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December 22, 2014

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Don Chareunsy

Senior Editor/arts & entertainment

Don was born in Laos and grew up in Montana. He was Helena High's yearbook and newspaper editor and, after graduating from Gonzaga University with journalism and political science degrees, was a Dow Jones copy-editing intern at the San Jose Mercury News. His resume: The Orange County Register, Hollywood.com, Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and, since 2008, Vegas DeLuxe and the Sun, where he is entertainment editor.

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Tickets go on sale Tuesday for Jennifer Lopez at Caesars Palace on NYE
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Jennifer Lopez is waiting for tonight, and tonight is New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. For one night only, the superstar singer and actress will perform her hits in a concert titled “The Best Is Yet to Come” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on NYE.
Donny and Marie Osmond extend Flamingo run through 2015
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
“Donny & Marie” opened at Flamingo on Sept. 9, 2008, and response was so strong that their original six-week contract was extended soon after the show debuted. Six years later, they are ecstatic to continue to call Flamingo Las Vegas home to sold-out audiences.
Find small-town charm and holiday cheer in Boulder City
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Looking for an escape that’s not too far away and won’t bust your budget? Boulder City is a mere 11 miles southeast of Henderson, but it might as well be another planet compared with the Strip. In fact, Boulder City’s motto is “a world away for a day.”
Photos: Sexy defeats ugly at Surrender’s holiday sweater contest
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Surrender in Encore hosted its 2014 Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest on Dec. 10, and Daniella Deegan ran away with first place and $2,500 with her barely there half sweater and matching barely there shorts.
Meet-and-greet: Jon Misch and Jaclyn Schulz of ‘Survivor’ at D Las Vegas
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
“Survivor” Season 29 competitors Jaclyn Schultz and fiance Jon Misch are at The D Las Vegas from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today in a meet-and-greet to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.
Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by NBT offers adventure, invention and imagination
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Betsy Lucas performs Clara’s innocence and exuberance with perfection. Alissa Dale (The Winter Fairy) and Steven Goforth (The Snow Prince) soar in their snow scene — the classic winter scene is their scene.
Review: Lady Antebellum heats up cold night at DLVEC
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, whose onstage chemistry Friday night was palpable and has improved greatly over the years, were dressed for the occasion in black leather jackets, although guitarist Kelley would ditch his after the second song.
Q+A: The Swon Brothers headline NFR at MGM Grand, tour with Brad Paisley in 2015
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
The Swon Brothers — siblings Colton Swon, 26, and Zach Swon, 29 — who placed third on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice,” are about to realize a dream in the New Year when they go on tour with country superstar Brad Paisley.
Q+A: Hillary Scott on the joys of motherhood and Lady Antebellum
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Hillary Scott — Lady Antebellum lead vocalist, mother to a 16-month-old girl and die-hard shopper — chatted over the phone Monday about Cyber Monday, the trio’s new album “747” and the porn star who shares her name.
Q+A: Easton Corbin releases ‘Baby Be My Love Song,’ looks forward to album in new year
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Country singer and Florida native Easton Corbin is back at the Mirage this weekend to perform during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 10-day extravaganza for the second consecutive year.
Photos: Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
National Finals Rodeo world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile and roping world champion Tuf Cooper received an adrenaline rush Sunday morning, but it was away from the annual rodeo grounds at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga add Dec. 30 show at the Cosmopolitan
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The evenings will highlight music from their recently released No. 1 album “Cheek to Cheek.” Dropped on Sept. 23, “Cheek to Cheek” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also hit No. 1 on the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.
Photos: Ethel M Chocolates illuminates Cactus Garden for holidays
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The colorful holiday display — with blown-up penguins, polar bears, M&Ms and more — is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, and admission and parking are free.
Photos: Behind-the-scenes of the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
New to the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this year: Falling snow, complementing the ice skating, fire pits, s’mores, warm cocktails and intimate lodge experience.
Photos: Glittering Lights sets Las Vegas Motor Speedway aglow
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
The 14th annual Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway features more than 1 million twinkling LED lights along a 2.5-mile course of colorful displays sure to please the young and young at heart.
