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Feng Shui your space

Real Estate Cowboys: Rally the White Hats

Beer (and Brat) Me!

Free: It’s On Me on Pg. 9

Editor-in-Chief Loren Becker

Managing Editors

Michael Boley, Mandy Crispin

Contributing Writers

Brian Paco Alvarez, Erik Amblad, Michael Boley, Temple Brathwaite, Mandy Crispin, Matthew Dunsmoor, Karina Giraldo, Peter Gaunt, Richard Grewar, Rockne Henriques, Sunshine Jowell, Amy Maier, Consy Malasoma, Joanna Mueller

Serial Artist April Teixeira

Calendar & Events Mikela Lee-Manaois


Matt Wong, Peter Gaunt, Karina Giraldo, Ryan Reason, UNLV Special Collections, Downtown ZEN Team, Studio West Photography, Richard Grewar, Landry's, Inc.

Art Director

Ryan Brekke (BullFish Media)

Design and Layout

Ryan Brekke (BullFish Media)

Web Design

Michael Boley Cover:


Mandy Crispin

Photographer Matt Wong


April Teixeira

Typography Layout Nina Thomasian

Logo Design

Fernando Cabestany


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Letter From the Editors April showers bring May … gifts? Go to page 12, and get yours. It’s free: “It’s On Me.” There are some newly cultivated, budding flowers in our ZEN garden in this issue as well. We’ve acquired a feng shui expert, a local theater guru and a poet musician who all introduce themselves and what you can expect from their future columns. Because we like to be ZEN and balanced around here, our staples deliver; Descriptive and Fabulous talk railroad history, and Downtown Code illustrates new tech inroads being made by teaching code downtown. We’d like to extend a special thanks to April Teixeira for helping us carry out our own teaching by illustrating the topic of land assemblage on page 14 and for breaking new ground in our art repertoire for this month’s cover. Don’t be a wallflower, get out there downtown! And have a sunny day! Thanks for your continued support! - Downtown ZEN team

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03 | Bier Garten 09 | It’s On Me 14 | Real Estate


Philosophy ‘N’ Fluff 21 | Serial: The Letter 24 | Serendipitous Spotlight 25 | Recipe 26 | History 27 | Health & Wellness 29 | Housing Guide 31 | Feng Shui 33 | Tech Corner 35 | Descriptive Essay 37 | Photography

Events & Entertainment 38 | Arts & Ents 41 | Restaurant Review 43 | Bar Review 45 | Music 49 | Calendar

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27 About the Cover This month’s cover features two of our favorite real estate agents, Richard Emanuele and Chakits Krulsawat. April Teixeira took Matt Wong’s photograph of the two standing in front of a newly acquisitioned property on Eighth Street downtown and transformed it into a watercolor dreamscape. See the original photograph on page 14.

Beers and Brats at Bier Garten A backyard beer garden with downtown style


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beer garden setting. Picnic tables provide outdoor seating for up to 160 people. Bier Garten also boasts downtown Las Vegas’ first and only living wall comprised of more than 900 plants on the façade of the Plaza. Its casual backyard atmosphere offers a fun, urban-style retreat where customers can choose from two-dozen handcrafted beers on tap and numerous bottled microbrews. Bier Garten’s beer menu offers great variety from traditional IPAs, ales, lagers and stouts to flavored beers and ciders. It was important to the founders that Bier Garten offer a diverse selection that would appeal to men and women and their different flavor profiles. The final selection of the 24 craft beers for Bier Garten’s draft menu, and nearly as many bottled microbrews, fell to Garcia, who “dutifully” taste-tested hundreds of beers in the months leading up to the restaurant’s opening. Bier Garten’s vast beer selection features a majority from American breweries alongside some unique imports. Garcia says that Bier Garten will feature various local brews too, such as Big Dogs Dirty Dog IPA currently on tap. To complement the beer, Bier Garten’s chef has created several signature wursts, inspired by German favorites but crafted with a Las Vegas flair — such as the Golden Slipper with Andouille sausage, crispy bacon, cream cheese and fried egg; or the Stardust, comprised of German bratwurst, caramelized onions, sauerkraut and German sweet mustard. Sides include extra giant-sized German pretzels with mustard, hand cut fries and crispy onion strings. Customers can also channel their inner wiener chef and create their own concoction, selecting from a variety of sausages and wursts with classic toppings like sauerkraut and roasted sweet peppers, and some not-so-classic toppings like cream cheese, Cajun blue cheese crumbles and fried egg. Just like its beer menu, Bier Garten offers customers a diverse food selection to appeal to varying tastes and preferences. Vegetarians can enjoy The Naked City wurst made with a veggie Tofurky sausage, roasted sweet peppers, chopped raw onion, kosher relish, German sweet mustard and Sriracha ketchup. And for those looking for alternatives to sausages altogether, Bier Garten has a kitchen sink salad or pizza from Pop Up Pizza.


here is no denying that downtown Las Vegas offers something for everyone, but until recently, one thing that the area did not have was a backyard where people could gather to relax and escape the concrete jungle. Now it does — Bier Garten, Las Vegas’ first outdoor beer garden that doubles as downtown’s very own backyard getaway. Downtown pioneers Sam Cherry and Grant Garcia, the team that opened Pop Up Pizza, wanted to offer downtown’s residents and visitors a place where they could feel as if they were in their own backyard, enjoying a cold pint of beer and great food with friends. Following their successful venture at the Plaza Hotel & Casino with Pop Up Pizza, the team saw the outdoor space next to the property’s iconic dome as the perfect location for creating the urban oasis they envisioned. Bier Garten’s unique outdoor dining area features nearly 3,000 square feet of real grass and specially designed wooden trellises with winding vines to create a relaxed Bavarian


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Staying true to its downtown Las Vegas roots, Bier Garten features the homegrown sensation, Sasapops, for dessert. Bier Garten offers three flavors — strawberry, coconut, and German chocolate cake — of these award-winning frozen dessert pops, handmade in Las Vegas by SasaSweets. And Bier Garten’s signature German pretzel gets a sweet makeover for dessert when it’s slathered with homemade icing, cinnamon and sugar. While Bier Garten may be Las Vegas’ first outdoor beer garden, don’t expect the traditional Bavarian costumes and Oompah bands. Bier Garten pairs its relaxed backyard setting with a uniquely downtown style. It features art from Las Vegas artist Biscuit Street Preacher and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from local bands like Dante’s Inferno, a three piece band covering everything from blues to jazz as well as their own soulful originals. Bier Garten is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. For more information on Bier Garten, visit: or follow Bier Garten on Twitter @BierGartenLV and on Facebook, Downtown ZEN


A Brief


Beer Making & 8000 B.C. Soft evidence shows hunter-gatherer tribes settled into agrarian civilizations based around staple crops like wheat, rice, barley and maize, and may have also stumbled upon the fermentation process and started brewing beer. However, the first known alcoholic beverage wasn’t created for another 1,000 years, a Chinese concoction made from rice, honey and fruit.

2900 B.C. Beer production and recipes were found in poems that dated back to the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia. Five hundred years later, the same peoples invented the straw to drink beer without digesting leftover solids from brewing.

1800 B.C. “Hymn to Ninkasi”— an ode to the Sumerian goddess of beer — describes a recipe for a beloved ancient brew made by female priestesses. These nutrient-rich suds were essential to the Sumerian diet, and were likely a safer alternative to drinking contaminated fecal water from nearby rivers and canals.

510 B.C.-476 A.D. The rise of Greek and Roman empires brought about a “Dark Age of Beer” in the Western World. Classical Greeks and Romans called beer a barbarian’s drink, while wine was considered ambrosia of the Gods. Beer was only brewed in outlying areas by peasantry and non-assimilated cultures.

13th Century At this time, the key innovation to beer making was the introduction of hops, which began in northern Germany. Known for its taste, hops sharply improved both the brewing process and the quality of beer. Other innovations from German lands involved larger kettle sizes and more frequent brewing.

1810 Upon the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, citizens of Munich were invited to attend a horse racing festivity to celebrate the happy royal event. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.


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Timeline of

Its Adaptations

By Michael Boley

1910 Richard Spikes invents the beer keg tap, which was later purchased by Milwaukee Brewing Company.

1919-1933 By order of the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibition outlawed the sale of alcohol in the United States. Thus, bootlegging became widespread and organized crime took control of the distribution of alcohol, championed by gangster Al Capone.

1950s Beer pong is invented at Dartmouth University. The original version resembled an actual Ping-Pong game with a net and one or more cups of beer on each side of the table. A “paddle-less” version would evolve over the next 30 years.

1973 Dr. Joseph Owades adjusted analytical techniques and quality control in beer making, thus developing the first low-calorie, “light” beer and the process for making it. Miller Lite would be the first brewery to use this recipe with countless competitors to soon follow.

1989 Originally created in Ireland by Guinness, plastic widget discs were later adapted and put into canned beer to create and ensure smooth head when being poured.

2010 A 55% ABV (alcohol by volume) ale called “The End of History,” produced by BrewDog in the United Kingdom, is claimed to be the strongest beer produced to date. However, the beer has since sold out and production has been discontinued. *Information Sources: ISSUE 26

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By Mandy Crispin William Crozer

David Leibner


Rachel Wenman


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Let’s play a game. Things you’ll need: A scalpel Feet A mailbox Your phone First, take the scalpel and carefully cut through the secondskin/webby-thingy you’ve developed, removing your phone from you hand. Next, take a trip to visit your mailbox. Look inside: fliers, sales papers … bill, a reminder from your dentist … bill, a birthday card from your insurance agent (they really appreciate your business) … ooh! Wait! … Awww. Nope. A craftily packaged sweepstakes pitch looked like your name was handwritten in colored pen, but no, it’s not from anyone special. Blah. Bleck! Back inside with you! This was your attempt to get a breath of fresh air and a minute or two away from your phone, and now it’s dinging, again. You laboriously schlep over to the beckoning ringtone alerting you of a new message. “OK. I give,” you think, and you pick it up. But wait! What is this? A surprise, from Michael. It says you just got gifted a beer at Commonwealth. That’s where your birthday party is tonight! Michael is sorry. He can’t make it, but he wanted to set you up anyway. But how did he do that? It’s On Me is an app created by David Leibner. With this app people can buy their friends goods and services and give them as gifts — anytime. It’s not the kind of gift where one spends more on the wrapping paper or a ton of time on preparing and shipping; it’s not as impersonal as a gift card either though. It’s On Me is the perfect solution for those on the go or faraway friends who are “thinking of you” without the cheesy card that claims to say so. It simply says so. It’s On Me brings real-time results into the gifting realm with all the thought and your unique identity, just less the hassle and impersonality.


