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Making sure First Friday goes on, despite the announcement the event is taking a two-month hiatus, theatre7 owner Derek Stonebarger has started “First Friday South,” which will debut August 5 in the South Area of the Art’s District.

First Friday South is a block party gathering located on 3rd Street in the Downtown Arts District across from the ‘Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas’ sign.

Stonebarger, an arts activist, Emmy Award winning television producer and indie filmmaker known for footage he supplied valley television stations after more than 100 cars were towed from downtown Las Vegas parking lots during May’s First Friday, is offering free vending space in front of his business.

The vending spaces at 1406 South 3rd Street are free to any Nevada artist who has been displaced due to closure of the main First Friday event in August and September. There will also be available free parking for classic and custom car and motorcycle owners.

“I have been working diligently since the closure announcement with the City of Las Vegas, National Barricade Company and neighboring First Friday South businesses to ensure that First Friday will go on,” Stonebarger said. “First Friday is so important for our city, and for our artists. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure it survives, including offering up my own time and money to barricade the street.”

First Friday South will feature a road closure from the corner of 3rd and Imperial to the corner of 3rd and Utah. Local artists are asked to contact Derek at 702.349.2283 or DerekStonebarger@gmail.com if they’d like to join the festivities.

“I know offering free vending spaces sounds too good to be true, but it’s not,” Stonebarger said. “All we ask is that you are a Nevada artist in proper standing with state and city licensing, and you bring your own table or easels to set up.”

Gallery curator Darryl Martin will have his art on display inside and outside of theatre7, along with work from local artists Lynne Jordan and Kelly Haugh. Martin will also be performing a live painting throughout the event, which will start at 7 p.m. and run until midnight.

Outside theatre7, Stonebarger hopes to have as many local artists as he can, showing off their work, while 222 Imperial, just around the corner, has a show called Ice Cream Pop that will feature 25 Las Vegas artists. Fat Daddys Ice Cream Truck will be parked just outside. In addition, the studios Cob4lt Blu3, Graficandus and Photo Bang Bang!, all in the Frist Friday South block, will be open.

Aside from the art on display, the Thai BBQ Restaurant will remain open to serve up fabulous fresh food, and Snick’s Place will serve alcohol.

Neon Venus will provide live music from Lums and Leafs, Solid Suns, Firewise, James, Chase Freedom, Neon Envy, Russell Crouch, What Knotts and the venue’s house titled band.

First Friday South is free to the public.

“This is a true First Friday event,” theatre7’s Chad Clinton Freeman said. “This is all about the art, the artists and the businesses of the art’s district that are already here. theatre7 is about community and art. We’re hoping to take this negative and make it a positive for the city and the artists.”

Nearly 50 studios and businesses within walking distance from theatre7 will be open as well, including the likes of Gypsy Den, Artifice, Arts Factory, Emergency Arts, Bar + Bistro, and the Brett Wesley Gallery, which is displaying the work of Photo Bang Bang! photographer Marcos Rivera.

A new app available to Android phones called 18b Arts Walk has launched to help everyone navigate the Arts District.

After more than 100 cars were towed from downtown Las Vegas parking lots during May’s First Friday, Stonebarger took matters into his own hands. He grabbed his camera and headed down to the tow truck company that was responsible and shot footage of drivers upset about the situation. He even found himself caught in the middle of a confrontation with a tow truck driver. Thanks to Stonebarger’s P2 HD footage, which he drove around to various TV Stations to download, and amazing press coverage of the catastrophe, the tow-truck company was cited for 324 counts of violating 18 towing regulations.

For more on First Friday South, please visit Making sure First Friday goes on, despite the announcement the event is taking a two-month hiatus, theatre7 owner Derek Stonebarger has started “First Friday South,” which will debut August 5 in the South Area of the Art’s District.

First Friday South is a block party gathering located on 3rd Street in the Downtown Arts District across from the ‘Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas’ sign.

Stonebarger, an arts activist, Emmy Award winning television producer and indie filmmaker known for footage he supplied valley television stations after more than 100 cars were towed from downtown Las Vegas parking lots during May’s First Friday, is offering free vending space in front of his business.

The vending spaces at 1406 South 3rd Street are free to any Nevada artist who has been displaced due to closure of the main First Friday event in August and September. There will also be available free parking for classic and custom car and motorcycle owners.

“I have been working diligently since the closure announcement with the City of Las Vegas, National Barricade Company and neighboring First Friday South businesses to ensure that First Friday will go on,” Stonebarger said. “First Friday is so important for our city, and for our artists. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure it survives, including offering up my own time and money to barricade the street.”

First Friday South will feature a road closure from the corner of 3rd and Imperial to the corner of 3rd and Utah. Local artists are asked to contact Derek at 702.349.2283 or DerekStonebarger@gmail.com if they’d like to join the festivities.

“I know offering free vending spaces sounds too good to be true, but it’s not,” Stonebarger said. “All we ask is that you are a Nevada artist in proper standing with state and city licensing, and you bring your own table or easels to set up.”

Gallery curator Darryl Martin will have his art on display inside and outside of theatre7, along with work from local artists Lynne Jordan and Kelly Haugh. Martin will also be performing a live painting throughout the event, which will start at 7 p.m. and run until midnight.

Outside theatre7, Stonebarger hopes to have as many local artists as he can, showing off their work, while 222 Imperial, just around the corner, has a show called Ice Cream Pop that will feature 25 Las Vegas artists. Fat Daddys Ice Cream Truck will be parked just outside. In addition, the studios Cob4lt Blu3, Graficandus and Photo Bang Bang!, all in the Frist Friday South block, will be open.

