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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: The Doobie Brothers, The Steve Miller Band and Rival Sons at Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
It was a jam-packed Saturday night of music at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik of Retna was on duty for three photo galleries of The Doobie Brothers, The Steve Miller Band and Rival Sons.
Photos: Tongue alert! Miley Cyrus hosts star-studded Beacher’s Madhouse opening
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
The glitzy guest list included Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Kellan Lutz, Mario Lopez, Brad Garrett, Adam Lambert, Emile Hirsch, David Copperfield, DJ Pauly D, Mark Salling, Dana White, Michael Bisping, Pauly Shore, Craig Robinson, Devon Aoki and Steve Aoki.
Photos: ‘Restaurant Express’ winner Seonkyoung Longest’s American dream is a fusion of Asian cuisines
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
New chef Seonkyoung Longest has achieved her American dream at age 29, but it wasn’t without sacrifice and hardship. Longest won the Food Network’s “Restaurant Express” on Dec. 15 and two days later opened her first restaurant, Jayde Fuzion at the M Resort.
Republic Kitchen & Bar closing after 3 1/2 years of happy hours, brunches
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
An impromptu reverse happy hour trip, one of many over the years, to Republic Kitchen & Bar over the weekend unexpectedly and sadly revealed that the establishment, opened at 9470 S. Eastern Ave., will be closing today after 3 1/2 years of operation.
Photos: Siegfried & Roy and Marie Osmond share holiday spirit with Las Vegas children
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
The festivities hosted by Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn included backpacks filled with goodies and a holiday dinner of turkey with all the fixings. Santa Claus gave gifts to the children, and a Magical Genie entertained the kids.
Review + photos: Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington (politely) rock the Joint
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Chester Bennington, longtime frontman of Linkin Park and new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, is at least three things: hard-working, consistent and … polite?
Review + photos: NBT’s reimagined ‘Nutcracker’ an exquisite, colorful holiday gem
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Nevada Ballet Theater’s 2013 reimagination of “The Nutcracker” is the most visually beautiful production ever staged in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center. The high praise is not bestowed lightly, as Reynolds Hall has been home to some stellar productions.
Photos: Cosmopolitan, Palms, Mandarin Oriental, Paris and Caesars offer ‘Suite Holidays’ to support Junior Achievement
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
For $100, attendees will have access to rarely seen luxury accommodations, and each casino resort will offer in-suite cocktails and bites from hors d’oeuvres to dessert.
Beyonce’s ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ is (unsurprisingly) still fierce the second time around
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
“Mrs. Carter Show,” Part 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena was about 90 percent the same as the June stop — only the second in the new tour — but there were small and noticeable (and significant?) changes the second time around. Such as? Read on.
2013 Wrangler NFR: Q+A with Matt West, the voice of professional rodeo
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Oklahoma native Matt West, as a professional announcer for the Professional Bull Riders and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is armed with a lifelong fascination of the cowboy lifestyle and strives to keep audiences informed and entertained.
2013 Wrangler NFR: Q+A with Canadian bullfighter Aaron Ferguson
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Aaron Ferguson is only the second north-of-the-border bullfighter to be voted to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
Q+A: Easton Corbin rolls with singing, farming and hunting, takes the Mirage stage this weekend
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Like the cowboys and cowgirls competing at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center, Trenton, Fla., native Easton Corbin started strong right out of the gate.
2013 Wrangler NFR: Q+A with Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year Taylor Jacob
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
It’s been a big year for Texas native Taylor Jacob: The new barrel racer was named Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and she’s in Las Vegas competing in her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
A bucket-list visit to the Golden Steer
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
The booths are leather, the music is soft and the employees are fully clothed and knowledgeable.
Q+A: Austin Webb won’t slip on by; he’s ready to lead the party on Fremont Street
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
Country singer Austin Webb, who just celebrated his 25th birthday, has no plans to “Slip on By,” which happens to be the name of his current single. Webb is part of the lineup of the Fremont Street Experience Country Party on Wednesday as Las Vegas goes country.
Photos: Holiday traditions in L.V. — Magical Forest, Bellagio display, Ethel M … and Andrea Bocelli
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is a much-anticipated, end-of-the-year holiday tradition in the Entertainment Capital of the World, and he didn’t disappoint alongside music conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Heather Headley, soprano Svetla Vassileva and guest artist Le Div4s.
Eric Church, Childish Gambino added to lineup alongside Bruno Mars at the new Chelsea
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
The new Chelsea — not to be confused with Chelsea Ballroom — at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas doesn’t open to the public until Dec. 29 with a show by Bruno Mars, but the intimate music venue is already making a splash.
