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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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Phil Lesh’s triple-header at Brooklyn Bowl in Linq Promenade
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Legendary Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh, as Phil Lesh and Friends, performed at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade on Friday night. The show was Night 1 of two.
Photos: Five days of Las Vegas Foodie Fest at Linq Promenade
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
The lines of people snake through the gates, even though there are multiple order areas depending on the size of the food purchase. Yes, it’s the cattle call for White Castle burgers.
Message of ‘Wicked’ at the Smith Center resonates as strong as ever
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
The message of the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked” — don’t judge a book by its cover — is timeless, resonating as strong as ever, and the life lesson was loud and clear last Thursday night at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.
Omnia, former site of Pure, to open at Caesars Palace in spring 2015
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Hakkasan Group announced this morning Omnia, its newest nightclub concept on the Strip. Omnia takes over the former space of Pure, and the multifaceted nightlife destination is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull bring Sex and Love to Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
In this co-headlining tour, both men brought sexy back (and for Iglesias love via his hit ballads), and each had an equal number of excited fans on the Strip dancing, screaming and dancing again.
Photos: Nick Cannon celebrates his 34th birthday at Drai’s
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Cannon arrived at Drai’s with friends looking stylish in an all-black ensemble that included a detailed leather jacket and heavy chains around his neck. He was in great spirits as he posed for photographs and mingled with fans.
Travis Barker hosts Wine Amplified after-party at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Named “punk’s first superstar drummer” by Rolling Stone, Travis Barker, along with his friends and myriad tattoos, hit the nightspot to deservedly party the night away after the stellar performance minus band mates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge.
Scott Disick plays party host at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
The usually clean-cut Scott Disick, sporting a mustache and beard, kicked off the evening with dinner at chef Brian Massie’s Stack, and the group included girlfriend and baby mama Kourtney Kardashian, Bruce Jenner and Brody Jenner.
Nelly hosts throwback Worship Thursdays soiree at Tao
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
After arriving at a VIP table near the dance floor and grabbing a drink, Nelly, in a T-shirt with a Rolling Stone Magazine logo, took the stage to perform for the packed house of partygoers.
Wynn Buffet takes it to the street with tacos and ramen
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
The new fare only available at dinnertime — ramen and tacos — is decidedly non-fancy for one of the fancier, higher-end all-you-can-eat options on the Strip. There is shaved ice, too.
Q+A: Five questions with drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Transplants
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Transplants has double duty in Las Vegas on Saturday night — Blink headlines Rock ’N Roll Wine Amplified’s second night at MGM Resorts Village, then he makes his way up the Strip to host at Hyde Bellagio.
Wynn Buffet goes street with tacos and ramen
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The new fare is decidedly non-fancy for one of the fancier, higher-end all-you-can-eat options on the Strip.
Liaison toasts marriage equality with complimentary admission, cocktails
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
On the heels of Tuesday’s historic court ruling creating a path for marriage equality in Nevada, Liaison Nightclub at Bally’s is here, queer and proud to celebrate with the state’s LGBTQ and allied community.
Hakkasan celebrates Chinese holiday Golden Week with decadent dinner
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand (along with other Hakkasan locations) is celebrating Golden Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 12) with an authentic and special set menu — and it is special and cause for celebration.
LuckyRice Feast offers (as usual) Asian culinary delights at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
LuckyRice is a highlight of the annual culinary calendar, and Saturday night did not disappoint with delectable Asian street food and modern variations. Also, the autumn weather could not have been more cooperative.
Brantley Gilbert: ‘10 people or 10,000, we’re going to put on the same show’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“We’re always working on new music. When one album goes out, we’re working on the next one. Records are chapters in my life. ... I love Las Vegas and that it’s hungry for country music.”
Dustin Lynch: ‘I want people on their feet the whole time, drinks in their hands’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“I’m really excited to be joining the other artists on this bill and to be a part of a first time. It’s going to be a big success. It’s good for the West Coast and good for Las Vegas.”
Chase Bryant: ‘I’m so thankful for what I get to do; it’s an absolute blessing every single day’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Twenty-one-year-old Chase Bryant, with the baby face, cool hair and even cooler guitar licks, is the grandson of Jimmy Bryant, who performed with Roy Orbison, and a nephew of Jeff and Junior Bryant, co-founders of the group Ricochet.
