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JUNE 7 – AUGUST 23 Movies in the Square will be shown every Thursday through August 25 in Town Square Park starting at sundown.

Open seating is available on a first-come basis and patrons are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on. Films will all be rated G or PG.

Movies in the Square is free to the public and children must be accompanied by an

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Puss in Boots

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adult. All events are weather permitting and the schedule is subject to change.

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Dolphin Tale

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AUGUST 23 The Lorax

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Community 10 Jack LeVine

A proponent of historic neighborhoods

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12 Kelly Peterson

Committed to community, family and faith

14 Carolyn Goodman

The new face of Las Vegas

16 Senior Class

Stimulate imaginations at UNLV

Culture 22 Huntridge Theatre The future is uncertain

24 Rumgr Goodbye garage sale, hello iPhone app

30 Upcoming Events 35 Bellagio in the Spring Enjoy the changes of the seasons

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Design Gina Gavin’s condo at The Ogden

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Flavor 48 Broadacres Marketplace

A social, shopping and cultural experience A popular scene for fans of flavorful food

52 Must Haves 54 Bread & Butter

A little bit of homey heaven

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In our Flavor section, food writers Jillian Plaster and Brock Radke take on eateries Bread & Butter in the southeast and DW Bistro in the northwest, respectively. The Hispanic presence in Las Vegas is focused on in two stories: Jarret Keene’s piece on the Hispanic Museum inside Boulevard Mall and a story I wrote about Broadacres Market in northeast Las Vegas. Keeping an eye on the exciting happenings downtown, interior design scribe Carolyn Muse Grant writes about Gina Gavin’s high rise condo at the Odgen. In the story, Gavin speaks about how being centrally located puts her within a short trip to points all over the city.

Too often we have made the mistake of acting as if buildings or institutions need be hundreds of years old in order to deserve our respect. I lament the loss of even younger venues like the Red Rock 11 Movie Theater and its cobblestone courtyard, or Fantasy Park with its towering slides, concrete sculptures and abstract playground structures. Moving forward, I am sure that we as a city can find a way to welcome progress and investment without neglecting the beauty that is already here. Someone else who shares a similar perspective is our new mayor Carolyn Goldmark Goodman. Through my interviews and visit to her home, I learned firsthand that she and Oscar love what Las Vegas is becoming but maintain a keen appreciation for what it used to be.

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As Las Vegas begins to shake off its once ironclad identity as a glitzy but culturally deprived tourist destination, this issue of BLVDS celebrates so much of what makes the valley a wonderful place to live. In the following pages we take our readers on a tour of some of the valley’s most distinct and colorful escapes, enclaves and environs.

neighborhood for the better part of a decade and agree with Gavin. And as a lifelong Las Vegan, I have resided in just about every area in the valley since my parents moved our family here before I had even uttered my first word. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is of seeing the theatrical release of Grease at the Huntridge Theater in 1978. In our Culture department, writer Gigi Generaux covers the life of this venerable building which is one of a mere handful of cultural treasures left standing.

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helped make the dream of a world-class performing arts center a reality. As a

Revitalizing Las Vegas one performance at a time

catalyst of the economic revitalization of Las Vegas, The Smith Center project — from groundbreaking to completion — has created thousands of jobs. Future performances will continue to infuse our local economy with a projected $29 million annually. Bank of America is proud to be a member of the community of funders that Bank of America is proud to be a member of the community of funders that helped make the dream of a world-class performing arts center a reality. As a helped make the dream of a world-class performing arts center a reality. As a catalyst of the economic revitalization of Las Vegas, The Smith Center project — catalyst of the economic revitalization of Las Vegas, The Smith Center project — from groundbreaking to completion — has created thousands of jobs. Future from groundbreaking to completion — has created thousands of jobs. Future performances will continue to infuse our local economy with a projected performances will continue to infuse our local economy with a projected $29 million annually. $29 million annually.

Juan Mendez is one of the 2,600 people from Clark County employed by The Smith Center Juan Mendez is one of the 2,600 people from development project. Clark County employed by The Smith Center development project.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

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East Las Vegas Community Center 250 N. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas (corner of Stewart & Eastern)

Enjoy free entertainment, learn about valuable community resources for families, and access health services for your child.

Services

No cost shots for children | vision screening | oral screening and fluoride varnish | developmental screening | vaccine records check | fingerprinting

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community people + places IN THIS SECTION 10 Jack LeVine Jack LeVine of Very Vintage Vegas real estate is a passionate proponent of Las Vegas’ historic neighborhoods.

12 Kelly Peterson Meet Kelly Peterson, a businessman who’s committed to his community, his family and his faith.

14 Carolyn Goodman Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman is the new face of Las Vegas, championing our city with style and finesse.

16 Senior Class Opportunities abound for the over-50 crowd to learn, grow and stimulate their imaginations through special programs at UNLV. < “The Harmon Hotel” by Michael Monson and Tony Flanagan from the Winchester Gallery exhibition titled To The Neon Gods They Made. Join the Clark County Visual Arts page on Facebook for exhibition announcements and artist opportunities.


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When his parents relocated here in 1975, he says, “I fell in love with Vegas from the moment I got here, okay?” He often finishes statements with an interrogative “okay” as if to make sure his audience is paying attention. It’s likely they are. His rapid fire anecdotes are engaging and flavored with a charming but world-weary wit. He wouldn’t make the move to Vegas himself for another decade and may have not made the move from trucking to real estate if it weren’t for troubling back pain. Upon arrival his parents bought a house near Sahara west of Decatur. In 1975, this area was not just the edge of town, it was considered the boonies. As he recalls his parents’ home buying experience, “I remember the realtor they were working with was apologizing for all the ugly, stupid houses which we all now cherish as mid century modern.” In ’85, while still in the trucking business, he acquired a set of apartment complexes in Las Vegas at the corner of 11th and Stewart, east of the old city hall. He says, “We thought we could create some sort of an arts district going east from Las Vegas Blvd between Fremont and the 95.” Within a year of buying the properties, he says, the area became crime ridden, forcing him to make new plans. By 1990 his back was giving out and he was not going to be able to stay in the trucking industry. “So I was looking for what else I could get into and the things that I loved the most were houses and architecture.” He was encouraged to try real estate by friends and family. The focus on selling in historic neighborhoods was there from the start. “From the beginning I knew that if I ever sold the apartments and bought a house I was going to either live in or near the Huntridge area or Paradise Palms because that is where the architecture is that I truly love. I picked out a series of 13 houses that I liked and said I was going to buy the first one that came on the market. I did, and that has been my house ever since. It’s on 8th Place and Oakey.”

“In the 90s, if you walked into an oversized bathroom or a blue kitchen people would say ‘Oh my, this is so dated.’ Now they say, ‘Thank God this is still here; it’s so retro, so hip.’”

What impresses you about the historic neighborhoods? Driving down the street and seeing homes that don’t look anything like each other. People who want to know their neighbors and who want to be part of a real arts scene.

Any disadvantage to living in these areas? Well the lots are bigger, the trees are older. The trade-off is the houses are older too. Energy costs can be higher but those can be offset by a shorter commute, and making improvements to older homes.

Would you ever consider leaving the real estate business? I can’t imagine wanting to ever retire. I think I will be doing real estate till the day I die.

