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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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Photos: Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, fiancee toast joint bachelor, bachelorette parties at Palms
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
On Friday, the future Mr. and Mrs. Carter and their group kicked off Night 1 partying at a VIP booth in Moon. When the nightclub’s cocktail waitresses presented the entourage with Ciroc, Carter showed off his playful side grabbing glowsticks and twerking with staff.
Photos: Mayer Hawthorne in spotlight at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, producer, engineer, arranger, DJ, rapper (under the stage name Haircut) and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne brought his Motown-inspired singing to Vinyl on Saturday night in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
Q+A: Crush executive chef Billy DeMarco talks small plates, fun vibes, scallops and Beyonce
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Menu standouts: octopus ceviche (with grapefruit and pickled jalapenos), Sea Scallop Benny (scallops with quail eggs and chorizo), ricotta gnocchi with braised short rib and pea puree, and lamb sirloin steak with celery root puree and bacon Brussels sprouts.
Confirmed! Olivia Newton-John is the one that fans want at the Flamingo
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Fans hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John are in for good news today — but don’t have a heart attack. The Australian singer-songwriter and actress announced today “Summer Nights,” her residency at Flamingo starting April 8, with tickets going on sale 10 a.m. Friday.
Review + photos: Look up! It’s Acrobat Girl! Or Pink and her ‘Truth About Love’ finale at MGM Grand
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Pink brought her “The Truth About Love Tour” to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, and it was a big night because it was the end of a successful global jaunt for the betrothed of motocross star Carey Hart and mother of young daughter Willow, both of whom were at the show.
Q+A: Retired UFC star Forrest Griffin discusses his SNAP Experience for Three Square
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Las Vegas food bank Three Square launched a new effort this year titled the SNAP Experience, in which volunteer participants agreed to spend $3.71 per day from last Monday through Friday, for a total of $18.55 per person the five days.
Photos: Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Super Bowl 48 Halftime Show
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, today’s Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show headliners, have interesting and coincidental ties to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and New Year’s Eve.
Q+A: Colt Prattes, lead dancer of Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love Tour’
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Colt Prattes, whose resume includes acting, singing, dancing, Broadway and bodybuilding, is the lead dancer of Pink’s “The Truth About Love Tour,” which stopped at MGM Grand Garden Arena nearly a year ago and ends the tour tonight with a sold-out show in the same venue.
Q+A: New resident Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano debut at Hakkasan tonight
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are starting the New Year with a bang, as the Dutch DJ duo make their debut tonight as new members of the Class of 2014 of resident DJs at mega-club Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
Star Surveillance: Brad Garrett, Dolly Parton, Nobu, Robert De Niro, Rev Run and Ruckus
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Comedy actor Brad Garrett, proprietor of Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand, and a friend attended the 10 p.m. and late-night cantos of “Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Review + photos: Hello, Dolly! Fans flock to the Church of Parton in Primm
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Dolly Parton is a revelation at age 68 going on 18. The singer, actress and pop culture icon charmed, mesmerized, regaled with childhood stories, sang, “testified” and played at least a half-dozen instruments for an astounding 2 hours and 20 minutes Saturday night.
Photos: Khloe Kardashian hosts meet-and-greet at Kardashian Khaos in Mirage
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
The 5-foot-10, 29-year-old Kardashian turned heads in a black, white and tan curve-hugging dress and bright red lipstick and was minus her entourage of red-carpet sisters Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian, as well as estranged husband Lamar Odom.
Photos: 2013 Penthouse Pet of the Year Nicole Aniston, successor Lexi Belle and more party at Chateau
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Some of the hottest women of Penthouse Magazine — 2013 Pet of the Year Nicole Aniston, her successor 2014 Pet of the Year Lexi Belle, Vanessa Veracruz, Yurizan Beltron, Abigail Mac and more — partied at Chateau Nightclub on Saturday night at Paris Las Vegas.
Photos: Hometown hero Ne-Yo begins yearlong residency at Surrender in Encore
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
The always-stylish crooner, sporting his signature fedora, a black T-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers, performed to a capacity and excited crowd. Saturday night’s set was the first of four scheduled residency dates at the Encore nightclub.
Photos: Styx rocks Pearl at the Palms with ‘Come Sail Away,’ ‘Mr. Roboto’ and more
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Legendary rockers Styx rocked Pearl at the Palms on Sunday night to the delight of fans, and the group hit the stage performing hits that spanned the band’s long career, including “Blue Collar Man,” “One With Everything,” “Crystal Ball,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away.”
Photos: Adult-entertainment star Katie Morgan hosts at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Wearing a revealing, yet elegant black satin top and fun short shorts paired with sparkly stilettos, the recent Adult Hall of Fame inductee sipped on Grey Goose and popped bubbly as she socialized with her adult-entertainment industry friends at a VIP table.