coworker on the seventh floor totally just helped you out. You were in a serious jam. Want to show some love? Use It’s On Me, and she gets the message in real time: “Thank you SOOO much! I know you love pizza! Have a pie at Radio City Pizza. It’s On Me. :)”

The It’s On Me app started 20 years ago when, in his neighborhood bar, David started noticing people were paying for drinks for their absent friends. The drinks were to be collected the next day, due to various reasons. David started a chalkboard to keep track these gifts. Three fields would be completed on the board: who it was “to,” who it was “from,” and what “it” was. To Bob, from Joe, a whisky and coke. Happy Birthday. The benefit was two-fold, he says. People receiving drinks felt really special when they saw their name on the board as the recipient of a gift. People leaving a gift behind had the satisfaction that they left a little hidden surprise, anticipating the feeling their friends would have when they came in to see their names on the board. Proud to be full-price. It’s about simple community economics: This is not Groupon, which has been criticized by small business owners recently. Groupon gives the sense of stealing, almost, if 11

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the patrons don’t go back. Those businesses willingly operate at a loss to try to gain customers via the platform, when really they are only appealing to deal-seeking folks who, most of the time, won’t be coming back at regular, profitable pricing. Although It’s On Me offers several partnership giveaways, you’ll never get a “discount.” Why is this a good thing? Because you support your local economy when you give your gift. If you believe in the business, you will gift your friends an incredible experience that you advocate, at full price. Another way It’s On Me supports local economies is by giving business to independently owned stores that would otherwise go to large chains. By way of gift cards, nationwide chains have the edge on gifting that ever-loved and always-welcome tribute of food and beverage. It’s On Me evens the score for local small businesses. They are planning to expand service to any goods and services at any brick and mortar soon.

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Instead of sending your friend in San Francisco a gift certificate to their favorite franchise, that you purchased while standing under the bright and impersonal fluorescents at your grocery store, you can be the cool friend who knew about a boutique selling local brew like Anchor Steam and yummy conversation starters like lobster corn dogs at Michael Mina.


This way, your classy style and penchant for pizazz (Hey, let’s face it, that’s why your friends love you. You are the spice to life.) come through in your gift. Don’t order a fruit basket or poke your friends on Facebook. Give a gift that embodies you.

Give a gift that says, “Charlie, meet Artiface. Artiface, meet Charlie. I know you will love each other.” Be a connector in your community.


David Leibner stopped in Vegas for a three-week hiatus on his way to San Francisco, Calif. to begin a new life. He ended up buying a house downtown that he deemed “perfect” and never left. Now, the solution he implemented in New Orleans 20 years ago with a simple chalkboard has evolved into a full-blown downtown tech company and mobile solution that’s a win-win for customers and businesses in our community. We want you to feel what it's like to receive a gift or give one so here you go! Text "dtZEN" to 31996, and we are going to buy the first 500 of you a tasty beverage right here in our own backyard. When you receive the gift feel free to go use it, or you can even re-gift it to find out what it feels like to send a gift to a friend. ISSUE 26

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The Wild Wild West

a conversation about real estate downtown with two of its most animated characters -By Mandy Crispin Real estate associates Chakits Krulsawat and Richard Emanuele of Simply Vegas Real Estate are shooting up the real estate market on two fronts downtown: land assemblage for large developers and rehabbing individual dilapidated properties for the rental market. Chakits is the quiet self proclaimed, “good-looking one,” Richard is the energetic and jovial, “funny one,” and together their team is wearing white hats in the wild, Wild West of downtown. They call downtown the wild, Wild West because there are so many investors, and developers alike, in a race to stake their claim by acquiring as much land as they can for redevelopment. ISSUE 26

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Land Assemblage. What? Unfamiliar with “land assemblage”? You’re not alone. Start with a house.


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Normally, when a buyer purchases a house, sh land it sits on, which has imaginary boundaries up her lot. We all know the old adage “good fen

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A house sits on a “lot” (aka a plot of land). Several lots of land in a line make up a strip of properties.


Land assemblage is when an investor buys two or (preferably more) lots on any given block to make up a “set” of properties. The land, not the houses, combined together make a packaged deal for another investor (or the same) to do a project.


The set of property can be bought, bulldozed, tilled, and built on as a whole piece of land — minus the fences. Large projects require space. They require swathes of land to build upon.

he purchases the house and the s (including the yard) that make nces make good neighbors.”


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Chakits and Richard have been working on creating opportunities for larger projects by doing the legwork of assembling such swaths of land.

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Outside of land assemblage, the two have started to assemble friendly neighborhoods where ruin once plagued the landscape. They started purchasing individual properties downtown and renovating them in 2010. Now they own entire blocks.

with a baseball bat … now that’s going to be an inconvenience.” Then he laughed and said, “that was a joke. It’s not the extra $150 bucks a month that I should be collecting.” Punctuating this remark, he concluded,

During a whirlwind escort around downtown in Richard’s SUV, his finger jutted into the air flippantly on a rhythmic queue, “I own that one, that one, that.” Eeeeeeerk! A sudden stop was only warranted by, “That’s an original 1945 door on that home. It rents for $800 dollars a month; three bedrooms, two bathrooms.” On to the next. The only other interruptions were his yelling out the window, “Hey! How’s the day going?!” to his “tile guy.” A shrug from the tile guy and a wave added the final touch.

It’s about good neighbors and a sense of community.

Although they have assembled entire blocks downtown in order to sell to larger developers and or investors, painstakingly nurturing deals in the millions of dollars, there is validity in the claim they make that they’re “not flippers.” They truly believe that they can help remodel downtown one home at a time.

Continuing to whisk along on our tour of acquisitioned properties, Chakits sat quietly in the passenger seat, and Richard waxed poetic about our town. Despite his knack for a robust delivery (that could come off as bravado), Richard revealed himself to be a big softy under all that East Coast, animated, quick-witted humor, accelerating from zero to 35 in .5 seconds but never missing a noteworthy attraction. By the end of an hour, it was obvious he’s simply confident in his passions.

They are on a mission to offer affordable housing to the community without skimping on the extras. Granite countertops, customized and upgraded cabinetry and new floors come without the sticker shock some of the high-rise living options do. But why? Richard said, “When we do our individual purchasing I’m not looking to buy and flip. I’m not a flipper. I’m looking for the passive income. I take a dilapidated property, rehab it and put it back on the market as a rental. Because the problem with downtown is it’s growing so fast that there’s not enough available housing that’s adequate. We’re putting new roofs, new copper plumbing, new tile, granite countertops, new cabinets, new bathrooms.” The list goes on. Richard is assembling his whole block — there are 10 houses; he owns seven. He revealed, “Most real estate agents don’t want to be involved with purchasing or selling $35,000 to $55,000 houses because there’s not enough commission.” He said,

We’re doing it because we’re passionate about downtown.

Beyond renovating the homes to higher standards than most would care to make the investment to produce, he’s put his money where his mouth is in another way. He lives on that same street where he also owns those six other properties. His house is on a cul de sac where the homes show the individual character lacking in sprawling suburbia, and when you rent one, it comes with a yard, and sometimes the quaint picket fence that used to pervade imaginings of Middle America. You’d never know you weren’t supposed to like this neighborhood. He said, “It’s just nice to rehab properties and then offer them back to the community. I rent my properties for lower than market value to good families that need them, and I haven’t lost a tenant in years. It’s not about the money. It’s about the tenant and longevity. Especially because I live across the street,” he added with an implied Cheshire cat mischievousness that kind of says, “Well, if I gotta come over here in the middle of the night


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Stating that this is a great street for families with children, he billowed, “I mean look at this! You’re on a cul de sac! Everybody is talking about building new high-rises.” This is not the answer, he claims, affordable housing and good neighborhoods are.

“I’ll tell you why I moved downtown. When my granpop passed in 2009 at the age of 91, he asked me to take care of my 94-yearold adopted grand mom. My grandma’s house is right behind this cul de sac. They have lived there since 1951." “How does it feel to own an entire block?” I inquired. His expression thudded. “A lot of hard work.” Richard says they’re suits by day and sweatpants by night doing tiles or whatever other work needs to get moving. It’s not glamorous, he said, more of a passion project. “You know what the nicest thing is? I think what we’re trying to start is a downtown coalition.” A solitary and surprising interjection broke from Chakits in my right ear: “Remember that word! Coalition!” Dubbing downtown as the Wild West, in terms of late real estate market conditions, he made several astute observations interspersed with more waving to neighbors, speaking to them in Spanish (“Vios Con Dios!”) and having a reciprocated waving showdown with the mailman noting enthusiastically, “Look at this neighborhood! Mailman’s waving!” In the interest of keeping things neighborly, I won’t tell the mailman that Richard almost took out a couple mailboxes along the way. Buckle up peeps. Guy’s got a lead foot. As we began again to drive through the side parking lot where the closed Arby’s had stood for years, now soon to be a Church’s Chicken, Richard pointed out yet another hefty investment he’s made to spruce up the place: “See that block wall? As I close on the properties I’m building a wall instead of this [gesturing toward a remaining old broken-down chain-link and wood fence]. I love it. The only thing I want to see is a grocery store.” Join the club. “I was coming here from New Jersey since I was a kid,” he reminisced, “I had my first roast beef sandwich in that Arby’s. There wasn’t even the Hilton, and when that was built I

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remember it was called the International. So I’ve seen everything change. The Strip is all about gaming. Downtown is becoming all about the infrastructure. The courthouses, the new beautiful city hall, all the development in Symphony Park … the Smith Center for Performing Arts, outlet stores, World Market Center, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, possibly the new $390 million plus stadium built by the Cordish Company, all the restaurants, the Molasky building and so much more …” This statement gave me pause. Yeah. Hmmmm. Although outlying suburban areas pretty much have everything to provide the residents with what they need for daily life (grocery stores, schools, gas stations, eateries, small businesses and services, etc.), we can’t have a city without the services that are provided downtown. A lot of Las Vegas city business, that makes the rest of the city operate, takes place downtown. I pondered the absurdity of not having realized that before. Richard continued, “You see where they’re putting in sidewalks and bike paths all around downtown. Thanks to City Councilman Bob Coffin and Downtown Project, hundreds of millions of dollars are being reinvested into the Mayfair Track and downtown areas. Cities don’t just do that unless they are expecting growth.” “I love that we’re getting culture in here with the Smith Center and other small house theaters. I love that you can go down Fremont Street at night and see women pushing their baby carriages and couples holding hands. You didn’t used to see that. That’s more of a sense of community for me. Everybody wants to be a part of something.” He declared, ISSUE 26

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If you’re smart and passionate in life, you have opportunity in the world to become part of something downtown.

