others seeking a place to quiet their own busy minds. “That’s what this is all about. It’s one person’s attempt to give this community an opportunity to come and rest—to come and rest their weary minds, and weary thoughts, to give up thought entirely.” he explains.

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GROWING A GARDEN, GROWING COMMUNITY Rosiland Brooks is trotting across the property at 711 N. Tonopah Drive, chasing two billy goats out of the community garden. The fiveacre piece of dirt donated to her last year is slowly but surely turning from beige to green. Following a donation of property and water for a year from local businessman Frank Hawkins, Rosiland rented a U-Haul last March and started clearing the property, located on Tonapah just off Bonanza, in the center of town in a mostly industrial area. The garden she has created on the property consists of raised beds filled with soil and seed that will

produce seasonal fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, strawberries, eggplant, squash, chard, onions, garlic and peppers. Fifteen months into this project, she talks about how delighted she is with the progress and, at the same time, overwhelmed at what the future might bring. There is much to do to keep the garden going, and Rosiland spends most mornings picking the produce, planting new crops and performing the other myriad chores a garden of this magnitude requires. Afternoons are spent fundraising and friendraising.

There is much to do to keep the garden going, and Rosiland spends most mornings picking the produce, planting new crops and performing the other myriad chores a garden of this magnitude requires. Afternoons are spent fundraising and friendraising. Rosiland is a native Las Vegan and retired school teacher (she taught at Joe Mackey and Fitzgerald Elementary), who says that when she grew up there was nothing like this in the Valley. She wants the kids growing up here to know where their food is coming from and to be a part of the process.

are colorful illustrations on the walls from a local artist who design walls in honor of donors and supporters of the garden, along with other vibrant art, just to make it more visually fun. If the garden continues to grow at this pace, Rosiland believes she will be able to provide over 90 families a week with fresh produce. Besides the fruits and vegetables, the garden also has ten chickens, and fresh eggs are available. Her hopes for the garden are coming true. Southwest Gas recently donated a truck that will be very helpful for picking up compost and other donations, and other corporations are providing support by leasing small spaces for their employees to spend time and enjoy some camaraderie in the garden. Garden boxes are available for rent. If you’re looking for a project that you can see grow, come on out to the garden. And don’t forget your hat and your gloves! What’s for dinner? I will probably walk through the gardens and see what vegetables are ripe and then add some of our fresh herbs and make a stir fry. If you could only have one book to read which one would you take? I would take my Bible.

The five-acre community garden is divided into little raised beds where volunteers pull weeds and bring in the ripe produce. Rosiland points to a place farther out on the property where the walking path is going to go. There

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FIVE PHYSICAL SENSES BRING MINDFULNESS Now is your most powerful moment. Focus

“Daily activities such as meditation, walking,

“I’ve been researching and writing about

on what the senses are doing right now,

or yoga all can help.”

mindfulness—from a Western scientific

researchers say, and fear will release its grip on your thoughts. As with academic study and physical

Quiet yourself. When life moves so fast that you’re barely aware

exercise, you may need a coach to help

of your surroundings, stop what

you stay focused. To support the practice

you’re doing and engage in an

of mindfulness, staff members at Ganesha

action that relaxes you.

Center offer classes, consultations, and items that engage the senses. Quiet yourself. When life moves so fast that you’re barely aware of your surroundings, stop what you’re doing and engage in an action that relaxes you.

at Harvard University. “The findings are clear: increasing mindfulness results in improvements in health and well-being. We’ve even found that when we increase mindfulness, we increase longevity.” If you seek Ganesha Center’s assistance in

senses are telling you. Maybe the muscle

improving your well-being, you can practice

in your shoulder stops burning as it lets go

greater attentiveness before you even arrive

of tension. Or the mind’s eye stops seeing

there. In fact, you may need to; for some, the

what might happen when you meet a certain

site is difficult to find.

person; instead, the physical eye sees a tree outside, swaying in the wind. Long-

than it is about any particular practice,” says

term, conscious decompression of this kind

Steven Hickman, Psy.D. at the UCSD Center

delivers many benefits.

for Mindfulness.

