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April 18, 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,, 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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Q+A: Hard Rock Hotel exec Michael Goodwin previews Season 11 of Rehab
Saturday, April 12, 2014
New this season at Rehab: adding Saturday pool parties to the usual sizzling Sunday soirees, and the entertainment lineup is diverse and, frankly, fantastic. Michael Goodwin, Hard Rock Hotel’s vice president of daylife and nightlife, talks Rehab, “the oasis in the desert.”
Q+A: Cameo singer Larry Blackmon talks L.V. Soul Festival, Pacquiao, Cyrus and red codpiece
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Cameo, who formed in the 1970s and whose hits include “Word Up!” (with the memorable video featuring Larry Blackmon in a bright red codpiece), “Candy” and the Mariah Carey collaboration “Loverboy,” are headlining the Las Vegas Soul Festival at UNLV.
Celebrity chefs go from TV fame to Las Vegas fortune
Sunday, April 6, 2014
It was a big week for celebrity chefs in Las Vegas.
Photos: Guy Fieri is ready to ‘rock the house’ with his first Strip restaurant
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The spiky blond, excitable and refreshingly energetic chef, Emmy Award-winning TV host and UNLV alumnus arrived at the Quad valet Friday morning in his signature red Camaro convertible with three UNLV cheerleaders along for the ride.
Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas win awards
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
“It has been our goal since Day One to provide our guests with an interpretation of the Nobu lifestyle in a hotel setting that exceeds expectations,” Gigi Vega, vice president and general manager of Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, said in a news release.
Review: ‘A Musical Affair’ with Il Divo, Lea Salonga a master class in vocals, performance
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
There wasn’t a false note in the entire performance, but favorites of the night included “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Defying Gravity,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Bring Him Home,” “I Dreamed a Dream”/“On My Own” and “Music of the Night.”
Photos: High Roller observation wheel at the Linq is ‘forever changing the skyline’
Monday, March 31, 2014
At 550 feet, the High Roller is the world’s largest observation wheel. There are 28 pods, or cabins, that hold as many as 40 passengers, for a 30-minute ride. I’m afraid of heights, but each cabin is comfortable, relaxing and cool (let’s hope this holds up in summer).
Photos: Ne-Yo parties at Encore Beach Club and performs at Surrender
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ne-Yo, sporting black cargo shorts, a black muscle T emblazoned with “This Is Stupid,” a black cap, black Chuck Taylors, a gold chain and sunglasses, arrived with a group of 10 and settled into a luxury bungalow overlooking the popular daytime pool party.
Photos: Stassi Schroeder of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ hosts at Body English
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Her “Vanderpump Rules” co-stars Katie Maloney (also in black), Jeremy Davison (in black with white jeans) and Jennifer Bush (in a silver dress), joined Schroeder, a model and a fashion columnist, at the after-hours hotspot.
Review: All John Legend needs is love, a piano and a microphone at Smith Center
Friday, March 28, 2014
In Legend’s stripped-down acoustic set — he at the piano, plus one guitarist, three violinists and one cellist — he proved that an artist can captivate an audience for nearly 90 minutes without LED screens, dancers and DJs and instead with talent, sincerity and soul.
2014 CinemaCon photos: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Clint Eastwood, Drew Barrymore
Friday, March 28, 2014
Warner Bros. A-list guests: Morgan Freeman for “Transcendence”; Male and Female Stars of the Year Adam Sandler and a very pregnant Drew Barrymore for “Blended”; Clint Eastwood for “Jersey Boys”; and Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone for “Tammy.”
Photos: Nick Cannon, with ‘Pajama Pants,’ spins at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Before heading into the nightclub, Nick Cannon posed for photographs on the red carpet and chatted and took snapshots with fans. He was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt with Wild N Out on the front and #WPPM IN STORES 4/1/14 on the back.
Photos: Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack makes his debut at Hakkasan
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Afrojack, who won a 2011 Grammy with David Guetta for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for Madonna’s “Revolver,” kept the crowd moving with “Take Over Control,” “Can’t Stop Me,” his No. 1 collabo “Give Me Everything Tonight” and new release “Ten Feet Tall.”
Photos: Reality TV hunk Brody Jenner hosts at Hyde Bellagio, talks new girlfriend
Sunday, March 23, 2014
On the arrivals carpet, Brody Jenner talked about a new girlfriend but kept tight-lipped about her identity, saying, “She is someone very special.” Inside Hyde, Jenner and his group were welcomed to a VIP table beneath Hyde’s DJ booth by a parade of servers.
Photos: Actress and DJ Taryn Manning leads after-hours party at Body English
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Taryn Manning, known for her roles in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” “8 Mile” and “Crossroads,” dressed in a black ensemble and bright red lipstick and was accompanied by her friends Brittany Brower and Jeanine Heller.
Photos: Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves rock Mandalay Bay
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kip Moore, in a muscle T showing off his guns, and new country darling Kacey Musgraves, in painted-on liquid-metal pants and a T-shirt, opened for heartthrob Charles Kelley, in a long-sleeve black button up, Hillary Scott, in all black, and Dave Haywood, in a light-blue T-shirt.
