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The Alleys of the 18b Arts District


Don’t call it graffiti; don’t call it guerilla art. The murals that line the alleys of the 18b Arts District—stretching from Imperial all the way up Casino Center to a cluster of bungalows near Hoover—amount to nothing less than an outdoor art gallery. Its curator, Ras One—the fifth-generation Nevadan behind POP2 in the Arts Factory—has managed to recruit street artists from all over the world to create an “ever-changing, ever-evolving” gallery of murals funded wholly out of pocket—his own, and those of his collaborators. He and his friends even clean up the murals if they get tagged, and they do it out of a love for Downtown’s streets. “I wanted to show that there are people living and working here,” he says. This beautiful street art proves just that.

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Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.