Amber Sampson

Vegas Seven Assistant Web Producer

Location icon United States

Portfolio
DTLV
11/13/2015
Drone Racing Speeds Over to the Western Hotel - DTLV

Drones are capable of saving lives, delivering Amazon packages and more. But what the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't tell you is that they're model citizens for a good old-fashioned heat. Drone racing isn't anything new. This sport has inspired leagues across the country and paved the way for events such as the US National Drone Racing Championships.

Vegas Rated
08/05/2015
The Beautiful Life - Vegas Rated

When life gives John Paul DeJoria lemons, he squeezes them into a glass of Patrón tequila and remains thankful for how far he's come. Before cofounding what is considered to be one of the world's finest tequilas, DeJoria sold encyclopedias door-to-door, collected bottles for spare change and even lived on the streets.

DTLV
04/25/2015
Jessica Galindo's Leather Couture Exudes Strength and Style - DTLV

Jessica Galindo is the first to admit selling leather in Las Vegas is hard as shit. But somehow, she makes it work. Galindo is a one-woman show at Leather Couture, the accessory boutique on the second floor of Container Park. Handcrafted leather's the backbone of the store, and that includes everything from tassel necklaces, statement earrings, cocktail clutches and scarves.

DTLV
05/07/2015
Have Brunch at The Perch Beginning This Weekend - DTLV

We love brunch. It's that sweet spot meal wedged between the seesaw musings of, "Wow, I could kill for some eggs right now," and "I just want to keep drinking while I'm ahead of the game, you know?" Brunch lets you have your cake-with a side order of sangria.

DTLV
12/16/2015
Unleashing the Force at Spectral Gallery - DTLV

Star Wars warrants appreciation for many things-a solid plot, interesting lore-but it's the characters that breathe life into the venerable series. Throughout December and January, Spectral Gallery treasures the characters and settings you've come to love in a Star Wars group art show.

Vegas Seven
The Neighbourhood Fumbles With Consistency - Vegas Seven

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, October 30 The Neighbourhood is an indie rock band. Sort of. It's hard to put a label on the Cali-based outfit when their discography is riddled with a motley assortment of genres. As good as The Neighbourhood's genre hopping might sound on paper (and on Spotify), it didn't translate well to the stage.

Vegas Seven
Game On! What to Buy For Your Favorite Gamer This Season - Vegas Seven

If 2013's Tomb Raider reboot was Lara Croft's origin tale, this is the kick-start to the archaeologist's evolution. The game is awash with adventurous cliff scaling, addictive tomb challenges and striking panoramic views. Developer Treyarch takes Black Ops into the distant future where technology has evolved our military into trans humanistic super soldiers.

Vegas Rated
05/22/2015
Saddle Up to Cowboy Spring Break - Vegas Rated

The Professional Bull Rider's Cowboy Spring Break may sound like a themed pool party with complimentary lassos, overpriced tall boys and men blowing smoke from their trigger fingers, but that's only half the fun. This weekend, it's man versus beast as bull riders compete for $180,000 in the fifth consecutive Last Cowboy Standing.

DTLV
07/07/2015
Songs From the Lineup: Glass Animals, 'Black Mambo' - DTLV

Songs from the Lineup dissects tracks that bands are likely to perform when they appear at the Life Is Beautiful music and arts festival this September. Check out previous Songs from the Lineup here. Alright, I'll say it: This song is almost too sexy to be played outdoors.

DTLV
11/13/2015
Drone Racing Speeds Over to the Western Hotel - DTLV

Drones are capable of saving lives, delivering Amazon packages and more. But what the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't tell you is that they're model citizens for a good old-fashioned heat. Drone racing isn't anything new. This sport has inspired leagues across the country and paved the way for events such as the US National Drone Racing Championships.

DTLV
11/13/2015
Drone Racing Speeds Over to the Western Hotel - DTLV

Drones are capable of saving lives, delivering Amazon packages and more. But what the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't tell you is that they're model citizens for a good old-fashioned heat. Drone racing isn't anything new. This sport has inspired leagues across the country and paved the way for events such as the US National Drone Racing Championships.