‘Guitar nerd’ Lindsay Ell is ready to add girl power to country music
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“Moving down to Nashville from Canada was a big step. I knew two people in town. It was just me and my guitar (laughs). But the biggest obstacle has been trying to gain credibility, especially as a girl musician.”
DJ Dee Jay Silver of Las Vegas will keep the country music party rockin’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“I’ve always been the guy who played country music, whether it was Studio 54, Tabu, Voodoo or House of Blues back in the day to Hakkasan, Wet Republic and Body English now.”
The favorite hotel of multimillionaires? Hint: It’s in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Where does a multimillionaire stay when he or she needs a break from the mansion in Malibu, penthouse in New York, bungalow in the Bahamas, chateau in Switzerland and palace in Paris?
Katy Perry watches beau DJ Diplo’s set at Surrender post-MGM Grand concert
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Arriving just shy of 1 a.m. Saturday, Diplo, Katy Perry, her team and their mutual friends made their way into the Encore nightclub. Diplo took to the wheels of steel, and Perry was pretty in pink — including pink hair.
Last Friday night, Katy Perry was super fun at MGM Grand
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Katy Perry performed “Hot N Cold” in a pink cat costume — she entered the stage atop a ball of purple yarn — and the single was slowed down, jazzy and very Broadway a la “Cats.” Before “By the Grace of God,” Perry “changed into something more glittery.”
Andy Samberg, Jesse McCartney, Criss Angel, Erick Morillo at SLS Las Vegas
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
At Life on Saturday night, singer and actor Jesse McCartney with a a group of friends, and Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe” at the Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel, as Erick Morillo’s nonstop mixes kept the party going.
Avril Lavigne toasts The Big 3-0 at the Bank minus hubby Chad Kroeger
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Singer Avril Lavigne celebrated her milestone 30th birthday at the Bank in Bellagio on Saturday night noticeably without husband Chad Kroeger, frontman of Nickelback, and her engagement and wedding rings.
Kings of Leon, Young the Giant and Kongos at MGM Resorts Village
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Kings of Leon, with opening acts Young the Giant and Kongos, brought its Mechanical Bull Tour to MGM Resorts Village, formerly The Lot, across from the Luxor on Saturday night as part of the 2014 Boulevard Brew Fest.
Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills & Nash jam at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Crosby, Stills & Nash — David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash — took to the stage Saturday night at Pearl at the Palms with a setlist that included “Helplessly Hoping,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House” and “Long Time Gone.”
Photos: Ed Sheeran + Macklemore, Train, Calvin Harris rule Night 2 of iHeart
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
With a lineup that included One Direction, Iggy Azalea and 50 Cent, who would have predicted that Train would steal the show during Night 2 of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena?
Photos: Taylor Swift and Usher bookend Night 1 of iHeartRadio Music Festival
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
All eyes were on Taylor Swift on Friday night as she kicked, kicked, kicked, kicked, kicked off the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival — mega festival, really — at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the fourth year for the music extravaganza on the Strip.
Photos: Tiesto unveils exclusive three-song show at Bellagio Fountains
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
DJ and producer Tiesto, a resident headliner at Hakkasan Las Vegas, brought the Bellagio Fountains to life with an exclusive three-song medley of “Footprints,” “Rocky” and “Red Lights” from his new album “A Town Called Paradise.”
Playboy Playmate Jessica Burciaga hosts at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
The light brunette bombshell, who wore a barely there black gown that left very little to the imagination, was accompanied by sexy gal pal Tania Marie, and the ladies enjoyed VIP bottle service at a table overlooking the adult nightspot.
Marc Anthony and Joey Vega take the Axis at Planet Hollywood stage
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
The Mexican Independence Day Weekend celebrations continued Saturday night as superstar Marc Anthony and opening act Joey Vega performed in Axis at Planet Hollywood, the home of Britney Spears’ residency show “Britney: Piece of Me.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana weigh in at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana 2 is finally here. More than 8,000 fans gathered Friday as WBC/WBA welterweight champion Mayweather Jr. of Las Vegas and Maidana of Argentina attended their official rematch weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Luis Miguel begins four-night stand at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Latin superstar Luis Miguel, aka “El Sol de Mexico,” kicked off a four-night run at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Friday night. Miguel, who performs in Las Vegas almost annually, has won five Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters take over Brooklyn Bowl in Linq Promenade
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Colorado band Big Head Todd and The Monsters — Todd Park Mohr, Brian Nevin, Jeremy Lawton and Rob Squires — performed at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade on Friday night. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Kabik Photo for his photo gallery of the band.
