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.


EASY AS 1-2-3, DO-RE-MI: ABC Kids Expo brings juvenile product pros together at Las Vegas Convention Center 

Somebody come and play.

Las Vegas, a haven for all manner of grownup pastimes, will this month turn toward children and babies, welcoming North America’s largest business-to-business juvenile-products trade show.

The ABC Kids Expo — the ABC stands for All Baby & Child — runs Oct. 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will feature more than 700 exhibitors occupying 1,600-plus booths (226 for first-time exhibitors) that will cover 500,000 square feet and represent 988 brands. Exhibitors will come from 60 countries. The nonprofit All Baby & Child Corp., based in San Antonio, estimates that 60 percent of retailers and attendees are in the toy, gear, gift, apparel and maternity industry.


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.”