“Look at all the workers working right now! Shucks and shovels and pickaxes and bulldozers and Bobcats! It’s amazing! You’re watching history being made right now! You are watching the rebirth of a city.” It seemed interesting that Richard found beauty in the image of the workers despite the dust and, in my opinion, lack of aesthetic. Mortar, drab grey slabs of cement, stray rocks, ugly fences, and neon work vests. “I find opportunity and beauty in everything. You show me a house for $35,000 that’s dilapidated, and I’ll show you a golden opportunity that, one, you can make money on, and two, you can pay back society with.” I have to say the “white hats” are pretty inspiring characters for the filter they’re seeing downtown through. In his final exclamation I will recount for you here, he burst, “You’ll never see this anywhere!! This is an entire city being built with people already living in it!”

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Letter Chapter 7

that had been passed to me a few days prior. I unfolded it and smoothed the paper in my hand, staring at the address. I needed to know what Edson knew, and something told me that he had much to confess.

By Matthew Dunsmoor Illustrations by April Teixeira I grabbed my phone and tapped the address into "He scribbled his address onto a piece of paper and presented it to me. I hesitantly retrieved it from his hand, slid it into my pocket, and got out of the car. I had a lot to think about before I would make a decision on whether or not to take him up on his offer."

its map app. The courtesy of calling ahead was one that I decided not to afford Edson; after all, if he had nothing to hide then a surprise visit should be nothing to worry about, right? I climbed into the Shadow and sped down some uncomfortably familiar roads in route to what I hoped would be some peace of mind.

I knocked loudly on the door when I arrived, ensuring the old man could hear me regardless of the room of the house in which he lurked. I was met quickly by a bewildered, yet seemingly happy Edson in what I assume are standard issue silk pajamas for upper-middle-class men over 65. "Mr. Dean," he smiled. "Please come in." He ushered me to my "favorite" couch and offered tea. I politely declined. "I think you know why I'm here," I blurted out, visibly catching Edson a bit off guard. "Sorry, I just figured that there was no sense in beating around the bush. I came for answers, and I don't intend on leaving until I get them." The old man politely smiled and briefly stooped his head in acknowledgement. "I'm an open book, Mr. Dean. Ask whatever you like, and I will tell you all that I know." "Alright. You clearly knew my father well, yet I never heard of you. Why is that?" I started. "I would assume it's because your father and I were nothing more than acquaintances — colleagues at best, before the year of his passing. Right around the time I believe you two were going

It had been three sleepless nights since I stepped out of Edson's car, and I was still no closer to making a decision about whether or not to trust him. On one hand, my father obviously trusted him, and (while I found it all to be a little insane) his Egyptian society conspiracy theory actually made some sense. On the other hand, he had me kidnapped. Also, he knew about the symbol — a symbol that he himself told me should result in my distrust of the person knowing about it. The funny thing was none of this was the reason for my sleepless nights. I didn't fear this man. I didn't fear his dour sidekick, either. To me, they were simply gnats swarming around my head, and if I wanted to swat them, I could at any time. No, the demon that haunted my dreams was much more frightening to me than they were. This monster took my friend, it invaded my home and shattered my sense of safety. It was the woman. The woman invaded my mind. She consumed my subconscious. I awoke from daydreams at work amid tasks I didn't remember beginning because my mind would fixate so intensely on that night in the alley. If there was even an outside chance that Edson could help me get to the bottom of this and find the woman, I had to take it. At the end of work that third day, I reached into my rear pocket and pulled out the crumpled scrap


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through a bit of a 'communication dry spell.' I can't imagine that he'd have much reason to force his coresearcher into a conversation when you two likely had more important issues to address." Though I felt a sharp stab of pain from his reminder of mine and my father's strained relationship near the end, he had a point. "Fair enough." I paused. "… Did you know my mother?" I'll never forget the surprise I saw on his face as the words left my mouth.

"Where did you get this?!" I shrieked, sensing my own aggressive tone. "Who is this woman?!" While I'd seen Edson startled before, I'd never truly seen him completely and utterly confounded until that moment. The sheer confusion on his face sent a chilling wave through me. "Hollace …," his voice lowered as he locked my gaze.

Her hair was also clearly different. Mom had uncontrollable fiery red hair kept at a short length that curled in every direction as she got closer and closer to the ocean. This woman's hair seemed to be just as listless as her eyes, and it was long.

"Well … um," he stuttered, "is this really why you came over? To ask me about your parents? I feel like you should be the expert on that, not me."

"That's the bookmark photo your father used in his journal while we worked together," Edson volunteered.

"I have many questions. These just happen to be the first. So?" "Come with me," he beckoned as he rose from his chair. I followed the small man down his hallway to the entry of a small room where a desk was stuffed in between overflowing bookshelves, filled with various assortments of texts. "I knew of your mother," he called over his shoulder as he entered. "I never met the woman. Your father kept a picture of her as a bookmark in his journal that he took with us on his research trips. He didn't seem to want to talk about her much, so I didn't pry." He made his way to one of the flooded bookshelves behind the desk and began searching for something amongst the shelves. As he pulled one of the books out, a picture dropped to the floor, and I bent down to pick it up. As I examined the image, all of the blood drained from my fingertips. My body went numb, and my stomach went into a zero-gravity barrel roll. It was the woman — the demon that haunted my dreams. Though I'd only caught glimpses of her in each of our encounters, I knew without a doubt this was her. Her long platinum hair and long neck gave it away. "Ah! I see you found it!" Edson smiled as he slid his book back into its place amongst the tangle of books.


who raised me? Was I that far removed from her? The face definitely had similar features — the slender cheekbone structure, the slightest upturn at the end of the nose, and green eyes. The eyes seemed different, though. Mom had the most energetic, rich emerald green eyes. This woman's eyes were tired, and any life in them seemed to have turned from a true green into a grayish-green hue.

It was all becoming too much. "Thanks," I said awkwardly as I shoved the picture into my pocket and hurried toward the door. I felt as if the walls were all reaching at me, and I needed to escape into the big nighttime world. "Hollace, wait!" Edson called after me as I dashed down the hallway and into the living room.

"Tell me! You wanted to know why I came? THIS is why I came. Her!" I shook my finger at the picture. "Now tell me!" The confusion remained on his face, "Hollace … do you not recognize your own mother?" All of the air escaped my body, and I struggled to breathe. It felt as if a prizefighter had just sucker punched me while I was somehow underwater. I stared at the picture. "… no … No!" I angrily snorted. "This looks noth — " I stopped and stared closer at the picture. Was it really her? Did I really not recognize the woman

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I stopped and turned, "I really can't be here right now." He stopped in the hallway and looked at me. I could feel my core temperature rising, and it felt as if the wave of heat was pushing up at my head. "It's just that this — it's a lot to take in." "I understand," he said as if he were conceding in an argument. "But I just want to know why this picture scared you so much." I looked up at him with a frightened look.

"Because I think my mother may be a murderer." MAY 2014


Serendipitous Spotlight Q&A w/Downtown Runners Founder “Tutu” Tanya Carrier

Thanks for stopping by, Tanya! WOW, that’s some tutu you’re wearing. I assume this is where the name came from ... I attended a startup weekend to pitch my running company idea and wanted to stand out amongst all the “techies” (is that a word?), so I sported a bright BLUE tutu, and I have been Tutu Tanya ever since! The inaugural Tutu Trot 5k is set for September 2014! Of course, leave it to me to plan a glittery 5k where everyone runs in their homemade tutus! Running is not in most people’s DNA. When did you begin embracing the sport? I started running at the age of 13 after being cut from the softball team two years in a row. I was the fastest girl in tryouts, but I was so afraid to catch pop flies! (I didn’t want the ball to bust out my front teeth.) My coach told me about cross-country and track, and after discovering the sport of running, I have never turned back! You’ve raced in the Boston, New York, and Chicago marathons. Which was your favorite? Running in The BIG BOSTON MARATHON is every runner’s dream! It is the most prestigious race, and you actually have to qualify in order to stand on that starting line! I was blessed and qualified with a marathon time of 3:14 back in 2006. Running the Boston Marathon was the best race of my entire life. I am heading back to the starting line in 2015, after earning a qualifying time in the Chicago Marathon this past October! How often do you purchase new running shoes? What brand/style is your go-to? In order to stay injury free, I replace my running shoes every 300 miles. When I am in peak training, that would mean new shoes every month and a half to two months! Asics Gel Cumulus are the only shoes you will ever see me running in! You can imagine my happiness when they finally came out with some bright, flashy colors! Your organization, Downtown Runners, intermingles fun and run with themed events. Tell us more! Although I am a competitive runner, I was inspired to create a running company to reach the noncompetitive runners. There is so much competition in life, and I wanted to create something fun and unique that anyone could participate in. My events are for veterans that need to take a day off from their rigorous routines and for the newbies that are just hoping to finish their first 5k! The Sprinkler Sprint on June 7 is your next Downtown Runners 5k. What’s going down? An Epic Water War Race! Runners and walkers will traverse through misting tunnels, water cannon blasters, Super Soaker zones, Slip ‘N Slides, and we have added a secret new water zone this year! Oh, and don’t forget about the refreshment stop on the course where participants can take a break and enjoy a frosty treat! You have a max of four words to end this interview. Go! Have you registered yet? – Michael Boley


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English Pea Risotto

with Pea Tendrils

Serves 8 4 tablespoons butter, divided 1/4 cup olive oil 2 shallots, minced 1/2 tablespoon regular garlic, minced 1 cup risotto 3/4 cup white wine 4 cups hot vegetable stock 1 cup English peas, cleaned 1 sprig fresh mint 1/2 cup puree of blanched fresh peas (see note) 3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano 1/2 cup pea tendrils, rough chop, optional (see note) Kosher salt and pepper to taste

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In a large heavy bottomed stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil over medium heat; do not let it turn brown. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until translucent. Add the risotto and stir to coat with the oil and butter; season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and cook, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until liquid is absorbed. Add the hot stock a ladle at a time, stirring constantly, letting the liquid absorb before adding the next ladle. (It is important that the stock be kept hot throughout the process.) When adding the last ladle of stock (the risotto should be cooked, but still have bite), add the peas and mint sprig. Cook until the liquid is absorbed, then remove from the heat and add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, pea puree, cheese and pea tendrils, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Discard the mint sprig and serve. Risotto should be creamy, about the consistency of a good oatmeal, so that it can be eaten with a spoon. Note: Make the pea puree ahead of time by blanching about 1/2 cup fresh peas in salted water, then pureeing peas in blender with a little of the cooking water. Can be done hours in advance and refrigerated.

