"CRAAAAZY old lady dancing in a ghost town" Other Desert Perspectives Tip by ricknkat

Other Desert Perspectives, Las Vegas: 18 reviews and 24 photos

  Marta and Tom
by ricknkat

If you are up for about a 1.5 hour drive and enjoy crazy, surreal experiences, I HIGHLY suggest you make a pilgrimage out to Amargosa Valley just northwest of LV, to Marta Becketts theater, the Amargosa Opera House. She is an amazing older woman who bought an abondoned complex of buildings in Death Valley Junction and turned it into her lifelong dream. She does a 2- person performance of various musical pantomime in the theater where she has painted her own audience floor to ceiling (she is an accomplished artist and many of her works are displayed in the motel attached to the theater). I'm actually not into musicals or theater but this is an experience you will NEVER forget, believe you me. I could go on and on but check out this article about her from Smithsonian magazine: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian/issues96/jan96/theplayers_jpg.html

My wife and I were married in Death Valley at the Furnace Creek Inn which is only another 45 mins. down the road (Death Valley National Park). I highly recommend that you stay the night at the Longstreet Casino http://www.longstreetinn.com/, just 6 miles north of DV Junction (we have stayed at Marta's motel, but it's a little reminiscent of a certain Hitchcock motel and the beds aren't too comfy, esp. for the $50- plus price tag. It's not too far of a drive to the Park, and the hotels at DV National Park are at best incredibly expensive (in the cool months), or at least not worth the price for the small, lame motel-esque rooms). The Longstreet has super swank rooms, some with fireplaces for $50-80, and the food in the cafe is really quite good.

othercontact: (760) 852-4441 (opera house)
Phone: (800) 508-9493 (Longstreet)

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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