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September 23, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Jabbawockeez’s short film; El Loco roller coaster; Ice Cube at Hakkasan; Restaurant Week

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Jabbawockeez’s premiere of “Regenerate” on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Luxor.

Jabbawockeez’s ‘Regenerate’ Premiere at Luxor

Austin “Chumlee” Russell, left, and friends attend Jabbawockeez’s premiere of “Regenerate” on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Luxor.

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Luxor headliners the Jabbawockeez ride El Loco at Adventuredome in Circus Circus on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

“America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 1 winners and Luxor headliners the Jabbawockeez premiered their new short film “Regenerate” on Monday night at their Luxor theater. It’s the story of a world without art and culture and how the Jabbawockeez lead a rebellion to fight to reawaken the human spirit.

Guests at the reception at nearby Rice and Company and then the screening included Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Zab Judah, Juan Muniz, B-Boy Bailrok, D-Trix, Austin “Chumlee” Russell and Seychelle Gabriel, the lead actress in “Regenerate.”

Afterward the screening, guests enjoyed a performance of Jabbawockeez’s headliner show “Prism.”

GOING LOCO: The new roller coaster El Loco that opened at Circus Circus’ Adventuredome with members of the Jabbawockeez and the Boys & Girls Club is a 72-second adrenaline-pumping ride of gravity-defying turns, over-the edge-twists and G-hairpin drops. It’s the only indoor El Loco in America and joins its five other monster rides in Britain, France, China, Australia and Indiana.

The four-person cars give riders the sensation of flying over the 1,300 feet of electric yellow track. Passengers in the six cars must be over 4 feet tall for the 45 mph ride that climbs at 14 feet per second to reach the 90-foot tallest point. Hold on for the 90-degree down drop, the 45-degree tipout and the reverse 240-degree rollout into an inverted drop before an instant stop and the 180-degree barrel rollout.

El Loco

Benjamin de los Santos and Alayna McArthur react after being the first official riders of El Loco roller coaster at Circus Circus Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Launch slideshow »

I’m planning to conquer the ride in the next 48 hours but have been forewarned that despite jet boat river skimming, bungee jumping, paragliding behind a plane and flying upside down in the glass nose of a bi-plane, this will be an exhilarating experience I have never felt before.

COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

Hot off the grill! The 2014 Spring Las Vegas Restaurant Week kicks off Thursday with Red Rock Resort’s participating restaurants unveiling the list of the 40 other restaurant partners and specially priced menus. Restaurants at the Palms, Encore, Venetian, Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island, Hard Rock Hotel, Station Casinos, South Point, New York-New York and Paris are all taking part.

Celebrity chefs include “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, Andre Rochat, Kim Canteenwalla with restaurateur wife Elizabeth Blau, plus, the legendary Piero’s on Convention Center Drive. Sponsored by our Three Square food bank, Restaurant Week has posted all the details at its website HelpOutDineOutLV.org.

Celebrity chef Angelo Sosa (Poppy Den at Tivoli Village) has filmed an “Iron Chef America” cook-off challenge against renowned chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, Bobby’s Burger Palace near Mandarin Oriental). The hourlong showdown airs on the Food Network on March 2, and Angelo will host a viewing party at his hit bistro.

Bloomberg TV will film this Friday a tour of Artisanal Foods, the unique caviar and cheese couture cuisine distributorship here. In March, cameras from “Brew Dogs” on the Esquire cable network will film the ingredients at Artisanal to brew the “world’s most expensive beer.”

VENOM RETURNS: When “Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles returns here for dates at the Orleans in March and October, it will mark his record-smashing 55th consecutive year of entertaining in Las Vegas.

The first Strip appearance for the comedian known as “The Merchant of Venom” was in 1959 promoted by Frank Sinatra, who was in hysterics at his shows being the target of Don’s insults. “Make yourself at home, Frank: Hit somebody,” he regularly zinged.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

At recent performances of “Absinthe” in Caesars Palace: Grammy Award-winning violinist Josh Bell, who posed for photographs with Melody Sweets (“The Green Fairy”); Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and former NFL quarterback Vince Young with Penny Pibbets and The Gazillionaire for their photographs.

2014 MAGIC: Ice Cube at Hakkasan

Ice Cube performs at Hakkasan on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in MGM Grand Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Hip-hop icon Ice Cube arrived at 2 this morning for the Project Magic fashion party hosted by Creative Recreation and Hudson Jeans at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

His wife, Kimberly Woodruff, enjoyed champagne as she watched the “Ride Along” star’s set. Capital Cities members Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian also were in the crowd after their concert at the new Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan and wound up on the main stage with Ice Cube.

Undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. and NLF legend Dwight Freeney were spotted dining separately at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms. Dwight celebrated his 34th birthday today, while Floyd in an entourage of 12 dined family-style on shrimp and steaks.

TONIGHTS TIP’S

Comedian Ron White records his “Comedy Salute to the Troops” special at the Mirage for Country Music Television to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Gabriel Iglesias, Josh Blue, Roy Wood Jr. and Kathleen Madigan will join the cigar-smoking and scotch-drinking funnyman for his sixth annual military fundraiser to be broadcast at a later date.

Dr. Edwin Hawkins hosts The Facebook Chorale with Ricky Dillard and Dorinda Clark Cole at LVH.

Frankie B and Daniella Clark host the Fashion Week after-party and gifting suite at Ghostbar in the Palms.

Aloe Blacc and Grand Theft are at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Sebastian Ingrosso at Light

Sebastian Ingrosso spins at Light on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Mandalay Bay. Launch slideshow »

Sebastian Ingrosso spins at Light in Mandalay Bay.

DJ A$AP Ferg is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

Elaine Wynn, Jan Jones and Patricia Becker review the world of gaming at a Mob Museum panel discussion moderated by Marybel Batjer.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

We have previews of The Jacksons — brothers Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Las Vegas resident Jackie — in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood and this weekend’s Mrs. Nevada America Pageant.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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