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Felicia Mello

Mello comes to Vegas Seven from the wilds of Northern California, where she oversaw a network of community news websites for Patch.com. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Nation and The Los Angeles Times Magazine, among other publications, and has won several awards including the George Polk Award for Radio Reporting and a Project Censored award. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from University of California at Berkeley, lives Downtown, and loves people, dancing and figuring things out.

  • Food Trucks, Regrouping

    By Felicia Mello

    In a new twist in the ongoing campaign to form a professional association for food-truck owners, the Las Vegas Food Truck Association announced July 23 that it had dissolved its board of directors and is setting up a process for food-truck owners to elect a new board. Supporters also confirmed they are giving up, for now, on the idea of managing parking spots and event bookings.

  • Dining

    Food Trucks, Unite?

    By Felicia Mello

    “It’s going to be a war zone,” one food truck operator confided. He was talking about one of the first public meetings of the Las Vegas Food Truck Association, a new group formed to organize and advocate for the city’s gourmet mobile eateries.

  • Pointing the Way

    By Felicia Mello

    Foam fingers: To the uninitiated, they’re the lowest rung of sports memorabilia—cheaper than a hat, a $5 polyurethane digital extension to be purchased, waved and then forgotten. But as local DJ and Vegas StrEATS co-founder Alonzo Valencia is quick to tell you, foam fingers aren’t just pointers anymore. You can, for instance, use middle foam fingers to flip off opposing fans. You can find one where the fingers form a W to show your West Coast pride.

  • Boulder City Named Best for Families

    By Felicia Mello

    Vintage buildings, cultural festivals, proximity to Lake Mead: When it comes to family-friendly communities, Boulder City is one of the nation's best-kept secrets—a bit of small-town Americana just 25 miles from Las Vegas's glitter and glitz.

  • The Haute Wheels Couture of Bunker Hill Bradley

    By Felicia Mello

    From the age of four, Bunker Hill Bradley was obsessed with drawing cars. But after years of designing cars for the likes of GM and Nissan, Bradley traded in his macho roadster bonafides to navigate a new set of curves: women’s bodies. The Vegas fashion designer’s high-octane past shows through in the clingy poly-spandex dresses and swing coats of his Cobra Culture line, with their sleek lines, bright colors and patterns that recall a well-pinstriped low-rider.

  • News

    To Brazil From Vegas, With Love

    By Felicia Mello

    The organizer of Las Vegas’s first Brazilian festival isn’t Brazilian. But Dutch national Ramon Van Meer has immersed himself in his adopted culture, and is excited to share it with Las Vegans. “I met my wife four years ago and before that when I thought about Brazil I thought about about soccer and beautiful samba girls,” says Van Meer. “Then I realized there’s so much more to that culture. There’s so much passion in the music, the food, and it’s very diverse.”

  • Video: Framing the Apocalypse, One Snapshot at a Time

    By Felicia Mello

    End Of The World - Eric Ita + Lauder Corea from VegasMedia on Vimeo. Fluttering into Vegas Seven’s virtual inbox this week comes a project from local photographer Eric Ita: a nightmarish post-apocalyptic scene, rendered in vivid fire-and-flesh tones, complete with gun-toting soldiers and fleeing citizens.

  • Concerts

    Concert Review: Alicia Keys

    By Felicia Mello

    First, a confession: I dislike “Girl on Fire.” The first time I heard the single from Alicia Keys' latest album, I thought it was too full of the whiny monotone typical of today’s R&B singers and unworthy of Keys’ talents. It even made me worry: Had one of my musical idols strayed so far into generic pop stardom that she’d lost her relevance?

  • Religion

    What Does Pope Francis’ Election Mean for Nevada Catholics?

    By Felicia Mello

    Following the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February, Catholics worldwide were met with another stunner Wednesday when cardinals chose as his successor 76-year-old Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio—the first Latin American and first Jesuit to occupy the church’s highest post. 

  • Why Suzy Favor Hamilton Didn’t Need to Say ‘I’m Sorry’

    By Felicia Mello

    Las Vegas became the stage set for America's latest psychosexual drama this week, when muckraking website The Smoking Gun revealed that former Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton was moonlighting as an escort for the Sin City outfit Haley Heston's Private Collection.

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