LeVine created the Very Vintage Vegas brand in 2007 and celebrated its 5th anniversary this past February. He readily admits the past five years have been rough but says that the market is now improving.

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“Very Vintage” realtor and man-about-town Jack LeVine moved to Las Vegas in 1985. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, his first career was spent in the trucking industry visiting and getting to know different cities.


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Peterson is a Sr. Vice President and the Las Vegas Market Leader for Commercial Real Estate Banking at Bank of America. He’s also a father, a man very much in love with his wife, and a devoted Mormon. “My wife, my family and my religion - they are the drivers in most everything I do,” he says. Peterson’s entire career since graduate school has been at Bank of America. That’s 20 years – first in Los Angeles, later in Orange County and finally here in Las Vegas for the past 18 years. He spends most of his time overseeing commercial real estate lending in Nevada and Utah, but through his role at Bank of America he also gets to support the organization’s strong commitment to and involvement in our community. Peterson chooses to give his volunteer time serving as President of the Board for Southern Nevada Public Television, the nonprofit organization that supports Vegas PBS. He enthusiastically elaborates, “After visiting with Tom Axtell, General Manager of Vegas PBS/ Channel 10, I was impressed with his enthusiasm and the role the station plays in the

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Peterson’s leadership of SNPT and Bank of America’s partnership with Vegas PBS set a model for private/public community development that can benefit all Nevada neighborhoods.

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community. After learning about the breadth and scope of the station’s involvement, I was hooked. I can’t say enough about the positive impact Vegas PBS is having and will continue to have as a central provider of numerous community services. Its potential impact is astonishing. The surface has only been scratched, and I look forward to more years ahead of being a part of something as unique and reaching.” Vegas PBS was recently chosen as a Neighborhood Builder®, part of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. “To address critical neighborhood needs, the bank works with local community leaders to identify economic and social priorities, and with the visionaries working to sustain, strengthen and grow our communities,” Peterson explains. Bank of America provided a $200,000 unrestricted grant and leadership training to Vegas PBS to support workforce programs that assist individuals, business owners and companies that need access to highquality, cost-effective training necessary for Nevada’s economic future.

My wife! She is drop-dead beautiful and a dedicated wife and mother who tackles every challenge with passion and drive. I get goose bumps every time I think of her. She is a blessing. Another incredible, but simple, wow is at the top of the Snake Creek ski lift at Brighton Resort, Utah. On a clear winter day, that vista is jaw dropping, take-yourbreath away, grandeur.

Who are your personal heroes/role models? Men and women who want to make a positive difference without much monetar y reward or public recognition, and who often must overcome terrific barriers.

If you could meet any one person from the past who would it be? John Adams. A good, moral man with a singular vision to lay the foundation for a new societ y on what was, at the time, akin to establishing a societ y on a new planet.

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Ideal jobs let you spend your work hours doing what you love. Kelly Peterson is one of those people lucky enough to have a job he loves, and the refreshing part is, he doesn’t take that for granted for a second.


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Carolyn Goodman The mayor, the meadows, the momentum. By HEKTOR D. ESPARZA

Any complete story of Las Vegas today would most certainly be lacking if it did not include some examination of the life and work of citizen (and Las Vegas mayor) Carolyn Goldmark Goodman. Indeed, her story, and the one she shares with her somewhat well-known husband, Oscar, has much in common with Las Vegas itself. If Oscar represents the city’s freewheeling and sometimes brash old school roots, Carolyn represents its sophisticated and well-rounded more modern identity. Like some of the new institutions and facilities garnering national headlines lately, hers is a presence that is tactfully demanding Las Vegas be considered in a new light. © Checko Salgado

Longtime friend and cohort Don Snyder says of the couple, “His career was built on being the mob lawyer, and then you have this very elegant lady with a commitment to education that starts this private school. This type of thing couldn’t happen in too many places.”

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Comparing the Las Vegas of the past to what it has become today she says, “We used to have a mega-star in every single hotel. You might have Elvis Presley in one place and Judy Garland in another, and Frank Sinatra in still another. And the music for every show was provided by great live orchestral groups. But Las Vegas is great in different ways today and I’m so glad I didn’t leave.” Following Oscar as mayor, with the kind of momentum the city now has, it’s fitting that Carolyn is the new face of Las Vegas. As Don Snyder says, “I think his persona was the right thing at the time and I think Carolyn is the right persona for this time. It’s important to have muscle when you need it, but it’s also important to have finesse. In Carolyn, we have a wonderful spokeswoman.”

“I miss an awful lot of restaurants,” she says. Ask her or Oscar to name a few of their lost favorites and names like the Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, The Alpine Village Inn and The Copa Lounge come up. Today, their favorites include downtown restaurants like El Sombrero, Casa Don Juan, and Lotus of Siam inside Commercial Center. And while Las Vegas is now a bona fide dining destination, Oscar still says he prefers her home-cooked meals to just about anything a restaurant can offer.

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To be sure, Carolyn Goodman has made valuable contributions to the quality of life for many Southern Nevadans, and both she and husband Oscar have been well-recognized for their service and accomplishments. Each of them receives their fair share of accolades and each has been honored with bronze statues: his at Symphony Park and hers at The Meadows School.

Word has it Carolyn Goodman is known by those close to her for a variety of ethnic meatball interpretations and a zesty Russian dressing.

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Her work with The Meadows School was instrumental in building relationships with people who were either influential at the time it opened in 1984, or who became power players as the city developed over the decades. It turns out that educating people’s children and helping them to get into the Ivy League is a great way to gain their trust and respect. As local liquor magnate and philanthropist Larry Ruvo says, “I have had all three of my kids attend The Meadows School. Carolyn is one of those visionaries that changed education forever in Las Vegas. And I have been a supporter of her since day one.”

of zeal. What is unassailable, though, is Carolyn Goodman’s genuine love and appreciation of Las Vegas. She fondly remembers what life was like here in the ‘60s and ‘70s and waxes nostalgic when recalling the valley’s more freespirited days. As she says, “It’s disturbing to me how everything is so corporately structured now. With private ownership I love how much pride goes into each entity and how important service is on an individual basis.”

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If you’ve been a Las Vegan for a while, chances are you’re aware of Carolyn Goodman’s work in founding and running The Meadows School, a nonprofit, independent college preparatory school for PK-12th grade students. Longtime residents may also be familiar with her earlier work with the Jewish Federation, Sunrise Hospital’s early neonatal facilities and her position with the Economic Opportunity Board at Nucleus Plaza in Las Vegas’ old “Westside” neighborhood in the 1970s.

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Learning opportunities challenge minds and enrich lives.

By CHRIS CUTLER

Full disclosure: I’m considered a senior. I hate it and I have no idea how it happened. Apparently once I hit the big 5-0, though, I earned that distinction. The two factors that alleviate the anxiety I feel being labeled such are: a) I don’t feel particularly old, and b) I’m not alone. According to the 2010 census, there are approximately 50 million “seniors” in the country, about 15% of the population. That may not seem like a big percentage, but consider the fact that there were fewer than seven million seniors in the United States in 1930 (about 5.4%).