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By Brain Paco Alvarez

Photo credit: UNLV Special Collections

or many, many years Fremont Street was the gateway to Las Vegas, and for a while it was also the gateway to Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam). People far and wide would come to see the great wonder that was the largest dam in the world. They would arrive at the train depot that was located on the western end of Fremont Street. The depot defined downtown, and it was the focal point for the community. It was, after all, the place that drove the economy for almost three generations. Built by the San Pedro-Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad, the first train depot was an old railroad car that was temporarily used when Las Vegas was founded in 1905. Shortly after the city's founding, a permanent building was built that lasted for over 30 years. In 1939, the original depot was demolished and replaced with an ultra “Moderne” depot that was reflective of a new era in America: an era that celebrated new advancements in technology, which lead to the evolution of diesel locomotives over the older and more cumbersome steam locomotives.


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The "City of Las Vegas" diesel "Aerotrain" was the epitome of modern styling, comfort and speed. This locomotive would revolutionize train travel and bring thousands of people to Las Vegas. From 1905 to the late 1950s train travel would be a major transportation mode for people to visit Las Vegas. Eventually, by the late 1960s automobiles and airplanes would replace trains as the preferred mode of transportation in the United States. By 1969, the once mighty "Moderne" train depot would be demolished to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel & Casino. Though the casino sits on the site of the old railroad depot, there still is a tiny depot located behind the hotel that is emblazoned with the words “Las Vegas, Nevada.”

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Fan Favorite:

Chopped Salad – Rachel’s Kitchen While Rachel’s Kitchen offers a unique and varying salad spread, fans can’t seem to get enough of the chopped salad. Made fresh to order, this hearty meal is packed with nutrients from broccoli, tomatoes and red cabbage. Tossed in their homemade balsamic basil vinaigrette, you walk away full and maybe even a bit stronger.

“Steak” Your Claim:

Steak Salad – Park on Fremont There is no secret at Park on Fremont that both customers and workers alike crave a little protein on their plate. The steak salad, one of many popular menu items, ranks at the top of that favorites list. With citrus marinated steak and healthy fats like avocado and gorgonzola cheese, there is no regret after dining on this delicious treat. Who said eating healthy had to be tasteless? Indulge your taste in this filling bite to eat.

Writer’s Pick:

Tuna Salad – Rachel’s Kitchen Bursting with flavor, the tuna salad is a personal favorite. Fresh mixed greens, mouth-watering cucumbers and the refreshing taste of homemade tuna salad, your fork will be clean and your bowl will be, too. This salad easily takes away the feeling of eating boring lettuce and offers you satisfying taste, and oh, what a feeling!


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Where the Grass is

It’s lunchtime, and after staying strong on your health k opt for a burger and fries instead of a yummy salad. W trying to eat right by bulking up on your greens intake c dreaming of a juicy burger as you muscle down the umpte hour with salads from local downtown restaurants that combine h

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Great "Eats":

Salad Special – eat. As unique is the vibe of this modern eatery, so is the food that this little town favorite offers. Eat’s salad special is composed of baby spinach, strawberries, feta and to top things off with a little sweetness, a handful of sugared pecans. As if that mix of goodness is not tasty enough, Eat pairs this salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette that is sure to please your palate. With the option to add chicken or shrimp to any salad, you've come to the right place for an interesting twist to your standard mix of greens.

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Signature Moves:

Always Greener

Signature Salad – Rachel’s Kitchen The signature salad here truly sets itself apart from the rest on this restaurant’s staple. Rolling their own goat cheese into nuts before they are placed on the salad ensures your meal is handled with much love and care. Adding options such as tuna or chicken at a minimal cost, customers can tweak this salad to their own personal taste.

By Temple Brathwaite

kick in preparation for pool season, you wouldn’t dare We know, we know … As if diets aren’t hard enough, can become yet another ordinary routine. So instead of eenth lettuce leaf, pack a powerful punch into your lunch healthy eating and delicious flair that will besiege your taste buds.

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Gold Medal Material:

salads (dependent on add-on and take-off ingredients), only two cups calories! That’s less than a cookie, a bag of chips or even a ting for? Dine on one of these downtown specialty salads m to tighten your belt and even order a light dessert.

Wild Card:

Kale Mix Salad – Bronze Café While you have the option to get a side of mixed greens with any sandwich, this eatery definitely takes the gold medal with some of the salads they offer. Your standard Caesar salad stands up pretty well, but gluten-free and vegetarian options like the beet or Mediterranean chopped salad surely impress. If you're really up for it, Bronze Café is prepared to give you the "Bizness," and based on reviews, this made-to-order kale mix is worth all the press it gets.

Quinoa Salad – WILD There really is no way to go wrong at this new addition to the downtown food gang. With everything from farmto-table options and gluten-free pizzas, WILD has gone all in with their healthy options. And the good news? They didn't cut corners on delicious taste. With plenty of different options like the kale or fig salad, the quinoa stands out as a surprising fan favorite. The fresh taste of ginger offers your taste buds a pleasant surprise while kale and the authentic green goddess dressing ties things up for the perfectly paired package.


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Juhl Lofts


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Karina Giraldo Residential Specialist T: 702.566.7222 M: 702.480.9131 F: 702.853.4470

Juhl, a luxury condominium project consisting of mid-rise and high-rise residences, is located within the “core” of downtown Las Vegas. This sprawling development expands almost an entire city block, situated on the corner of Bonneville Avenue and Fourth Street between the Arts District and the Fremont Street Experience. Offering 13 live/work units and three additional larger commercial spaces, Juhl’s amenities go hand-in-hand with downtown’s revitalization efforts, which are designed to create an atypical urban residence coupled with a high quality of life. Juhl’s 341 unit lofts, ranging from 600 square feet up to 2,200 square feet, are divided into six individual buildings: a towering 15-story glass tower, a nine-story mid-rise, a seven-story townhouse, a seven-story flat home, a seven-story live/work building, and a six-story warehouse. The majority of Juhls’ studios and one and two bedroom floor plans are comprised with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with stunning Strip, mountain, and downtown views. All units are designed with modern loft-style living in mind, including optional walls, exposed mechanicals and conduits, and finished kitchen and baths with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Residents at Juhl enjoy a two-story fitness center, a rooftop pool and viewing deck, hot tubs, and an outdoor mini movie theater. Covered, gated parking and 24-hour security is also provided. In addition to the on-site perks, Juhl residents have the benefit of the “#InTheKnow” card, a promotions card that offers special deals and discounts at some of the coolest places in Las Vegas. As for the rental market, Northcap is currently leasing units at:

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Interior Upgrade

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Stainless/Carpet Stainless/Carpet Stainless/Carpet Stainless/Wood/Patio Stainless/Wood Stainless/Wood Stainless/Wood

$2,085.25 $2,250.00 $2,275.00 $1,867.25 $1,992.00 $2,011.20 $2,147.90

In addition to unit lofts, at the base of Juhl there is +/- 20,000 square feet of retail space that will soon be on the market for lease. Amazing views, upscale finishings, and unmatched walkability to dining, entertainment, and shopping are premiere examples as to why Juhl is not your typical Las Vegas high-rise, once again proving why this should be your top choice for downtown living.


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Living Z By Consy Malasoma

I recently visited our new Downtown Container Park with outof-town guests, and what struck me was the sense of community. When I picked up the Downtown ZEN magazine and read the articles on the changes downtown and the emerging art scene, I knew this was a stepping-stone to something greater in our community experience. It also reminded me of how we can integrate feng shui into our lives. Feng shui is a 5,000-year-old art and science that comes to us from China. There are many categories to feng shui such as: building site, building exterior, interior, occupants and cosmic energy. The purpose of feng shui is to balance the flow of energy or chi (pronounced chee) in our immediate environment to promote harmony, happiness and success. The Chinese believed that our lives are based first on destiny, second on luck, third on feng shui (placement), fourth on virtue, and fifth on education. This column will be the first of many to look at how feng shui here in Las Vegas can have an impact on your well-being. Whenever I have a consultation I look at the balance of yin and yang in the space I am working with. If there is any confusion between the characteristics of the two: compare Las Vegas to Seattle. Seattle represents the yin energy that is receptive, moist, overcast and a feminine energy. Las Vegas on the other hand is dry, hot, and at times windy, similar to masculine or yang energy. For the past eight years I have traveled between my homes in the Cascade Foothills outside of Seattle and the Las Vegas desert. I could not have chosen more contrasting locales. Las Vegans have many social venues and lots of outdoor events (yang) while Seattle is limited by the cold, snowy or rainy days (yin). I have noticed that the residents in Las Vegas are rushing around, driving faster and are very social, not to mention the day clubs and night life on the Strip! If you are at all familiar with Seattle, then you have experienced the forever-overcast days in the winter, the misty rains and how during the cold winter months everyone tends to stay indoors. Due to all the damp and coolness there is an inordinate amount of greenery everywhere (yin) compared to the neutral colored open spaces on our desert (yang).


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Zen The key to any conversation about feng shui is the connection to nature and the balance of elements. Yin and yang is only one aspect but worthy of discussion. When we as humans feel safe, and have equal parts of yin and yang in our home (or office) surroundings, we feel less stressed, less anxious and even more productive. The two polarities on our planet are that “as above, so below.” There is no hot without cold, no day without night, no wet without dry and so on. Take a moment in the early morning to meander down to our container park and see how you feel. It provides a space with many colored containers and a central playground for the children to explore. It has a pleasant feel to it like stepping into a small private space. After reading this column, take a good look at your home surroundings and see how much balance you have created. Are all your walls stark white (yang)? Or is your home dark with heavy shutters and little natural light coming in (yin)? To balance both, you could paint your walls or add colorful artwork. Do you have mostly leather furnishings (yang) or fabrics and tapestry patterns (yin). Try to balance your space with a little of both. Do you break up your shiny tile floors with chunky, textured area rugs (yin) or with no carpeting to speak of (yang)? Try to subdue the brightness of the white flooring by adding texture. Do you have bright overhead lighting (yang) or soft lighting (yin)? You can easily change lighting in a room using lower wattage or adding dimmer switches. A good indicator of how “balanced” your surroundings are is the barometer of how you feel in your space. Are you restless and forever getting up and down (yang)? Or are you relaxed and rejuvenated (yin)? Take a moment to edit your surroundings and the emotions that come up in your space. If you are feeling too lethargic then look around and add lighter accessories to a dark room, or brighten up the indoor lighting and open up your shutters to let in natural light. If you are feeling agitated or restless then break up the shiny countertops and flooring with earthy accessories or green plants to tone down the brightness. We all need a place to get away from the stress of everyday life and to create a sanctuary where we feel safe and comfortable. I will highlight other ways to bring balance into your life using feng shui in future articles.