2013 NASCAR Champion’s Week photos: Jimmie Johnson celebrates sixth win in eight years
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards ended with an appreciation for family and fans and a nod to the Hall of Fame path set forth by the night’s honoree, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who closed the celebration quoting the late Nelson Mandela.
Photos: Mario Lopez and The Bella Twins host Sugar Factory American Brasserie opening in Town Square
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Actor and “Extra” and “X Factor” host Mario Lopez, who was joined by wife Courtney Mazza Lopez, and E! Entertainment’s “Total Divas” stars The Bella Twins hosted Sugar Factory American Brasserie’s grand opening Friday night in Town Square.
Photos: Dierks Bentley tips it on back in concert at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Country crooner Dierks Bentley, in a brown leather jacket, blue jeans and black boots, performed songs from his latest release, “Riser,” as well as his hits “Tip It On Back,” “Come a Little Closer,” “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” “5-1-5-0,” “Free and Easy” and “Settle for a Slowdown.”
Photos: Audrina Patridge hosts and parties with her sister at Hyde Bellagio
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
The longtime brunette debuted blonde locks styled in loose curls on the arrivals carpet and showed off her figure in a form-fitting leather mini dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline, black Christian Louboutin lace-up booties and simple jewelry.
Cosmopolitan headliner Bruno Mars watches ‘Jersey Boys’ at Paris Las Vegas
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, in an L.A. Dodgers cap and a black leather jacket, attended “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas on Thursday night.
Q+A: Clay Walker talks the Venetian, NFR, Multiple Sclerosis, blackjack and his life lessons
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Clay Walker has amassed 11 No. 1 hits, and, despite a 17-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis that he says is in a largely arrested state, the 44-year-old father of three daughters and one son continues to record, tour the country and maintain an optimistic view on life.
Photos: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Panic! At the Disco rock the Joint at X107.5’s Holiday Havoc
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
The 2013 edition of X107.5’s Holiday Havoc featured headliners Thirty Seconds to Mars, with heartthrob frontman Jared Leto, and hometown heroes Panic! At the Disco, with heartthrob frontman Brendon Urie, at the Joint in more than four hours of rock.
Photos: John Legend is joined by new bride Chrissy Teigen at Palms concert
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend brought his “Made to Love” tour to a sold-out Pearl at the Palms, and the crooner was joined by his new wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, who sang and danced all night at the soundboard.
Photos: Justin Timberlake offers high-energy ‘20/20 Experience’ at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Superstar singer Justin Timberlake is a singing, dancing and sex machine, and he is hands down one of the best live entertainers in music today. Timberlake brought his “The 20/20 Experience” world tour to MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night.
Photos: Alice Cooper raises the dead at Pearl at the Palms
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Legendary Detroit rocker Alice Cooper, dressed in a black-and-red striped suit with skull belt buckles, started the Thanksgiving Week holiday by bringing his “Raise the Dead” tour to Pearl at the Palms on Wednesday night.
For these four Las Vegas headliner shows, the second time’s better than the first
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
You never forget the first time, and the third time’s the charm, but what about the second time? Everyone deserves a second chance? That doesn’t quite work for this story.
A (foodie) feast for Thanksgiving: Las Vegas chefs share recipes, traditions
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
“I’m starting a new one this year inspired by a friend of mine,” said Roy Ellamar of Sensi at Bellagio. “I’m putting one whole garlic clove in the stuffing, and whoever gets it on their plate gets to do all the dishes! Yay!”
Photos: Michael Buble plays charismatic crooner and comedian at MGM Grand
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
Looking sharp in a classic tuxedo with a black bow tie and with scruff on his face, the 38-year-old husband and first-time father commanded the stage in his nearly two-hour concert that was equal parts entertainment/showmanship and talent.
Photos: DJ Steve Aoki celebrates his early 36th birthday at Hakkasan Las Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
The soon-to-be 36-year-old (his birthday is Sunday) transformed the fourth-level main room of Hakkasan into his “Neon Future” party and pulled out all the stops for his special soiree.
Photos: Drake brings his ‘Would You Like a Tour?’ stop to MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013
Canadian superstars took over MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend, and up first was 27-year-old rapper and singer Aubrey Drake Graham, aka Drake, on Friday night.
Photos: Mark Shunock’s debut ‘Mondays Dark’ at Body English benefits Opportunity Village
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
Travis Cloer of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas, rock god Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH) and Emmy-nominated actress Dot-Marie Jones of “Glee” were Mark’s first guests in the variety talk show.