Every eight seconds, according to national data, another Baby Boomer turns 50, and experts predict that the over-50 population will hit 100 million in the next few years. We Baby Boomers, however, are not our parents. We’re working longer. We’re exercising more. We’re staying active. We’re giving back. Research shows that physical activity keeps us healthier while mental and social activities enable us to maintain or increase cognitive function, stay socially engaged and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Recognizing the importance of keeping seniors mentally and physically active, UNLV offers a variety of opportunities for seniors through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNLV, and the Senior Wellness Program. Dr. Peg Rees, vice provost of the Department of Educational Outreach, says the programs offer seniors an affordable way to keep learning. “President Smastrek’s vision and mission are for UNLV to be more integrated in the Las Vegas community, not to stand apart from it,” she says. “We impress on our students that learning doesn’t stop when they graduate. Senior

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Ronnie T. Smith, a retired CCSD administrator, has been a member of OLLI since he retired. “Education, like life, is ongoing, and teachers help you learn some skills faster than discovering the principles behind them on your own,” he says. “Although all of the courses are helping me to better my skills,” Smith explains, “the class entitled, Unblocking Your Creativity, was the first course which taught me to have confidence in myself as an artist and

Whole Person Wellness Model. “The model incorporates seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, social, intellectual, physical, spiritual, occupational, and environmental,” she says. “Our offerings through the Senior Wellness Program and OLLI are designed to give seniors a number of options to nourish their minds, bodies and souls.” Currently in its second semester, the Wellness Program offers classes in Tai Chi, low-impact aqua exercise, Chi gong, yoga, dance, horticulture therapy, journaling and memoir writing. Debi Bonds, a student in “I Have a Story to Tell,” a memoir class, has been

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OLLI at UNLV (formerly known as EXCELL) has been part of the university since 1991. A membership-driven organization of retired and semi-retired people, OLLI is a national program with chapters at 118 major universities. With close to 1,200 members, OLLI at UNLV is one of the largest and most costeffective local chapters in the country. Paid members ($75 per term) receive free parking and unlimited access to all of the study groups, online courses by

of the most popular courses, features guest speakers who have included Oscar Goodman, Jon Ralston, Richard Bryan and Pat Mulroy.

the Teaching Company, and the ability to purchase a Rebel Card. In addition, members can join interest groups, go on day trips, attend brown bag lunches, and participate in other social activities where they can meet people and make new friends. This semester, OLLI offered its members more than 50 study groups at six learning centers across the Las Vegas Valley. Led by volunteers, the courses have no tests, no grades and no attendance requirements and include a wide variety of topics such as architecture, astronomy, Spanish, the media, current events, bridge, drawing, painting, music and more. Soapbox, one

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to take risks. As a result of my taking the class, I’ve increased my risk-taking. I’ve gone from dabbling with art as a hobby to sculpturing in ceramics, wood, stone and semiprecious stones; writing; and relearning how to play the piano and guitar.” SENIOR WELLNESS PROGRAMS When budget cuts forced the Nevada System of Higher Education to suspend the 62+ Program which was tuition-free for those over 62, the university was committed to developing an alternative program for seniors. According to Heather Haslem, assistant director for senior programs, UNLV’s Senior Wellness Program is based on the

working on organizing the photos, journals, letters and other documents that make up her family history. “The memoir class has given me guidance in bringing life to the letters and journals— even to the individuals who wrote them,” she says. “I am taking away from the classes fresh inspiration and courage for continuing with my project! I have also become aware of the importance of including my own voice (and personal writing) in the family history. Before taking these classes, I imagined culling items solely from my parents’ and earlier generations. Now I will include items that represent my generation as well.”

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40 Anniversary Gala & Debut You are cordially invited

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NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012

Performance - Reynolds Hall 7 o’clock The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Tickets $43 to $128 (702) 749-2000 NEVADABALLET.ORG

James Canfield-Artistic Director

Serenade Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

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culture entertainment + activities IN THIS SECTION 22 Huntridge Theatre The Huntridge Theatre’s future may be uncertain, but its architectural and historical pedigree has never been in question.

24 Rumgr Goodbye garage sale, hello iPhone app.

26 Hispanic Museum Settled into its new home in the Boulevard Mall, the Hispanic Museum of Nevada is drawing locals and visitors alike to enjoy its diverse exhibits and creative programming.

30 Ongoing Events 35 Bellagio in Spring To enjoy the change of seasons close to home, visit the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. < “Almost There” painting by Lolita Develay from the Winchester Gallery exhibition titled Window Shopping, lolitadevelay.com.


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the Huntridge theatre Sin City’s streamline moderne. By GiGi GenerAux Few places in Las Vegas retain the mark of Art Deco history. There is Las Vegas Academy on Bridger. There is Hoover Dam in Boulder City. But perhaps the best example is architect S. Charles Lee’s 1944 masterpiece, the Huntridge Theatre on Charleston Boulevard. Home to such luminaries as Abbott and Costello, and Frank Sinatra (who sold tickets from the box office during the premiere of Suddenly) and in later years, The Beastie Boys, Arlo Guthrie, and Beck, the Huntridge’s importance from an architectural and cultural standpoint is unmatched across the landscape of Las Vegas buildings. Of its architectural style, Richard Lenz, former manager says, “There’s really nothing else like the Huntridge. There really was very little if any architecture in Las Vegas that was based on Postmodernism.” The building and its surrounding neighborhood is named for business mogul Leigh S. J. Hunt, who gave the land on which the theatre sits to his son, Henry Leigh Hunt, in 1933. The theatre was built ten years later at a cost of $120,000 when the population of Las Vegas hovered at around 25,000. It came under the ownership, in part, of classic film stars Irene Dunne and Loretta Young. The

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In its heyday, the Huntridge was noteworthy to the surrounding community of Las Vegas for three primary reasons: it was desegregated, its design was ultra modern, and in comparison to the glitz of the Strip, it strove to be child-friendly for working families in the community. The 800-seat space was known for its weekend matinees of Walt Disney movies at $0.25 a ticket, for only showing R-rated movies in the evening, and for hosting Sunday sermons while St. Anne’s Catholic Church was still being built. According to a biography of Edythe Katz, Lloyd’s widow, Katz’s employees were instructed to “let everyone sit wherever he chooses,” a revolutionary concept when other properties in town were rigidly segregated. Of its construction, an article from 1944 lauds that the theatre will “set a high standard of modern beauty in both design and construction” by creating “an unusual type of building, dominated by an eye-compelling 75-foot tower which will be outlined with brilliant Neon lighting.” The article goes on to note such modern amenities and design

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features as an S-curved front entrance, a “powder room for the women patrons,” air conditioning, and “’sliding seats’ which do away with the patron’s inconvenience of rising to let others pass by.” Other features not mentioned are a soffited ceiling meant to house a chandelier and the terrazzo floor at the entrance bearing a signature “H.”

cinema multiplexes and concert venues like the House of Blues started to cramp ticket sales. Lenz saw patrons dwindle from 80,000 in 1998 to just 45,000 by 1999. In 2002, the Friends of the Huntridge dissolved over a disagreement about whether to sell the building back to the City. By 2004, the building closed, exactly 60 years after its opening.