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Langer, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry

Now that you’ve relaxed, notice what the

“Present-moment focus is more about intent

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perspective—for over 35 years,” says Ellen

“Several people have come here and said, ‘I don’t know why I’m here, but I need to be here,’ ” says Lee Papa, founder of Ganesha Center. “They find us because they’re meant to find us.”

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Intuitive newcomers use internal homing

center, a platform for seekers to come and

Papa’s business partner, Paul Isensee

mechanisms, she says, and discover a

get connected within themselves, whatever

welcomes you at the front desk. He greets

meditation and wellness center they

that is for them… the Divine, God, the

you again indirectly, in the center’s various

hadn’t known existed. By contrast, logical

Source, the Universe,” she says.

rooms, through his arrangements of artwork,

newcomers track street signs while driving

books, candles, flowers, glass beads, and teas.

along Warm Springs Road, looking for the

“This is a living center, a

blue and white sign that says “Longford

platform for seekers to come

Plaza East Office Park.”

and get connected within

senses, says Isensee. For hearing, try the

In the end, everyone arrives. Coming from

themselves, whatever that is

Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Bed. For taste,

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for them… the Divine, God, the Source, the Universe.” Now enter the center. Step from the hot, brightly lit outdoors into cool quietness.

Along with aromas and icons, Ganesha Center offers other stimuli for the

eat organic foods and drink Ayurvedic teas. For touch, you can opt for a Oneness Blessing or a Reiki Session, or join a Drum Circle. Some visitors also exchange hugs on the way out.

The calm space holds physical vehicles that

Papa calls these consultations “energy work”

Papa says she named her business for the

promote mindfulness. Statues of Ganesha

and “vibrational healing.” “Through energy

Hindu deity because of his mythological

and vials of essential oils attract your eyes.

work we get to the core of who we are,” she

ability to overcome obstacles, not because

Fragrant incenses and oils find their way into

says. “We become quieter, more connected

of any religious affiliation. “This is a living

your nostrils.

to our true life path.”

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“Studies show that the practice of

Without a conscious outlet, negative feelings

improves attention, helps with behavioral

mindfulness boosts the immune

and thoughts found physical expression—

change like sticking to a diet, exercising, or

through illness.

reducing unhealthy habits like smoking,” says

response, improves attention, helps with behavioral change like sticking to a diet, exercising,

Susan Smalley, Ph.D., Director at the UCLA

“Dis-ease,” as Papa calls it, took the form of low energy, sinus infections, stress, and other

Mindful Awareness Research Center.

painful experiences. Ultimately, she says,

“Most importantly, mindfulness reduces

or reducing unhealthy habits

a near-death incident put her fully in the

stress and increases one’s sense of overall

like smoking. Most importantly,

moment, where she needed to be.

happiness and well being in life.”

mindfulness reduces stress and

Perhaps not surprisingly, Papa says her


increases one’s sense of overall

physical health improved dramatically after

happiness and well being in life.”

she spent more time living in the moment. Her experience as a practitioner of Reiki—a relaxation technique that promotes healing—

successful energy work in progress. She

inspired Papa to open Ganesha Center.

describes her previous work as a real estate

Decades of empirical research echo Papa’s

agent as “very control-oriented,” making

own personal discovery, and point to a

Ganesha Center 3243 E. Warm Springs Road, Suite 105 Las Vegas, 89120 485.4985

lists, organizing, and planning.

positive link between mindful living and

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Papa says she learned the hard way the

good health.

importance of letting things come to her,

“Studies show that the practice of

rather than trying to force the outcome.

mindfulness boosts the immune response,

Papa cites her life as an example of

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ARTICLES The Smith Center Carillon Bells The Sound of a Dream Coming True . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Kevin Cardiff Making Music by Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Upcoming Events Check Out the BLVDS Events Calendar for Upcoming Local Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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THE SOUND OF A DREAM COMING TRUE The Smith Center for the Performing Arts,

that of the 47 others that supported the

world. The bells will chime on the hour during

a modern adaptation of art deco design in

bell fundraising campaign. But we’ll know

the day and before performances at The Smith

downtown Las Vegas, recently celebrated

it’s there, and when it rings, it will be playing

Center’s Reynolds Hall.

the arrival of a bell carillon, considered the

our tune.”

capstone of the Center’s five-acre campus

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“The carillon tower will be a civic

CEO of The Smith Center, “The carillon tower

development’s exterior.

