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Strip Scribbles: Frank Marino’s longtime partner proposes — onstage — at The Quad


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Alex Schechter proposes to Frank Marino onstage at The Quad Showroom on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

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Alex Schechter proposes to Frank Marino onstage at The Quad Showroom on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Alex Schechter proposes to Frank Marino

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Richard Harrison at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Congratulations from all of us at Vegas DeLuxe! Las Vegas’ longest-running headliner Frank Marino was surprised during his performance of “Divas Las Vegas” at The Quad on Tuesday night with a marriage proposal from his longtime partner, associate producer Alex Schechter.

Riding the wave of the historic Supreme Court rulings last week in favor of marriage equality, Alex surprised Frank by popping the question during his stage show while the cast of “Divas” cheered on in support.

The couple, who celebrate their 20th anniversary Thursday, plan to wed in 18 months, and one thing is certain: Marriage most certainly won’t be a drag for these two! (Groan.) Editor at Large John Katsilometes’ interview with the love-struck guys was posted this morning.

NEW ALL-GIRLS SHOW: Penny Wiggins, who always suffered major indignities at the hands of wild magician The Amazing Johnathan, is producing and starring in “Shenanigans,” her own show premiering late-night July 17 at Sin City Comedy Theater in Planet Hollywood. It is an all-female variety show with a fantastic lineup of talented femmes fatales, including Erica Vanlee, Wassa Skye and Sophie Evans, and Penny promises more to come.


Richard “The Old” Harrison of “Pawn Stars” attended Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo. After the performance, the reality TV star and co-owner of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop met backstage and posed for photographs.

“The Ultimate Fighter 18” had its wrap dinner at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in The D Hotel on Tuesday night. With UFC President Dana White in attendance, UFC treated the 30 fighters and coaches to dinner and drinks. Even though there is bad blood between coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, dinner was peaceful. Tomahawk steaks, lobsters and pastas were served in large portions. The celebration continued afterward at Insert Coin(s).


Our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly celebrate the city’s best restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment, personalities and more at the 2013 Weekly Awards at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country from 8 to 10 p.m. hosted by Chet Buchanan of 98.5 FM KLUC’s “Morning Zoo.” Readers were asked to vote for their favorites in categories including steakhouse, sandwich, date-night restaurant, buffet, Cirque du Soleil show, live music venue, live band, Twitter personality, hairstylist, sports bar, locals’ club night, places to take tourists, casinos and many more. Winners will be announced in the special 2013 Weekly Awards publication available in print and online Thursday. The 2013 Weekly Awards celebration is free and open to the public.

The Life is Beautiful Festival Showcase features Beau Hodges Band, Justin Mather, Easy 8’s, Kalsey Kulyk and Megan Barker on Fremont Street.

Otherwise performs at Sunset Station.

Bob Goleb and Penny Prince headline at Big Al’s Comedy Club at Gold Coast through Saturday.

Bobby Collins is at The Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.

The Masters of Beer Pong final championship is at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel.

The Las Vegas 51s fireworks extravaganza is at Cashman Field after the game.

The UFC 162 Open Workouts are at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Night on Fire features waterless boat racing, a jet car burn, the “Shocker” monster truck and fireworks at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Will.I.Am is at Surrender in Encore.


Our Weekend Celebrity Preview with all the fireworks of the Fourth of July Weekend, plus, a guest column from Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men surmising that we’ve arrived at the end of our music legends.

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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