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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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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga return to Las Vegas from April 10-11
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
“Cheek to Cheek” marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive No. 1 album release in three years and makes her one of only two female artists this decade to have three No. 1 albums. The Axis performances will be accompanied by a big band.
Photos: Rob Gronkowski gets his gronk on at Surrender in Encore
Monday, March 2, 2015
Rob Gronkowski, tight end for Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots, partied like a 25-year-old Super Bowl winner Saturday night at Surrender Nightclub in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Photos: Hakkasan celebrates resident DJ Tiesto’s Grammy win
Monday, March 2, 2015
Saturday night was an award-winning evening as Hakkasan at MGM Grand hosted a celebration for resident DJ Tiesto in honor of him winning his first Grammy Award in February for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for John Legend’s “All of Me.”
Photos: Floyd Mayweather Jr. toasts his 38th birthday at Hyde Bellagio
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Staying in tip-top shape for the highly anticipated fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t drink alcohol at Hyde, instead sipping Coke during the evening.
Three decadent Chinese New Year meals: Andrea’s, Hakkasan and China Poblano
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Three of the best restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip — Andrea’s, China Poblano and Hakkasan — are celebrating Chinese New Year — and the Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep —with elegant, luxurious and decadent meals.
Photos: Scott Disick, with baby mama Kourtney Kardashian, hosts at 1 OAK
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Las Vegas regular — 1 OAK regular, really — Scott Disick arrived at the Mirage with baby mama and fellow reality-TV star Kourtney Kardashian and started their date night at dinner in Stack with 10 friends, including rapper Mally Mall and his girlfriend.
Photos: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ hunk Jax Taylor hosts Xcalibur after-party at Palms
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Reality-TV stud Jax Taylor, star of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules,” was in town for Magic Fashion Week to promote his clothing and shoe line Xcalibur, and the heartthrob celebrated by hosting an after-party at Social, the center bar at the Palms.
Q+A: It’s Social time at the Palms for Jax Taylor of ‘Vanderpump Rules’
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
The cast mates of handsome and divisive lothario Jax Taylor of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” have bestowed the term “jaxed” upon him to describe his many sexual conquests. What does he think of the term?
Photos: The Weeknd toasts 25th birthday, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ at Drai’s
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Friday night on the Strip was Fifty Shades of Drai’s at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell, as The Weeknd celebrated his 25th birthday and the release of the highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
2015 USA Sevens Rugby photos: Fiji wins tournament, USA a strong 4th
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
“Sam Boyd Stadium was rockin’ wild,” contributing photographer Tom Donoghue said after capturing his photo galleries during the four-day 2015 USA Sevens Rugby Tournament. Fiji crushed New Zealand, 35-19, on its way to winning the title.
Photos: Newlyweds Jenny McCarthy + Donnie Wahlberg host at 1 OAK
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Before arriving on the red carpet at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jenny McCarthy and her new husband, singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block, were greeted by fans, and the newlyweds happily posed for photographs and signed autographs.
Photos: Mark Shunock’s monthly ‘Mondays Dark’ showcases Las Vegas talent, heart
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
It’s incredible to think that it’s been more than a year since Mark Shunock, Lonnie in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, launched “Mondays Dark” at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel to give back to the community of Las Vegas.
A must-see: Funny and dirty ‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ at Smith Center
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is funny and silly and a laugh riot, and there are four performances remaining through Sunday. See it, buy it, love it. Here is our chat with the darling Miss Dixie.
Photos: Alfonso Ribeiro, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy shine in ‘DWTS Live’
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Ribeiro’s comedic timing was perfect, and he impressively kept up with the talented pro dancers — one can’t help but root for him. The costumes and choreography sparkled and shined on the Strip stage. This was a night for the pro dancers of “DWTS” to soar.
Photos: The Cosmopolitan features digital work by Yoko Ono, Sarah Rara
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
“Imagine Peace” is associated with Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland, an outdoor tower of light emanating wisdom, peace and joy. The words “Imagine Peace” are inscribed on the well of the tower in 24 languages.
Photos: Joanna Krupa sizzles in white at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Gorgeous, flawless, bra-less and scandalous. Polish supermodel and actress Joanna Krupa (“The Real Housewives of Miami,” “Dancing With the Stars”) made it one white-hot Friday night in Las Vegas hosting at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
Q+A: What makes Joe Nichols’ clothes fall off in 2015?
