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September 16, 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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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.
2014 CinemaCon photos: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Clint Eastwood, Drew Barrymore
Friday, March 28, 2014
Warner Bros. A-list guests: Morgan Freeman for “Transcendence”; Male and Female Stars of the Year Adam Sandler and a very pregnant Drew Barrymore for “Blended”; Clint Eastwood for “Jersey Boys”; and Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone for “Tammy.”
Photos: Nick Cannon, with ‘Pajama Pants,’ spins at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Before heading into the nightclub, Nick Cannon posed for photographs on the red carpet and chatted and took snapshots with fans. He was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt with Wild N Out on the front and #WPPM IN STORES 4/1/14 on the back.
Photos: Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack makes his debut at Hakkasan
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Afrojack, who won a 2011 Grammy with David Guetta for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for Madonna’s “Revolver,” kept the crowd moving with “Take Over Control,” “Can’t Stop Me,” his No. 1 collabo “Give Me Everything Tonight” and new release “Ten Feet Tall.”
Photos: Reality TV hunk Brody Jenner hosts at Hyde Bellagio, talks new girlfriend
Sunday, March 23, 2014
On the arrivals carpet, Brody Jenner talked about a new girlfriend but kept tight-lipped about her identity, saying, “She is someone very special.” Inside Hyde, Jenner and his group were welcomed to a VIP table beneath Hyde’s DJ booth by a parade of servers.
Photos: Actress and DJ Taryn Manning leads after-hours party at Body English
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Taryn Manning, known for her roles in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” “8 Mile” and “Crossroads,” dressed in a black ensemble and bright red lipstick and was accompanied by her friends Brittany Brower and Jeanine Heller.
Photos: Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves rock Mandalay Bay
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kip Moore, in a muscle T showing off his guns, and new country darling Kacey Musgraves, in painted-on liquid-metal pants and a T-shirt, opened for heartthrob Charles Kelley, in a long-sleeve black button up, Hillary Scott, in all black, and Dave Haywood, in a light-blue T-shirt.
Photos: Shanna Moakler toasts early 39th birthday at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wearing a sexy chain-metal dress and Chinese Laundry heels, the ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and the executive producer of the Miss Nevada USA Pageant enjoyed champagne and Stella Artois with her group as she mingled and partied.
Q+A: Afrojack talks debut album, Jared Leto, Hakkasan, Katy Perry and ‘The Simpsons’
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Afrojack, birth name Nick van de Wall, makes his residency debut at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday night, and he recently remixed a 30 Seconds to Mars song with the band’s frontman, recent Oscar winner Jared Leto.
Photos: ‘Divorce Party: Las Vegas!’ debuts at Windows Showroom in Bally’s
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
“Divorce Party: Las Vegas!” centers on Linda, who is reeling from her divorce, so her friends turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. The show uses laughs, songs and the occasional shock factor to explore divorce, long-term relationships and moving on.
Photos: St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
It was another St. Patrick’s Day at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for his photo gallery. Seen at FSE: I Survived St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl T-shirts, three-leaf clovers and more.
Photos: Elvis Costello and The Roots usher in Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq
Monday, March 17, 2014
Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo galleries of The Roots and Elvis Costello at Brooklyn Bowl, a three-level, 80,000-square-foot music, dining and bowling megaplex that is larger than Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
Photos: It’s the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets at Cashman Field
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Mets were victorious on Saturday with a score of 9-4. Tom Donoghue’s photo gallery includes David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, Cubs manager Tsuyoshi Wada and Las Vegas’ Kris Bryant, #77 and the Cubs’ #1 draft pick.
Photos: Flogging Molly brings Celtic cheer to Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan
Monday, March 17, 2014
The boisterous Celtic rockers Flogging Molly performed a raucous, adrenaline-filled show that had their fans screaming along to hits including “Every Dog Has Its Day,” “No More (Paddy’s Lament)” and “Revolution.”
Photos: Clinton Sparks launches the Greatest Party on Earth at 1 OAK
Thursday, March 13, 2014
DJ Clinton Sparks launched his monthly the Greatest Party on Earth with much fanfare — the nightspot was transformed into a circus big top with performers on stilts, sexy clowns, confetti cannons and larger-than-life stuffed and balloon animals.
Ringmaster and DJ Clinton Sparks leads the Greatest Party on Earth tonight at 1 OAK
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Clinton Sparks will be the host, MC, DJ and ringmaster when the nightclub at the Mirage is transformed into a circus big top with performers, sexy clowns and wild (stuffed) animals for the industry party. Does Miley Cyrus know?!
Photos: Brad Keselowski hosts meet-and-greet at D Las Vegas, dines at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Hundreds of race fans lined up Thursday to meet Keselowski at Derek Stevens’ casino resort that abuts Fremont Street Experience. Afterward, Keselowski and his team enjoyed dinner at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and met the chef.
Photos: REO Speedwagon draws over 12,000 to free concert at Fremont Street Experience
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The setlist, as listed on the stage, by frontman Kevin Cronin and his band, who formed in 1967: “Don’t Let Him Go,” “Music Man,” “Take It on the Run,” “Keep Pushin,’ ” “Golden Country” and their mega-hit No. 1 ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
Photos: Celebrities and VIPs watch Alvarez defeat Angulo at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The celebrities and VIPs at the boxing matches included actor and comedian George Lopez, Metta World Peace (who most recently played for the New York Knicks), Juan Pablo Galavais (ABC’s “The Bachelor”), CBS Sports’ Jenn Brown and singer and musician Pepe Aguilar.
Photos: Brad Keselowski wins Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 9, 2014
NASCAR star Brad Keselowski, the Michigan racecar driver who turned 30 on Feb. 12, held off odds-on favorite and hometown hero Kyle Bush to win Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Review: Miley Cyrus can’t be tamed in ‘Bangerz Tour’ stop at MGM Grand
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The audience was … eclectic, from gay couples wearing only boxer briefs to dude bros (with their girlfriends) to (underage) teenage girls wearing only bras and short shorts or skirts to skeezy and older-than-60 men not-so-covertly taking cell phone photographs of them.
Photos: Audrina Patridge rocks out at Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp at House of Blues
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Audrina Patridge and Lita Ford performed an original song — no “Kiss Me Deadly”? Bummer! — while fellow campers joined them on guitar, bass and drums. Zakk Wylde, best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, opened with “Crazy Train.”
Photos: Vanilla Ice hosts and performs at Pop Life party in Body English
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The 46-year-old “Ice Ice Baby” and “Play That Funky Music” singer donned a blue cap, a blue-and-white plaid button-up and a VIP wristband(?); posed for photographs with fans; and performed for clubgoers Thursday night.
Photos: Carter the Clydesdale and Chip the Dalmatian at Tap Sports Bar in MGM Grand
Sunday, March 2, 2014
At Tap Sports Bar, which is neighbors with mega-restaurant-and-nightclub Hakkasan, Carter and Chip posed for photographs with the Budweiser girls, who were ravishing in red, and met with the Tap team before departing for Phoenix.

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