DTLV
08/18/2015
Songs From the Lineup: Ryn Weaver, 'Promises' - DTLV

Songs from the Lineup dissects tracks that bands are likely to perform when they appear at the Life Is Beautiful music and arts festival this September. Check out previous Songs from the Lineup here. If the saying is true that we're only as good as the people we surround ourselves with, then Ryn Weaver is in good hands.

DTLV
01/04/2016
Aesthetic Evidence Finds Beauty in the Breakdown - DTLV

Technology has, frankly, spoiled our travel. Thanks to smartphones and GPS, our first instinct during a road trip is to tear through the Mojave using any and every shortcut our devices can find. But for researchers like Julian Kilker, the desert is much more than a scenic distraction en route to a vacation spot.

DTLV
08/28/2015
Life Is Beautiful Adds Big Talk To the Music Lineup - DTLV

As if Brandon Flowers wasn't enough to keep our feigning for the Killers at bay, Life is Beautiful just plugged drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr.'s sidepiece, Big Talk, into the 2015 lineup. And truth be told, it's a damn good addition. Vannucci Jr.

Vegas Seven
Falling For Fallout 4 - Vegas Seven

I'm wheezing as I cut through the underbrush. I can hear the dogs-two of them-hungrily snapping their jaws after me. What little meat they have left on their bones pulls taut against the ribs. I'm nearly out of ammo. My loyal hound, Dogmeat, jumps into the fray, buying me a few seconds to reload my shitty pistol.

Vegas Seven
Best Use of Old Comic Books - Vegas Seven

Why trash your old comics when you can give them to Batman? Critical Care Comics is a nonprofit that's fighting the face of unhappiness through a team of dedicated cosplayers.

Vegas Rated
07/20/2015
All-Natural Beauty - Vegas Rated

This July, we couldn't walk the showroom floor at Cosmoprof North America beauty trade show without hearing the phrase "all natural." So after some careful scouting, we pinpointed four brands that are leading the beauty industry back to the basics. As clean as that month-old loofah might look, it's probably doubling as a bacteria den.

Vegas Seven
Best Advocate - Vegas Seven

It wouldn't surprise us if Julie Murray's middle initial stood for altruism, given how she embraces it like a lifestyle. As the former CEO and founding president of Three Square, she transformed Southern Nevada's largest food bank into a nationally recognized, hunger-fighting powerhouse, virtually overnight.

Vegas Seven
Caped Crusaders Provide Critical Care - Vegas Seven

It's a toasty mid afternoon on a Saturday, and Jason Golden is thumbing through three long boxes swelled with comic books in his trunk. He's in the parking garage of Children's Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center, and his team from Critical Care Comics is suiting up to do what the nonprofit does best: make a kid's day.

DTLV
09/23/2015
The Walls Have Eyes - DTLV

In the weeks leading up to the October 2013 debut of Life Is Beautiful, stunning murals began to appear one by one. Street artists from all over the world-including San Francisco-based Zio Ziegler, London artist D*Face and Brazilian team Bicicleta Sem Freio-descended on Fremont East en masse and began painting up the joint.

Vegas Seven
Freakling Bros.' JT Mollner on Horror And Hollywood - Vegas Seven

JT Mollner spends three months out of the year in Las Vegas with murderous psychos, witches and vampires when he's setting up the Freakling Bros.' Trilogy of Terror. During the other nine months, he's an up-and-coming Hollywood director, where he's currently directing Luke Wilson and Clint Eastwood's daughter in a feature film.

DTLV
10/22/2015
A Guide to the Downtown Brew Festival - DTLV

There's nothing like a fall beer festival to warm the gut and satisfy the palate. As per usual, we've got Motley Brews to thank for bringing another year of the Downtown Brew Festival to the Clark County Amphitheater. But if you're going to venture out, you'll need to know what you're in for.

Vegas Seven
Decorate the Dead to Benefit the Living - Vegas Seven

With Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) only a few days away, it's time to start thinking about body parts. Skulls, in particular. Skull decoration is a tradition of the Mexican holiday, which, contrary to its namesake, also celebrates life. Since most of us don't exactly have human skulls lying (rolling?)