Despite the building’s beauty, by the late 1970s, the country suffered from inflation and maintaining the Huntridge became more challenging. Katz was unable to renew the lease on the theatre in 1977 and the landlord wouldn’t sell the building to him. From that time on, the theatre has had a troubled operation history. It passed through various owners and closures throughout the 1980s. Then, in January 1992, with the help of the City, Lenz began to lease and manage the property from owner Frank Silvaggio. By 1993 the Friends of the Huntridge Performing Arts Theatre, Inc., a non-profit group, was formed and the group began applying for historical projection status for the building. In 1994, they purchased it from Silvaggio.

Even though it is listed in the U.S. Register of Historic Places, the building has since fallen prey to vagrancy and vandalism, and most architectural features inside are reportedly destroyed. Many adaptive reuses have been proposed for the space, everything from a vintage furniture store to an art museum. Now, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen to the structure before state covenants protecting it expire in 2017—after which point the current owner can do with the building as he pleases.

Lenz had the idea of turning the theatre from a second-run movie house into a concert venue, and—apart from a disastrous roof collapse in 1995 that left the theatre closed for 15 months—this plan was successful throughout most of the 1990s. But competition from

Brian Paco Alvarez, co-founder of the Save the Huntridge movement, reminds that this is the “one of the last, most significant piece of Moderne architecture in Southern Nevada. I don’t think tearing it down is an option. If it comes down, this community, myself included, and others are at fault for not being more aggressive in attempting to save this building . . . Tearing it down would be a tragedy, an absolute and total tragedy.” The writer would like to thank Michael Frazier at UNLV’s Special Collections for his help with the research for this story.

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theatre’s owners eventually hired Lloyd Katz in 1951 to manage the property. Katz had a knack for celebrity film promotion. According to Bob Shemeligian of the now-defunct Mercury, when a horror film would play, a woman would pretend to faint, “the film would be stopped and an employee would yell, ‘Is there a doctor in the house?!’” to make the crowd feel more keenly those threats playing out onscreen.


When Dylan Bathurst wants to buy or sell something, the first place he checks is his phone.

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redefining the garage sale experience rumgr, an iPhone app, fosters community.

By rACheL LiPMAn A phone may seem like an unlikely first choice, but Bathurst, along with his friends Ray Morgan and Alex Coleman, created Rumgr, an iPhone application that replicates the garage sale experience. This app enables you to take pictures of your unwanted stuff, browse images of other peoples’ unwanted stuff, and buy, sell and trade 24/7. In the city where neon lights hum into the morning, there is not a more appropriate place to do so. Rumgr is redefining the way communities interact with one another by helping buyers, sellers, and browsers build rapport via an online forum. In the past, garage sale goers woke up early to spend the majority of their time driving to poorly marked locations. Sellers would have to clear out their garage and meticulously mark, price and place items. Now, all you have to do is snap a photo of your unwanted item or rummage through items from the comfort of your couch.

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Rumgr is a location-based app that uses randomized GPS coordinates so you can view the general area where an item is posted. You can see items within a mile of you, and then two, five, ten, and so on. “The idea is to have people meet at a central location, like Starbucks,” Bathurst says. “It only takes a small group of people close to each other, who may or may not know each other, to start buying and selling, and then make connections like: I know this person, I’ve bought and sold stuff from them before.” Currently, there are around 1,500 people in Vegas who use Rumgr and over 2,000 items waiting to sell. And the most unique item Rumgr has sold? “Two taxidermy frogs play pool with each other. Someone just bought it the other day,” Bathurst says.

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The Springs Preserve Summer Cooler. Ingredients: 1 part tutti-frutty. 1 part pilsner. 1 part snake venom. Come see what’s new at the Springs Preserve. Ice Cream Festival May 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cool off with sweet treats by the scoopful – and listen to some great live music. Featuring ice cream cones, sundaes, novelties, root beer floats, a photo booth, a bubble play station and carnival games.

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It’s a Sunday afternoon at Boulevard Mall, and the Desfile de Moda fashion show is about to begin. The show, part of a weeklong celebration of Dominican Republic independence from colonial rule, is held in the giant space in the mall’s east wing. Hundreds of people—not just Dominicans but folks with roots all over Latin America—sit and chat with each other in folding chairs before the event begins. Next to the stage, a DJ spins Dominican pop and hip-hop on his MacBook. Meanwhile, the founder of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada, Lynnette Sawyer, is nearby, greeting attendees and making sure everyone has a place to sit. “This is really something, isn’t it?” she says, looking around as more people make their way toward the mall’s east wing. “I think we’re going to need more chairs.”

donor who covered the cost of the mall space. Museum members, other donors and money generated by workshops take care of the rest.

“It is worn at festivals to ward off evil spirits,” Sawyer says. “Masks are often a way to express religious freedoms that were taken away by colonial oppressors. “

Indeed, it seems Boulevard Mall has never been busier than at this moment. It certainly breathes with life and energy, and it has a lot to do with the new cultural anchor there—and that anchor’s longtime director.

The museum is divided into two sections. In the front are original works by local artists such as Rodolfo Kohler, a Peruvian-American artist whose colorful, tribal paintings dominate a good portion of the gallery. Deeper in, you’ll find displays of crafts and costumes assembled by local cultural groups like La Casa De La Cultura Dominicana, the organization that spearheaded the fashion show. Together these displays represent 21 countries—Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and more.

Every month the museum, coordinating with local Hispanic groups, hosts a slew of ongoing workshops and oneoff programs to reach and educate the community—from Arte en Acción (or Art in Action, which recently featured live painting by vintage hot-rod painter Adolfo Gonzalez, son of Puerto Rican immigrants), to a Mujeres of Michoacan fashion show, to a Peruvian traditional dance extravaganza, to a coquito (a Puerto Rican eggnog beverage)-tasting contest, to the Las Vegas Latino Short Film Festival. There are also kids- and seniors-oriented classes in painting, embroidery, and recycled art.

A retired Clark County schoolteacher, the Puerto Rico-born Sawyer has lived in Las Vegas for 30 years. She spent the last 20 as founder and director of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada, a nomadic collection that has gone through six different locations. Most recently, the collection was housed in a building across from Springs Preserve. The museum’s new home in Boulevard Mall was made possible, says Sawyer, by an anonymous

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For Sawyer, who credits Boulevard manager Ric Jimenez for helping secure the space, the Hispanic museum’s new home is all about location. Visitor volume has shot up tremendously. “I meet people not just from Latin America but from all over the world here in this mall,” she says. “Vegas contains a cosmopolitan population as well as many international visitors. That diversity, combined with the concentration of Latin American residents in this area, makes our location ideal.” The museum, which opened its new space in January, is ready to celebrate its 20-year anniversary with a May 12 gala party at Paris Hotel & Casino. “It’s going to be fun to honor the occasion with all our supporters, old and new,” she says. “With their continued backing, the museum can last another 20 years.” Hispanic Museum of Nevada is located in Boulevard Mall at 3680 S. Maryland Pkwy. For a list of upcoming events, to learn more about the gala, or to become a museum member, visit www.hispanicmuseumnv.com.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor Mary Stuart Titus Andronicus Scapin To Kill a Mockingbird Stones in His Pockets Hamlet

