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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.”

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THIRST DATE: Walk for Water raises awareness of global water issues — and $120k — at eighth annual Springs Preserve event

More than a thousand walkers, plus volunteers and one mayor gathered in the local desert Sept. 21 to raise awareness of worldwide water issues.

“Who ordered the perfect day?” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman asked the cheerful crowd about to embark on a three-mile trek in the mild morning sunshine at Springs Preserve.

One Drop, an international foundation created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and dedicated to providing access to safe water in the world’s most vulnerable communities, hosts the annual Walk for Water.

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GO TO YOUR VROOOM: Auto innovations are revved-up at Motor Trend show at Las Vegas Convention Center

The cicada rhythms of doors (ka-thunk), trunks (ka-thunk) and tailgates (ka-thunk) latching back into place were the sonic template of the Motor Trend International Auto Show Las Vegas Sept. 13-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall – a vast and, frankly, shiny landscape of more than 350 cars, trucks and SUVs dutifully attended to by a quiet army of shammy men, polishing up new rides from Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Dodge, Chrysler, and a dozen more.

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