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About Consy Malasoma Consy received her feng shui practitioner certificate from the Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego, Calif. in 2001. She also studied Chinese astrology under Roger Green from Australia, Flying Star feng shui under Elliot Tanzer and has attended seminars by the world renown practitioner, Wm Spear. Consy uses her feng shui background to stage, redesign and color consult for residential and commercial properties. Her clients span from the Bay Area to Las Vegas and the Greater East Side of the Puget Sound. She is a member of the American Federation of Astrologers, a Red Ribbon professional of the International Feng Shui Guild, as well as a member in good standing of the local NW chapter of the Feng Shui Guild. Consy is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association. In addition, she holds her Washington real estate broker’s license with the referral group of John L. Scott Realty. She has given talks for Barnes and Noble in Las Vegas, Nev., Stonehouse Bookstore in Kirkland, Wash. and East West bookstore in Seattle, Wash., and she has been featured as a monthly columnist for several years at as the feng shui expert. Consy continues to contribute articles to the Spirit Journal paper, the IFSG e-zine and the online Conscious Design Magazine. Mayor Matt Larson appointed Consy to the Snoqualmie Arts Commission for a three-year term last year, and she has been serving on the Marketing Committee for IFSG and is on an HOA Board in Las Vegas. Consy enjoys giving seminars and strives to help bring harmony and balance into her clients’ lives. She is currently working on her first book about combining staging, astrology and feng shui to create sanctuary in our homes. For more information please refer to her website at:



Like most weekends, this particular Saturday afternoon at the Downtown Container Park was alive and hopping with the sounds of music, laughter and fun. But in a quiet corner on the second level, I found a sanctuary holding a roomful of families, computers and code. In the midst of it all, I also found Amelia Pond, the education commissioner at Zappos TechU. Come along, Pond … “Today we are teaching the programs that show the fundamental pieces of logic about coding,” Amelia said. Basically, a way to learn “if statements” and “forward loops.” It was a program designed using Angry Birds, which meant you were able to enjoy it as a game while learning what code actually does. I sat myself down at a table with a 13-year-old girl, her father and her grandmother. We all had a lot of fun using the program. Admittedly, the young girl was the main tutor in our group, since some of the adults — who will remain nameless — had a hard time grasping the concept of “forward loops” and the idea that right is vastly different from left. OK, that person may or may not have been me. The main goal of “Hour of Code” that day was to give people in the community, who may have never experienced programming or code, the opportunity to see what it’s really like. “We can help the people who have passion for coding, the natural desire, and give them that exposure — to push them in the right direction,” said Amelia. Zappos sponsored this particular event, but the material and the tutorials can be found on This is a great website and resource for anyone interested in computer science or just curious about how websites work and how code is utilized.


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Overall, more than 150 people came out that Saturday to the container park to program little Angry Birds and Zombies into doing what they were told. Amelia was excited to see people of all ages come out and enjoy the event. “The goal of ‘Hour of Code’ is to break down that barrier of code being a black box,” she said. “I think those exercises do that really well. They get people to realize that this is just logic we’re dealing with here. It’s nothing that’s outof-this-world difficult.” For the most part, she felt that everyone walked away from the event feeling pretty surprised by what they experienced. Since a lot of people wanted to continue to learn more after the tutorials they experienced during the Hour, they were also given resource sheets with web addresses they can use to continue to practice and learn on their own. “A lot of the parents see the value for their kids, “ said Amelia. Afterall, once you crawl into that box and start programming and coding on your own, things are much bigger on the inside … Another program that Zappos is sponsoring for kids, to get them coding in the classroom, is a special “Hour of Code” program for 300 students at Howard Hollingsworth Elementary School in May. “It’s very exciting,” said Amelia. “Just to get these kids going, and to get them some exposure to coding so early on is something to really look forward to.” They’re also going to look into any needs or gaps at the computer labs at Hollingsworth while they’re there. Another event that Zappos TechU has opened up for the community is a “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” at Work in Progress with Rob High, the CTO of IBM Watson Group. Watson is the famous Jeopardy “contestant” that you can tell things to in plain English, and it can spit you out an answer. Amelia said the applications of Watson are growing rapidly; “It can be another triage doctor in the room with you, for example. He can compute for you what your diagnoses is based on your symptoms.” Yeah. It’s cool. If you’re not able to attend this particular “Lunch ‘n’ Learn,” there will be more available for everyone in the community at later dates. And, a “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” is exactly what it sounds like: an hour of your time to learn and eat. For more information, please go to

But code doesn’t stop at websites. Mobile applications are hot, and as more kids get into using them, they’re naturally more interested in building their own. Once again, Zappos has stepped in and partnered with STEM — the Science Tech Engineering Math Competition. This is Congress’ firstever funding initiative for high school kids, and Zappos will be working with students in District One to build their own mobile apps. “We’re partnering with Dina Titus and her office and Teach for America, and holding a workshop at the Zappos Campus,” said Amelia. These kids came in with varying degrees of knowledge about programming. “We had about two hours with Zappos employees mentoring these kids and getting their ideas solidified,” she said. It’s one thing to have a great idea, but quite another to do the work and narrow the focus. The first goaround was learning a lot about lean methodologies. They then got pointed in the right direction for the tools they could use to build their apps. “It sounds really intimidating and really hard,” she said. “But fortunately, the program works so that you don’t actually have to submit an app to be considered for the challenge. They just have to record and submit two different videos.” The first video is about why they chose what they wanted to build — the reasoning behind it and their motivation. The other video walks through the app and how it would operate. In the end, the students get to participate in an awards ceremony at the Learning Village with Dina Titus in May. Since they own the rights to their app, they also have the option later of trying to build their own business and maybe being the next Flappy Birds. Code. It’s not that scary. It’s really not hard. Children can build it. Grandparents can build it. It’s just about having access to the resources, which is the goal of “Hour of Code” and many of the other programs that Amelia works with to bring coding to the community. “For me personally,” she said, “it’s important to get people coding because I think people need an applicable creative outlet for themselves. I see a huge cultural need for people to express themselves in ways that this world understands, and that’s also meaningful. I think there are a lot of people that have untapped potential — in the innovative, engineering sense. The potential effects are enormous.” Code: at your fingertips. All of it. For you. Where do you want to start?


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Special Collections, University of Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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“ice house”

As a settler back in the early 1900s no one would have thought that anyone could survive in the desert. Its dry conditions and overbearing heat, then its mild yet cold winters, made it hard to think of it as a place to live, grow crops or develop as a thriving community, but it took only a few men to realize that it was possible to “squeeze blood from a turnip.” Part of making this new Western town was the Las Vegas ice plant; a manufacturer of ice for the railroads as well as for the locals who made the decision to make a life in this remote, desolate desert. The struggles that this place, referred to as the “ice house,” endured where catastrophic, but in the end it would be one of the most instrumental gateways for building a community in this baron, unforgiving land many thought was uninhabitable. The life of the ice house goes all the way back to 1906, and it operated until 1983. In the early days, railroads were being built which offered work for hundreds of people. The railroad was a means for transporting perishable goods between California, Utah and Nevada. Before refrigerated railroad cars, the ice house provided a way of getting fresh produce from state to state and city to city without spoilage. At first the railroad that had brought many jobs to the area suffered a downturn, and many jobs were lost. The ice house was destroyed by fire, and without investors it wasn’t likely that a community could thrive, but by 1917 the original railroad was sold to Union Pacific Railroads, and the ice house was built again. Again the city was in need of workers for building this little isolated town. There were very few businesses and even fewer streets. Actually, the only paved road that was in Las Vegas was Fremont Street, a one-way street that was part of the state highway. There was Sears Roebuck and the Mesquite Grocery Store, which were the only two brick buildings that existed. The surrounding businesses were wooden structures including The First State Bank and the Boulder City Club as well as some shacks that offered beer, whiskey and clubs to play betting games. Despite this very small community’s growth of businesses, critics were still very skeptical that this town would be able to sustain itself or even become a major metropolitan area. As workers were brought in to build and work the railroad they were often given a bunkhouse to live in. These tiny little shacks had nothing but beds: no running water, kitchens or bathrooms. Workers gathered at a tiny mess hall to eat. This building still stands today, located at Third and Commerce streets. As laborers learned of the new grandiose plans of the largest dam project (Hoover Dam), they felt as though this little dirt town would one day be a place to settle down and raise a family. The tiny bunkers that were once used for a place to sleep were now being purchased and turned into homes as men moved their families to town. So now more than ever the ice house was an absolute necessity. It was one of the most high-tech manufacturing plants of its time. It provided jobs as well as a means for locals to preserve food, and it also generated electricity for the town. It made the land livable! The ice house provided ice until 1983, and like many other abandoned buildings in the downtown Las Vegas area, this ice house, which was part of the National Register of Historic Places in Clark County, sat empty for a long period of time and was eventually taken over by vagrants and finally leveled due to safety issues. So as you pass the railroad downtown, just remember that the dream of making this place livable was truly dependent on the railroads and the Hoover Dam aided by way of the innovative manufacturing of the ice house.


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Old buildings could tell some of the best stories of the things they’d witnessed if they only had a voice, I think. That’s the reason why I like to photograph them so much; I can try to give them that voice and to tell that story of all the things that happened there over the decades. This structure, the gymnasium at Las Vegas Academy, struck me in particular because in our fair city finding an aged building is like scouring the desert for water. When I look at this building, I imagine students from times past to present walking up and down these steps during their most formative years. Maybe it’s the nostalgia for me that keeps the camera curious and always wanting to capture these moments caught in time, or just because I like old buildings. Either way, I hope you enjoy it, too.