Vegas Seven
The Neighbourhood Fumbles With Consistency - Vegas Seven

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, October 30 The Neighbourhood is an indie rock band. Sort of. It's hard to put a label on the Cali-based outfit when their discography is riddled with a motley assortment of genres. As good as the Neighbourhood's genre hopping might sounds on paper (and on Spotify), it didn't translate well to the stage.

DTLV
10/28/2015
Detour Ahead - DTLV

Fall in Las Vegas means gorgeous weather that simply begs for outdoor play, our city's busiest season for festivals, fun runs and art fairs. It's a sure sign of Downtown's ongoing revival that many of these activities happen there, and in a dense urban environment with few public spaces, that often means street closures.

Vegas Seven
Don't Mock Let's Play Culture Until You Know the Facts - Vegas Seven

Let's Play is what gamers call the concept of playing through a video game and recording it so other gamers can watch and learn. It's wildly popular. There's an entire YouTube channel devoted to it at Gaming.YouTube.com, and one of YouTube's biggest stars, the Swedish comedian who calls himself PewDiePie, is a Let's Play commentator.

DTLV
06/09/2015
Songs from the Lineup: Cashmere Cat, 'Mirror Maru' - DTLV

Songs from the Lineup dissects tracks that bands are likely to perform when they appear at the Life Is Beautiful music and arts festival this September. Check out previous Songs from the Lineup here. I remember the first time I ever heard "Mirror Maru."

Vegas Rated
04/13/2015
Hakkasan Turns Up for Two Years - Vegas Rated

Do us a favor and pencil this in: " Hakkasan blows out its birthday candles April 16-19-drink responsibly, save room for dim sum and kiss Steve Aoki." We can't predict how successful that last one will be but those who never fail never try, right?

Dtlv
Toyboxx Proves Knowledge is Sexy

Let's talk about sex for a moment. Las Vegas is crawling with it. Many sell it. And one adult boutique wants to do more: teach it. "There's products but there's not a lot of information," says Karoline Khamis, owner of Toyboxx on Industrial Road. "We want to combine the two."

DTLV
04/01/2015
Student Housing Could Come to Downtown - DTLV

John Tippins leans forward in his desk chair with a pensive expression eclipsing his features. The CEO and founder of Northcap real estate is imagining the future of two districts partitioned by a feeble four-mile gap. The vision's the same every time. Maryland Parkway becomes the proverbial pipeline connecting Downtown to UNLV.

Vegas Rated
04/03/2015
Sweet! Sprinkles Turns 10 - Vegas Rated

Look, some of us don't even know how to use Pinterest. Our mental capacity goes as far as typing in the word "cupcakes" on a late Saturday night and it's all downhill from there. What starts as a painfully simple search turns into an oven-baked journey to find every sprinkled spectacle of deliciousness the Internet can cough up.

Vegas Seven
Neon Trees Shows the Pool 'Mad Love' - Vegas Seven

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, June 12 If you didn't dance at Neon Trees' concert, you weren't there. Lead vocalist Tyler Glenn tornadoed onstage with a firecracker energy the crowd consumed. The band teed off with new single "Songs I Can't Listen To," and it was all a desert dance party from there.

Vegas Seven
Marina and the Diamonds Delivers a Frootful Performance - Vegas Seven

When I first saw Welsh singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis in 2013, she wore a pink wedding dress and veil, a staple of her pop persona, Electra Heart-a pitiless vixen prepared to do anything to achieve stardom. This year, she made a humbler entrance and left the theatrics at home.

Vegas Rated
06/19/2015
Paint-Drink-Dine at Crazy Pita - Vegas Rated

With summer in full swing, your schedule might be looking a little tight with all the pool parties, barbecues and bar crawls on your agenda. But where's the in-between? Where's that rest and relaxation we all swear we'll catch up on once the season hits?