THE LETTERMEN

FRIDAY APRIL 6, 8:00

THREE DOG NIGHT

FRIDAY APRIL 13, 8:00

LEA SALONGA

SINGING VOICE OF JASMINE IN THE DISNEY FILM ALADDIN

SATURDAY APRIL 21, 8:00

RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE W/ THE SW SYMPHONY

THURSDAY APRIL 26, 8:00

BRIAN REGAN

MAY 10, 11 & 12, 8:00

HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

MONDAY AUGUST 27, 8:30

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APrIl Clint Holmes First weekend of every month Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

A Voyage round My Father April 20, 2012 - April 29, 2012 2 or 7:30 p.m. CSn, Backstage Theatre csn.edu

Joey DeFrancesco trio Blithe Spirit Now - April 22, 2012 Las Vegas Little Theatre lvlt.org

April 20, 2012 - April 21, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Momix Presents Botanica April 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

travel Fair

New Works Competition

April 21, 2012, 11 a.m. Spring Valley Library lvccld.org

April 27, 2012 - May 15, 2012 Las Vegas Little Theatre lvlt.org

the Cleveland Orchestra

Sleeping Beauty

April 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

April 27, 2012 - May 05, 2012 rainbow Company youth Theatre Charleston heights Arts Center rainbowcompany.org

Henderson Heritage Parade & Festival April 21, 2012 City of henderson henderson events Plaza hendersonlive.com

randel McGee portrayal of Hans Christian Anderson SPACe: A Journey to Our Future Now- May 13, 2012 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Springs Preserve springspreserve.org

Wings over the Springs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; live Birds of Prey Show

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Now - May 31, 2012 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Springs Preserve springspreserve.org

April 20, 2012, 12 p.m. City of Las Vegas Lloyd George u.S. Courthouse artslasvegas.org

third Annual Suitcase Party and Fundraiser April 20, 2012 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Spread the Word nevada Southern nevada Museum of Fine Art spreadthewordnevada.org

Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik

April 21, 2012 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Town Square thinkenergystar.com

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott with the Assad Brothers April 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

April 27, 2012, 8 p.m. City of henderson henderson events Plaza hendersonlive.com

Strife Opening reception April 27, 2012, 2 - 4 p.m. Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery unLV donnabeamgallery.unlv.edu

the Indie Music Fest April 27, 2012 - April 28, 2012 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. City of henderson henderson Pavilion hendersonlive.com

An evening with David Sedaris April 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

April 16, 2012 - May 25, 2012 unLV College of Fine Arts Marjorie Barrick Museum barrickmuseum.unlv.edu April 17, 2012 - April 22, 2012 nevada Ballet Smith Center for the Performing Arts nevadaballet.com

GreeNFest

April 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies #37

the Studio Series

April 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Big Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funky Nation

Paco De lucia

April 15, 2012 - April 16, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

JAZZ rOOtS: A larry rosen Jazz Series, presents Jazz & Soul

A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum the Good lovelies April 21, 2012, 8 p.m. City of Las Vegas historic Fifth Street School goodlovelies.com artlaslasvegas.org

April 27, 2012 - May 05, 2012 nevada Conservatory Theatre Judy Bayley Theatre nct.unlv.edu

2nd Annual taking Off the Mask Gala 2012 April 28, 2012, 6 - 9 p.m. hands of Comfort Foundation, inc. MeeT Las Vegas totm2012.eventbrite.com

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April 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Día de los Niños Festival April 28, 2012, 12 - 4 p.m. Las Vegas Library www.lvccld.org

First Friday

Sweet Honey in the rock™

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May 9, 2012 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Project Playhouse May 4, 2012 - June 02, 2012 homeAid of Southern nevada Town Square homeaidsn.org.

April 28, 2012, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Springs Preserve springspreserve.org

April 28, 2012 7:30 a.m. - noon Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Town Square

40th Annual Gala at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts May 5, 2012 nevada Ballet Smith Center nevadaballet.com

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Celtic Woman - BelIeVe

Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert May 4, 2012 Clark County Library lvccld.org

Animal enrichment Zoo Day May 5, 2012 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. roos-n-More zoo Moapa, nV roosnmore.org 580-6971

Walk for MS May 5, 2012 7:30 a.m. MS Society Town Square WalkToendMS.org

Danny roberts Art exhibition May 3, 5 p.m. - 8.p.m. May 4, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Brett Wesley Gallery brettwesleygallery.com

Alan Safier as George Burns in Say Goodnight Gracie May 11, 2012 - May 12, 2012 3 and 7 p.m. thesmithcenter.com

May 12, 2012, 8 p.m. Las Vegas Philharmonic lasvegasphilharmonic.com

MAY the 39 Steps

May 11, 2012 - May 12, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Masterworks V

April 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

May 4, 2012 - May 20, 2012 Las Vegas Little Theatre lvlt.org

May 9, 2012 - May 13, 2012 Society of the San Gennaro Feast sangennarofeast.com

James Gavin’s StOrMY WeAtHer: the lena Horne Project

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Grant a Gift Autism 5k Walk/run for Hope

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Filipino Festival May 5, 2012 - May 06, 2012 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Town Square

10th Annual Scholarship Gala In the Year of the Dragon May 12, 2012 roseman university Mandarin Oriental roseman.edu 968-2055

Ice Cream Festival May 12, 2012 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Springs Amphitheater Springs Preserve springspreserve.org

Spyro Gyra at Jazz in the Park May 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Clark County Government Center Amphitheater clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/parks/ Pages/jazz-inthe-park.aspx

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

2nd Annual Huntington’s Disease Society of America team Hope Walk May 12, 2012, 9 a.m. Town Square mytownsquare.com

las Vegas 5K May 12, 2012, 7:30 a.m. Town Square mytownsquare.com

lily tomlin May 13, 2012, 2 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

PSY by Seven Fingers May 15, 2012 - May 16, 2012 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Henderson Symphony Orchestra May 18, 2012, 8 p.m. henderson Pavilion hsorch.org

Art Festival of Henderson May 12, 2012 - May 13, 2012 City of henderson henderson events Plaza hendersonlive.com

Spektral Quartet Concert May 18, 2012, 7 p.m. West Charleston Library lvccld.org

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Mary Poppins

Idina Menzel

May 22, 2012 - May 27, 2012 The Broadway Series The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

June 10, 2012 The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Million Dollar Quartet

Barbara Cook Jane Monhei May 18, 2012 - May 19, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

las Vegas Wind Quartet May 18, 2012, 1 p.m. City of Las Vegas Lloyd George u.S. Courthouse artslasvegas.org

May 24, 2012 - May 27, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Dynamic trombone Quartet in Concert May 26, 2012, 2 p.m. City of Las Vegas Charleston heights Arts Center artslasvegas.org

Hal Holbrook in “Mark twain tonight!” May 19, 2012, 8 p.m. unLV PAC Artemus W. ham Concert hall pac.unlv.edu

Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan

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May 19, 2012, 8 p.m. The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Nevada Pride in the Saddle: the Story of Gay rodeo May 19, 2012, 6 p.m. Clark Country Library lvccld.org

trombone Shorty at Jazz in the Park May 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Clark County Government Center Amphitheater clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/ parks/Pages/jazz-inthe-park. aspx

