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Mike Tyson gets birthday party going early

Iconic boxing champ and entertainer Mike Tyson celebrated his birthday early on Sunday during a private meet-and-greet after his one-man show, “Undisputed Truth Round 2,” at MGM Grand Detroit. About 30 guests gathered around a custom cake shaped like a boxing glove to wish Iron Mike well on his 52nd birthday, which actually takes place on Saturday. Among the guests were champion boxer Tommy Hearns, restaurateur Patrick Rugiero, and singer Martha Reeves, who offered an unusual version of the birthday song.

Show Bar’s La Femme features Nicole New

Like a sexy night club scene from a glamorous movie, local chanteuse Nicole New stood onstage at the Willis Show Bar and banged out some sultry blues and jazz classics Wednesday night accompanied by a tight trio of keyboards, big bass and drums. Nicole’s flawless performance was part of a weekly music series of female lead acts hosted by women. Every Wednesday La Femme showcases the best female talent from Detroit and beyond. Comedian Mike Young was her special guest.

Chef Bobby Nahra kicks off new wine, cooking series

Celebrity chef Bobby Nahra kicked off a series of Wine Wednesday Cooking Classes on Wednesday to a full house that included restaurant owners, food purveyors, friends, foodies and fans. The classes, which take place once a month at chef Bobby’s culinary hall, Encore Catering in St. Clair Shores, include gourmet appetizers, multiple entrees and dessert. On Wednesday, the chef demonstrated how to make crab cakes, Tuscan grilled airline chicken and cognac lamb chops. Each dish was paired with a fine wine from Celani Family Vineyards for guests to enjoy. Entertainment was provided by Michele Ramo and Dominic Lombardi. “What a fun way to learn some cool things from the master,” said guest Monica Cheick. The next class is July 18 and tickets are $80. For tickets, call (586) 772-0450.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com and hosts “Chuck’s World” from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays on 910AM Superstation.

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