Aside from the art on display, the Thai BBQ Restaurant will remain open to serve up fabulous fresh food, and Snick’s Place will serve alcohol.

Neon Venus will provide live music from Lums and Leafs, Solid Suns, Firewise, James, Chase Freedom, Neon Envy, Russell Crouch, What Knotts and the venue’s house titled band.

First Friday South is free to the public.

“This is a true First Friday event,” theatre7’s Chad Clinton Freeman said. “This is all about the art, the artists and the businesses of the art’s district that are already here. theatre7 is about community and art. We’re hoping to take this negative and make it a positive for the city and the artists.”

Nearly 50 studios and businesses within walking distance from theatre7 will be open as well, including the likes of Gypsy Den, Artifice, Arts Factory, Emergency Arts, Bar + Bistro, and the Brett Wesley Gallery, which is displaying the work of Photo Bang Bang! photographer Marcos Rivera.

A new app available to Android phones called 18b Arts Walk has launched to help everyone navigate the Arts District.

After more than 100 cars were towed from downtown Las Vegas parking lots during May’s First Friday, Stonebarger took matters into his own hands. He grabbed his camera and headed down to the tow truck company that was responsible and shot footage of drivers upset about the situation. He even found himself caught in the middle of a confrontation with a tow truck driver. Thanks to Stonebarger’s P2 HD footage, which he drove around to various TV Stations to download, and amazing press coverage of the catastrophe, the tow-truck company was cited for 324 counts of violating 18 towing regulations.

For more on First Friday South, please visit http://www.firstfridaysouth.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/firstfridaysouth

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By:  John V. Donovan
Las Vegas Is Talking

Sambalatte
Caffe Lounge & Expresso Bar
750 South Rampart, Suite 9
Las Vegas, NV 89145
702-272-2333

Now this is a coffee house.

When the first question I asked the owner, Luiz Oliveria, was what type of fuel he was using, that should be a hint this is not your typical cookie cutter coffee shop.

I cringed when Doug Taylor, Manager of Bet On The Farm Farmer’s Market (www.betonthefarm.com), suggested we meet at this Boca Park coffee house out in Summerlin for a quick business meeting.  It’s about 30 miles from my location in Southern Anthem.  When I say Southern, my neighbors are two big horn sheep. But hey, why not, tis’ the season to be jolly! It’s late December, it’s dark out, the wind is blowing about 50 knots and the rain is coming down in buckets.  I just love a nice Sunday drive in Vegas.  But no doubt it’s better than being stuck in London’s Heathow Airport right now where 200,000 people are stranded due to, ‘inclement winter weather’ and few will reach their holiday destinations.

I’d heard rumors about this place and that it was already packing in a great supportive crowd even though it’s been open for only three months.  Believe me, they’re not rumors.

My first thought when entering and scanning the crowd is that this was not Vegas. It has a New York or San Francisco look and feel.  Third sense perhaps, or maybe it was the young crowd reading the Sunday Paper, playing chess and some even using those, oh what do we call those things that our parents used to use a long long time ago way back in 2009?  Oh, my memory is so bad.  Now I remember, they were called books.  That’s it, they were reading books, real books, you know, when they were actually made out of paper.  Imagine, they didn’t even have lithium batteries in them!

So I arrived early to scout out a table near a power plug for my PC only to find that 90% of this crowd had the same idea, but only they arrived before me.  Near the front entrance is a cool bench like arrangement with multiple power outlets with eight people, facing each other, all plugged in.  I soon got lucky and found a table open up near the back of the store on the first level.  This was perfect and would save me some embarrassment.  This place resembled a mini Apple store, so slinking to the back with my Toshiba PC still hidden away and out of site was a great way to save face.  Actually I think this whole PC / Mac thing is a bunch of bull.  Ok, my PC did unexpectedly decide to reboot twice in the next 45 minutes but who’s to say this isn’t a technological advantage?

Luiz serves coffee from Colorado River Roasters (www.crcoffeeroasters.com) which is located out in Boulder City.  An amazing operation, CRR purchases only the finest and rarest of beans from international suppliers.  If you visit ‘Bet On The Farm’ farmers market on Thursday, you can usually find Don Anderson, a warm, entertaining and very knowledgeable individual with a display of his high-end product.  They’re packed in one pound clear plastic-like containers that have a neat built in air valve.  Just one push on that bag expels that delicious aroma and you’ll be in coffee heaven. …and become another CRR customer.

So, Doug orders one of Don’s blends and Luiz sets up what looks like a chemistry experiment on our small table.  Four young customers at the adjoining table notice what’s going on, immediately pull out their mobile devices, and begin streaming live TV to the world.   First a container of clear pure water, about three inches in diameter, is suspended in a metal base over a small high-tech butane powered burner.  A larger glass container roughly three inches in diameter by 5 inches high, contains the ground coffee beans and is securely attached to the lower water filled bowl via a rubber stopper.  The fun begins when the burner is lit and after a few minutes the pressure of the expanding gas above the water forces the water up and into the container of coffee.  With the burner still chugging away and with the all the water now in the upper chamber, Luiz uses  a wooden stick about twice the width of an ice cream stick to gently stir the mixture.  As he did, we could see three separate and distinct layers of various viscosities almost magically appear.  Then the heat source is turned off, the lower bowl cools just a degree or two creating a vacuum, and the pure dark coffee makes it way to the lower chamber and is ready to be poured. 

I did mention that this was not your typical cookie cutter coffee house, didn’t I?

The marketing plan that Luiz developed using his years in the restaurant and hospitality business is very simple:  offer the best possible quality of product and service, nothing but the best, spare no expense and those that appreciate the best will find you and support your business. 

They have and they are.

Sorry I didn’t mention the amazing pastries and other goodies.

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