icon, a place for the community to

will be a civic icon, a place for the community

A carillon is a musical instrument comprised

celebrate and share in jubilation

and signifying the completion of the

of a set of bells commonly housed in a

when we open in less than eight

freestanding tower or in a belfry of a church,

short months.”

university or other civic building. The bells are played by a carillonneur who controls the

Carillons are the heaviest of all existing

striking of the bells through a piano-like set of

musical instruments, and the Center’s bells

keys called a baton console.

are no exception, weighing in at over 29,500

The Smith Center carillon consists of 47 cast bronze bells that were placed into the Center’s 17-story tower this June. This four-octave concert carillon was purchased with the help of more than 32 Southern Nevada individuals, families, and businesses, who were able to witness their respective bell’s placement in the tower. Each bell is inscribed with the name of its donor. Said a representative of donor Kirvin Doak Communications, “. . . Once raised into the tower, no one will be able to see our name or

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pounds of cast bronze musicality. The bells were cast in the Netherlands and supplied by the Verdin Company, based in Ohio. Verdin has supplied cousins of The Smith Center’s bells to more than 35,000 installations worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institute, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Notre Dame, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the

to celebrate and share in jubilation when we open in less than eight short months.” The carillon bells will ring out from a sustainably-designed building. The Center expects to achieve Silver certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a nationwide standard for the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings. The Smith Center will be the only Silver LEED-certified performing arts center of its size, and will include such sustainable features as ample natural lighting, cuttingedge energy efficient windows, and waterconserving restroom fixtures.

Immaculate Conception, the World Peace Bell

The architecture and design of The Smith

and Walt Disney World.

Center revolve around the venue’s acoustical

Those in the downtown area will be able to hear melodies throughout the day, just as residents hear in other great cities around the

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the local spotlight COMMUNIT Y THIS PAGE: The bells arrive at The Smith Center carillon ©Geri Kodey Photography,

firm Akustiks to provide optimal sightlines

Center’s Broadway Las Vegas series, consisting

programming in Southern Nevada and the

and refined acoustics. As a result, performers

of a selection of full-length touring Broadway

most comprehensive education and outreach

and patrons will experience a new, intimate

performances, will start at $24 per ticket when

program for children and adults in the region.

connection both in sight and sound.

they go on sale in November. Programming will

“The quality of the Center’s acoustics will also significantly expand opportunities for our city to attract world-class orchestras that previously might not have come to Las

provide something for all tastes and budgets in order to offer artistic variety and complement the live entertainment options available on the Strip.

Vegas,” said Paul Beard, vice president and

“The quality of the Center’s

chief operating officer of The Smith Center.

acoustics will also significantly

“Acoustics is one standard of measurement which separates mediocre performance halls

expand opportunities for our city

from great ones, and for The Smith Center, we

to attract world-class orchestras

are striving to be one of the best.”

that previously might not have

It is the vision of The Smith Center to become

come to Las Vegas.”

The Smith Center hopes to be an aesthetic living room for the Las Vegas Valley, with the peal of bells calling our neighbors to come together in the spirit of arts, entertainment, and education.

The Smith Center 241 W. Charleston, Suite 111 Las Vegas 89102 982.7805

The Center is being built to serve our community

Thanks to our generous community, The Smith

The Smith Center Ticket Office 241 W. Charleston, Suite 155 Las Vegas, NV 89102 982.7805

and plans to set pricing for programs that

Center is well on its way to opening with all

will be comparable with other cities similar in

of its capital funding in place. This remarkable

size to Las Vegas. For example, prices for the

achievement will allow the Center to focus

the centerpiece for culture in Southern Nevada.

on delivering the best cultural and artistic

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Giacomo Puccini’s

Presents The Metropolitan Opera’s Maestro Gregory Buchalter Conducting with Metropolitan Opera Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs as Tosca Metropolitan Opera Baritone Daniel Sutin as Scarpia Metropolitan Opera Tenor Raúl Melo as Cavaradossi

For tickets, call 702-651-5483 Performance sung in Italian with English supertitles. Friday, September 9, 2011 at 7 p.m. with a pre-performance “Opera Talk” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 1 p.m. with a pre-performance “Opera Talk” at 12:30 p.m. Door prize: 2 season tickets to the Smith Center’s Broadway show series. Transportation to be provided from Sun City Anthem and Sun City Summerlin for a nominal fee.

