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December 21, 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, Hollywood.com, 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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Tove Lo toasts grand opening of The Sayers Club; Rebecca & Fiona at Foxtail
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Sweden took over SLS Las Vegas on Thursday night with two grand-opening soirees. The intimate lounge, nightspot and live-music venue The Sayers Club celebrated its official grand opening with Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo and her five-song, 30-minute performance.
Dirty South is ready to be the Life of the party at SLS Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
I caught up with Melbourne-based Serbian-Australian DJ, producer, director and remixer Dirty South, birth name Dragan Roganovic, this week ahead of his set Saturday night at Life, and he talked about his new album and film — and late-night chicken fingers.
Charismatic John Legend fits The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan like a glove
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
John Legend is a master pianist, storyteller and charmer, and his flirty glances and smiles (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model and newlywed wife Chrissy Teigen needn’t be concerned, though) sprinkled the perfect Sunday evening.
SLS Las Vegas is open for business: ‘Let’s go have some fun!’
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
In a gathering led by SLS President and COO Rob Oseland, who was onstage with Sam Nazarian and Terry Fancher, SLS Las Vegas was introduced at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue with multiple thanks and praise.
Alex Pettyfer, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA watch Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Singer Britney Spears returned to Axis Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood this weekend for her residency “Britney: Piece of Me,” and stars continued to flock to the show. Spears’ latest run takes her through Sept. 10.
Special effects and cast’s soaring vocals lift ‘Ghost’ story of love and heartbreak
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Tall and athletic Steven Grant Douglas, as Sam, commands the stage with his physical and vocal presence — his gorgeous voice is strong and soaring and his range wide — and is the standout of “Ghost the Musical” now at the Smith Center through Sunday.
Déjà vu: Justin Timberlake is still a solid showman in ‘20/20’ return to MGM Grand
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
In a return visit to Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” on Friday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, one of the best live entertainers in music today kept the template nearly the same — and it was as solid and spectacular as the first time.
Photos: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Grumpy Cat on the High Roller!
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Arriving in purr-fect style, Grumpy Cat pulled up to the Linq Promenade in a stretch limousine and walked the red carpet — the, ahem, catwalk — into Kitson Las Vegas for an appearance on her book tour for “The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat.”
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back, talks L.V., ‘Summer Horns’ and coming out 10 years ago
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back to the Smith Center on Saturday night with his saxophonist friends Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot. The quartet had a lot of fun on Dave Koz and Friends’ “Summer Horns” — recording the album and touring.
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Chris Paul, Calvin Harris, Sky Blu, Boston, Cheap Trick, Styx
Friday, July 25, 2014
“Fancy” Aussie singer Iggy Azalea has “99 Problems” with Arianna Grande, but it’s no problem offering our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview in Las Vegas. Music takes center stage in the Entertainment Capital of the World this weekend.
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears gets intimate … with apparel
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Pop princess Britney Spears is launching a sleepwear-apparel line, the Intimate Britney Spears, with retail partner Change Lingerie, a company with more than 180 stores worldwide. Intimate Britney Spears debuts Sept. 9 with an event in New York City.
Brody Jenner, with girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter, debuts as DJ at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, July 21, 2014
Reality-TV heartthrob Brody Jenner (“The Hills,” “Bromance,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) made his debut as DJ on Friday night at Hyde Bellagio and was a sharp-dressed man in a blue suit, black T-shirt, trucker hat and sneakers.
Celebrity preview: Lady Gaga, NIN, Soundgarden, Brody Jenner, Miss USA, Jesse McCartney
Friday, July 18, 2014
“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” “Head like a hole, black as your soul, I’d rather die than give you control.” “Black hole sun, won’t you come and wash away the rain.” Turning off the iPod now. For now. Music is in the forefront in Las Vegas this weekend.
‘Brother vs. Brother’ winner Melissa Roche of Las Vegas talks Scott twins, SLS, $50K
Friday, July 18, 2014
Interior designer and Minnesota native Melissa Roche, now based in Las Vegas with her company Parlor 430 on East Sahara, was crowned Season 2 champion of HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother” on Sunday night.
Photos: Siegfried & Roy welcome three white lion cubs to Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at Mirage
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Siegfried Fischbacher, Roy Horn and Franz Kallao, VP of hotel operations at the Mirage, presented the three brothers to VIPs and media this morning. The 14-week-old cubs were born in South Africa on April 14 and transported to the Strip last month.
‘Absinthe’ sock-puppet seductress Penny Pibbets talks National Sock Puppet Day
Thursday, July 17, 2014
National Sock Puppet Day is Friday, and Las Vegas sock-puppet extraordinaire Penny Pibbets, who stars in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace with her sock puppets, talks sock puppets, Raku Sweets, “Guess Who?” and Lamb Chop.
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez returns to Las Vegas for first time since winning Miss USA
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Reigning Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez of Henderson returns to town today for the first time since making history June 8, the night she was crowned 2014 Miss USA in Baton Rouge, La., becoming Nevada’s first pageant queen to take the tiara.
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?

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