When Patrick Gaffey first encountered Bishr Hijazi’s Arab Ensemble, it consisted of Hijazi, playing the oud, and three percussionists. “You could see that he could use somebody who could play a little bit more legato,” says Gaffey, the county cultural-program supervisor who runs the Winchester Cultural Center.
With the explosive growth of the valley’s Hispanic population in the past two decades, options for Mexican food have exploded, too. Sure, you know about tasty street tacos and salsa-smothered enchiladas, but what about huaraches and panuchos?
Luxury intersects hard-nosed necessity on Main Street, where unsentimental auto lots and bail bondsmen mingle with vintage shops and high-end home decor. The unlikely mix tells a story of transformation on one of Las Vegas’ oldest streets.
Spring has sprung, and so has the annual release of new fragrances from top-name perfumers. This year’s trends feature natural notes that come straight from the kitchen — rhubarb, tea and mint. Smell the magic.
On a map, the emptier parts of Lincoln and Nye counties look like the tail end of nowhere. Not so. From petroglyphs to the area’s distinctive basin-and-range geology, there’s enough there to prompt a preservation movement that includes legislation by Sen. Harry Reid to set aside more than 1,200 square miles.
Editor's note: This piece, which originally ran in the Feb/March 2010 issue of Desert Companion, speculates on what might happen if Reid had lost his re-election to Republican challenger Sharron Angle. With the announcement of Reid's retirement, some of Hugh Jackson's observations are just as relevant today as they were five years ago.
A fertile field doesn’t lay fallow for long. When the spot in Restaurant Row linking the Venetian to Palazzo became vacant, a stranger came to town — a stranger to us, anyway. The 50 Eggs restaurant group is well known in the Miami area for its hip, conceptual American South and South East Asian restaurants.
It’s no secret that we’re living in Droughtville. With grim regularity, it seems like a few months don’t eke by before there’s a new study that startles researchers into a new level of shock at, yikes, how arid things are in the West ...