There’s room to vroom — as well as skate, flip and fly (at least on a BMX course) — during this sports-heavy location week, with both IndyCar and Dew Tour championships on track to make Vegas visits this weekend.
But not all the IndyCar action’s on the oval track of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Before Sunday’s 200-lap championship race gets under way, IndyCar drivers (including Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti and Dario Franchitti ) will participate in a Thursday evening parade down the Strip, along with an autograph event at the Fashion Show mall and a kickoff party at the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic; all will be filmed, along with an IndyCar banquet at Mandalay Bay.
‘Dew’ tell: Back in Las Vegas for a second go-round, the Dew Tour Championships will showcase several events at the Hard Rock Hotel and a nearby Harmon Avenue lot hosting both competition courses and a free festival village.
Saturday’s BMX Park Finals and Sunday’s BMX and Skateboard Vertical Finals will go live from Hard Rock Beach Club and Harmon lots; coverage will air on NBC as well as on USA, MTV2 and Versus.
‘Jet’ set: The sports focus continues with "Jet Fuel," a Canadian documentary about the passion of hockey fans — especially fans of the Winnipeg Jets, returning to the NHL after a 15-year absence.
The documentary is scheduled to hit Las Vegas Sunday for a three-day visit, following the Jets’ Saturday game with the Phoenix Coyotes — the team that relocated from Winnipeg 15 years ago, notes executive producer Marshall Stevenson, who’s hoping to interview Las Vegas-area fans; if that’s you, contact the production online (jetfuelmovie.com) or by phone (855-444-2924) to schedule an appointment.
Musical notes: Also from Canada, country singer Stacey McKitrick will visit Vegas Wednesday to shoot her debut music video, "Friends for Life," from her just-out album — produced by Las Vegas-based Kevin Churko, who’s also worked with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Five Finger Death Punch.
A diner, a bar and a highway north of town provide the backdrops, reports Las Vegas-based director Brandon Christensen.
And speaking of Churko, Five Finger Death Punch is scheduled to be at DreamVision Studios this week to shoot a music video and rehearse for an upcoming tour.
‘Moon’ rising: Las Vegas-based filmmaker Albert Pyun ("The Sword and the Sorcerer," "Cyborg") is in final pre-production for "Red Moon," an adventure fantasy he describes as "a cross between ‘The Book of Eli’ and ‘The Road.’ " Production is expected to begin later this month in Rhyolite and Las Vegas; such local filmmakers as Derek Stonebarger and Michael Su are helping Pyun put the cast and crew together, he reports.
Quick hits: The Japanese travel show "Tabi Salad" is expected to wrap a three-day visit today, while local filmmaker David Schmoeller continues weekend production on the feature "Little Monsters" at private residences and businesses. The local web TV series "The Unemployed" begins a weeklong shoot in the southeast valley for three short episodes debuting online in November and December, reports executive producer Eddie Deirmenjian . The "America’s Got Talent Live" performers coming to Caesars Palace are expected to be at DreamVision Studios just before their Oct. 26-28 gig for rehearsals and filming. And look for footage from the annual Flesh and Fantasy Halloween Ball to turn up on a cable reality show this year.
On hiatus: Showbiz speak for "on vacation," that’s where your humble correspondent will be for the next few weeks; watch for Shooting Stars’ return on Oct. 31.
Carol Cling’s Shooting Stars column appears Mondays. Contact her at (702) 383-0272 or ccling@reviewjournal. com.