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Handsome, baritone country singer-songwriter Joe Nichols headlines the Safari Club International 43rd Annual Hunter’s Convention at Mandalay Bay tonight, and he chatted over the phone ahead of his concert about touring, hunting and Las Vegas.
Seeking out deliciously different ramen
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
This is the perfect time of year for the ultimate Asian comfort food.
Britney Spears enjoys Bee Effective from The Juice Standard
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
The Juice Standard, which serves organic, cold-pressed juice blends, has become a favorite for Britney Spears, who chooses the juices for their nutrition, ideal for keeping her health and energy up during her Axis at Planet Hollywood hit residency “Britney: Piece of Me.”
Omnia Nightclub at Caesars set to open with Calvin Harris on March 12
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
Starting at 10 p.m., the new mega-club destination will welcome its first guests in the former space of Pure Nightclub. The highly anticipated opening weekend also includes 2015 resident DJs Martin Garrix and Chuckie, followed by kick-off events in March and April.
Photos: DJ Pauly D hosts Super Bowl 49 pre-party at Vanity
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
His black, long-sleeved shirt with “99” on the front and “USA” on the back did not give away which team he was rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday — the eventual winners the New England Patriots or the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
Idina Menzel lets it go, nails national anthem; Katy Perry roars; Missy Elliott really soars
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
At 3:15 p.m., John Legend kicks off Super Bowl 49 with “America the Beautiful” wearing a black leather jacket at a black piano in the middle of the field. There are riffs and a few vocal stylings, and his voice soars and is gorgeous.
Tiny Mesquite has myriad ways of attracting visitors
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
The annual Mesquite Balloon Festival and Motor Mania weekend are just a taste of what the community of Mesquite has to offer. Upcoming: Mesquite MusicFest, off-road weekend and the Smokin’ in Mesquite barbecue championship.
Q+A: DJ Jazzy Jeff talks Hakkasan Group, traveling, Seahawks and Bonnie Raitt
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
From “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star to being a much-sought-after DJ and producer and multiple Grammy Award winner, Philadelphia’s DJ Jazzy Jeff is thankful upon reflecting on his long career and recent 50th birthday.
Photos: Maksim Chmerkovskiy choreographs new scene in ‘Le Reve’
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
After more than five years away, award-winning dancer and choreographer Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned to Wynn Las Vegas to create the newest, multimillion-dollar scene in “Le Reve — The Dream” in honor of the celebrated show’s 10th anniversary.
Q+A: ‘Teen Mom’ turned porn star Farrah Abraham hosts at Ghostbar DayClub
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Farrah Abraham, 23, gained notoriety when she became pregnant at age 16, starred in “16 and Pregnant” and then “Teen Mom,” then made “Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom” with adult-film star James Deen, then followed up with “Farrah 2: Backdoor and More.”
Q+A: Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young talk ‘Joseph,’ marriage and Bacchanal Buffet
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young’s paths crossed when they were cast as boyfriend and girlfriend in “Hair” on Broadway in 2010, and they wed on June 1, 2013, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles.
Omnia at Caesars Palace announces DJ lineup ahead of spring opening
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The top headliner DJs announced today are Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Chuckie, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Krewella, Nervo, Nicky Romero and Showtek.
Photos: WWE star and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho hosts at Body English
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
To start the evening, Jericho — in a tight black shirt and black vest that showed off his guns and tattoos, gray denim and black shoes — dined at 35 Steaks + Martinis with fellow pro wrestler Michael “The Miz” Mizanin and friends.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK, talks baby, real estate
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
The always stylish Scott Disick, in a black sweater, black denim and brown shoes, partied at the nightclub with pals Cesar Paniagua, Ilan Sharone and Josh Altman, as well as took a photograph with nightclub co-founder Eli Pacino.
Photos: Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle host and DJ at Tao
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Reality-TV star and heartthrob turned DJ Brody Jenner hosted and spun at Tao in the Venetian on Friday night. Jenner, who kept it casual in a black cap and black T-shirt, performed a DJ set along with pal William Lifestyle for partygoers.
Photos: Deontay Wilder defeats Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Heavyweight boxing returned to the spotlight on the Strip and in the sports world Saturday night when Deontay Wilder defeated Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photos: Las Vegas firefighters compete at Slotzilla for charity
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
In the Slotzilla race among the firefighters, Ana Wintersteen of the Henderson Fire Department was the winner. Garrett Dodrill, Jennifer Delgado and Greg Martin were among the other Las Vegas firefighters who participated in the fundraiser.