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MAKING MUSIC BY HAND If Las Vegas with its dancing fountains, faux

as well as those of more contemporary makers

Completing his violins, Cardiff uses no power

sphinx, pirate ships and leaning buildings is

including Andrea Postacchini.

tools. He makes woodworking tools from

a magnificent non sequitur, then violinmaker Kevin Cardiff is part of that milieu, but one that

Each instrument is a labor of love,

scratch using file steel and a hand grinder. He makes his own varnish using linseed oil,

adds class to the kitsch.

affection immediately apparent

Cardiff is a repairer, restorer and maker of fine

as Cardiff takes one after another

that might approximate those of the Italians

violins, one of a handful in the country who

from the wire or from its case and

working from the 1600s to 1700s. And no super

creates from scratch this sublime, complicated

begins to play.

and beautiful musical instrument. Step into his

turpentine and Japanese dryer, formulas

glue. His glue is made from animal hides in the way it originally was made centuries ago.

tidy workshop tucked away in an everyman’s

They hang from a wire strung across the

Each instrument is a labor of love, affection

southwest Las Vegas home, and step back in

workshop. Cardiff has made each in the precise

immediately apparent as Cardiff takes

time more than three centuries to the golden

style and with hand tools and finishes similar

one after another from the wire or from

age of Italian violinmaking.

to those used by the world’s greatest violin

its case and begins to play. He describes

makers. No computer-aided design, no laser-

the differences in tone the way a master

directed cutters here—just metal templates

sommelier might describe variances in

made from the masters’ instruments.

taste and character of fine wines. They are

The instruments of the masters are there: Antonio Stradivari, Nicolo Amati, Guameri del Gesu, Andrea Guameri, and Giovanni Rogeri,

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and rubbed by hand again. In addition to the varnish, there may be three to four coats of French polish applied to give the instrument a spectacular luster. Getting the proper color can be tricky business. “Sometimes the wood does it to you rather than you doing it to the wood,” he said. When completed, a Cardiff violin will sell in the range of $13,000. (The record for a Stradivarius is $15.9 million for the “Lady Blunt” made in 1721 and auctioned June 20, 2011 in the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal.) At this spring’s, “Art of Sound,” a major international showing and sale of instruments in Omaha, Nebraska, a Cardiff was the first instrument to be sold from the collection of more than 150 fine violins and violas up for

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unnoticeable, but to Cardiff they are as huge

of an instrument’s soul as inanimate maple

as a neon-lighted entrance to a Strip property.

and spruce woods come alive under the

He began playing at age 10 and, following rigorous musical education—bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and

maker’s hands.

It is work that demands

sale. “It was great to know that I was in that class,” Cardiff said. Cardiff’s work is a balance between making instruments and repairing or restoring them. “If you’re lucky things even out.“ When he first

patience, precision and a deep

came to Las Vegas, he had 50 repair clients.

with distinction in the symphony orchestras of

understanding of an instrument’s

Now he has 150. Repairs take precedence, of

Rochester, Newhaven, and Baltimore.

soul as inanimate maple and

Then, he made his first violin in 1987. “I had

spruce woods come alive under

always had a side interest in violinmaking and

the maker’s hands.

a master’s degree from Yale University—played

repair,” he said noting that performance in a symphony orchestra “is not the dream job

It takes months for him to make an instrument.

that some people might think it is” with 100

Weeks are spent just carving the neck and top

performances typically scheduled during a

scroll from blocks of raw wood. Then the body

year’s time.

is formed and glued. Small, flat, sharp scrapers

He was taught and mentored over five years by Michael Weller, a preeminent East Coast violin restorer and maker. “I found I liked the work,” Cardiff said. It is work that demands patience, precision and a deep understanding

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are used to shape and smooth the wood. The scrapers are used in place of sandpaper which didn’t exist when violins were first developed.

course. “A violin can wait,” he said noting that the Art of Sound instrument was three years in the making. Rather than accept commissions to build a particular instrument, Cardiff has built one of each based on the Italian masters from his repertoire of templates, old woods and finishes. They wait for the right musician to come by and, in this most improbable city, acquire one of its most improbable products and give it voice.