Vegas Seven
Neon Trees Taps Into Its Intimate Side - Vegas Seven

There are bands that play for years trying to produce that radio-immortalizing hit. And then there's Neon Trees, a new wave/pop quartet hailing from Provo, Utah that's been wired with the Midas musical touch since the launch of their freshman album Habits.

DTLV
04/23/2015
Downtown Gets a Pocket-Sized Park - DTLV

Getting in touch with nature Downtown used to mean taking a perfectly timed selfie with the praying mantis outside of Container Park as it scorched the ozone-and some of your neck hairs. But oh, how times have changed. Downtown Project and The Nature Conservancy recently unveiled Las Vegas' first semi-permanent parklet, their direct address to the park shortages in the urban core.

Dtlv
The Downtown Tastemaker: Meet Jin Caldwell

It took time for Master Chocolatier Jin Caldwell's father to accept what his daughter chose to do for a living. When he sent her to Denver, Colorado at 19, he anticipated his daughter would return to Seoul, Korea to work as a doctor.

DTLV
Drop Your Pants for Cupid's Undie Run

Ask a person off the street to summarize what neurofibromatosis type one is, and they're going to sound like a fish flopping out of water. Brain and nerve tumors stem from it, and the unpredictability of it can be fatal.

Vrated
01/23/2015
KÀ Makeup and Wig Duo Kick Start School - Vegas Rated

Kelsey Contois-Husch and Meghann Mason earn a living by making people feel beautiful. The power duo worked for Cirque du Soleil's for six years as makeup and wig technicians, and without them, part of the spirited troupe's aesthetic would collapse. Together, the women share 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry.

Dtlv
Zappos Pops Up and Shows Out

Stop at Fremont and Ninth streets and you might have to pinch yourself. Yes, this is real life and yes, that is online retailer Zappos.com in the flesh-er, brick. Zappos recently partnered with Shop With Me, a company specializing in interactive retail technology, to create a temporary pop-up store.

Dtlv
This Mobile Clinic Transports Care to the Homeless

While Las Vegans grumbled over the hassle of getting health care coverage before the Affordable Care Act's deadline caught up to them, homeless men, women and children wondered how they would survive the night. Many of Southern Nevada's estimated 37,000 homeless people lack access to even the simplest medical services, from blood pressure screenings to wound care.

Vegasseven
Five CES Mixers Not To Miss - Vegas Seven

Las Vegas' annual International Consumer Electronics Show functions as a techie playground for those passionate about innovation. It's also an opportunity to mingle and build your network. Here are five events happening during CES you should be privy to if you want know the guy who knows the guy.

Vegas Rated
02/10/2015
Sweetheart Eats to Knock You Off Your Feet - Vegas Rated

It's Valentine's Day and your honey wants receipts. She wants proof of that love you're so vigorously expressing; he wants assurance of the years to come. Slip on your heels, fit on your cuff links and rev up the romance at one of these five restaurants.

Vegas Rated
01/26/2015
Where to Touchdown for the Big Game - Vegas Rated

There's something euphoric about watching the Super Bowl in a roomful of people who love the smell of pigskin as much as you do. Toss in a bottomless bucket of beer and that's a traditional game-day gathering. But why limit yourself to one kind of experience? Las Vegans have options.

DTLV
12/04/2014
Stuff Your Stockings With These - DTLV

Rogue Toys Got a vintage toy collector on your hands? Then this shop on Las Vegas Boulevard is your go-to destination. Whether your collector likes Star Wars figurines, is a Marvel fanatic or prefers the Cabbage Patch Kids, Rogue Toys has you covered.

Vrated
12/12/2014
Winter for the Warm-Blooded - Vegas Rated

Go ahead and admit it: Vegas has no chill. We locals spend 365 of our days in toasty sunshine, but that shouldn't stop you from indulging in a little winter tradition. Here are four parks to hit before the holidays are over. There's something majestic about snowfall, which we Las Vegans hardly get to experience.

