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MEET THE BEETLEJUICE: Inventive director Tim Burton’s sculptures join displays at Neon Museum celebrating his love affair with Vegas

Welcome home, our spiritual son.

Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Batman and Frankenweenie all dwell in your head. So naturally, Vegas beats in your heart.

You are us. We are you. Now we are one.

“It’s such an artistic city in a weird way, there are so many possibilities” says famed movie director Tim Burton. “I’ve been coming here my whole life and so artistically, it’s very important to me.”

Enter the intersection of city/celebrity synchronicity in Burton’s Lost Vegas, paying homage to “a place where everyday rules seem not to apply.”

In this new sculptural/digital art installation at the Neon Museum Oct. 15 through Feb. 15, 2020, the darkly comic, Burbank-reared fright-meister mines his surreal sensibilities and marries them to the iconic images of the Las Vegas — his “second home” — that he has adored while visiting here since his toddlerhood.

“I used to sneak into the old place where the signs were, trespassing, because it was beautiful,” he says. “It was like these old dinosaur bones. It was peaceful and beautiful and electric and alive all at the same time.”


AUCTION ACTION REACTION: Classic car aficionados are in auto heaven at Mecum show

If these cars could talk, imagine all the stories they’d have to tell.

Enough stories to “burn our ears,” Glenn Hammack says as he slid a mirror beneath his pristine 1968 Chevy Malibu so prospective buyers could inspect its immaculate underbelly.

The yellow-and-black Malibu, parked inside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s central hall, was one of about 1,000 vehicles up for sale at the Mecum car auction that was held Oct. 10-12. Row after row of shiny classics sat waiting for their moments on the auction block as the smell of wax lingered in the air.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the convention hall, the auction was already underway. And anybody who has ever spent an interminable afternoon completing a purchase in a car dealership would appreciate the speed at which vehicles were flying off the block.

One crosses the block “every two minutes, nonstop until we finish,” Mecum Auctions’ Dave Magers said.


‘THE VOICE’ MAKES VEGAS CHOICE: Local singer Kiara Brown lands spot on NBC talent showcase   

 An ethereal performance of “Free Fallin’” secured Las Vegas native Kiara Brown a spot on a team on NBC’s The Voice. Now it’s on to the Battle Rounds (beginning Oct. 14), and the 22-year-old singer-songwriter can’t wait to show off the power of her voice and the depth of her heart.

She was one minute, 26 seconds into Tom Petty’s classic during her Blind Audition, a virtual eternity for a singer eagerly waiting for a coach, when Blake Shelton pressed the button to turn around, followed by Gwen Stefani. Brown soon finished, joy and a sense of relief palpable through the TV screen. Backstage, her parents Valauna and John Brown, brother Jaylen Brown, aunt Jeani and uncle Brandon Spencer beamed as she chose to be on Stefani’s team.

“Free Fallin’” is a song Brown has performed often on Las Vegas stages throughout her youth. She was comfortable with the choice, but she knew it had drawbacks.


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Hospitality Heroes

Spotlight: Ferdinand Bungay, The Signature at MGM Grand

Ferdinand — aka, Ferdi — is an exceptional team member. Every single day that he comes into work, he does it with a smile and a positive attitude. He ensures that each guest receives not only the best libation, but he also strives to provide impeccable service and (an) outstanding customer experience. He exemplifies what our ‘Show’ service standards are all about.

Vegas on TV

Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Oct. 18-24

In the spotlight this week, Very Bad Things: Though we’d never claim the title of this pitch-black comedy as a marketing slogan, it’s an apt description of what develops in this vicious 1998 thriller that is more or less The Hangover in hell. A cast including Jon Favreau, Cameron Diaz, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern and Jeanne Tripplehorn topline this tale — about a third of which was filmed here — in which a group of party-hearty pals invade Vegas for a bachelor party. However, when a prostitute is killed, bodies begin piling up and buddies turn on each other as a coverup escalates. But hey — we do get to enjoy scenes including the merriment on Fremont Street and the vistas of Red Rock Canyon.

You Say It's Your Birthday!

October celebrity celebrations

Oct. 3: Sure, by reaching age 50, “Hollaback Girl” Gwen Stefani has hit the half-century mark. But she’ll prove age means absolutely zero when it comes to performing potency when she hollers into a Vegas microphone again upon the return of her Planet Hollywood residency, Just a Girl, on Oct. 11 at the Zappos Theater.

Oct. 10: Can we get a great big “Hummala bebhuhla zeebuhla boobuhla hummala bebhuhla zeebuhla bop” (whatever that lyric means) for David Lee Roth? The “Just a Gigolo” wild man — who roars into town Jan. 8 for his new David Lee Roth: Rocks Vegas residency at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues — turns 65.