Photos: Shanna Moakler toasts early 39th birthday at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wearing a sexy chain-metal dress and Chinese Laundry heels, the ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and the executive producer of the Miss Nevada USA Pageant enjoyed champagne and Stella Artois with her group as she mingled and partied.
Q+A: Afrojack talks debut album, Jared Leto, Hakkasan, Katy Perry and ‘The Simpsons’
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Afrojack, birth name Nick van de Wall, makes his residency debut at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday night, and he recently remixed a 30 Seconds to Mars song with the band’s frontman, recent Oscar winner Jared Leto.
Photos: ‘Divorce Party: Las Vegas!’ debuts at Windows Showroom in Bally’s
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
“Divorce Party: Las Vegas!” centers on Linda, who is reeling from her divorce, so her friends turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. The show uses laughs, songs and the occasional shock factor to explore divorce, long-term relationships and moving on.
Photos: St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
It was another St. Patrick’s Day at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for his photo gallery. Seen at FSE: I Survived St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl T-shirts, three-leaf clovers and more.
Photos: Elvis Costello and The Roots usher in Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq
Monday, March 17, 2014
Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo galleries of The Roots and Elvis Costello at Brooklyn Bowl, a three-level, 80,000-square-foot music, dining and bowling megaplex that is larger than Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
Photos: It’s the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets at Cashman Field
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Mets were victorious on Saturday with a score of 9-4. Tom Donoghue’s photo gallery includes David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, Cubs manager Tsuyoshi Wada and Las Vegas’ Kris Bryant, #77 and the Cubs’ #1 draft pick.
Photos: Flogging Molly brings Celtic cheer to Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan
Monday, March 17, 2014
The boisterous Celtic rockers Flogging Molly performed a raucous, adrenaline-filled show that had their fans screaming along to hits including “Every Dog Has Its Day,” “No More (Paddy’s Lament)” and “Revolution.”
Photos: Clinton Sparks launches the Greatest Party on Earth at 1 OAK
Thursday, March 13, 2014
DJ Clinton Sparks launched his monthly the Greatest Party on Earth with much fanfare — the nightspot was transformed into a circus big top with performers on stilts, sexy clowns, confetti cannons and larger-than-life stuffed and balloon animals.
Ringmaster and DJ Clinton Sparks leads the Greatest Party on Earth tonight at 1 OAK
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Clinton Sparks will be the host, MC, DJ and ringmaster when the nightclub at the Mirage is transformed into a circus big top with performers, sexy clowns and wild (stuffed) animals for the industry party. Does Miley Cyrus know?!
Photos: Brad Keselowski hosts meet-and-greet at D Las Vegas, dines at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Hundreds of race fans lined up Thursday to meet Keselowski at Derek Stevens’ casino resort that abuts Fremont Street Experience. Afterward, Keselowski and his team enjoyed dinner at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and met the chef.
Photos: REO Speedwagon draws over 12,000 to free concert at Fremont Street Experience
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The setlist, as listed on the stage, by frontman Kevin Cronin and his band, who formed in 1967: “Don’t Let Him Go,” “Music Man,” “Take It on the Run,” “Keep Pushin,’ ” “Golden Country” and their mega-hit No. 1 ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
Photos: Celebrities and VIPs watch Alvarez defeat Angulo at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The celebrities and VIPs at the boxing matches included actor and comedian George Lopez, Metta World Peace (who most recently played for the New York Knicks), Juan Pablo Galavais (ABC’s “The Bachelor”), CBS Sports’ Jenn Brown and singer and musician Pepe Aguilar.
Photos: Brad Keselowski wins Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 9, 2014
NASCAR star Brad Keselowski, the Michigan racecar driver who turned 30 on Feb. 12, held off odds-on favorite and hometown hero Kyle Bush to win Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Review: Miley Cyrus can’t be tamed in ‘Bangerz Tour’ stop at MGM Grand
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The audience was … eclectic, from gay couples wearing only boxer briefs to dude bros (with their girlfriends) to (underage) teenage girls wearing only bras and short shorts or skirts to skeezy and older-than-60 men not-so-covertly taking cell phone photographs of them.
Photos: Audrina Patridge rocks out at Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp at House of Blues
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Audrina Patridge and Lita Ford performed an original song — no “Kiss Me Deadly”? Bummer! — while fellow campers joined them on guitar, bass and drums. Zakk Wylde, best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, opened with “Crazy Train.”
Photos: Vanilla Ice hosts and performs at Pop Life party in Body English
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The 46-year-old “Ice Ice Baby” and “Play That Funky Music” singer donned a blue cap, a blue-and-white plaid button-up and a VIP wristband(?); posed for photographs with fans; and performed for clubgoers Thursday night.
Photos: Carter the Clydesdale and Chip the Dalmatian at Tap Sports Bar in MGM Grand
Sunday, March 2, 2014
At Tap Sports Bar, which is neighbors with mega-restaurant-and-nightclub Hakkasan, Carter and Chip posed for photographs with the Budweiser girls, who were ravishing in red, and met with the Tap team before departing for Phoenix.