Finish alone will likely take two months as the developing instrument is repeatedly stained, finished, then rubbed, then finished

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ARTICLES Water Smart Landscapes Where Beauty Makes Cents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Tivoli Village New Development Exudes Old-School Charm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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WHERE BEAUTY MAKES CENTS A trip last summer to the botanical gardens at

precious natural resource has paid off with

us on a tour of the gardens,” Cynthia Hughes

the Springs Preserve—and a chance meeting

their selection as the first winners of the

said. “It turns out that man was Linn Mills.”

with a well-known and respected master

Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA)

gardener—inspired Las Vegans James and

new Yard of the Month competition.

Cynthia Hughes to convert their once thirsty

She said Mills, a longtime local horticulturalist, provided them with invaluable advice on

“Saving water was the biggest factor in our

plants, trees and shrubs that would provide

decision to convert our landscape,” said James

color and beauty while saving water. The couple

A few months later, their hard work and

Hughes. “I get upset when I see businesses and

then returned home and scoured the Internet

concern for saving the community’s most

homes with a thin strip of grass and sprinklers

to learn more about various plant species.

landscape to a water-efficient oasis.

watering sidewalks.”

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“Cindy selected most of the plants,” James said.

When they decided to dig in and remove

“She found a ton online that she liked. We also

their grass as part of the SNWA’s Water Smart

planted some from seed.”

Landscapes (WSL) program, the couple visited the Springs Preserve to research plants that would work in a new landscaping. “We went there with our notebooks and we saw this gentleman sitting there, and he offered to take

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They hired landscape contractor DK Landscape and lead designer Pete Battisti, who completed the conversion last September. The result is a landscape filled with such droughttolerant plants as Agave, Spurge, Pink Lady

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foot rebate to qualifying businesses and

and Coral Fountain.

residents who convert lawns to water-efficient

Battisti spared many of the couple’s original and olives and oaks in the backyard, and incorporated them into the new landscaping. He also converted an area in the backyard where a trampoline once stood into a vegetable garden, where the couple grows

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during that span.

tomatoes, peppers, turnips, arugula and

“The month before we made

Here are some tips from

onions, among other produce section staples.

the conversion, our water bill

• Because our dry desert soil cannot absorb large amounts of water at one time, give your yard several shorter drinks of water to allow for maximum water absorption so the water stays in your yard and doesn’t flow down the street.

The front yard boasts an attractive riverbed feature, along with various drought-tolerant

was probably close to $300. A

grasses and flowering succulents.

month after we finished it, our

“A lot of people don’t realize how pretty

bill dropped to $60. And some of

xeriscaping can be,” Cynthia said.

them since have been about $30.”

In total, the couple converted more than

The SNWA recently launched the Yard of the

2,800 square feet of grass to water-efficient landscaping, keeping a small area of functional grass in their backyard for their two German Shepherds.

Month competition, recognizing visually appealing, functional landscapes that include a variety of water-efficient plants, trees and shrubs. Property owners may enter their own

James said it didn’t take long for the couple to

landscapes, or those of friends, neighbors, or

notice the new landscape’s positive effects on

even complete strangers, at

their monthly water bills. “The month before

Property owners who convert their landscapes

we made the conversion, our water bill was probably close to $300,” he said. “A month after we finished it, our bill dropped to $60.”

also may enter them into the SNWA’s annual Landscape Awards competition, which architects who have created water-smart

$30,” Cynthia said.

landscapes in Southern Nevada. Information is available at

enabled the community to save 41.4 billion

The SNWA is a regional agency that manages

gallons of water. The amount of grass

water conservation, water quality and

converted would cover more than 2,600

water resources. Member agencies are Big

regulation football fields, and would wrap

Bend Water District (Laughlin), the cities

around more than three-quarters of the earth’s

of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson

circumference as an 18-inch roll of sod.

and Boulder City, the Clark County Water

WSL provides up to a $1.50-per-square-

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recognizes residents, business and landscape