Walk In Your Party Dress May 19, 2012, 9 a.m. Patty’s Closet Town Square

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JuNe A Choreographers’ Showcase June 1, 2012 nevada Ballet and Cirque Du Soliel nevadaballet.com

Henderson Symphony Orchestra June 1, 2012 henderson Symphony Orchestra henderson events Plaza hsorch.org

First Friday June 1, 2012 firstfridaylasvegas.com

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Brews & Blues Festival June 2, 2012, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Springs Amphitheater Springs Preserve springspreserve.org

June 12, 2012 - June 17, 2012 The Broadway Series The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

480 east ft. Shilts and Matt Marshak at Jazz in the Park June 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Clark County Government Center Amphitheater clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/ parks/Pages/jazz-inthe-park. aspx

Dress For Success June 2, 2012, 8 a.m. Town Square dfspowerwalk.org

Classical Guitarist Michael Nigro June 3, 2012, 2 p.m. Summerlin Library lvccld.org

emily Bergl – Kidding on the Square June 8, 2012 - June 9, 2012 7 p.m. Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Don Giovanni June 14, 2012 - June 17, 2012 Opera Las Vegas operalasvegasnv.org

lucy Woodward June 15, 2012 - June 16, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

richel Kompst in Blame It on the Walleye June 16, 2012, 2 p.m. City of Las Vegas Charleston heights Arts Center artslasvegas.org

the Preservation Hall Jazz Ban June 29, 2012 - June 30, 2012 Cabaret Jazz The Smith Center thesmithcenter.com

Yellowjackets at Jazz in the Park June 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Clark County Government Center Amphitheater clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/ parks/Pages/jazz-inthe-park. aspx

First Friday July 06, 2012 firstfridaylasvegas.com

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Tanner Amphitheater Summer 2012 Concert Series

A stunning 2000 seat outdoor amphitheater surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park ZION FLUTE FESTIVAL (3 nights) MAY 17, 18, 19 The Zion Flute Festival presents Native American music. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price for these concert is $25.00 and available at the door. VIRGIN RIVER BAND – SATURDAY, MAY 26 A Southern Utah popular band featuring their signature toe-tappin’ country-western, honky-tonk and pop mix that have made them legends. Tickets $10-8:00 p.m. MATT FLINNER – SATURDAY, JUNE 2 One of the best contemporary instrumentalists in the field of folk or bluegrass. Featuring Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ross Martin (guitar) and Eric Thorin (bass.) Tickets $10-8:00 p.m LIETO! VOICES – SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Southern Utah’s beloved ensembles with Broadway, Americana, and patriotic numbers. Tickets $10-8:00 p.m

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ST. GEORGE CONTEMPORARY COMPANYSATURDAY, JUNE 16 "Moving bodies and moving souls.” Talented dancers from Southern Utah studios. Tickets $10-8:00 p.m. RANDY ANDERSON BAND–SAT., JUNE 23 The summer doesn’t get any better! Dancing and music all evening. Start time is 7:30 pm. tickets are $10 adults and available on site. ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHOIR–SAT., JULY 21 Standing ovations all over the world and true musical ambassadors. Tickets $10-8:00 p.m.

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MIKE AIKEN–SATURDAY, JULY 28 Mike has consistently had his songs on the Country/Roots and Americana charts in both the USA and Europe for the past four years. Tickets $10-8:00 p.m. ERIC DODGE UNPLUGGED JOURNEYSATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Unplugged features modern country music with a classic old fashioned twist. Tickets $10. Start time: 8:00 p.m.

Thursday is the new Friday at Tivoli Village as we bring you a Farmer’s Market with a twist. Enjoy fresh and Thursday is the new Friday at Tivoli Village as we bring organic fare like cheese, salsa and jam as well as fine you a Farmer’s Market with a twist. Enjoy fresh and art, chef demonstrations, live entertainment, wine or organic fare like cheese, salsa and jam as well as fine craft beer under the lights of our twinkling trees. Thursday is the new Friday Tivoli Village aswine we bring art, chef demonstrations, liveatentertainment, or

KID FIDDLERS–SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 They do more than just 'fiddle around'! They all play many instruments, sing and dance! This is a musical bonanza variety show that folks of all ages will fall in love with! Tickets $10-8:00 p.m

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I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL–SAT., SEPTEMBER 1 An evening of great music from classic rock to jazz featuring hits from Heart, Vixen, Joan Jett, Blondie and more.

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Nature’s beauty on the strip. By AMey eSPArzA For those of us locals craving a dose of pure, natural beauty, an afternoon hike to Mary Jane Falls at Red Rock or a day trip to Zion may be just the thing. Certainly, a drive to the Strip isn’t what comes to mind, but making an effort to visit the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at least once a season should definitely make the list. The Conservatory’s thoughtfully arranged plants, flowers and trees are breathtakingly designed with minute attention to detail by 140 local, expert staff horticulturists, led by Andres Garcia, executive director of horticulture for the Conservatory who has worked with the Bellagio since 1998. Currently on display through May 13 is the Spring Celebration, made up of 8,283 tulips, azaleas, hibiscus, lilies and other flowers stocked per week–over 80,000 flowers in all for the season. Full of bright, primary colors, the spring exhibit’s Dutch village invites visitors to a joyous, peaceful pastoral setting. The exhibit includes a 20-ft tall

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windmill and a carousel with dancing horses. A harp and violin are nestled among oversized tulips and friendly looking ladybugs, and for the first time during the Conservatory’s spring exhibit, guests can enjoy live musical performances from 5 to 6 p.m. daily from the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden with arrangements inspired by European musical masters such as Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin. Also new this season, the conservatory has added a floral interpretation of Claude Monet’s Fisherman’s Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville (1879), in conjunction with the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s new exhibit “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light.” Five times each year, the garden display is redesigned into a unique botanic composition. A visual pleasure and olfactory delight, it seems that each season’s floral phantasmagoria outdoes the last.

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43 Oh, Give Me a Home Warner, Brandvik, Kennerk at Winchester Art Gallery.

44 Grout Over Grants Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore retail outlets benefit both donors and those looking for great prices on building and home improvement material and appliances.

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After a year of living in her home-in-thesky downtown at The Ogden, it is safe to say Gina Gavin is quite comfortable with her new, more urban lifestyle.

two spacious decks providing unique perspectives of downtown and the south Strip. Gavin painted accent walls, added light fixtures, and made it her own.

Gavin moved from Summerlin into the 1,700-square-foot location not exactly sure what to expect. Erudite, adventurous and ahead of the curve as far as trends go, she knew she was ready for a change, and the allure of the “new” downtown was too promising to resist.

From a southeast facing balcony, Gavin’s view includes the twinkling lights of downtown and the Strip at night. In the morning she can watch the sun rise over the eastern mountains, transforming the delirium of Vegas nightlife into a beaming purple, blue and brown desert landscape.