Vegasseven
Plug in and Play at PlayStation Experience This Weekend - Vegas Seven

Gamers, there are two things you should be aware of. One: Sony PlayStation turns 20 this year. Two: It's going to celebrate with us. Prepare for epic game salivation this weekend as PlayStation Experience hits the Venetian for the first time. During the two-day event, you'll have access to over 400,000 square feet of round-the-clock gaming.

Vegas Seven
Get Your Dog Whispered - Vegas Seven

Are you the not-so-proud owner of a four-legged, panting, drooling canine who just ate your shoes and took a whiz on your sofa? Dog-whispering reality star Cesar Millan wants to help (See our interview with Millan here).

Vegas Seven
Game of Thrones Rules IMAX - Vegas Seven

When it comes to Game of Thrones, we and Jon Snow know nothing about Season 5, but that's about to change. Select theaters will welcome Westeros the IMAX way with a first-ever screening of the HBO series January 29-February 5.

Vegas Seven
Hop Art: Felipe the Bunny Hits the Strip - Vegas Seven

You might've seen a colorful little bunny named Felipe on your walks through the Downtown Arts District or while enjoying a hardcore gaming session and a cocktail at Insert Coin(s), or even during your date with a tray of burger sliders at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan (disguised as a cow, that sly Felipe).

Vegas Seven
Balance Your Life With Feng Shui - Vegas Seven

No matter when you start a new year, the goal is to invoke the good and discard the bad. So as Chinese New Year approached, we asked feng shui master consultant Lin Huang how to best increase balance and harmony. What's your advice for someone looking to redecorate a home?

DTLV
03/11/2015
Stumble for a Cause This St. Patrick's Day - DTLV

We know how St. Patrick's Day works around here. You go green or go home. Pinch that friend of yours wearing the sandal wood cardigan. Hit the bar in time for happy hour, and several drinks later you're a quarter Irish. Grab your tickets and cheers to charity.

Vegas Rated
02/13/2015
Be Ethel M's Valentine - Vegas Rated

Ethel M Chocolates just got a whole lot sweeter with its first ever Valentine's Day light display from now until February 15. The local chocolatier's three-acre botanical garden is being transformed into a red, white and pink hotbed for swooning sweethearts. Why bother watching the stars when more than 200,000 lights will fire up to celebrate Cupid's handiwork?

Vegas Rated
12/31/2014
New Year's Eve Outfit on the Go - Vegas Rated

Quit stressing over those last-minute New Year's Eve outfits, ladies. Rent the Runway is offering a flat-rate fee of $50 for dress and accessory combos from now until New Year's Day. The store's Cosmopolitan location boasts a bottomless assortment of designer brands.

Vegas Rated
12/30/2014
How to Reviv NYE Partiers - Vegas Rated

Partying's hard work when you live in a city that never sleeps like Las Vegas. It's even worse when New Year's Eve comes around, inviting you to indulge in a wild night out on the town, and then leaves far worse for wear by morning.

Vegas Rated
12/19/2014
MAC Cosmetics Makes Its Miracle Mile Debut - Vegas Rated

Miracle Mile Shops just got a beautiful new tenant. MAC Cosmetics celebrates its recent move-in with a grand opening at the Planet Hollywood store December 19-21. The Heirloom Mix event will feature everything from live DJ sets and dance performances to cameo portraits enhanced by MAC's 23 trained makeup artists.

Vegas Rated
01/02/2015
Cirque's Parade: The Collective Returns - Vegas Rated

The talented troupes of Cirque Du Soleil have treated their bodies as canvases for more than 30 years. Creativity is a steady current running through their bones, and it's just as palpable in their fingertips. Throughout the month of January, Trifecta Gallery will host Cirque Du Soleil's 10th annual Parade: The Collective -an exhibition pulling back the curtain on Cirque's artistic side.

Vegas Rated
01/02/2015
The FITiST of Them All - Vegas Rated

It happens every year. The clock strikes 12, your phone ticks over to a fresh start and the New Year's resolutions pour in. What ranks first? Losing weight. Well, here's a reality check for you: A 2014 study published in Scranton University's Journal of Clinical Psychology shows that out of the 45 percent of Americans who make New Year's resolutions, only 8 percent achieve them.

Twitter icon