Photos: Porn star Jesse Jane hosts 2014 AVN Awards after-party at Pure
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Pint-sized blonde bombshell and adult-entertainment star Jesse Jane, in a sexy LBD, had one busy visit in Las Vegas that ended with hosting the official 2014 AVN Awards after-party Saturday night at Pure in Caesars Palace.
Photos: Porn stars Jesse Jane and Kaylani Lei watch Chippendales at the Rio
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Bubbly blonde Jesse Jane and exotic, raven-haired Kaylani Lei posed for photographs with Chippendales stars Nathan Minor, Gavin McHale, John Rivera and James Davis, one half of the team who competed on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” (the other half is Jaymes Vaughan).
Photos: Jason Sudeikis, DJ Pauly D and Zac Brown among partygoers at Sebastian Ingrosso at Light
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
DJ Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia fame was in the spotlight Saturday night at Light in Mandalay Bay after arriving in the Entertainment Capital of the World via private jet from Los Angeles. Ingrosso kicked off the highly anticipated night with the hit “Aphrodite.”
2014 CES: Nick Cannon, Maria Menounos, Kristen Bell, Will Forte attend Breakthrough Awards
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
No, this wasn’t the 71st Golden Globe Awards, but TV journalist and personality Maria Menounos would’ve been among the best dressed on the red carpet at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
2014 CES: Juicy J hosts and performs at Soul Electronics after-party at Tao
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Joined by friends, the founding member of Three 6 Mafia took over a VIP table on the dance floor before taking the stage to treat partygoers to his hits “Dark Horse” (the current radio hit that features Katy Perry), “Bandz a Make Her Dance” and “Bounce It.”
Photos: Zac Brown Band rocks first of two nights at the Joint in Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Grammy Award winners and Las Vegas regulars Zac Brown Band performed the first night of a two-evening stand Saturday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel (the second show is tonight). The popular band’s hits include nine that have reached No. 1.
Photos: Cage the Elephant and Grouplove share the spotlight at the Chelsea in Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Rockers Cage the Elephant and Grouplove performed at Mophie Stage of new music venue the Chelsea on Thursday night in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the crowd included Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman of Las Vegas-based Imagine Dragons.
Photos: Lita Ford kisses the crowd deadly at Vinyl in Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Lita Ford, lead guitarist for The Runaways in the 1970s, is known for her hits “Kiss Me Deadly” and the duet “Close My Eyes Forever” with Ozzy Osbourne as a solo artist in the 1980s.
2014 CES photos: Nick Cannon spins at Ncredible party in 10AK at the Mirage
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Before 1OAK, Nick Cannon, minus wife Mariah Carey, had a quick bite at nearby Stack. Cannon happily chatted with staff about the movie “Ride Along” and a possible sequel while dining on chef Brian Massie favorites, including the Hot Rock and crispy rock shrimp.
2014 CES photos: Shaquille O’Neal, Swizz Beatz and Eric D-Lux at Monster Takeover in Marquee
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
Award-winning DJ and producer Swizz Beatz, wearing 24k-gold Monster headphones, took to the turntables for club anthems that kept the party, which included Shaquille O’Neal, going late into the night at the Cosmopolitan hotspot.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Miguel headlines the soiree at Tao in the Venetian
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
Singer Miguel, accompanied by girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, hosted and performed at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Tao in the Venetian, and Al Powers of Powers Imagery was onsite for the NYE photo gallery.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Juicy J at the Joint and Mike Will Made It at Body English
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
Two of today’s hottest rappers spent their final hours of 2013 hosting, performing and partying in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. 2013 New Year’s Eve began with a concert in the Joint by Juicy J, founding member of Three 6 Mafia and music producer.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: J. Cole rings in 2014 at 1OAK in the Mirage
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
The hip-hop star dressed head to toe in black and white, from his cap and his shirt to his black leather pants and black jacket, which he later took off in the heat of the nightspot on New Year’s Eve.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: British singer Foxes finds her ‘Clarity’ at Moon in the Palms
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
Known as the voice on DJ Zedd’s hit “Clarity,” Foxes arrived at Moon in the Palms in a low-cut, midriff-bearing tank top from Top Shop and a lacy, high-waist, black-and-nude Camila and Marc full-length skirt.
Photos: ‘Glee’ star Dot Marie Jones celebrates her 50th birthday at Lavo
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
Emmy Award-nominated actress Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”) celebrated her 50th birthday Saturday night at Lavo in the Palazzo, and Jones’ friends, including former “Glee” co-star Ashley Fink, as well as her partner, Bridget Casteen, whom she recently married, joined her.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Rick Ross hosts and performs at Vanity
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
The 37-year-old hip-hop star Rick Ross kept it casual in sunglasses, a black leather jacket, a white T-shirt and faded blue jeans, and contributing photographer Scott Harrison was onsite for a photo gallery.
