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March 27, 2015

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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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Photos: Actor-rapper Ice Cube hosts and performs at Surrender in Encore
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Ice Cube got on the mic to pump up the crowd as he walked to the stage. He kicked out with his former group Westside Connections Gangsta Nation. He performed 11 songs, including “Friday,” “You Can Do It,” “We Be Clubbin,’ ” “Check Yo Self” and “Good Day.”
Photos: Push it! Salt-N-Pepa kick off ‘1 OAK Rewind’ Tuesdays
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Bringing back Old School cool, Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton arrived on the red carpet outside the hotspot at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday wearing custom T-shirts sporting their logos.
Photos: Miley Cyrus dines at Hakkasan, hosts at Omnia, stays at Nobu
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Singer-songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus hosted at the exclusive ultra-lounge Heart of Omnia in the new $107 million Omnia nightclub in Caesars Palace on Saturday night.
Photos: Kourtney Kardashian hosts Marquee Dayclub, says Scott Disick is ‘doing well’ in rehab
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Australian singer-songwriter Sia joined the festivities at Marquee Dayclub in support of Whole World Water. Sia showcased one of her face-obscuring headpieces and wore a red Whole World Water bracelet.
Star Surveillance: Dakota Fanning, Sia, Bradley Cooper, Jerry Rice, Shaun White, Warren Moon
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Actress Dakota Fanning (“Twilight,” “War of the Worlds”) made a belated 21st birthday trip to Las Vegas and celebrated by watching Mirage ventriloquism impressionist headliner Terry Fator with her parents Thursday night.
Salt-N-Pepa: ‘It’s still a great feeling being onstage, and we appreciate the love and support’
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Salt-N-Pepa are credited as one of the first all-female rap groups in music history, and their hits in a career that celebrates 30 years this year include “Push It,” “Shoop,” “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Whatta Man” with En Vogue.
Photos: Former porn actress Katie Morgan toasts 35th birthday at Body English
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Former adult-entertainment actress and St. Patrick’s Day baby Katie Morgan celebrated her belated 35th birthday Friday night at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Holly Madison’s nightmare Playboy Mansion life led to suicidal thoughts
Monday, March 23, 2015
It may have looked like a luxurious and glamorous life, but Holly Madison has revealed what it was like for her, as one of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends at his Playboy Mansion, in her new memoir “Down the Rabbit Hole.”
Strip Scribbles: Jeff Dunham extends run; Penn & Teller AIDS Walk grand marshals for 14th year
Monday, March 23, 2015
Comedian Jeff Dunham had added four months to his Planet Hollywood residency “Jeff Dunham: Not Playing With a Full Deck,” and tickets for the new shows from June 10 through Oct. 4 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Photos: Khloe Kardashian hosts at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Monday, March 23, 2015
Khloe Kardashian hosted at 1 OAK in the Mirage on Friday night, and she arrived in town with a group that included model Dorion Standberry, actress Lauren London, singer and actress Cassie and twin actresses Malika and Khadijah Haqq.
David Copperfield’s pool collapses at 57th floor Manhattan penthouse
Monday, March 23, 2015
MGM Grand headliner illusionist David Copperfield’s rooftop swimming pool in Manhattan did a disappearing act, but it unfortunately wasn’t one of his magic tricks. The lap pool atop Copperfield’s East 57th Street penthouse burst and flooded his apartment.
Photos: The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers performs solo at Bunkhouse
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Henderson-raised singer-songwriter glammed it up Las Vegas lounge style in a shiny jacket, and, based on the photo gallery, looked liked he had a great time performing — even managing to break from his rock-star lead-singer life and smiling.
Photos: Star-studded ‘One Drop’ includes John Legend, Camila Alves, Plain White T’s, ‘Real Housewives’
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Director Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar’s Cirque du Soleil production sponsored by MGM Resorts International raised funds for One Drop, the nonprofit created by Cirque founder Guy Laliberte with proceeds assisting global water-access initiatives.
Q+A: Henderson-raised Chaz Wolcott is living his dream onstage in ‘Newsies’
Sunday, March 22, 2015
“Newsies” is absolutely one of the best shows, in a sea of many wonderful shows, to grace the Smith Center stage since the performing arts center opened three years ago. The story is captivating, and the choreography is jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring.
Q+A: DJ Afrojack says ‘music is the favorite part of my career’
Saturday, March 21, 2015
“Las Vegas is not just a place you visit. Las Vegas is an experience; it is a completely different world within our world. Las Vegas has no limits. It is one of my favorite places in the world because it is so special and different. I enjoy spending time there.”