Gavin had to downsize for the move, but kept her favorite and best suited furnishings, nest featherings and objets d’ art. She decorated the space in a playfully refined urban eclectic style. The corner unit had great bones—a stainless/ granite kitchen, an open floor plan, and

Gavin stays very busy with her business, a strategic marketing and consulting firm called Tribal Minds. She is also well known for her work with another project close to her heart, Project Dinner Table. Gavin created the refreshingly idealistic and hugely successful dining event to build

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community based on shared appreciation of local foods, inspired culinary talent and local philanthropy. With a demanding and fast-paced lifestyle, coming home to The Ogden gives her the privacy and respite she needs. Returning from forays into the valley, she parks in the building and is just a short elevator ride to her personal retreat. When asked about her motivation to move downtown, she speaks enthusiastically about the energy she feels there and how the community is growing with more businesses and restaurants, and developing an identity for welcoming the arts and culture. Gavin says, “There is a great downtown-centric feeling that is creating an urban core community, and I want

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and the many things she loves. Though used sparingly, there are Eastern accents throughout the condo including one of her longtime favorites, a large sculpture of a Goddess of Prosperity. Gavin placed the Goddess facing east overlooking the area where she does yoga. She has a chalkboard-painted wall in her bedroom and writes motivational quotes there that she reads every night before going to sleep. There is also a chalkboard in her dining area with one of her favorite sayings: “It is the belief in our own self worth that gives us the power to move mountains.” Knowing a bit about Gavin, her accomplishments, and experiencing her home environment, the quote is rather fitting.

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At Winchester Cultural Center Art Galley from April to June is an exhibition by three UNLV professors, Mary Warner, Emily Kennerk, and Mark Brandvik. The work in this show focuses on the house as a conceptual locus. For Warner, this concept is reminiscent, whereas for Kennerk it is dramatic, and for Brandvik, iconic. Says Warner, “Mine was nostalgic, yearning, wishful, so in a way I was creating this, the house that I would want, that maybe seems somewhat unattainable.” Such elusiveness is particularly present in Warner’s piece entitled “Pinnacle,” in which a house perches impossibly high atop a rock formation crested by waves below and clouds above. The house is glassy and angular; a similar architectural style one might find among Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings. Buttressed by trees, it is indeed the kind of house about which people daydream. Warner comments that she is strongly influenced by design as of late, and that this renders her work open to interpretation in a way earlier works have not been. “They’re more illustrative than my normal work and kind of literal. You can read them, not in an abstract way but in an illustrative one,” she says. Kennerk’s work, conversely, is more focused on the loss of the dreamhouse and the foreclosure crisis. For her sculptures, Kennerk uses found domestic objects and focuses on what she calls “the familiar and understood, manipulated in a way that the objects become inhabitable and nonsensical.”

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Brandvik’s work is aesthetically lush. Says Warner, “Because he kind of makes the work more stylized and iconic, even though you recognize the architecture, it’s more graphic. It’s the iconic quality that makes it seem like a dreamhouse, because it’s not a description of an actual house, it’s more like an idea of a house.”

Dreamhouse Exhibition April 6 - June 1 Artist Reception: Friday, April 13 5:30-7:30 p.m. Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod Drive, Las Vegas 89121

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According to Meg Delor, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, approximately 70 percent of the revenue used to support Habitat for Humanity’s work in the valley is generated by its three ReStore retail outlet locations. It began when H. F. H. started selling materials left over after a home was completed. The operational model for Las Vegas’ Habitat ReStore also has added value for donors. The extra value for donors such as Home Depot or Lowes is that when a ReStore outlet is able to sell what is donated to it, the donor gets double its value in its tax deduction—the initial value of its donation plus the retail value the nonprofit can expect to receive from selling the donated goods. The ReStores specialize in carrying building and home improvement materials

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and appliances, but sometimes high-end furnishings and fine art can be found there, too. According to ReStore’s Director of Retail Operations Troy Simmons, outlets at Las Vegas World Market have made “fantastic contributions to supply our stores.” On one recent occasion, proceeds made from the sale of donated items from a single individual donor were enough to fund the building of an entire home. The remaining part of this collection was on display at the Flamingo location in late March. Here were several pieces of (higher than export quality) Asian art donated by a local collector which included Japanese pottery and Chinese jade sculpture. A rare find to be sure, but with most of its merchandise, be it tile, grout (or even a never used Jacuzzi tub in a rain damaged box) marked at up to 75 percent off original retail value, the valley’s three ReStore locations are well worth a visit. Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations: 1401 N. Decatur Blvd. - 702.638.6477 Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3455 E. Flamingo Rd. - 702.458.1640 Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 27 N. Nellis Blvd. - 702.531.2844 Mon. – Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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50 Flavor Top Pic Since opening in the spring of 2010, DW Bistro has become a hugely popular scene for fans of flavorful food in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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For those not familiar with Broadacres Marketplace & Event Center, a first visit can prove quite the adventure. The urban environment surrounding the open-air market is distinct. Signage on storefronts and restaurants is often hand painted and vividly colored. There are whole city blocks where independently -owned businesses outnumber franchises. And when you finally arrive at the vast outdoor market it’s not hard to imagine you are in a different country altogether.

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wandering to satisfy. Its vast assortment of vendors, goods, foods and services creates a truly unique sense of place. It is the result of an organic, homegrown economy where nearly 1,200 vendors are drawn by the ease and affordability of doing business. Myra Garibay, who sells produce at Broadacres with her husband Rodrigo, says the work is both fun and profitable. On a good day she says they more than double their investment in the day’s stock. Like many produce vendors here, the couple specializes in fruits and vegetables popular with North Las Vegas’ Latin American community. She says Rodrigo makes weekly trips to California markets where he finds offerings like prickly pear, chayote squash and cherimoya.

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The entrances to Broadacres Market are not unlike border crossings into Mexico. A steady stream of people carrying all manner of goods from sugarcane to stereo equipment shows this is a lively and active marketplace. As you first enter the property’s 44 acres, a deluge of sights, sounds and aromas primes your senses for an experience that will take hours of

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Garibay seems to be motivated by the social benefits of the market as much as the financial. She practically beams when describing how so many people with diverse cultural backgrounds come to Broadacres every weekend and share a common experience.

The different areas that feature new or used merchandise are in the same general locations they were in the ‘80s. The new products largely consist of a wide range of low priced garments and housewares, furniture, electronics and toys. The used goods are things you would expect to find at any garage sale, which include random bric-a-brac to finds like antiques, collectables and works of fine art or oddities that beg to be snatched up on the spot.

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One such item there on a recent Saturday morning was a gold and black compact folding bicycle made in Japan. Printed on the frame were the words “Cultech Japan swift-16.” Striking up a conversation with the used bike stand and repair shop operator, I learned it was found at an area second-hand store and refurbished before brought to Broadacres. Rosa Flores and her family have been operating in the same used goods area of Broadacres for about 15 years and know of others who have been selling there even longer. She says, “You get to talk to a lot of people. You get to know your neighbors here.”

Broadacres Marketplace and Event Center 2930 North Las Vegas Blvd. Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Friday $.50, Saturday $1.00 Sunday $1.50 Children under 12 free with paid adult admission.

Broadacres is a social, shopping and cultural experience like no other in Southern Nevada. It’s fun, affordable and lets visitors experience a completely different environment without having to leave the Vegas Valley.