“And some of them since have been about

Launched in 1999, the WSL program has

architecture & style

trees, including large palms in the front yard

landscapes. It is one of several aggressive


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NEW DEVELOPMENT EXUDES OLD-SCHOOL CHARM Local developer Yohan Lowie is a doer, not a talker. The visionary behind Tivoli Village—a mixed-use development that evokes a centuries-old European neighborhood—says that his formal training came from the Israeli military, not art school. A capacity for disciplined vision made it possible for Lowie to look at the mouth of a wash, 65 feet deep and 300 feet wide, and see material sculpted by artists. Today the site combines new material, such as flexible steel, with old-school detail, such as intricate stonework newly created by 1,100 craftspeople. Near the intersection of Alta Drive and Rampart, visitors will find a stately fountain, now undergoing final touches. Lowie says that Baroque-era sculptor Bernini—creator of Rome’s Trevi Fountain—inspired him to design the fountain at Tivoli Village. Lowie looks to more temperate climates for ideas, but he has remembered that Tivoli Village is located in the Mojave Desert. Elsewhere on the property another fountain—a button-activated one—greets visitors to the Children’s Fountain and Play Area. Here, the details all fit together. As in the towns of Europe, eclectic architecture reigns at Tivoli Village. Over the centuries, European communities have accumulated a mix of building styles and materials. In a nod to this rich history, Tivoli Village incorporates elements from many eras—Egyptian, Byzantine, Renaissance, Baroque, and others. “Visiting Tivoli Village is like viewing a great film,” says Tonia Chafetz, manager of specialty retail and marketing for the property. “Every time you see it, you notice something new.” And in a city renowned for “more is more” sprawl and excess, a compact, walkable space offers true novelty. Tivoli Village 440 S. Rampart Las Vegas 89145 570.7400

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beignets, and turnovers. If you’re spending a lazy morning or afternoon here, don’t miss the homemade French crepe suzette with orange cream or a great croque monsieur on a country baguette. One of the newer additions to the area is

Walk inside. You hear the familiar coffee shop

to meet and talk and be human, Facebook in

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cacophony: the murmur of voices deep in

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at the former site of Bleu Gourmet. This

conversation, soft music, the bubbling and brewing sounds of baristas at work. You see people, tables and chairs, art on the walls, and colorful cuisine carefully created to tempt you. You smell rich coffee, something baking, something sweet.

our favorite neighborhood joint, and that’s probably why it’s so easy to become a regular once you’ve found a spot to call your own. It’s more than just a place to eat and drink. It’s a place to wake up and get ready for the day, and a place to relax and refresh in the early evening. And it’s our living room, the place

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destinations like these, places that serve that important community hangout function on the strength of great coffee and food. Each is different and has its own group of regulars, and each leaves a distinct impression on your

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The west side of the valley is rich with

senses the minute you walk inside.

comfy, long and narrow café is a great place to sip a cappuccino and seek refuge from the bustling shopping centers nearby. The impression at Manon is a visual one, as a crystal clear case of rainbow-colored French macarons, fruit tarts, éclairs and other pastries is the first thing you see. It will be impossible not to sample something

At Bonjour, it’s the smell of bread baking.

from this case, particularly the cream-filled

This tiny café at the corner of Rainbow and

chocolate layer cake flecked with more

Flamingo is known as one of the city’s best

chocolate and strawberries on top. Savory

European-style bakeries, and you’ll recognize

treats are available as well, as the back of the

that in the regulars’ accents, that quiet coffee

space functions as a small lunch counter, but

shop murmur.

you won’t be able to pull your eyes away from

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the brilliant baked goodies up front.

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…take your time to allow an immersive experience for all the senses.

Across the street in Boca Park is Sambalatte. A path cuts through the groups of dark wood tables and leads you to the salvation of the counter. A glass case holds salads,

Just around the bend at Tivoli Village, Leone

sandwiches and sweet treats, including pear

Café will draw you in with a complete aural

tarts, a beautifully layered dacquoise of red

experience. Designed as a traditional Italian

berries, and the decadent chocolate caramel

coffee shop and set perfectly in its pedestrian

pyramid. Sambalatte is stylish and refined,

environment, this space is wide open and

and the same can be said for the food and

has a lot going on. If you can’t hear the hip,

especially the coffee. Beans are ground to

uptempo music on the patio, it’s because

order, espresso is vacuum-brewed, hot coffee

there’s a live band performing on the village

is poured into simple porcelain china and iced

walkways nearby. Inside, families and

coffee is prepared in a tower of glass coils

friends flutter around a central circular table,

that is more about a perfect product than a

laughing and sharing espresso-based drinks,

speedy process. Here, you should take your

fresh lemonade and oversized, super-sweet

time to allow an immersive experience for all

danishes. Behind the counter, the young staff

the senses.