Penn & Teller to return to Broadway from July 7-Aug. 16
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The opening night will be announced soon, and tickets go on sale April 16. This is a rare opportunity for New Yorkers and tourists to see Penn & Teller on the East Coast; they return to their Las Vegas run at the end of the Broadway engagement.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., Penn Jillette, Chuck Liddell competed on ‘DWTS’?
Monday, March 16, 2015
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. must have needed the money and/or spotlight at the time — he certainly doesn’t anymore — as the Las Vegas native competed on Season 5 of the ABC reality-TV-competition juggernaut “Dancing With the Stars.”
Q+A: Martin Garrix leads Omnia grand opening, Justin Bieber parties Saturday
Friday, March 13, 2015
Top global DJ Martin Garrix and pop superstar Justin Bieber have a few things in common: They’re both young. The last time we connected with Garrix in May, he had just turned 18. He’s still 18. Bieber turned 21 on March 1.
Photos: Rascal Flatts bring their ‘Vegas Riot!’ to the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Friday, March 6, 2015
One of the funniest moments of the evening: Jay DeMarcus called out an attractive female fan who was leaving her seat on the floor. His query: “Where are you going, girl? Do you have to go to the bathroom?” She nodded yes.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga return to Las Vegas from April 10-11
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
“Cheek to Cheek” marks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive No. 1 album release in three years and makes her one of only two female artists this decade to have three No. 1 albums. The Axis performances will be accompanied by a big band.
Photos: Rob Gronkowski gets his gronk on at Surrender in Encore
Monday, March 2, 2015
Rob Gronkowski, tight end for Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots, partied like a 25-year-old Super Bowl winner Saturday night at Surrender Nightclub in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Photos: Hakkasan celebrates resident DJ Tiesto’s Grammy win
Monday, March 2, 2015
Saturday night was an award-winning evening as Hakkasan at MGM Grand hosted a celebration for resident DJ Tiesto in honor of him winning his first Grammy Award in February for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, for John Legend’s “All of Me.”
Photos: Floyd Mayweather Jr. toasts his 38th birthday at Hyde Bellagio
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Staying in tip-top shape for the highly anticipated fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t drink alcohol at Hyde, instead sipping Coke during the evening.
Three decadent Chinese New Year meals: Andrea’s, Hakkasan and China Poblano
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Three of the best restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip — Andrea’s, China Poblano and Hakkasan — are celebrating Chinese New Year — and the Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep —with elegant, luxurious and decadent meals.
Photos: Scott Disick, with baby mama Kourtney Kardashian, hosts at 1 OAK
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Las Vegas regular — 1 OAK regular, really — Scott Disick arrived at the Mirage with baby mama and fellow reality-TV star Kourtney Kardashian and started their date night at dinner in Stack with 10 friends, including rapper Mally Mall and his girlfriend.
Photos: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ hunk Jax Taylor hosts Xcalibur after-party at Palms
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Reality-TV stud Jax Taylor, star of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules,” was in town for Magic Fashion Week to promote his clothing and shoe line Xcalibur, and the heartthrob celebrated by hosting an after-party at Social, the center bar at the Palms.
Q+A: It’s Social time at the Palms for Jax Taylor of ‘Vanderpump Rules’
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
The cast mates of handsome and divisive lothario Jax Taylor of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” have bestowed the term “jaxed” upon him to describe his many sexual conquests. What does he think of the term?
Photos: The Weeknd toasts 25th birthday, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ at Drai’s
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Friday night on the Strip was Fifty Shades of Drai’s at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell, as The Weeknd celebrated his 25th birthday and the release of the highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
2015 USA Sevens Rugby photos: Fiji wins tournament, USA a strong 4th
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
“Sam Boyd Stadium was rockin’ wild,” contributing photographer Tom Donoghue said after capturing his photo galleries during the four-day 2015 USA Sevens Rugby Tournament. Fiji crushed New Zealand, 35-19, on its way to winning the title.
Photos: Newlyweds Jenny McCarthy + Donnie Wahlberg host at 1 OAK
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Before arriving on the red carpet at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jenny McCarthy and her new husband, singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block, were greeted by fans, and the newlyweds happily posed for photographs and signed autographs.
Photos: Mark Shunock’s monthly ‘Mondays Dark’ showcases Las Vegas talent, heart
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
It’s incredible to think that it’s been more than a year since Mark Shunock, Lonnie in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, launched “Mondays Dark” at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel to give back to the community of Las Vegas.
A must-see: Funny and dirty ‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ at Smith Center
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is funny and silly and a laugh riot, and there are four performances remaining through Sunday. See it, buy it, love it. Here is our chat with the darling Miss Dixie.
Photos: Alfonso Ribeiro, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy shine in ‘DWTS Live’
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Ribeiro’s comedic timing was perfect, and he impressively kept up with the talented pro dancers — one can’t help but root for him. The costumes and choreography sparkled and shined on the Strip stage. This was a night for the pro dancers of “DWTS” to soar.