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Those concerned that a food court might displace longtime favorites like Texas BBQ and Chinese and Thai restaurant Aroi Dee need not worry. Texas BBQ’s rotisserie chicken, smoked beef brisket and St. Louis style ribs have been popular for decades. Consistently long lines of customers assure this BBQ haven is a permanent fixture. Aroi Dee’s reputation for reliably good satay and a formidable and flavorful pad thai has kept it in business for 12 years. New arrivals to Broadacre’s wide ranging and fun food scene include Huli-Huli Pizza and El Oasis, a traditional Mexican restaurant. In addition to its six main restaurants, there are numerous snack, beverage and beer stands.

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Broadacres saw significant growth starting in 2008 when plans for changes were approved by the North Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency. New additions included a children’s play area, a food court, and a performance area with seating for 700.

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Spicing up the neighbothood By BROCK RADKE

“This is so different from any other place, and that’s what people respond to the most,” says Krausman. He’s the proprietor, officially, while Wilson is DW Bistro’s executive chef. But this dynamic duo shares opinions and duties openly, not to mention sharing their warm, welcoming personalities with their friends, fans, and customers. And it’s hard to tell friends from fans. “We appreciate our customers so much,” Wilson says. “They’re unbelievable.” Weekend brunch is the peak of this neighborhood friendliness, when regulars and culinary adventurers from distant parts of town crowd into DW Bistro’s sleek, comfy dining room for breakfast sandwiches, Jamaican jerk chicken and waffles, and a killer pastry basket stocked blvdslv.com

with white chocolate blueberry scones. “Everybody’s having a great conversation, talking about the night before and having the best time,” Wilson says. “Sunday for me is a special day.” Brunch has become even more popular since the restaurant expanded into an adjoining space last July. Wilson, whose family hails from Jamaica, came to Vegas from New Mexico in 1998. Krausman is a native Las Vegan. Both lifetime foodies, they met at a local Williams-Sonoma store where Wilson was working. “Bryce came in looking for a 12-inch pie pan that we didn’t carry anymore. We actually got into a little fight about it,” he said. Krausman returned “with my tail between my legs” to apply for a job, and they soon realized they were kindred culinary spirits. They exchanged recipes, tried out restaurants, and cooked for family. Not surprisingly, brunch was a big deal. “Much to the chagrin of our friends, we took our time (cooking), and they were like, ‘Can we get it going?’” laughs Krausman. “We wanted to do it nice: flowers, pastry, everything,” agrees Wilson. They didn’t realize they were laying the groundwork for more special Sundays to come.

The cuisine at DW Bistro is just as interesting as its owners. Building on Wilson’s spicy past, there is plenty of Jamaican flavor (jerk seasoning on chicken, ahi tuna, lamb chops and more) blended with the southwestern heat of New Mexico chiles (don’t miss the slowcooked pork in red chile with an overeasy egg). But it’s not all hot. “Half the menu isn’t spicy,” Krausman says. “We have a chicken bow-tie pasta dish with a fresh garlic sauce, and people just love that sauce.” The menu hasn’t changed since DW opened, but the kitchen keeps it fresh with different specials. © Alex Stone

Bryce Krausman and Dalton Wilson didn’t set out to create the perfect neighborhood restaurant when they were opening DW Bistro in the spring of 2010. They weren’t planning to build a favorite spot for the surrounding southwest valley community. All they wanted to do was open a restaurant that two friends with an undying love for food would enjoy. All that other stuff just happened naturally.

What began as a place to simply have a mimosa and relax with flavorful food has become a true neighborhood favorite. And DW Bistro is plotting to open a second location downtown. “The challenge will be to stretch ourselves to be something different, but in the same vein of what DW is,” Krausman says. With a faithful following in tow, these guys are up for any challenge. DW Bistro 6115 S. Fort Apache Road, #112 702.527.5200 www.dwbistro.com

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Charming breakfast and brunch places are few and far between in our city, so it’s sweet to see a “mom and pop” bakery open near Anthem. Bread & Butter has only recently opened, but is already bustling most days of the week. The proprietor and chef, Chris Herrin, paid his dues at Le Cirque, Circo, Andre’s and Bouchon before opening up his own homey spot. There is a heavy emphasis on freshly baked breads and goodies, but the menu also features sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. Some of the more unique options include bacon sticky buns and a breakfast pizza topped with cheese, bell peppers, finely diced potatoes, and fluffy eggs. Though most of the sweets

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are aimed at the sugar fanatic, there are healthier options on the menu. The kale salad makes great use of the greens, and includes perfectly toasted sliced almonds and dried fruits. Fun beverages also pepper the menu. The s’mores hot cocoa is a decadent treat covered with a mini marshmallow brulee and cinnamon graham crackers—sinful and delicious! There are also more varieties of root beer than one could imagine.

it will take a while you won’t become frustrated.

You can tell the level of care the kitchen puts into preparing each dish just by looking at the plates, but this means you should not expect a quick “in and out” eating experience. The restaurant is a cozy and comfortable place to hang out, so as long as you know going in that

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Bread & Butter is slightly more expensive than many brunch places, but portions are huge and can be easily shared. They use quality ingredients as well, so you can be sure you are getting what you pay for. It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re in the neighborhood and like supporting locally-owned and operated restaurants.

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IMHO irwin Molasky on Las Vegas today and Paradise Palms’ lasting legacy. By iRWiN MOLASKy Contrary to popular belief, I did not attend the 1905 land sale that created Las Vegas. Still, I’ve lived here a very long time and do recall that Maryland Parkway was an oiled, dirt road…I know because I used to drive the oil truck myself. It’s true that Las Vegas constantly evolves, but many things here stand the test of time. The 106-year-old Golden Gate Hotel is being remodeled to take advantage of the downtown awakening. The former Las Vegas High School, which opened in 1931, today educates new generations of students as the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing, and Visual Arts. Another piece of Las Vegas history that remains relevant today is Paradise Palms, which is celebrating 50 years as the first master-planned development in Southern Nevada. Far from being a dusty Rat Pack relic, the community near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway remains vibrant with a strong sense of identity. Paradise Palms proved to be ahead of its time in several ways. The architects

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were Dan Palmer and William Krisel, of Palmer & Krisel, one of the most influential firms Southern California ever produced. The interior designs were by world renowned C. Tony Pereira. Its homes feature some of the best examples of Mid-Century Modern design found anywhere and have been likened to TV’s “The Jetsons.” The development was one of the first to forgo straight street grids and use the curvilinear patterns you see today in Summerlin and Green Valley.

support their neighborhood. Thanks to this dedicated group of men and women, Paradise Palms continues to hold its value and be a sought after refuge of tranquility. And this dynamic is the most enduring thing about Las Vegas.

It was the place to be in old Las Vegas and attracted scores of A-list residents, including Johnny Carson, Bobby Darin, Howard Hughes’ right-hand man Robert Maheu, Dean Martin and Caesars Palace founder Jay Sarno. Today the makeup of Paradise Palms is as diverse as ever, with new media entrepreneurs and artists rubbing elbows with tourism executives and active retirees. The neighborhood remains popular for the same reasons it always has: quality homes set in an attractive location that’s convenient to the Strip, airport, and rest of the valley, allowing residents to easily plug into or step back from the bustle of the city. Paradise Palms is a true treasure of Las Vegas, and not just for its remarkable history and iconic architecture. It is a vibrant neighborhood that is home to an eclectic mix of talented, energetic, forward-thinking people. There is an active, vibrant group of homeowners 50 years later that love this community and have meetings to

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