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Imperial Palace headliner Frank Marino dressed as Patti Stanger of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker.”

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Tonight’s the night Patti Stanger of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” sets up a date for Imperial Palace headliner Frank Marino of “Divas Las Vegas.” The show airs at 9 p.m., so Frank is hosting a screening party at 6 in the casino’s sports book for the East Coast telecast, as he will be onstage performing during the West Coast airing.

Although Patti won’t be at the party, series stars Destin Pfaff and Rachel Federoff are scheduled to attend. Patti began the TV series, based on her L.A. agency for millionaires, in 2007. Frank discloses that an 18-year-relationship ended because of work, but they remain friends -- and that’s why he turned to Patti’s service.

Check out a sneak preview of tonight’s episode on Bravo’s Web site. Another advance revelation: Frank dresses up in drag as Patti for part of the episode!

*In a new travel survey from Expedia in Canada, 80 percent of their travelers said they head here for shows and not gaming. “ has always considered Las Vegas to be one of those ‘can't miss' travel destinations thanks to the unrivaled experiences the city has to offer. Based on the results of this survey and feedback from our travelers, we can see that without a doubt Canadians agree with us,” said Sean Shannon, Expedia managing director.

About 64 percent put shopping as a must do. Those polled in Quebec chose Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion as their No. 1 star favorite, while in the overall Canadian polling, the honor went to Shania Twain, who begins her Caesars Palace residency in December 2012.

Incidentally, tomorrow’s edition of the Canadian magazine 7 Days has a Celine cover story and 25 inside photos of manager husband Rene Angelil and she celebrating the 1st birthday of their twins Nelson and Eddy. Expect to see Celine named as the major headline star at the annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival from Jan. 26-28.

*Hollywood movie executives are hoping that the sequel “Happy Feet 2 will be a Thanksgiving and holiday season blockbuster with kids when it’s released Nov. 18 to counter the expected blockbuster “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1.”

Singer Pink, who lives here part time with motocross champion husband Carey Hart, sings its theme song “Bridge of Light,” and buzz is that it could win her a Golden Globe. Pink voices Gloria, the girlfriend of lead penguin Mumbles. One reviewer said: “Think about her singing it to their new daughter, and you’ll melt like a polar ice cap.” The soundtrack, with Pink also performing Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” drops Nov. 21.

Quick Notes

Congratulations to Best Models head honcho Ken Henderson on his surprise marriage last night at Mandalay Bay. His bride Maria, MGM Grand magician headliner David Copperfield’s ex, and he took their wedding judge to dinner afterward at Aureole to celebrate. … Steve Lawrence is recording a new album at Studio at the Palms this week with Barry Manilow’s producer Ron Dante, and they selected Barry’s song “ I Was a Fool to Let You Go” as one of the tracks.

… Congratulations to Cirque du Soleil’s Julie Rodham on her 13th anniversary as head of wardrobe at “O” in the Bellagio. She notes that it takes 60 nightly loads of laundry for the costumes after they are water logged from the artists who are in and out of that 1.5 million gallon pool. Julie provides new costumes every three months and notes that the red coats on the horse riders last 12 months. … And when Carlos Santana returns for performances of his “Trip Through the Hits” at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, he’ll once again partner with Three Square for three nights of food and cash donations to be used to feed the hungry over Thanksgiving.

Star Surveillance

Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend and longtime model girlfriend Chrissy Teigen dined at STK in the Cosmopolitan. Spywitnesses report that the pair was very affectionate while sharing “Lil Burgers” and organic chicken for dinner. John is performing at the Pearl in the Palms for New Year’s Eve, and tickets go on sale Saturday.

Tonight’s Tips

Rocker Herman Rarebell, original drummer for the Scorpions, has a book signing for the debut of his autobiography “And Speaking of Scorpions” at the Hard Rock Hotel store, his only Las Vegas meet-and-greet. … Roxy Cottontail is the guest DJ at Moon in the Palms. … And British electro producer Michael Woods spins at Lavo in the Palazzo.

Tomorrow’s Teases

Las Vegas gets ready for the 11/11/11 invasion of brides and grooms for the largest one-day, around-the-clock weddings, plus talk show titan Jerry Springer jets back into town to guest host for two weeks at “The Price Is Right Live” at Bally’s.

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