Photos: Chrissie Hynde mixes old and new at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Badass Chrissie Hynde, who donned blue jeans, black vest, festive red necktie and no shirt, switched it up Friday night with acoustic guitar, electric guitar and tambourine backed by a four-piece band at the Palms.
Review: I love Lucie in ‘Pippin’ revival at the Smith Center
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Lucie Arnaz is absolutely breathtaking as Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, with her comedic timing — from whom did she inherit that? — and acting chops and at age 63 defies gravity (in body and skills) singing and performing acrobatic moves on a trapeze swing above the stage.
A PETA Thanksgiving gay wedding — with Pamela Anderson and Chrissie Hynde
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
“We’ve been waiting for gay marriage to be legal in Las Vegas so that we could have as tacky a wedding as any straights,” said Dan Mathews, senior vice president for PETA.
Get a taste of what Las Vegas used to be — in Laughlin
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
When I arrived, the town charmed me with its Strip-like Casino Drive along the Colorado River — except Laughlin’s main drag takes about seven minutes to drive from one end to the other. On the Strip, you’re lucky if you can get back to your car in seven minutes.
Rascal Flatts announces nine-show run at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Rascal Flatts — frontman Gary LeVox, bass guitarist, keyboardist and background vocalist Jay DeMarcus and electric guitarist and background vocalist Joe Don Rooney — is one of the most-awarded country groups of the past decade.
Rotella Gallery a haven for photography at Forum Shops
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Rotella Gallery has opened a second outlet — this one at the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace. There are four resident artists at Rotella Gallery on the Las Vegas Strip — photographers Robert Rotella, Michael Levin, David Yarrow and Art Wolfe.
Trey Smith toasts 22nd birthday at Palms with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Trey Smith, aka DJ Ace, celebrated his 22nd birthday at Ghostbar Dayclub on Saturday, and it was a family affair, as actor father Will Smith, actress stepmother Jada Pinkett-Smith and mother Sheree Fletcher of VH1’s “Hollywood Exes” joined him.
Metal reigns supreme with Judas Priest rocking Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Frontman Rob Halford was in fine form as the band tore through fan favorites including “Breaking the Law” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” as well as songs off their new album “Redeemer of Souls,” including the title track and “Dragonaut.”
Chef Brian Malarkey is ready for Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
TV and star chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey (“Top Chef,” “The Taste” and “Guy’s Grocery Games”) is bringing Searsucker to Caesars Palace in the spring. “Las Vegas is the big stage,” the animated Malarkey says.
Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band gives a Salute to the Troops downtown
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band performed a free Veterans Day Weekend concert, a Salute to the Troops, on Saturday night on the 1st Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience downtown.
Kris Jenner celebrates 59th birthday at 1 OAK with new boyfriend
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
The birthday celebration began at chef Brian Massie’s Stack, where Kris Jenner was joined by Corey Gamble — a tour manager for Justin Bieber — Scott Disick, Jonathan Cheban, Faye Resnick, Malika Haqq and other friends.
Bret Michaels brings Life Rocks Tour to Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Bret Michaels’ planned setlist Friday night at DLVEC included “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” “Give Me Something to Believe In,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Fallen Angel” and “Nothing But a Good Time.”
Give a lot of respect to Erasure, still going strong 28 years later
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Gay icon Bell — charismatic, flamboyant, campy and 100 percent comfortable in his skin — donned two costumes, the first a spandex skeleton with a sparkling black jacket and the second what looked liked Columbia from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Bebe Rexha hosts Halloween bash at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Before her arrival at Hyde Bellagio, Bebe Rexha, 25, tweeted about her Halloween soiree, “Vegas! I’m about to arrest you tonight. I’m performing at @HydeBellagio tonight. See you there.”
Nick Jonas, with girlfriend Olivia Culpo, hosts at 1 OAK; GTA spins at Haze
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Singer and actor Nick Jonas and his girlfriend, 2012 Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island, made a dashing couple Halloween night as the handsome hunk hosted the $20,000 costume party at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
Joe Jonas, Lauren Conrad, Dirty South, Jose Andres, Desiree Hartsock at SLS Las Vegas
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Grammy-nominated musician turned Las Vegas DJ Joe Jonas played his second Sin City set, this time inside The Sayers Club at SLS. Earlier in the day, Jonas took in some rays at Foxtail Pool Club before dining at Katsuya with friends.
Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle spin at 1 OAK
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Bromance” heartthrob Brody Jenner is making the rounds in Las Vegas this year — as a budding DJ. Jenner spun at Hyde Bellagio in July, his debut on the Strip.
