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T.G.I. MAN FRIDAY: The Palms’ Joe Yalda is a new breed of butler catering to the rich, famous and royal

For many, the word “butler” evokes the image of a formal older fellow with a British accent, perhaps wearing a waistcoat. Think Batman’s Alfred Pennyworth or Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey.

But this is Las Vegas, and Joe Yalda is a new breed of butler.

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ENTIRELY NEW CIRQUE-CUMSTANCES: Action thriller ‘R.U.N.’ at Luxor a departure from Cirque du Soleil norm

They said it would be high-octane, and they weren’t kidding.

Based on a sneak peek at a couple of “chapters” from R.U.N, Cirque du Soleil’s new live-action thriller opening Oct. 24 at Luxor, audiences can expect an adrenaline-soaked, fist-throwing romp through a decidedly dark version of Las Vegas and its desert environs. The show promises nonstop, pulse-elevating action in the form of stage combat, death-defying motorcycle stunts, car chases, special effects and pyrotechnics.

So, you know, don’t forget your heart medication — because this isn’t your typical, dreamy Cirque show.

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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.

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