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–Peter Gaunt



A Modest Proposal

Arts&Ents R E V I E W

By Erik Amblad

By the end of this century, Las Vegas could be the most important city for theater in the country — if not the world. I catch a lot of flak for saying that. After all, who are we compared to New York or Chicago? Some people even laugh at me, “Do we even have a theater scene in Las Vegas?” Believe me, I understand. Of the nearly 2 million people in this valley, I’d bet that maybe 2,000 of us actually actively think about theater. Not exactly the best recipe for a 100-year plan. Then again, look at the people making theater in this town. If you’re committed to doing theater in Las Vegas where literally 99.9 percent of the people do not know you exist, you’ve gotta be a little crazy, right? That kind of crazy has to produce some interesting theater. For those of us who were raised here, we had some strange influences. Siegfried and Roy were the standards, not Rodgers and Hammerstein. We didn’t have William Shakespeare growing up — we had Wayne Newton. Then there are the people who actually moved here to make theater. People like Troy Heard, whose hit shows around town have names like “Theodora, the She-Bitch of Byzantium,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” and “Death of a Salesman.” Why is he here? Troy likes to remind me: “Vegas is literally the Wild West: there are no rules!” No one in the audience has expectations, and no one on stage has limits on their imagination. You will see a lot of bad theater here. But you will also see a lot that is great. Our pioneers of theater are making things more powerful and more intimate than anything you can see in IMAX 3D. Beyond the Smith Center stages, beyond the casino showrooms, the future is being shaped in small theaters around Las Vegas. By just being in the audience here, we can write the new rules for American theater’s next 100 years. Together, we have the best seat in the house. Erik Amblad is the new theater columnist for the Downtown ZEN. Born and raised in Las Vegas, he is an award-winning actor, director, and producer, whose work has been seen from Boston and New York City to Seattle. For the last 10 years, Erik has worked with nearly every theater company in Las Vegas, and most recently, Erik was the Artistic Director of Cockroach Theatre in Las Vegas.


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By Erik Amblad

shining a light on quality local productions

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Looking for theater in Las Vegas, but don’t know where to start? The organizers behind the newly created Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards (or Valley Awards, for short) have introduced what they think will be the ultimate guide to finding quality productions throughout the city. The Valley Awards honor the best of locally produced Las Vegas theater by recommending plays throughout the year. To earn the “Valley Recommended” label, a panel of judges attends opening night. Those judges must independently agree that multiple aspects of the show are excellent. “We know there a lot of options in Las Vegas for what people want to do with their time,” said Jacob Coakley, organizer and cofounder of the Valley Awards. Coakley hopes this will give audiences a trusted resource for expanding their horizons. In founding the Awards, Coakley and his team aim “to celebrate and trumpet what is truly excellent in Las Vegas theater, because it’s there, and it deserves to be seen — and it deserves to be talked about.” In theory, this new program will demystify the process of discovering entertaining, worthwhile theater. In practice, the judging system has only been in place for four months now, but nine local theater companies have embraced the process. To date, five shows have earned the “Valley Recommended” label since the Valley Theatre Awards began in January. Nearly every theater that serves downtown also participates in the program. Plays that are deemed “Valley Recommended” receive an official graphic seal of approval. Interested theatergoers can view endorsed productions at www.lasvegasvalleys. com. Recommendation announcements are typically made the day after a show opens. The list of participating theaters includes those who make their home in or near downtown (Cockroach Theatre at Art Square Theatre, Off Strip Productions at Onyx Theatre, Las Vegas Little Theatre) and those who produce all over the city (Table 8 Productions, Poor Richard’s Players, QuadraNine Productions, Asylum Theatre, and British National Theatre of America). At press time, Super Summer Theatre was added to the ranks. Las Vegas Shakespeare Company did not respond to requests for comment regarding their decision not to participate in the program. For those theaters that do participate, the decision was easy. As Walter Niejadlik, president of Las Vegas Little Theatre, put it, “Anything (like this) that seeks to promote theater in our community has to be a good thing.” Troy Heard, creative director at Table 8 Productions, thinks this is part of the community’s cultural evolution: “Seeing as Vegas just recently got its own performing arts facility in the Smith Center, the Valley Awards is another step toward presenting us as a unified city for the arts.” Benjamin Loewy, artistic director of Poor Richard’s Players, said his sights are set even higher. “Pending this program's future success, it has the potential to […] one day contribute to national recognition of the blossoming arts culture here.” Downtown ZEN

As more shows are produced and more theaters participate in the program, organizers recognize that covering every opening night with qualified judges may be a challenge. Currently, “Qualified Adjudicators” are drawn from all walks of theater-going life, including local critics, theater professionals and volunteers, and avid audience members (this writer is also an adjudicator). Anyone interested can apply to be a judge by first visiting the Valley Awards website. To date, no company has expressed a significant concern about the quality of judges. Nearly all echo the sentiment of Levi Fackrell, managing director of Cockroach Theatre: “From the Valley Recommended plays that I've seen, the judging system seems fair and accurate. I'd like to see more people from outside the theater community become interested in becoming judges. There's a real opportunity to engage the public at large.” What’s next for the Valley Awards? Coakley is currently excited about the first ever Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards Ceremony — the city’s version of the Tony Awards — coming in July of this year. How can you find a Valley Recommended show? Here is your list of participating theaters: Cockroach Theatre - Art Square Theatre 1025 S. First Street, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89101 Off Strip Productions - The Onyx Theatre 953 E. Sahara Avenue, Bldg. 16 Las Vegas, NV 89104 Las Vegas Little Theatre 3920 Schiff Drive Las Vegas, NV 89103 Super Summer Theatre - Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Highway 159 Blue Diamond, NV Table 8 Productions Producing at venues throughout Las Vegas Poor Richard’s Players Producing at venues throughout Las Vegas QuadraNine Productions Producing at venues throughout Las Vegas Asylum Theatre Producing at venues throughout Las Vegas British National Theatre of America Producing at venues throughout Las Vegas

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Through the beginning of April, four shows received a Valley Award Recommendation.


Look for the Valley Recommended logo — the official seal of approval for plays recognized by the Valley Awards.




1) Poor Richard’s Players production of “Red” by John Logan 2) Table 8 Production’s world premiere of “Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead” by Troy Heard 3) Las Vegas Little Theatre’s production of “True West” by Sam Shepard. 4) Cockroach Theatre’s production of “Edmond” by David Mamet. All companies have new productions coming this May.

Photo credit for Edmond photo: Ryan Reason


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There are few things more perfect than a spring night in Las Vegas (well, the Dodgers winning another world series in my lifetime would be insanely perfect, but that’s another story for another time). On a Friday night in March, the hubs and I decided to check out longtime Vegas staple Chart House. Chart House is located inside the Golden Nugget. The hotel casino operation could have a write-up all on its own, what with the shark tank pool and water slide. I’ve written before about how much I love old-school Vegas, and the Golden Nugget is just that. Chart House is located right at the main entrance of the hotel and casino. My husband made the reservation and specifically asked to be next to the aquarium. We are turning into my grandparents, and we’re eating dinner earlier and earlier these days; it’s great for the metabolism though. ;-) Our reservation was for 6 p.m., and we were seated in a comfortable and roomy booth that was right across from their enormous aquarium. This aquarium is huge!!!! It’s 75,000 gallons, floor to ceiling and takes up the whole center of the restaurant. It was so nice to kick back, relax and watch the tropical fishies swim. Our server was funny and attentive. I spent 13+ years in the restaurant industry, so service is important to me. Maybe I’m spoiled from working at Zappos, or maybe I’m biased from being in the business for as long as I was, maybe it’s a mix of both . . . whatever the case is, if I get bad service my dining experience is ruined no matter how good the food is. I was happy to have a lively and intuitive server.


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House By Joanna Mueller

We started with shrimp cocktail (my search for the best in town continues!). For anyone who has seen the movie Beetlejuice: remember the part when the ghosts of Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis become possessed at the table, and they all dance to that Harry Belafonte song, and the shrimp cocktail is possessed too . . . and it grabs their faces? So our shrimp cocktail looked like that. I mean, minus the super weird face grabby thing. It was so good!!! The shrimp comes in this icy bowl with dry ice coming out of it. The presentation is just spectacular! I eat steak every time I go out to a fancy dinner; I’m trying to eat a little healthier these days, so I ended up going with the free range chicken. It was bone-in, which is usually another no-no for me, but the flavor was so good!!! The chicken was lightly fried and came drizzled with Marsala wine sauce and sat on a bed of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. The meal was delightful. My husband had the lobster francese, which is a lightly breaded lobster tail served with angel hair pasta and tossed with spinach, mushrooms, asparagus and tomatoes. Both of us were happy with our meals, and I was happy to go somewhat outside of my steak and potato comfort zone . . . Not that far out, mind you . . . but out, nonetheless. We finished our meal with a HUGE slice of strawberry cheesecake and black coffee. The bill was a little over $100 for the two of us, and we don’t drink alcohol, so keep that in mind when dining here. We finished our meal and headed out to catch the Life Cube burn. What an exceptional and special evening. What can I say? Sometimes this city is just perfection!


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DT’s Libation Station By Rockne Henriques

Looking for that eclectic oasis in the downtown area? Maybe you’re looking for a tropical fix, anytime of the day? Well Frankie’s Tiki Room definitely has what you’re looking for! I chose this joint as my very first spot in the Downtown Zen, partly because my friends have said some pretty amazing things. Man, I’m glad I did! Frankie’s is located west of the I-15 freeway on Charleston Boulevard. If you are travelling east and you’ve passed the gas station and Wendy’s, you’ve missed it. Bright pink neon lights line the old adobe-style building along with a half circle arch entrance. The archway is labeled with “Kahi Maluhia Loa I Ka Honua.” With all my years of Hawaiian 101 classes, my thought is that it translates to “Peace on Earth.” Hawaiian is super conceptual and can have many meanings, but the overall concept is to wish everyone good peace! Once you enter the tiki-guarded doors, you are literally taken to the South Pacific islands. The place is filled with the Pacific island theme: wooden carvings, netting, fisherman’s glass balls, thatched hut awnings and of course, tikis! There’s a variety of bar tops, high tops, table seating and booths. Along with the intimate green, yellow and blue ceiling lights, the primary color is red. Glass candleholders on tables and red lights against the wall create a fiery lava look. All in all, this place offers a very on point theme! On my visit, the bartenders were Mike and Nate. When it came to the service, they were AH-MAZE-ING! Super nice, they introduced themselves to my guest and me. These guys were attentive, personable and really made my experience a great one. As my first visit, I enlisted them to choose some of their most popular drinks. Here’s what they recommended to me: Fink Bomb: A mellow blend of coconut rum, 160-proof rum floater, melon liqueur and pineapple juice. Man, this drink gives you a kick! Nate recommended mixing in the floater. The 43

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160-proof rum is superstrong and brings a spunky life to this libation. Thank goodness for the sweetness of the coconut and pineapple combination! Kahiki Kai: Coconut rum, banana liqueur and pineapple juice, garnished with a cherry and cut of pineapple. This drink is the tropical punch you’ve been waiting for. The pineapple juice offers a pleasant tart flavor, accompanied with coconut and hint of banana. Malekula: Coconut rum, Tuaca, melon liqueur and pineapple juice. The coconut rum is super prominent in this drink. Accompanied with the melon liqueur, your sweet tooth with certainly thank you! Bearded Clam: Light rum, simple syrup, mint leaves and passion fruit juice. This is your classic mojito with a tropical twist. First sip is a bit tart; however, the passion fruit really changes the flavor in the after taste. Super awesome! As you’ve probably guessed, the spirit of choice is rum. Don’t get me wrong though, Frankie’s Tiki Room is a full service bar; the menu items, however, will primarily feature this sugarcane byproduct based, alcoholic beverage. And even if rum may not be your drink of choice, I encourage you to give it a try. You will be pleasantly surprised. At the end of the day, I had a wonderful time at this place. Minus the smoky atmosphere, you have great bartenders, a chill vibe and super awesome drinks. Here’s the kicker: All mixed libations are only $9! I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to try this place out, but I can tell you this: I will definitely be back! If you’re in the area, you need to check this place out!