Photos: 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri launches social-media campaign at the Rio
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri of New York launched DO AC’s 2014 social-media campaign with an appearance and a live Twitter chat Saturday from NMX: New Media Expo at the Rio. DO AC stands for “Things to Do in Atlantic City,” the city’s tourism campaign.
2013 NYE photos: Brody Jenner, Matthew Perry, Robin Thicke, Paula Patton, Chanel West Coast at N9NE Steakhouse in Palms
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
It was a star-studded New Year’s Eve Weekend at the Palms, as guests included Matthew Perry, Brody Jenner, Robin Thicke, Paula Patton and Chanel West Coast, all of whom dined at the newly remodeled hotspot N9NE Steakhouse.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Paris Hilton makes her Strip DJ debut at Hyde Bellagio
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Friends and family were in attendance to cheer on the budding DJ, including parents Richard and Kathy Hilton and sister Nicky Hilton with boyfriend James Rothschild. Noticeably MIA was Paris’ 22-year-old boyfriend, Spanish model River Viiperi.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Olympic champion Ryan Lochte hosts at SHe
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
The Olympic swimming champion and heartthrob, who stayed at the D Las Vegas while in town, donned a gray suit jacket, a T-shirt and kicks and partied with Olympic swimming pals Cullen Jones and Ed Moses and two other friends.
Five thoughts on Bruno Mars’ New Year’s Eve show at the Chelsea
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
His show, an extended engagement at the new Cosmo venue, solidified his standing as one of the best live performers today.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Keri Hilson hosts and performs at LAX in Luxor
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Singer Keri Hilson donned a short lace jumpsuit, layered silver jewelry and sky-high Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps and was greeted by fans upon her arrival at LAX in Luxor.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: John Legend hosts at Haze with wife Chrissy Teigen
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
The newlyweds, who tied the knot at Lake Como in Italy on Sept. 14, were the picture-perfect fashionable couple dressed head-to-toe in black, he in a sharp suit and she in a sexy and stylish LBD.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Common toasts 2014 at the Bank in Bellagio
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Chicago-born Common (“Smokin’ Aces,” “Just Wright,” “Hell on Wheels”) kept it casual chic in a peach-and-white plaid button-up, dark denim and matching sneakers. DJ Ikon led the party inside the Bellagio nightclub.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Vince Neil, Papa Roach, Blues Traveler, Loverboy, Adelitas Way at FSE
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for his extensive photo gallery as downtown revelers said goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014, and the Goodmans, showgirls, Neil and more welcomed the New Year with a champagne toast, fireworks, music and more.
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Ne-Yo rings in 2014 at Pure in Caesars
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
The always-stylish Ne-Yo, birth name Shaffer Chimere Smith, didn’t disappoint in an all-black ensemble that included a fedora and a tuxedo jacket. The hits of Ne-Yo, who had a glass of bubbly in hand the first few minutes of 2014, include “Closer” and “Mad.”
2013 New Year’s Eve photos: Fireworks extravaganza on the Strip
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was at command central atop the Rio for this photo gallery of the annual fireworks extravaganza by Grucci that closed out 2013 and ushered in 2014 on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
Photos: Imagine Dragons rock the Joint; frontman Dan Reynolds plays DJ at Body English
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Imagine Dragons, one of the breakouts stars of 2013, had a jam-packed Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. Band members Dan Reynolds, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon started their itinerary by unveiling a memorabilia display.
Photos: Fleetwood Mac takes the stage at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Fleetwood Mac — Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, and minus Christine McVie — performed at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Monday night, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for a photo gallery.
2013 year-in-review: Best of the arts and entertainment scene in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Shania Twain is a class act. Her “Still the One” residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace launched in 2012, but she is 2013’s Entertainer of the Year in Las Vegas for more than her great show. The year also seemed like all Britney Spears all the time.
Q+A: ‘The Voice’ finalists The Swon Brothers headline at Gilley’s on New Year’s Eve
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
2013 has been a year of firsts for Muskogee, Okla., duo The Swon Brothers — siblings Colton and Zach Swon, who placed third on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice.” Mentored by Blake Shelton, the brothers became the first duo in the competition’s history to reach the finals.
Photos: The Chelsea and Bruno Mars debut at the Cosmopolitan
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Singer Bruno Mars feels like he’s locked out of heaven, but he certainly wasn’t locked out of the brand-new music venue the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Photos: Everybody get up! Robin Thicke performs at Pearl at the Palms
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Robin Thicke, clad in black from head to toe, is the crooner of “Blurred Lines,” the undeniably catchy and inescapable song of 2013, and was a Las Vegas regular this year, performing at Boulevard Pool, the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival and Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool.
Photos: Chris Weidman celebrates brutal win over Anderson Silva with party at Surrender
Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Chris Weidman also partied at Surrender on July 6 after he delivered Anderson Silva’s first loss with a TKO to win the title. After his bone-breaking win Saturday night, Weidman tweeted, “On my way to @surrendervegas. It’s my new #Wynning tradition.”

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