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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: Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green share spotlight at Mandalay Bay Events Center
Monday, June 9, 2014
Music legend Lionel Richie and guest CeeLo Green took the spotlight at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday night, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue of Donoghue Photography was onsite for a photo gallery.
Photos: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis toast Surrender and Encore Beach Club’s fourth anniversary
Thursday, June 5, 2014
During the introduction to “Same Love,” Macklemore, to the crowd’s approval, talked about celebrating diversity, loving who your heart loves, equality and compassion. Well said and well done, especially in a music genre in which homophobia still exists.
An only-in-Vegas moment: Shania Twain, Piff the Magic Dragon and Mr. Piffles onstage at Caesars
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
In definitely one of the most unusual collaborations — ever — in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain was joined onstage Tuesday night by Piff the Magic Dragon and his Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles, during Twain’s show “Shania: Still the One.”
Photos: Hershey’s Chocolate World opens at New York-New York; Goodman enjoys ‘kiss-a-tini’
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
It didn’t take more than a few seconds for former Mayor Oscar Goodman, with his showgirls on hand for him, to find a new use for Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses at Tuesday morning’s opening of Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York-New York.
Photos: Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas celebrate birthdays at Tao, Tao Beach, Marquee
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
On Friday night, “Dancing With the Stars” pro dancers Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas and Sharna Burgess dined at Tao in the Venetian with friends in celebration of Burke and Ballas’ birthdays (say that 10 times fast … OK, it’s actually fairly easy).
Photos: B.o.B. leads the daytime party at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
B.o.B. donned black and gold — a black tank top and black pants and gold chains and flashy gold sneakers. His sunglasses also were black and gold. B.o.B. at one point performed in the crowd of the dayclub, and festivities included champagne showers.
Photos: Giada hosts VIP pre-opening party at Cromwell, opens to the public today
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Glowing in a gray cocktail dress with white bandage-like straps and matching gray-and-white pumps, Giada De Laurentiis was introduced by Cromwell President Eileen Moore and reveled in the girls club of Moore, Giada General Manager Karie Hall and her.
Photos: Lingerie Fighting Championships at Silver Nugget features eight grudge matches
Monday, June 2, 2014
It was MMA fight night — but instead of scantily clad muscle men, it was scantily clad muscle women in lingerie. Lingerie Fighting Championships 19 featured eight matches Friday night at Silver Nugget in North Las Vegas.
Photos: Henderson sisters win 2014 Miss Nevada and 2014 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Miss Nevada Organization crowned its new title holders Sunday night in competition at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, and, for the first time, sisters won the teen and miss crowns. The 2014 Miss Nevada is Ellie Smith, a 17-year-old from Henderson.
Cirque’s ‘Michael Jackson One’ at Mandalay Bay to offer Sunday matinees beginning June 29
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Cirque exec Jerry Nadal said, “Mandalay Bay has a history of matinee performances being popular with their resortists, and with the success of ‘Michael Jackson One,’ we have a new offering for afternoon audiences within the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil portfolio.”
Photos: An Epicurean Affair to remember poolside at Palazzo
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Venetian and Palazzo last Thursday celebrated the fifth-annual Epicurean Affair foodie extravaganza hosted poolside at Palazzo this year by James Beard Award-winning chef Julian Serrano (Picasso at Bellagio and Julian Serrano at Aria).
Review: Cher is ‘Dressed to Kill’ and fabulous as ever at 68; Lauper berates audience member
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
There were myriad faces of Cher on display Sunday night during her “Dressed to Kill” tour stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and there will be no plastic-surgery jokes allowed here because the Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner is a diva and icon.
Photos: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kick off residency at Surrender
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Quadruple Grammy Award winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kicked off their Wynn and Encore residency Sunday evening performing their hits during a full-production concert at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Photos: Ryan Seacrest, Dana White, Tito Ortiz at XS for David Guetta’s DJ set
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
“American Idol” and E! News host Ryan Seacrest stepped onstage to say hello to EDM superstar David Guetta and then stayed by his side to experience the top hotspot from the DJ booth. As special effects went off, Seacrest raised his hands and danced.