Tony Hu is ready to change Chinese food with Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Tony Hu is known as the mayor of Chinatown in Chicago, where he oversees nearly 20 restaurants. Lao Sze Chuan, his first restaurant in Las Vegas, opens at the Palms on Friday in the opulent space formerly occupied by Little Buddha.
Tony Hu is ready to change Chinese food in Las Vegas with Lao Sze Chuan
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
There's a reason he's known as the mayor of Chinatown in Chicago.
OMG, no! Kardashian Khaos at the Mirage to close Oct. 30
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The nearly three-year run on the Strip is over. After a soft opening in November 2011 and a red carpet grand opening the next month, Kardashian Khaos boutique at the Mirage is closing effective Oct. 30.
‘Divergent’ hottie Theo James parties at Hakkasan in MGM Grand
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Taking a break from his busy filming schedule for the “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent,” British actor Theo James was seen enjoying his night out as he sipped cocktails and mingled with guests as they passed by‎ before departing around 3 a.m.
Semi Precious Weapons at The Sayers Club; Borgore at Life Nightclub
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Known for its high-energy sound and electrifying shows, the New York-based rock band Semi Precious Weapons stayed true to form with a theatrical set that included “Drink,” “Free Booze” and the latest, “That’s My Friends,” off the newly released album “Aviation.”
Origin India owner and chef praise ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
If the omelette aux fines herbs and Tandoori chicken wings featured in “The Hundred-Foot Journey” left your mouth watering and your stomach growling, there’s hope here in Las Vegas for lunch and dinner — for a limited time — at Origin India on Paradise Road.
Men of the Strip performers sing, take it off at The D Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
The opening show Aug. 28 in The D Showroom featured dancers Chris Boudreaux, Kyle Efthemes, Joel Sajun, Keith Webb and Chaun Williams, and the crowd in the packed D Showroom went wild for the six-pack five pack.
Photos: A tour of Delano Las Vegas on opening day
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group executives exclaimed, “We’re open!” — and Delano Las Vegas officially opened with a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning at the former site of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.
Ryan Lochte toasts birthday weekend at Tao, Encore, Andiamo and — Men of the Strip
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
What would Ryan Lochte do? The Olympic swimming champion turned The Big 3-0 on Aug. 3, and belated birthday plans called for a celebration over Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas, one of the heartthrob’s favorite party destinations.
Keith Urban is happier, healthier and hotter than ever in concert at The Cosmopolitan
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Country superstar Keith Urban was the epitome of happy, healthy and hot Sunday night at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in a sold-out, four-hour concert with opening acts Brett Eldredge and Jarrod Niemann.
Nico & Vinz at Foxtail Nightclub; Dirty South, Deep Dish, Pete Tong at Life Nightclub
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The grand-opening weekend of the nightlife venues Life Nightclub and Foxtail Nightclub continued in star-studded fashion Saturday and Sunday nights at the new SLS Las Vegas.
Puff Daddy launches Pineapple Ciroc with pool party at Rehab
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Music mogul Puff Daddy, aka Sean Combs, aka P.Diddy, celebrated his new Pineapple Ciroc hosting and performing at Rehab in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon to a packed crowd while holding his drink of choice in a festive pineapple cup.
Miguel, with girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, performs at Hyde Bellagio
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Miguel arrived at the nightspot after midnight alongside model and actress girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, who was celebrating her birthday. The couple took to the red carpet in style, with Miguel in an all-black ensemble and Mandi in a sexy, low-cut white halter dress.
Jason Derulo has double-duty at Rehab and Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Jason Derulo had double-duty this Labor Day Weekend, as the singer-songwriter, dancer and significant other of “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks hosted and performed at Rehab by day and then Body English by night at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
The Avett Brothers perform back-to-back-to-back shows at Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
It was a triple-header this Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas for North Carolina band The Avett Brothers — banjo player and vocalist Scott Avett, guitarist and vocalist Seth Avett and their bandmates performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at Brooklyn Bowl.

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