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October 2, 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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Route 91 Harvest fest launches with Aldean, Shelton, Lambert in Las Vegas from Oct. 3-5
Thursday, July 17, 2014
MGM Resorts International and Live Nation announced this morning their new music festival: Route 91 Harvest. Originally known as Route 91, the three-day country music extravaganza takes its name from Las Vegas Boulevard.
Chef Matt Andrews on opening Carson Kitchen
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The new Downtown hot spot's menu was a collective effort among Andrews, Kerry Simon and Cory Harwell.
Strip Scribbles: International Beer Day, National Tequila Day, Alibi, Matthew Koma, AVN Novelty Expo
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Drink up! On Friday, Aug. 1, partygoers can raise a pint to International Beer Day with an #InstaGuinness party at Ri Ra Las Vegas in Mandalay Place. The celebration marks the popular Irish pub’s fourth year as an official IBD participant.
Photos: Jenny McCarthy basks in the Las Vegas sun at Azure Luxury Pool
Monday, July 14, 2014
The blond-bombshell actress, comedienne, talk-show host, model (she appeared in Playboy years ago) and author donned a black bathing suit with a matching wrap and plunging neckline at the luxury pool at Palazzo.
Photos: Guillermo Ochoa steals spotlight at Canelo-Lara fight at MGM Grand
Monday, July 14, 2014
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s 12-round, split-decision, super-welterweight victory over Erislandy Lara on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena drew a star-studded crowd that nearly overshadowed the boxing action in the ring.
Strip Scribbles: Richard Dunn vs. Jimmy Fallon? Plus, John Mayer, Ana ‘Hurricane’ Julaton, KISS
Monday, July 14, 2014
Dunn emailed our vacationing Robin Leach: “I tried, to no avail, to get bumped on Friday. But I thought you might be interested in a fun little clip I did to try and entice Jimmy Fallon to have me on ‘The Tonight Show’ for a lip-sync battle.”
Photos: Are New Kids on the Block joining the list of Las Vegas headliners?
Monday, July 14, 2014
Powering through hit after hit, plus a ballad section in the nearly 90-minute show, NKOTB, who are thankfully up-to-date with their fashion (white tuxedo jackets, boleros and denim), are rock stars in their predominately female fans’ eyes.
Celebrity preview: Jenny McCarthy, NKOTB, MKTO, Crystal Hefner, Mike Posner, Wendy Williams
Friday, July 11, 2014
it’s a mixed and varied bag this weekend, from Jenny McCarthy hosting a pool party to Wendy Williams kicking off the all-female standup-comedy series Lipshtick to New Kids on the Block performing concerts through Sunday.
Las Vegas’ Adelitas Way rocks Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo
Friday, July 11, 2014
Adelitas Way founder and frontman Rick Dejesus answered a few questions via email ahead of tonight’s performance that kicks off at 10:30. (The cover is $18, but guests can enjoy entry and a hosted bar from 9 to 11:30 p.m. for $50.)
Strip Scribbles: Garth Brooks takes control; Giada to serve lunch; Ray Nisi dies; Lipshtick debuts
Thursday, July 10, 2014
If you don’t like the way things are done, then do it yourself — and that’s exactly what superstar and former Wynn Las Vegas headliner Garth Brooks did this morning in offering his music for the first time online without the help of iTunes.
WWII buff and ‘laundry snob’ Jordan Knight of NKOTB is still hanging tough
Thursday, July 10, 2014
“New Kids on the Block: After Dark” is at Axis at Planet Hollywood today through Sunday. The four shows are the only North American dates for NKOTB this year. Frontman Jordan Knight chatted about Las Vegas, Prince and Michael Jackson ahead of “After Dark.”
Strip Scribbles: Shania performs in Calgary; LeBron + Dwyane; Harley raffle; Penn dines at Guy Fieri’s
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Like fellow country superstar Garth Brooks before her, it didn’t take a lot of persuasion to get Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain to depart the bright lights of the Strip for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth up north.
Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen, Bastille Day at Bouchon, Jabbawockeez, ‘Sydney’
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Hot off the grill! Celebrity chef Kerry Simon can now welcome Las Vegas residents home with his new Carson Kitchen in the old John. E Carson Hotel at 124 S. 6th St. in downtown Las Vegas. “I’m psyched that Carson Kitchen is finally open,” Kerry said.
Photos: Khloe Kardashian toasts 30th birthday with French Montana at Tao
Monday, July 7, 2014
Khloe Kardashian kicked off her 30th birthday celebration in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon at Tao Beach in the Venetian. Joined by her boyfriend, rapper French Montana, and a large group of friends, Kardashian enjoyed the dayclub-party atmosphere.
Photos: Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) + Adam Lambert at the Joint
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Queen + Adam Lambert, who performed at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival in MGM Grand Garden Arena last September, are at the Joint again tonight to perform Night 2 of a two-night stand at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Lit rock Rock of Vegas on Fremont Street
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Lit took to the 3rd Street Stage on Fremont Street for the Rock of Vegas summer-concert series Friday night, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue of Donoghue photography was onsite for a photo gallery.
Photos: Fourth of July fireworks over the Strip and Green Valley Ranch Resort
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Tom Donoghue not only captured fireworks with the Stratosphere in view, but also SLS Las Vegas, which is set to open next month, Venetian, Trump International Tower and a stunning view of the Strip with ominous clouds overhead before rain fell.
Photos: Chris Weidman celebrates UFC 175 victory at Surrender
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Weidman, who enjoyed Grey Goose and cranberry, thanked fans and posed for photographs all night. He posted on his Instagram and Twitter: “After a tough battle tonight, it was great to celebrate with my friends and family @SurrenderVegas.”