Photos: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Miles Teller, Theo James and Dada Life at Hakkasan
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Arriving just before midnight, Anna Kendrick, an Oscar nominee for “Up in the Air,” and her “Pitch Perfect” co-star Brittany Snow enjoyed champagne and cocktails and showed off their dance moves with friends during a DJ set by Hakkasan resident artists Dada Life.
Photos: 2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Six-foot-5 Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz’s hits as lead artist include “Mercy” with Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T; “No Lie” with Drake; “I’m Different”; and “We Own It (Fast & Furious)” with Wiz Khalifa.
Photos: South Point hosts Budweiser Clydesdales, serves 49 free kegs of beer
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for a photo gallery that included the larger-than-life equines, their Dalmatian named Chip, the beautiful Budweiser Girls who sizzled in red and young fans at South Point Arena.
Photos: Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities share the spotlight at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Breakout Los Angeles alternative-dance duo Capital Cities — Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian —kicked things off on the Mophie Stage in the Chelsea getting the crowd moving with their electronic-infused pop rock.
Photos: Bruno Mars, with birthday girl Havana Brown, returns to the Chelsea
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Mars charmed the crowd with hits from his current album “Unorthodox Jukebox,” including “Moonshine,” “Billionaire” and “Treasure.” True to Mars’ reputation for unpredictable shows, the pop star went old school with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”
Photos: Daughtry spends Valentine’s Day rocking the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Daughtry kept the crowd jumping — and surprised — with Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” The show ended on a sweet note as Daughtry brought two fans onstage pre-encore for a Valentine’s Day proposal.
Photos: America’s Best DJ Kaskade leads XS’ fifth-anniversary celebration
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
EDM fans, locals, visitors and friends of the mega-club packed the indoor-outdoor hotspot Saturday night as Kaskade, the reigning America’s Best DJ and the only multiple winner of the annual award, led the celebration.
2014 MAGIC photos: Pregnant Kristin Cavallari peddles Chinese Laundry; plus, Snooki’s sportswear
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Reality TV star, fashionista, wife of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and radiant mom-to-be Kristin Cavallari appeared at 2014 MAGIC today at the Las Vegas Convention Center to promote her line of shoes for Chinese Laundry.
Photos: Havana Brown toasts her 29th at Tao; Cash Cash and Jamie Jones spin at Marquee
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Australian DJ, singer and dancer Havana Brown, best known for her hit “We Run the Night” featuring Pitbull, celebrated her 29th birthday Saturday night at Tao in the Venetian. Joined by friends, the blonde bombshell enjoyed dinner, dessert and cocktails at the Asian hotspot.
Photos: Mike Epps performs sold-out standup show at Pearl at the Palms
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Comedian Mike Epps’ “After Dark Tour” features material centered on family, life, fame and baby mamas, among other topics. Epps even mentioned the 2012 incident in which his daughter took a video of him yelling at her (which she gave to TMZ).
Photos: Hook N Sling takes the spotlight at Light in Mandalay Bay
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Wearing a bright blue jacket and colorful Nikes, Australian DJ sensation Hook N Sling hit the stage at 12:45 a.m. Thursday playing a set of dance and electric sounds, including the hit “Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.”
Photos: Steve and Andrea Wynn toast Andrea’s first anniversary at Encore
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Guests were welcomed with champagne, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, which included some of executive chef Joseph Elevado’s most popular dishes, including tuna and crispy rice, the fried burdock roll, the king crab and fluke roll and the spicy vegan tofu roll.
Photos: Queens of the Stone Age rule the Joint in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Palm Desert, Calif., rockers Queens of the Stone Age headlined the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on Thursday night, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik of Retna was onsite to capture the rock show.
Photos: Danish trio New Politics at Vinyl in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
The setlist for New Politics — David Boyd, Soren Hansen and Louis Vecchio — included “Give Me Hope,” “We Are the Radio,” “Dignity,” “Fall Into These Arms,” “Just Like Me,” “Perfect,” “My Love” (acoustic), “Overcome,” “Berlin,” “Harlem,” “Stuck on You,” “Goodbye Copenhagen” and “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”
Lance Bass and fiance Michael Turchin celebrate Valentine’s Day at Surrender
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Bass was in town to accept an award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the group sat at the DJ table to watch pal Dillon Francis spin. The couple sipped on Veuve Clicquot, while the rest of the entourage enjoyed Grey Goose cocktails.
Photos: Focus is on 15-inch slices at Pin-Up Pizza opening at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
“On a good day, I can eat two slices, but this is some serious pizza,” Planet Hollywood President David Hoenemeyer told me after cutting the dough last week to officially open Planet Hollywood’s Pin-Up Pizza, home to the Strip’s largest slices at 15 inches long.
Photos: Chris Weidman is named Fighter of the Year at 2014 MMA Awards at Venetian
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
The 2014 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards took the spotlight at the Venetian on Friday night, and the big prize, Fighter of the Year, went to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

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