bounces between orders and coffee machines,

Bonjour Euro Bakers

4012 S. Rainbow Blvd. Ste. J Las Vegas 89103 889-0611

Patisserie Manon

8751 W. Charleston Blvd. #110 Las Vegas 89117 586-2666

Leone Café

Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd. #165 Las Vegas 89145 684-5853

Sambalatte Torrefazione

Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd. Suite 9 Las Vegas 89145 272-2333

ready for action.

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FACING PAGE: Fashion with a purpose ©Nicole Mehrman



LAS VEGAS FASHION DESIGNER RE-DESIGNS THE OLD AND MAKES IT NEW Between a strong desire to save the earth and

All re-purposed Altered Nation Designs items

it truly is a challenge. For example, the Easter

an urgent need to survive on a tight budget

are one-of-a-kind, while some are treasured

event required participating designers to use

during a down economy, it is now hip to re-use,

vintage pieces. Most of the line is ready-to-

non-fabric materials associated with Easter, such

recycle and re-purpose.

wear with prices ranging from $15 to $40.

as candy or baskets to create the design. “Even

For Las Vegas fashion designer Susan Tosches-

“I’ve always had a thrill for finding

Deneau and her brand, Altered Nation Designs,

things that had another life before,

the main reason she utilizes reclaimed materials and mixes old with new to make one-of-a-kind

and I like the idea of recycling. I

fashion, accessories and art is not necessarily to

feel bad buying a ream of fabric

impress the in-crowd, but rather because she

when there are already so many

has a passion to create something unique.

other fabrics sitting in thrift stores.”

“I’ve always had a thrill for finding things that had another life before, and I like the idea of

However, this past spring Tosches-Deneau

recycling,” Tosches-Deneau explains. “I feel bad

debuted her new couture collection consisting

buying a ream of fabric when there are already

of red carpet-worthy dresses and accessories.

so many other fabrics sitting in thrift stores.”

No two pieces are alike, and the designer is

After graduating from the International Academy of Design & Technology, ToschesDeneau started Altered Nation Designs. At one point, she had a small boutique inside

currently working on adding more, with the goal of having approximately 15 pieces total. Prices range from $100 to $500, and the looks are very avant-garde and whimsical.

Emergency Arts, but discovered it was

As if designing and selling are not enough,

too difficult to maintain retail hours while

Tosches-Deneau joined forces with fellow

designing for her brand at the same time.

designer Jennifer Henry in October of last

Today, the brand is available in a few Las Vegas boutiques and online at Tosches-Deneau’s Etsy shop. “I like selling online,” she states. “I make stuff. I post it. And it’s available worldwide.” Some of these worldwide customers include shoppers in Australia, Canada and the Philippines. “It’s so cool to know that someone

year and put together a networking group for Las Vegas fashion designers, models, photographers, makeup artists and hair stylists called Couture Community. The group act as a resource for its members and also hosts design challenges that double as fundraisers known as the Couture Community Challenge.

across the world is wearing my stuff. That, to

“The idea that it’s sort of like Project Runway gets

me, is just so magical,” she says.

people really excited,” Tosches-Deneau says. And

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though there is a single theme, every designer manages to come up with really different looks. It’s very interesting to see that on the runway,” says Tosches-Deneau. The fifth Couture Community Challenge took place late June at thrift store Dinosaurs and Roses and raised just over $1,100 for On her web site, she encourages everyone to “alter your style, alter your life, alter your nation.” And she makes it sound simple to do with her tips: “If you can’t sew, then cut it or cinch it.” Anyone can easily alter an oversize garment by using safety pins to cinch from the inside. This can be done at the front or on the sides to create a stylish ruched and gathered effect. If a hem is too long, just cut it. There is no reason to create a clean seam. “Raw edges, even fraying, are not taboo anymore,” Tosches-Deneau confirms.

To purchase from Altered Nation Designs, visit For more information on Couture Community Challenge and related fundraising events, visit the group’s website at

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