Photos: The Cosmopolitan features digital work by Yoko Ono, Sarah Rara
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
“Imagine Peace” is associated with Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland, an outdoor tower of light emanating wisdom, peace and joy. The words “Imagine Peace” are inscribed on the well of the tower in 24 languages.
Photos: Joanna Krupa sizzles in white at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Gorgeous, flawless, bra-less and scandalous. Polish supermodel and actress Joanna Krupa (“The Real Housewives of Miami,” “Dancing With the Stars”) made it one white-hot Friday night in Las Vegas hosting at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
Q+A: What makes Joe Nichols’ clothes fall off in 2015?
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Handsome, baritone country singer-songwriter Joe Nichols headlines the Safari Club International 43rd Annual Hunter’s Convention at Mandalay Bay tonight, and he chatted over the phone ahead of his concert about touring, hunting and Las Vegas.
Seeking out deliciously different ramen
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
This is the perfect time of year for the ultimate Asian comfort food.
Britney Spears enjoys Bee Effective from The Juice Standard
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
The Juice Standard, which serves organic, cold-pressed juice blends, has become a favorite for Britney Spears, who chooses the juices for their nutrition, ideal for keeping her health and energy up during her Axis at Planet Hollywood hit residency “Britney: Piece of Me.”
Omnia Nightclub at Caesars set to open with Calvin Harris on March 12
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
Starting at 10 p.m., the new mega-club destination will welcome its first guests in the former space of Pure Nightclub. The highly anticipated opening weekend also includes 2015 resident DJs Martin Garrix and Chuckie, followed by kick-off events in March and April.
Photos: DJ Pauly D hosts Super Bowl 49 pre-party at Vanity
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
His black, long-sleeved shirt with “99” on the front and “USA” on the back did not give away which team he was rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday — the eventual winners the New England Patriots or the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
Idina Menzel lets it go, nails national anthem; Katy Perry roars; Missy Elliott really soars
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
At 3:15 p.m., John Legend kicks off Super Bowl 49 with “America the Beautiful” wearing a black leather jacket at a black piano in the middle of the field. There are riffs and a few vocal stylings, and his voice soars and is gorgeous.
Tiny Mesquite has myriad ways of attracting visitors
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
The annual Mesquite Balloon Festival and Motor Mania weekend are just a taste of what the community of Mesquite has to offer. Upcoming: Mesquite MusicFest, off-road weekend and the Smokin’ in Mesquite barbecue championship.
Q+A: DJ Jazzy Jeff talks Hakkasan Group, traveling, Seahawks and Bonnie Raitt
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
From “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star to being a much-sought-after DJ and producer and multiple Grammy Award winner, Philadelphia’s DJ Jazzy Jeff is thankful upon reflecting on his long career and recent 50th birthday.
Photos: Maksim Chmerkovskiy choreographs new scene in ‘Le Reve’
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
After more than five years away, award-winning dancer and choreographer Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned to Wynn Las Vegas to create the newest, multimillion-dollar scene in “Le Reve — The Dream” in honor of the celebrated show’s 10th anniversary.
Q+A: ‘Teen Mom’ turned porn star Farrah Abraham hosts at Ghostbar DayClub
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Farrah Abraham, 23, gained notoriety when she became pregnant at age 16, starred in “16 and Pregnant” and then “Teen Mom,” then made “Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom” with adult-film star James Deen, then followed up with “Farrah 2: Backdoor and More.”
Q+A: Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young talk ‘Joseph,’ marriage and Bacchanal Buffet
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young’s paths crossed when they were cast as boyfriend and girlfriend in “Hair” on Broadway in 2010, and they wed on June 1, 2013, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles.
Omnia at Caesars Palace announces DJ lineup ahead of spring opening
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The top headliner DJs announced today are Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Chuckie, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Krewella, Nervo, Nicky Romero and Showtek.
Photos: WWE star and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho hosts at Body English
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
To start the evening, Jericho — in a tight black shirt and black vest that showed off his guns and tattoos, gray denim and black shoes — dined at 35 Steaks + Martinis with fellow pro wrestler Michael “The Miz” Mizanin and friends.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK, talks baby, real estate
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
The always stylish Scott Disick, in a black sweater, black denim and brown shoes, partied at the nightclub with pals Cesar Paniagua, Ilan Sharone and Josh Altman, as well as took a photograph with nightclub co-founder Eli Pacino.
Photos: Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle host and DJ at Tao
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Reality-TV star and heartthrob turned DJ Brody Jenner hosted and spun at Tao in the Venetian on Friday night. Jenner, who kept it casual in a black cap and black T-shirt, performed a DJ set along with pal William Lifestyle for partygoers.

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