Photos: Sean Lowe of ‘The Bachelor’ celebrates his 30th birthday at 1OAK
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Texas entrepreneur Sean Lowe, star of Season 8 of “The Bachelorette” and Season 17 of “The Bachelor,” and his fiancee, Catherine Giudici, celebrated his 30th birthday at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Photos: Playboy’s 2012 Cybergirl of the Year Leanna Decker hosts at Crazy Horse III
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
The Southern beauty arrived with a group of girlfriends, and they were here for the party and also not tardy for the party. Decker donned a red, studded, form-fitting dress and black pumps from Runway Couture on the arrivals carpet.
Photos: Deadmau5, minus his mouse ears, spins surprise set at XS
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Deadmau5, minus his signature ears, started with “Strobe,” and he threw on a pair of glow-in-the-dark mouse ears midway in his 90-minute opening set. Wolfgang Gartner was the headliner at 1 a.m.
UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena draws music, Hollywood and sports stars
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
The sold-out crowd included Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeremy Piven, Swizz Beatz, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Giancarlo Stanton, Larry Walker, Chuck Liddell, Royce Gracie, Forrest Griffin, Mark Coleman, Chris Weidman and Anthony Pettis.
Photos: Nine Inch Nails rocks the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
It’s crazy to think that “Pretty Hate Machine” was released in 1989 — that’s 24 years ago. The cassette tape of “PHM” is somewhere in the Chareunsy household; the CD is, too.
NFL Players Association teams with Cleveland Clinic to assess health of retired athletes
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
As the long-term effects of sports-related hits and brain trauma continue to make recent headlines, Cleveland Clinic is teaming with the National Football League Players Association to assess and improve the brain health and well-being of retired NFL athletes.
Photos: Rev Run celebrates his 48th birthday early at Ling Ling Club
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
It was a family affair inside Ling Ling Club as Rev Run’s daughters Vanessa and Angela Simmons and his son Joseph “Jo Jo” Simmons celebrating alongside their legendary father.
Photos: Salute to the Troops and Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band at Fremont Street Experience
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
As Veterans Day is commemorated today across the USA, Fremont Street Experience also appropriately celebrated and honored the men and women who serve in the military.
Photos: The Smiths go to Hakkasan and Lavo for Trey Smith’s 21st birthday
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Hollywood royalty the Smith family — Will Smith, wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, son Trey Smith, son Jaden Smith and daughter Willow Smith — celebrated Trey Smith’s milestone 21st birthday with a private dinner at the hotspot mega-restaurant and nightclub.
2013 SEMA photos: XXX star Charmane Star hosts at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
The bombshell arrived on the red carpet donning a red leather top from Melrose, a black leather miniskirt from Barneys New York and cheetah Christian Louboutin stilettos.
Photos: American and Finnish racers sweep at 2013 Global Rallycross finals
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
The 2013 Global Rallycross finals at the Festival Grounds across from the Luxor ended Thursday, the champions have been crowned, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite to document the end of the 2013 racing season.
Good gourd! 5 pumpkin beers to consider this autumn
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Skip that pumpkin pie this season!
2013 SEMA photos: Rapper Tyga hosts and performs at Body English
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Tyga was dressed colorfully in a multicolored, long-sleeved gold shirt and black pants, sported a big gold chain and happily posed for photographs with fans before and after his performance at the after-hours nightclub.
Q+A: Jason Arasheben is the man behind the $500,000 WSOP champion’s bracelet
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
Jeweler Jason Arasheben of Jason of Beverly Hills returns for a second time as the designer of the $500K bracelet. Arasheben recently spoke about how he became the man behind the coveted prize, crafting the bracelet and his poker skills.
Photos: The Weeknd makes his Las Vegas debut at Pure, also performs at Ling Ling Club
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
After settling into a VIP booth on the main stage at Pure, the 23-year-old took center stage as it neared 1:30 a.m., introduced himself and addressed the crowd: “I go by the name of The Weeknd. I came all the way from Toronto. … Las Vegas is winning my heart.”
2013 Halloween photos: DJ Pauly D, in black mask, leads the party at Haze in Aria
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
The popular resident DJ posed for photographs in his DJ booth with legendary rapper Flavor Flav, who was sporting his signature clock necklace, and Kozmoe Alonzo, Haze’s director of nightlife.
Photos: Holly Madison, baby girl Rainbow attend picnic benefit at Sunset Park
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
The newlywed and new mother and Rainbow Aurora Rotella, her baby girl with husband Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac and the Electric Daisy Carnival, attended the Animal Foundation’s Forever Home Family Picnic at Sunset Park benefiting the animal shelter.

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