Review: Take me to church — Eric Church — at the Cosmopolitan
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
On Friday evening, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” stop was an enjoyably loose, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, jam-band performance with one of country’s more charismatic and baddest boys (he’s back at the Chelsea tonight, as well).
Q+A: Father-figure comedian Rob Schneider brings the laughs to South Point
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Forget “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” It should be “Deuce Bigalow: Father of the Year, Yo.” When I hopped on the phone Wednesday to chat with longtime comedian and actor Rob Schneider, I apologized in advance for my coughing from a cold.
Q+A: DJ Gareth Emery talks Sirius XM show, Noel Gallagher and Neon Museum
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
After a decade of nonstop touring, U.K. producer and DJ Gareth Emery, 34, is looking forward to a year of less travel, more time in the studio and becoming a father for the first time in March.
DJ Kaskade signs multiyear residency with XS and Encore Beach Club
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade has signed an exclusive multiyear residency with Encore Las Vegas daylife and nightlife venues Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub.
Photos: Stassi Schroeder of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ parties at Body English
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Blonde-bombshell starlet Stassi Schroeder of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” celebrated a girls night out Friday evening at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Scheana Marie of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ hosts at Ghostbar Dayclub
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
The reality-TV starlet turned heads upon arrival at the nerd-themed Palms soiree in a black midriff top and skirt, thigh highs and boots paired with hot-pink plastic glasses for her chic-geek style.
Photos: Hakkasan ushers in 2015 with Hardwell, Tiesto and Calvin Harris
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
There’s no denying that Hakkasan at MGM Grand is one of the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas, the country and the world when three of the world’s top DJs — Hardwell, Calvin Harris and Tiesto — headline at the mega-club the week of New Year’s Eve.
Photos: Drake at Marquee, Snoop Dogg at Tao, DJ Khaled at Lavo
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Hip-hop ruled Tao Group’s sold-out venues in Las Vegas as thousands of partygoers ushered in 2015 with Drake at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, Snoop Dogg at Tao in the Venetian and DJ Khaled at Lavo in Palazzo.
Photos: DJ Pauly D is in the house for New Year’s Eve at Vanity
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame, in a crisp white dress shirt and matching sneakers, gave partygoers at Vanity an unforgettable year-end celebration spinning alongside his “Jersey Shore” cast mate and friend Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.
Photos: Miguel toasts New Year with Nazanin Mandi at Hyde Bellagio
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Looking sharp in a black blazer, black T-shirt and gold pants, Miguel arrived at the nightspot in the shadows of the Bellagio Fountains alongside girlfriend Nazanin Mandi.
2014 NYE: Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga: Terrific show and venue, wrong (NYE) crowd
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” is a coveted and divine gift of the holiday season, with Bennett’s legendary voice, hits and gentlemanly demeanor complementing Gaga’s sass, wit and colorful costumes by Brandon Maxwell.
Review: Justin Timberlake ends ‘20/20 Experience Tour’ on a high note
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Other than the wardrobe and hyped-up delivery, Concerts No. 2 and No. 3 were Wonder Twins. Justin Timberlake’s talent and charisma are undeniable and limitless. His dancing, even 2 1/2 hours into a 3-hour show, is astounding.
2014 NYE: Iggy Azalea welcomes New Year with beau Nick Young at Drai’s
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Iggy Azalea, who is about to embark on an arena tour, has just been named top trending music artist of 2014, with her song “Fancy” the most streamed song of the year and her album “The New Classic” the second most streamed CD of 2014.
2014 NYE: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis host and perform at 1 OAK
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
During their six-song performance (their No. 1 hits “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop,” plus “White Walls” and more), Macklemore, minus his signature leather jackets and dressed up for the celebration, jumped into the crowd.
2014 NYE: Mayor, former mayor, tribute bands usher in New Year downtown
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Mayor Carolyn Goodman and husband and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, with signature martini in hand, ushered in a cold New Year in downtown Las Vegas surrounded by nighttime revelers, showgirls, Elvis tribute artists and tribute bands galore.
Who tops Vivid’s fifth-annual list of most-wanted celebrity sex tape?
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Vivid Entertainment has released its fifth-annual “Ten Hottest Couples Wish List” of celebrities it would most like to add to its popular Vivid-Celeb sex-tape series, and newlyweds top the list for 2015.
Britney Spears toasts first anniversary at Axis at Planet Hollywood
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
To mark the milestone, Britney Spears joined her cast of dancers and band members backstage before the show Saturday evening for a group photograph.

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