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September 22, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jerry Lewis, Wolfgang Puck and Criss Angel

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Wolfgang Puck, third from right, receives the UNLVino Dom Perignon Award of Excellence during Sip & Savor at his restaurant Spago on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Justin Bieber, 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Justin Bieber and 50 Cent accompany Floyd Mayweather Jr. into the ring at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Launch slideshow »

I’ll be filming today a version of my old show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” touring unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s three Las Vegas homes and his extraordinary collections of cars and jewelry.

It’s a Showtime special to air in advance of his fight May 3 at MGM Grand Garden Arena against Argentine boxer Marcus Maidana.

Be sure to check back right here at Vegas DeLuxe for the incredible story and photo gallery later this month.

WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS

Politics makes for strange bedfellows, but there also is the rule never to talk party allegiances at dinner. It leads to heated words and often an out-of-control situation bordering on fisticuffs. One such Las Vegas restaurant dinner party exploded with two recognizable figures “going at it furiously” over Obamacare and presidential executive orders.

The dinner ended with guests quickly headed for the bathroom while the Las Vegas VIP and his California guest continued the argument. Just before tempers reached the breaking point, one turned his back on the other and excited as waiters and managers were sworn to secrecy over the incident.

Jerry Lewis at the Orleans

Entertainer Jerry Lewis performs at the Orleans Showroom Sunday, November 18, 2012. Launch slideshow »

SALUTING JERRY: Four days of festivities honoring our city’s legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis begin in Hollywood with the Fifth Annual TCM Classic Film Festival, which will screen his 1963 classic “The Nutty Professor.” Jerry will be on hand and then Saturday cements his legacy with a hand-and-footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Jerry will take part in an audience Q+A with actress Ileana Douglas as MC. The festival also pays tribute to Las Vegas regular Quincy Jones, who will be here April 25 for the Keep Memory Alive salute to Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan.

Quincy is marking the 50th anniversary of Sidney Lumet’s “The Pawnbroker” from 1964, which marked his debut as a film composer.

2014 UNLVino: Sip & Savor at Spago

Wolfgang Puck at Sip & Savor for 2014 UNLVino in his restaurant Spago on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Wolfgang Puck Book Signing at Spago

Wolfgang Puck signs copies of his newly released cookbook Launch slideshow »

WOLF’S RESTAURANT EXPANSION: Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck was mobbed by foodie fans Wednesday when he launched his new cookbook at an autograph signing in Caesars Palace. I MC’d his Sip & Savor party at Spago to kick off the four days of UNLVino.

Wolf was presented with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence, and UNLV student Jessica Gordon thanked him for his 21 years of contributions to the scholarship that supports our William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. Wolf checked the taste treats of all eight of his Las Vegas restaurant chefs before he pronounced them OK to serve the 400 guests.

Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top and actor comedian Brad Garrett were among the guests leading the applause. Wolf, who had to leave early for a flight to Dubai, said his next restaurants will be in Macau and Singapore, but he also will open a Spago in Summerlin this year. We’ll have my full interview with Wolf next week.

CONGRATULATIONS! Four of my good pals — illusionist Criss Angel, Best Models owner Ken Henderson, artist Jerry Misko and Tao/Lavo marketing chief Mike Snedegar were honored as members of the 2014 Vegas Dozen. Outfitted in new suits from Saks 5th Avenue, they walked the runway at Fashion Show to thunderous applause from more than 300 admirers.

Mike said he remembers starting out in Las Vegas in 2000 as a busboy at Mandalay Bay and working his way up the Strip’s ladder. Criss recalled that his first visit here was in a beat-up car, and he stayed in a cheap motel to save money to see a Siegfried & Roy show, vowing one day he would be starring on the Strip. Dreams do come true!

BIG-BUCKS PHOTO: Landscape photographer Jeff Mitchum has sold his award-winning image “Third Day” for $1.8 million, making it one of the most expensive landscape photographs ever purchased. It served as the stunning entrance piece to his gallery at MGM Grand. The collector’s edition photograph is printed on archival 4x5 Ilfochrome silver halide paper, making it one of the largest prints of the high-sellers.

The image will last as long as 300 years on this museum-quality paper and is framed in Aspen tree bark from the Eastern Sierras. Captured using a large-format camera, “Third Day” is a result of patience and faith that Mother Nature paints a picture in her own time. To shoot the stunning image, Jeff returned to the same spot in the Eastern Sierras for 15 years until he was able to capture the best light, rolling-storm backdrop and colors of autumn.

QUICK TAKES

Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer launches his weekly series of Chasing Thursday cigar and cocktail parties in Swan Court of his restaurant Aureole in Mandalay Bay.

Chef Matthias Merges and Yusho

Chef Matthias Merges is bringing his Chicago restaurant Yusho to the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Pictured here: Lobster Chawanmushi. Launch slideshow »

Hot-shot Chicago restaurant owner Matthias Merges opens his no-glitz, no-frills street-food bistro Yusho tonight at Monte Carlo.

Plans for Friday’s preview of Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque cabaret room at Mandalay Bay have been postponed due to construction delays, but I’m promised that April 18’s grand opening will occur.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

The 40th anniversary celebrations of UNLVino continue with the three-hour BAR-B-Q spectacular with Las Vegas mixologists shaking and stirring around Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars.

Rev Run and Ruckus lead the party at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

Grouplove and Warpaint are at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan.

Bonobo headlines at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.

Darren Moore and Jeffrey Peterson headline Bonkerz at Rampart.

And the Clark County Rodeo Fair kicks off four days of festivities at Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale — CCFair.com.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

It’s an action-packed knockout weekend with the showdown rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, plus the pool party pleasure pits continue to open with the granddaddy of them all — Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel starring Robin Thicke and Flo Rida for the Season 11 debut. Olivia Newton-John officially opens her run at the Flamingo, Human Nature celebrate 1,000 shows, and Jason Alexander starts a residency at Harrah’s with his hair!

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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