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S C E N E / H E A R D

Scene / Heard By Richard Grewar

The feeling you get … As a singer-songwriter it’s a pretty common thing to be asked, “What comes first for you: the melody or the lyrics?” Not a journalistic triumph of a question; let’s be honest. It isn’t very often, however, to be posed, “What’s the first thing you look for in a song; in music?” My new dtZEN teammate — the one and only Mandy Crispin — uttered those words to me at the end of our very first meeting. It was refreshing to feel the need to stop and think about the makeup of my answer. Furthermore, what better way to introduce myself to you, the reader, as we start what is bound to be a love-hate relationship? Taste is wonderfully subjective after all. What am I actually looking for? Melody? No, because even the artists that aren’t my cup-of-tea personally can carve out a sweet hook or two — insert Lady Gaga here. Lyrics? This pretty much falls into the same boat as the “melody” answer. It turns out, I’m looking (and listening) to see how my body reacts to what my ears are digesting. Am I being transported back to a teenage memory long forgotten when the opening notes of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” kick in? Is the tantalizingly bittersweet smell of an ex-girlfriend’s perfume torturing my soul when Jeff Buckley sings, “Everybody Here Wants You”? Or better yet, do I gain the uncontrollable urge to throw my body into the heady groove of a song like “Sorry” by The Moth & The Flame, whilst flipping off the rest of the world with wells in my eyes, as the movement envelops me? Does it change my mood quickly — for better or worse? You bet it does. It’s all of these things, and more. So much more. Music is the universally unexpected, it’s the ultimate cathartic freedom, the anguish and ecstasy of a moment, the never ending drive on a desert highway with nothing but miles and miles in front of you, clouds of dust behind you. Music is your first love. Your first loss. It’s the smell of rain in summer — no, music IS summer — it’s every season. It’s the one thing you can hold on to in times of despair and the object that elevates you in a split-second triumph. Literary imagery aside — What about you? What are you looking for? What does music do to you? As we step into this world together of a monthly bearing of musical opinions and experiences encapsulating the hearts, integrity, artistic creations and victories of my downtown musical counterparts (somehow into a 500 word article), I hope the song that’s currently playing in your head is one that has picked you up off your seat and transported you to a place, past or present, where the only emotion you’re feeling is excitement. Because that’s exactly what’s happening to me. 45

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Under the Stars!

MAY 30 • 6PM – 10PM

BOLDRhythms SMALLPlates BIGDrinks

100 couples 55 singles







Sponsors: LAS VEGAS

Downtown at The Ogden


*Free with admission. All proceeds benefit theDowntown Museum's educational youth. Guests must be 21-yearsMAY and over. ZEN programs for underserved 2014



Store hours are Mon-Sun 10-5 and private viewing by appointment We buy and sell Retro, Vintage, Antique and anything old and funky! 630 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 464-3299 ISSUE 26

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events calendar MAY 1 THURSDAY

Creativ Week Creativ Week is produced and curated by CatalystCreativ, a small business funded by the Downtown Project the first week of every month. Creativ Week is a monthly celebration in downtown Vegas that showcases the most exciting arts, culture and entertainment in downtown. more info:

MAY 2 FRIDAY Creativ Week

Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2pm The Downtown3rd Farmers Market has become an integral part of downtown Las Vegas. The biggest indoor farmers market showcases local Las Vegas farmers as well as including lots of fresh produce from California. location: US-95 & Casino Center Drive time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. more info: First Friday First Friday is celebrated in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas and celebrates young and established local artists. location: The Art’s District time: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. more info:

MAY 3 SATURDAY Creativ Week

Susan Komen Race for the Cure Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure charity run/walk to raise funds for breast cancer. location: Downtown Las Vegas time: 7 a.m.-11 a.m. more info: Lei Day Las Vegas Cultural festival with Hawaiian arts and crafts, music and dance, food and beverage.. location: 100 Stewart Ave. time: 9 a.m.-11:59 p.m. more info:

MAY 5 MONDAY Cinco de Mayo


Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2pm LVA Unplugged: Alive from the Copa/ Its Memorable Music and Legendary Entertainers Lowden Theater of the Performing Arts hosts a pre‐concert lecture series by Dr. Michael Green and features the Grammy award‐winning Las Vegas


Academy Jazz Ensemble bands with guest vocalist, Marlena Shaw. A complimentary post‐concert reception will be hosted by the Junior League at its historic Morelli House. time: 5:30 p.m. lecture series time: 7 p.m. concert more info:


Ohana Festival at Springs Preserve The Springs Preserve Ohana Festival is a familyfriendly celebration of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture. time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. more info: Family Game Night Come play board games with us! location: The Learning Village time: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. more info:

MAY 11 SUNDAY Mother’s Day

MAY 13 Tuesday

Downtown Trivia at the Beat | 7:30pm Come with a team or find one at The Beat. Every second Tuesday you can test your knowledge and flex your brain in a cerebral competition. There will be prizes and beer specials, and most likely a little more beer than brains. location: The Beat time: 7 p.m.


Stitch Factory Speaker Series Stitch Factory, in partnership with Downtown Project, presents Behind the Seams, a monthly speaker series designed to bring together passionate individuals to share ideas, network, and inspire. location: The Learning Village time: 5:30 p.m. more info: Helldorado Days Rodeo 2014 Five-day rodeo to include carnival, vendors, exhibitors and entertainment. Rodeo to take place in Symphony Park. location: Symphony Park time: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. more info:


Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2pm Helldorado Days Rodeo | 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.


Family LEGO Build Night Come build with us! location: The Learning Village time: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. more info: Helldorado Days Rodeo | 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.


Helldorado Days Rodeo | 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

MAY 20 Tuesday

Karaoke at the Kitchen Every third Tuesday, Rachel’s Kitchen will be holding a Karaoke contest. The winner will receive a prize and entered to win a grand prize on Sept. 16. location: Rachel’s Kitchen in the Ogden time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2pm 16th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Downtown Las Vegas at the corner of Seventh and Stewart avenues A three-day, all-ages event featuring dozens of punk rock bands including the Descendants and NOFX. more info: Single day and weekend passes available from $42 and up


16th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Ice Cream Festival at Springs Preserve Sweet treats and yummy eats will be on the menu as we host our annual all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Festival. time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. more info:


16th Annual Punk Rock Bowling

MAY 26 MONDAY Memorial Day

16th Annual Punk Rock Bowling

Stitch Factory Speaker Series | 5:30pm Helldorado Days Rodeo | 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

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Brews and Blues Festival at Springs Preserve Brews and Blues offer up beers from numerous local, regional, domestic and international brewers at the Springs Preserve. time: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. more info:


Sunday Reset Project Dedicated to creating a healthier community in Las Vegas by resetting the mind, body and spirit. Join our signature event the Sunday Reset Project. location: Amanda Harris Gallery time: 8 a.m. more info:


Creativ Week Creativ Week is produced and curated by CatalystCreativ, a small business funded by the Downtown Project the first week of every month. Creativ Week is a monthly celebration in downtown Vegas that showcases the most exciting arts, culture and entertainment in downtown. more info:

JUNE 5 THURSDAY Creativ Week

JUNE 6 FRIDAY Creativ Week

Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2pm First Friday First Friday is celebrated in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas and celebrates young and established local artists. location: The Art’s District time: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. more info:

JUNE 6 FRIDAY Creativ Week

Sprinkler Sprint The Sprinkler Sprint is a Wild Water Party 5k where participants run/walk through multiple water zones throughout the entire 3.1 mile course location: Downtown Las Vegas time: 69 a.m. more info:

See our full menu on the Bulletin Board/Map

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS 100 The Beat Coffeehouse G5 520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328 101 Le Thai G5 523 Fremont St. 702.778.0888 102 Triple George Grill F4 201 N. Third St. 702.384.2761

103 Tacos El Gordo J8 1724 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.251.8226

104 Chicago Joe’s E7 820 S. Fourth St.


105 Bar+Bistro D8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #155 702.202.6060

106 Mundo – A Culinary Haute Spot C5 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy. 702.270-4400

107 Courthouse Bar & Grill E5 330 S. Third St. 702.388-8222

108 City Centre Café F6 375 Lewis Ave. 702.383.4055

109 El Gaucho Luca’s Café & Deli F5 231 S. Third St., Suite #110 702.384.3115 110 Viva Las Arepas D10 1616 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #120 702.336.9696

111 Subway G5 600 Fremont St. 702.302.5020 113 Jason’s Deli D3 100 City Pkwy. 702.366.0130

114 The Verdicts Inn E7 801 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.837.3428

127 Rachel’s Kitchen G5 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.

211 Backstage Bar & Billiards G5 601 Fremont St.

414 Hillary Salon C8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #250

128 Radio City Pizza G5 508 Fremont St.

212 H6

415 Inside Style C8 1119 S. Main St.

129 Park on Fremont G5 506 Fremont St.

213 G5

(Inside Retail Space at Ogden)



130 Anthony’s Pizza & Deli E5 321 S. Casino Center Blvd., Suite #125 702.896.0353

131 La Comida G5 100 Sixth St.


132 Doña Maria's Tamales D8 910 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 133 Mingo Kitchen and Lounge C8 1017 First St., Suite #180 134 F6

702.685.0328 City Center Quiznos 365 Lewis Ave. 702.380.0900

119 Du-Par’s F5 Restaurant & Bakery 1 Fremont St. (Inside Golden Gate) 702.385.1906

120 Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop E5 Regional Justice Center 200 Lewis Ave. 702.631.1112

121 El Sombrero Café D7 807 S. Main St. 702.382.9234

122 Kabob Corner G5 507 Fremont St. 702.384.7722

123 Uncle Joe’s Pizza G5 505 Fremont St. 702.385.2162

124 Big Ern’s BBQ G5 707 Fremont St. (Container Park) 702.834.7845

125 Pop Up Pizza E4 1 Main St. 126 F4

702.366.0049 Denny’s 450 Fremont St. (Inside Neonopolis) 702.471.0056

216 G5


135 Pura Vida B9 1236 Western Ave.

702.722.0108 136 Tiffany'sCafé C10 1700 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.444.4459

137 Bronze Café inside The Center H7 401 S Maryland Pkwy 138 Wild G4 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 120 702.527.7717

304 Carson Office G6 Parking Garage

304 E. Carson Ave. Enter via Fourth Street

RETAIL SHOPS, BOUTIQUES & SALONS 400 Coterie G5 515 Fremont St.