Johnny Manziel — Johnny Football! — parties with Dom Perignon at Surrender in Encore
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns as their first-round pick, celebrated Memorial Day Weekend partying with friends at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore on Saturday night.
Q+A: DJ Martin Garrix, newly 18, aims to bring ‘loads of energy’ to Hakkasan
Friday, May 23, 2014
DJ Martin Garrix was 8 years old when he saw fellow DJ and Dutchman Tiesto perform at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the first DJ to grace the lineup of the Opening Ceremonies in the sports games’ history.
Q+A: Comedian Dat Phan talks racism, hecklers, Las Vegas and … steak
Friday, May 16, 2014
“Last Comic Standing” Season 1 winner Dat Phan isn’t one to rehash his past and instead perks up when the subject of food is addressed (pho and steak are favorites). He also answered questions about hecklers, being a trailblazer in comedy and his family.
Photos: Energetic Eli Young Band, with frontman Mike Eli, rocks Pearl at the Palms
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Country rockers Eli Young Band took the stage at Pearl at the Palms on Saturday night in an energetic performance that started with frontman Mike Eli hyping up the crowd. “Las Vegas, turn it up!” exclaimed the lead vocalist.
Photos: LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian dine and party at Hakkasan
Sunday, May 11, 2014
In town for two performances at Orleans Showroom, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, enjoyed an evening out at Hakkasan Restaurant & Nightclub on Saturday night at MGM Grand.
Photos: ‘The Bachelor’ hunk Juan Pablo Galavis hosts bachelorette bash at Chateau
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Juan Pablo Galavis, the sexy and controversial star of the most recent “The Bachelor” on ABC, kicked off the month of May hosting a bachelorette bash at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas.
Photos: Mario Lopez hosts Cinco de Mayo bash at Hyde Bellagio
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Actor and “Extra” host Mario Lopez, in a dark gray long-sleeved T-shirt and gray jeans, posed for photographs on the red carpet and stopped to take selfies with fans before heading inside. He tweeted a photograph from the red carpet with his sweetheart.
Photos: Michael Sam, boyfriend Vito Cammisano party at Tao post-NFL draft signing
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Boyfriend Vito Cammisano, who swam competitively for the University of Missouri, joined Michael Sam, a defensive end from the college who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round Saturday and was congratulated by President Obama.
Jessica Alba, hubby Cash Warren celebrate her 33rd birthday at Hakkasan
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Actress Jessica Alba had two reasons to celebrate at Hakkasan Restaurant & Nightclub in MGM Grand on Friday night: It is Mother’s Day Weekend, and Alba toasted to her belated birthday (she turned 33 on April 28).
Q+A: Top Nevada pro bull rider Markus Mariluch aims to be the Last Cowboy Standing
Friday, May 9, 2014
At Last Cowboy Standing, the Top 50 bull riders, the biggest lineup of any BFTS competition, ride bulls with the goal of making the 8-second buzzer. If a rider stays on for 8 seconds, he continues to compete; if he’s bucked off, the competition is over.
Photos: Puff Daddy, Justin Bieber, Khloe Kardashian party during Mayweather-Maidana fight weekend
Monday, May 5, 2014
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. of Las Vegas and Marcos Maidana of Argentina weren’t the only ones seeing stars over the weekend, as Hollywood, music and sports celebrities flocked to the Strip for the big fight weekend.
New ‘Men: The Experience’ is taking it off at the Riviera
Monday, May 5, 2014
Handsome and ripped creator, MC, choreographer and dancer A.J. — unsurprisingly, all of the entertainers have six-pack abs — and his troupe started this Sunday night with a routine to Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U.”
Review: Bad boy Eric Church brings the gospel of country to Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
Friday, May 2, 2014
North Carolina native Eric Church — in an unassuming trucker cap, gray T-shirt, worn blue jeans and brown cowboy boots — performed a hard-rocking and hard-partying concert with a little offstage drama thrown in for good measure.