Gallery 3: 2014 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Aerialists and pyrotechnics also added to the evening at the Hard Rock Hotel off the Strip. Enjoy Photo Gallery 3, and be sure to check out Gallery 1 and Gallery 2, as well.
Gallery 2: 2014 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
One couple — dressed in costume, of course — even wed onstage amid the revelers whose costumes ranged from timid to torrid, superhero to super-sexy and body paint and black-and white.
Gallery 1: 2014 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
For the 19th time, the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball Las Vegas took over Sin City, this time at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night, and Tom Donoghue was once again on duty for his photo galleries of the debauchery.
What did Britney Spears do for Halloween in Las Vegas?
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
After a performance of her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, Britney Spears partied in a naughty schoolgirl outfit at Jeff Beacher’s Madhouse in MGM Grand on Friday night.
Q+A: Bebe Rexha can’t stop drinking about you at Hyde Bellagio
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Singer-songwriter and producer Bebe Rexha’s career is on quite the roll. She co-wrote “Monster,” the No. 1 hit by Eminem; she’s the featured vocalist on “Take Me Home” by Cash Cash; and her single, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” is all over the airwaves.
Kim Kardashian West toasts her 34th birthday at Tao
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The group, which also included Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Malika and Khadijah Haqq, Robin Antin, Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, watched Kanye’s performance at LIB downtown before heading to the birthday celebration on the Strip.
Casual dining is elevated at Fulton Street Food Hall
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The former space of Ming’s and the 24-hour cafe features sit-down breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. (other sections are open 24/7); late-night and gourmet pizzas; soup station; create-your-own salad bar; sandwich station; sushi bar; and noodle bar.
Q+A: DJ Helena leads the party at Drai’s Nightclub
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
We check in via phone with Drai’s resident DJ Helena, whose beauty matches her talent and charisma. Helena, who resides in Los Angeles, is back tonight at Drai’s to lead the party into the early hours of the morning.
Take a bite of Andy Samberg’s burger at Umami Burger for charity
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas is serving Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg’s Samberger through Tuesday as a fundraiser for CEID in Berkeley, Calif.
Joe Jonas makes his DJ debut at Foxtail in SLS Las Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Twenty-five-year-old musician and actor Joe Jonas, minus brothers Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas, remixed a variety of Top 40 tracks as he kept the party going into the early hours of the morning.
Ugly traffic and behavior mar beautiful Rise Lantern Festival
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
What normally is a 15-minute drive to Jean just south of Las Vegas took nearly two hours. It meant more time in the car to catch up with a good friend and sing along to Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift songs on the radio.
L.A. Clippers party at Tao; Bruno Mars, J.Lo and Matt Damon at Marquee
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Spotted in Bruno Mars’ VIP area at Marquee: Oscar winner Matt Damon with a group of friends and Jennifer Lopez in a black crop top, pants and sneakers. J.Lo’s manager Benny Medina joined her.
Sammy Hagar toasts 67th birthday at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Saturday night’s Sammy Hagar’s Belated Birthday Bash included Sammy Hagar & The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, plus the legendary Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith of The Red Hop Chili Peppers.
Tinashe hosts her ‘Aquarius’ album release party at Tao
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Up-and-coming R&B singer Tinashe partied at Tao Beach in the Venetian on Thursday afternoon. Joined by a small group of friends, the singer soaked up the sun and enjoyed dishes from Tao.
Darius Rucker headlines at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Darius Rucker won a well-deserved Grammy Award in January for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wagon Wheel,” making him only the second African American to win a country solo Grammy after Charley Pride.
Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ 20th anniversary concert and Wiz Khalifa at Boulevard Pool
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
It was a busy Friday night and weekend at the Cosmopolitan, as Bruno Mars was back for his extended engagement at nearby Mophie Stage at the Chelsea.
Tyler Posey celebrates his 23rd birthday at Hakkasan in MGM Grand
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Actor and musician Tyler Posey celebrated his 23rd birthday at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday night. The star of “Teen Wolf,” whose birthdate was Saturday, was joined by a group of friends.
Phil Lesh’s triple-header at Brooklyn Bowl in Linq Promenade
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Legendary Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh, as Phil Lesh and Friends, performed at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade on Friday night. The show was Night 1 of two.

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