702.685.7741 Search “Coterie Downtown”

401 Globe Salon E7 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #130

BARS, LOUNGES & NIGHTCLUBS 200 Downtown Cocktail Room (DCR) G5 111 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 201 E8 202 D8 105 D8 203 G5 204 D10 205 F4 206 G5 207 F4 208 G5 209 G5 210 G5

702.880.3696 Lady Silvia 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Artifice 1025 S. First St. 702.489.6339 Bar+Bistro 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #155 702.202.6060 Beauty Bar 517 Fremont St., Suite #A 702.598.1965 Dino’s Lounge 1516 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.3894 Drink & Drag 450 Fremont St., Suite #250 702.522.8488 The Griffin 511 Fremont St. 702.382.0577 Hogs & Heifers Saloon 201 N. 3rd St., Suite #130 702.676.1457 Insert Coin(s) 512 Fremont St. 702.447.2525 Vanguard Lounge 516 Fremont St. 702.868.7800 Commonwealth 525 Fremont St. 702.798.7000

Zappos Stewart Campus Parking 260 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Located directly south of 400 Stewart Building Enter via Fourth Street.

6th Floor 702.943.7777 #8530

139 Nacho Daddy G5 113 N. 4th St.


Zappos Stewart Campus 400 Stewart Ave.

303 Zappos Carson Office G5 302 E. Carson Ave.



241 W. Charleston Blvd. #101 702.227.5652 117 Casa Don Juan Restaurant C8 1204 S. Main St. 702.384.8070 118 eat. 707 Carson Ave. G5 702.534.1515

215 C9


115 Luv It Frozen Custard D10 505 E. Oakey Blvd. 116 Lola’s: B8 A Louisiana Kitchen

214 H5

702.382.2223 Bunkhouse 124 S. 11th St. 702.384.4536 Don’t Tell Mama 517 Fremont St. 702.207.0788 Atomic Liquors 917 Fremont St. 702.349.2283 Velveteen Rabbit 1218 S. Main St. (702) 685-9645 Gold Spike 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.384.8444

502 D9 403 C9 404 C8 405 E7 406 D8

702.938.4247 Patina Décor 1211 S. Main St. 702.776.6222 Vintage Vegas Antiques 1411 S. Main St. 702.539.0799 Vexed By Design 1017 First St., Suite #185 702.275.7141 Sweet Spot Candy Shop 616 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.815.1277 Josephine Skaught Hairdressing 1025 S. First St. Suite 165 702.431.8071

407 Cowtown Guitars D7 1009 S. Main St.


702.399.1100 416 Nature’s Element D7 817 S. Main St. 702.521.0725

417 Photo Bang Bang C10 224 E. Imperial Ave.

702.518.7427 418 Skin City Body Painting C8 1209 S. Main St. 702.431.7546

419 Williams Costume Co. D9 1226 S. Third St. 702.384.1384

420 The Town Bike E6 353 East Bonneville Ave. Suite 179


409 Creative Space C10 1421 S. Commerce St. 702.439.3923






422 Rogue Toys E7 616 Las Vegas Blvd S.

702.330.3945 423 Don Vicente Cigars Intl. E7 624 Las Vegas Blvd S. 702.526.3922

424 Downtown Tattoo E7 1106 Fremont St.



1201 S. Commerce St. 702.331.3172

701 24hr Fitness E3

100 City Pkwy., Suite #160 702.824.9614 727 S. Main St. 702.685.5070

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600 Fremont St. 800.634.6703

1203 Art Square C7 1025 S. First St.


301 Fremont St. 702.388.2400

Las Vegas, NV 89101 1204 Gainsburg Studio, Inc. C7 1039 S. Main St. 702.249.3200

803 Golden Nugget F4

129 Fremont St. 702.385.7111

1205 Open Air Printers C7 1039 S. Main St., Suite #150




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HUMAN SERVICES 495 S. Main St. 702.229.6011 901 Veteran’s Village D5 1150 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.624.5792 www.vvlv.org1 D5



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1214 Ryan Williams Art Gallery C8 1025 S. First St.


1003 Newport Lofts D7 200 Hoover Ave.

1215 Sin City Gallery C8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #100



1216 Trifecta C8 135 E. Charleston Blvd.

1100 Las Vegas Academy G6 315 S. 7th St.



1101 9th Bridge Early Development I5 310 S. Ninth St.



1300 First Friday Main Hub C9 Casino Center Boulevard

Between Colorado Street & California Street



1301 Downtown 3rd Farmers Market 300 Block of North Main Street F4

520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328

Directly Next To The Mob Museum

101 Work In Progress G6

6th Street Workspace 317 S. Sixth St. 702.534.3804


ENTERTAINMENT 1400 The Smith Center 361 Symphony Park Ave. C5

The Las Vegas HackerSpace 117 N. Fourth St.

103 Fremont East Studios G4

221 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.463.9029


300 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 120 702.476.5552

ART STUDIOS 100 Emergency Arts

11 B

1213 RTZ Vegas C8 1017 S. First St., Suite #195


520 Fremont St. 702.385.328 1201 Arts Factory C7 107 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.383.3133




1002 Juhl Lofts E7 353 E. Bonneville Ave.






509 Glam Factory Vintage D9 211 E. Colorado Ave. 702.443.0131

1212 Pinup Pointe Art Gallery C8 4 E. Charleston Blvd.



506 One Man’s Trash C9 1300 S. Main St., Suite #140 702.7778.7988

1211 Downtown Contemporary Gallery C8 at artSquare

1025 First St., Suite #145 702.358.7022

1001 Soho Lofts E7 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

505 Desert Buddha C9 1300 S. Main St., Suite #120 702.383.1008

1210 Contemporary Art Center (CAC) C8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #120



ANTIQUE ALLEY 500 Retro Vegas C8 1131 S. Main St. 702.384.2700 501 Corner Store Furniture Company C8 1201 S. Main St. 702.331.6009 502 Patina Decor C8 1211 S. Main St. 702.776.6222 503 Armstrong’s Emporium C9 1228 S. Main St. 702.366.1995 504 Medusa’s Antiques C9 1300 S. Main St., Suite #110 702.331.4660

507 JJC Clocks & Antiques C9 1310 S. Main St. 702.384.8463 508 The Funk House D9 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. 702.678.6278


1000 The Ogden G4 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.

104 Stitch Factory



1209 City of the World C9 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd.

900 Las Vegas City Hall


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1208 Brett Wesley Gallery C8 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd.



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206 N. Third St. 855.384.7263

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1206 Blackbird Studios C10 1551 S. Commerce St., Suite #A

805 Downtown Grand Las Vegas



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1 S. Main St. 800.634.6575








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413 Happy Panda Toys C8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #105A

1202 Amanda Harris Gallery 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #150 E7

804 Plaza Hotel & Casino


412 Gaia Flowers C8 6 E. Charleston Blvd.

HOTEL & CASINOS 800 El Cortez

802 The D Las Vegas


410 Electric Lemonade D8 220 E. Charleston Blvd. 411 Freddie Ramon C10 1411 S. Main St.


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702 FreeStyle CrossFit D6



FITNESS 700 Real Results Gym

H 1502


421 Let Me Nail You F7 514 Bonneville Ave.




408 Better Than New C8 1216 S. Main St.



510 Gypsy Den D9 213 E. Colorado Ave. 702.684.1628 511 Western Gypsy in the Kangaroo Court D9 1306 S. Third St. 702.868.3302 512 Gypsy Caravan D8 1214 S. Third St. 702.868.3302 513 Rick’s Restorations C8 1112 S. Commerce St. 702.366.7030 514 Sin City Pickers C10 10 W. Wyoming Ave. 702.366.9166 515 Vintage Vegas Antiques C9 1411 S. Main St. 702.539.0799 516 Alex Presley’s Unique Boutique D9 1304 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.300.2476 517 Lost Vegas Antiques F7 625 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382-1882 518 Swag Antiques F7 630 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.464.3299 519 Not Just Antiques B9 1422 Western Ave. 702.384.4922


702.749.2000 1401 Art Square Theater 1025 S. First St. C8 702.308.8087

1600 Craig P. Kenny & Associates G7 501 S. Eight St.

1402 Theater 7 D9 1406 S. Third St.

1700 Dr. Azimi DDS E8 820 S. Seventh St.


HEALTH & WELLNESS 702.759.0005


MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS 1501 The Mob Museum 300 Stewart Ave. F4


1502 Old Las Vegas Fort H1 500 E. Washington Ave.


1503 Lied Discovery Children’s B7 Museum

833 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.3445

1504 Natural History Museum H2 900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.


1505 The Neon Museum H2 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd.


COFFEE SPOTS 100 The Beat Coffeehouse 520 Fremont St. G5 702.385.2328 500 Starbucks F5

300 S. Fourth St. #7 702.759.3426

GROCERY 600 Albertsons Grocery

1760 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.366.1550 601 Resnick’s Grocery 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.982.2999 602 Cake World Bakery 220 N. Maryland Pkwy. I5 702.471.7111 603 White Cross Market C10 1700 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (702) 382.3382 J8

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