Hakkasan toasts first anniversary with Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Calvin Harris, Tiesto
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hakkasan at MGM Grand celebrated its first anniversary with not a weekend of revelry, but four days and nights of partying with DJ resident headliners Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Rev Run, Ruckus, Tiesto, Questlove and Above & Beyond.
Photos: The Wanted weren’t chasing the sun at Rehab on Sunday afternoon
Monday, April 28, 2014
After their set, band members Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes, Max George and Jay McGuiness — who could perhaps use a little help with their dayclub attire (we tease because we love) — partied at their onstage table throughout the afternoon.
Photos: Gogol Bordello and O.A.R. in concert at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq
Monday, April 28, 2014
The 80,000-square-foot behemoth known as Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq continues to host bands galore at its multilevel music venue, bowling alley and restaurant, and this past weekend was no different with multiple shows by Gogol Bordello and O.A.R.
Photos: Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas is far from taboo spinning at Rehab
Monday, April 28, 2014
Throughout his energetic DJ set, Taboo, who donned a white tank top to show off his fit physique — was he up in the gym working on his fitness? — jumped offstage, rapped and happy posed for photographs with fans.
Hakkasan celebrates first anniversary at MGM Grand
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Starting today and continuing through Sunday, mega-club and restaurant Hakkasan marks the first anniversary with an unparalleled lineup of some of the world’s highest-paid, top and most popular DJs, all of them residences at ...
Photos: ‘X Burlesque’ takes it off for the 12th year in Las Vegas
Thursday, April 24, 2014
“X Burlesque,” having seen it for work about a half-dozen times, remains a high-energy and quick-paced 75-minute show. Among its counterparts on the Strip (“Fantasy” at the Luxor,” “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera), “X Burlesque” is a music video come to life.
Photos: Oh, snap(shot)! Polaroid Fotobar and Museum are ready for their close-up at the Linq
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The fourth location in the country (the first three are in Florida), Las Vegas’ Polaroid Fotobar — where you take it, and they make it — at the Linq is the largest and flagship store and the only location with a museum.
Photos: Rehab Season 11 kicks off with Robin Thicke, Flo Rida and Aloe Blacc
Monday, April 21, 2014
“OK, let go. Let go!” This was the plea by “Blurred Lines” heartthrob singer Robin Thicke while performing his mega-hit at the first Saturday edition of Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on April 12. Such is the life of a rock star in Las Vegas.
Carlos Santana extends House of Blues residency two years, returns in November
Monday, April 21, 2014
“It is an honor to call House of Blues in Las Vegas my home,” Santana said in a news release. “We love the intimacy at HOB. Every day, we look forward to create newness, freshness and connect people to their own light with what we have and who we are.”
Photos: Jason Derulo, with Jordin Sparks, kicks off Tao Beach season, toasts new album at Tao
Monday, April 21, 2014
Taking over the mic and stage, Derulo told the crowd that they were “kicking off summertime right” at Tao Beach. The singer’s daytime setlist included “Whatcha Say,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “In My Head,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” “The Other Side” and “Talk Dirty.”
Photos: High-energy, harmonizing Haim let themselves go and are far from falling at Boulevard Pool
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The San Fernando Valley, Calif.-based quartet comprised of “three sisters and a mister” (although there were technically two misters onstage), delivered a high-energy setlist that included “Let Me Go,” “Honey & I” and a covers of Beyonce’s “XO.”
Photos: Kourtney Kardashian appears at Kardashian Khaos in a pretty jumpsuit
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Reality TV star and fashionista Kourtney Kardashian, minus baby daddy Scott Disick and headline-making and -grabbing sisters Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, appeared at the family’s boutique Kardashian Khaos in the Mirage earlier this month.
Photos: Foster the People and Young & Sick at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Frontman Mark Foster took the stage remarking how great it was to be back in Las Vegas and launching into a setlist featuring songs from FTP’s recently released album, “Supermodel,” including “Are You What You Want to Be?” and “Coming of Age.
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.

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