Photos: Olivia Newton-John and Ian Ziering duet on ‘Summer Nights’ at the Flamingo
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Actor Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210,” “Sharknado”) joined singer Olivia Newton-John onstage Tuesday night during her resident show “Summer Nights” at Flamingo Las Vegas, where together they sang — what else? — the “Grease” mega-hit “Summer Nights.”
Cody Jamison Strand, the hilarious Elder Cunningham, talks Book of Mormon, Las Vegas, apple pie
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Actors Cody Jamison Strand, as the misfit Elder Cunningham, and David Larsen, as the seemingly perfect Elder Price, are the dynamic duo at the center of “The Book of Mormon,” with superb supporting work by Denee Benton as Nabulungi.
Caesars Entertainment to transform Quad into Linq Hotel & Casino
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Caesars Entertainment announced today its newest property on the Strip, the $223 million Linq Hotel & Casino, a reimagination of the current Quad Resort & Casino that was formerly Imperial Palace. The Linq Hotel & Casino will feature 2,256 rooms and suites.
Photos: Alexis Bellino rocks bikini for friend’s birthday at Encore Beach Club
Monday, June 30, 2014
Blonde bombshell Alexis Bellino of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” fame partied with husband Jim Bellino and her gal pals Saturday at Andrea’s and the adjoining Encore Beach Club and Surrender. The stay-at-home mother showed off her bikini body.
Photos: Fabolous hosts and performs at Tao; crowd includes NeNe Leakes
Monday, June 30, 2014
R&B and hip-hop sensation Fabolous, dressed head-to-toe in New York Knicks gear, hosted and performed Saturday night at Tao in the Venetian. Upon arrival at the Strip hotspot, Fabolous walked the red carpet and then took over a VIP table.
Photos: Kraftwerk’s 3-D concert experience at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan
Monday, June 30, 2014
Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider formed Kraftwerk in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1970 and led the group until Schneider’s exit in 2008. Kraftwerk is currently comprised of Hutter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen.
Photos: Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings continue celebration at XS
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Less than one week after their big win over the New York Rangers — they were victorious in the series 4-1, with two of the wins in overtime — the Los Angeles Kings were welcomed into XS by light wands as they descended the stairs.
2014 EDC Night 3: It’s a wrap with the most enjoyable DJ set in three days by …
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Three exhausting but most of all exhilarating nights of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival have come to an end. Was it worth the effort (fighting traffic) to attend all three days of the annual electronic dance music festival for the first time in four years?
2014 EDC Night 2: Top DJs Tiesto and Kaskade rule — rule! — Kinetic Field
Monday, June 23, 2014
Night 2 at EDC was like “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”: It was great, but it was a bridge between the new and exciting Night 1 at EDC/“LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring” and the best of the three, Night 3 at EDC and “LOTR: The Return of the King.”
Paris Hilton’s weekend in Las Vegas at EDC, Color, Beacher’s Madhouse and Crazy Horse III
Sunday, June 22, 2014
What’s a socialite, heiress, entrepreneur, fashionista, reality TV star and Las Vegas regular to do when Night 2 of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway doesn’t tire one out? Head to Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club, of course.
2014 EDC Night 1: 134,000 fans; tight security; Hardwell, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren; ‘Let It Go’
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Night 1 of the fourth-annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is in the books, and it was an evening of the world’s top DJs, a crowd of 134,000 (88,000 passed the gates by 11:30 p.m.), strong security and sadly one death.
Photos: L.A. Kings and Stanley Cup at Crush and Beacher’s Madhouse in MGM Grand
Friday, June 20, 2014
The ice-hot hockey stars hit the Strip nearly one week after defeating the New York Rangers. Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez, who scored the Cup-winning goal in OT, were among the Los Angeles Kings in town.
Entertainer Nate Estimada of Men of the Strip and Chippendales dies at 24
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Las Vegas resident was a member of the new adult-male revue Men of the Strip launched by 98 Degrees founder and lead singer Jeff Timmons, who also resides in Las Vegas. Estimada previously was a performer in Chippendales at the Rio.
Photos: R.J. Mitte of ‘Breaking Bad’ dines with Claire Sinclair at Stratosphere
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Actor R.J. Mitte, widely known as Walter White Jr. of the recently ended “Breaking Bad,” attended “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere on Monday night. However, this was no typical start of the week for the 21-year-old who currently stars as Campbell in “Switched at Birth.”
What do you know about the Electric Daisy Carnival?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of electronic dance music fans are expected to descend upon Las Vegas this weekend for the annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We know that you like looking at the pictures of the event, but how much do you actually know about the festival?
Beat the summer heat of Las Vegas: Win a ‘Beach With Benefits’ trip to Long Beach
Friday, June 13, 2014
The LBC has a special place in my heart because it’s where I landed my first full-time job in journalism after graduating from college. Who doesn’t remember their first job and hometown post-graduation? I returned to Long Beach a few weekends ago.
Q+A: Rick Springfield won’t take it off on his desert stop — unless it’s really hot
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
It’s a double-duty summer for Grammy Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, actor, author and heartthrob Rick Springfield, who brings his full-band tour to Star of the Desert Arena on Saturday night at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm.
Photos: Ryan Lochte keeps his clothes on, hosts at Azure Luxury Pool at Palazzo
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
This past weekend in Las Vegas saw the highs surpass 100 degrees, so it’s befuddling that Olympic swimming champion, heartthrob and reality TV star Ryan Lochte would keep his clothes on while hosting at Azure Luxury Pool on Saturday afternoon.
Photos: His name is Kid Rock, and he’s at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan
Monday, June 9, 2014
It was a double-header weekend for Detroit rocker Kid Rock, who took the stage at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday nights. After an opening set by DJ M!keAttack, Kid Rock took to the outdoor stage on the Strip.
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.

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