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November 27, 2015

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Don Chareunsy

Senior Editor/Celebrity & Luxe

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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Review: Human Nature, Ruby Lewis offer holiday cheer at Venetian
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
For a big helping of infectious holiday spirit in The Entertainment Capital of the World, it doesn’t get much better than Human Nature’s “Motown, Christmas & More” at the Venetian with Broadway-bound guest Ruby Lewis.
Six movies to stream after Thanksgiving Day’s food coma
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
Six (modern-day-classic, under-the-radar) movies to watch courtesy of, a free movie and television streaming app, after the turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, eggnog and Pepto have been consumed.
Rihanna in concert at Mandalay Bay on April 29; Nick Jonas at Foxtail on NYE
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna announced today her “The Anti World Tour” with Live Nation, and the tour with more than 35 stops across North America includes a show at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, April 29.
Beyonce and Jay Z attend Britney Spears’ show at Planet Hollywood
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
Jay Z and Beyonce made it a weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World, as the boxing fans also attended the Miguel Cotto-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center in which Canelo won in unanimous fashion.
Photos: Miss Nevada USA hopefuls visit The D Las Vegas
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
The D Las Vegas is one of tonight’s pageant sponsors at Artemus M. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV. The new attraction the statue Manneken Pis also received some love from the contestants when they climbed all over him for a photograph.
Q+A: Miss Chateau USA Susan Romanishin is ready for Miss Nevada USA
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Susan Romanishin of Reno was crowned 2016 Miss Chateau USA on Nov. 6 at the Paris Las Vegas nightclub Chateau on the Las Vegas Strip and this weekend competes in the 2016 Miss Nevada USA Pageant at UNLV.
Rascal Flatts returning to the Joint in February for second run
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
“We had such a great time at the Joint earlier this year,” said guitarist Joe Don Rooney in a news release this morning. “Being the first country act to have a residency there, we didn’t really know what to expect. The shows were wild.”
Q+A: Josh Ostrovsky, aka The Fat Jew, talks self-image, Brooke Shields and death threats
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
I hadn’t heard much about Instagram comedy sensation Josh Ostrovsky, aka The Fat Jew, before interviewing him over the phone Friday afternoon (it doesn’t help that I’m, um, not on Instagram), but he immediately won me over.
Photos: Rumer Willis and Hormel Bacon-infused Strip show, cocktails at Marquee
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
A Hormel Bacon-infused Strip show (burlesque and on the Las Vegas Strip)? Bacon-infused cocktails? Plus, “Dancing With the Stars” Season 20 champion actress Rumer Willis? At Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on a Friday night? Only in Vegas.
Megan Romano sells Chocolate & Spice; Alex Stratta’s second try at Tivoli Village
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Hot off the grill — and tipped by Robin Leach! Pastry star chef Megan Romano, formerly of Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in Mandalay Bay, has sold her business Chocolate & Spice Bakery.
Cirque offers BOGO for $15 for six Strip shows through Dec. 17
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
The buy one ticket, get the second one for $15 offers are available only for performances through Dec. 17, so buyers must purchase the first ticket at full price by Dec. 17 in order to get the second ticket for $15. (This offer doesn’t apply to shows after Dec. 17).
Lionel Richie attends ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at Axis at Planet Hollywood
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
“Hello”? The Lionel Richie classic, not the new No. 1 torchy diva ballad from Adele. Richie, in a black leather jacket and red handkerchief scarf, attended Britney Spears’ headliner residency “Britney: Piece of Me” on Saturday night at Axis at Planet Hollywood.
Drake, Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg, DJ Ansolo party, work at Omnia
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Stars at Omnia included “Once Upon a Time” actresses Jennifer Morrison and Jamie Chung, with new husband actor Bryan Greenberg (“How to Make It in America”) — the couple wed on Halloween — “7th Heaven” heartthrob Geoff Stults and actress-model Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”).
Photos: Celebrities who hosted, partied at Tryst Nightclub in 10 years
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
After a decade of success and excess, Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas closes its doors tonight after one final party and is set to open next April as Intrigue in hotel mogul Steve Wynn’s luxury property on the Strip.
2015 Halloween photos: Lil Wayne, Gareth Emery, Fedde Le Grand at SLS Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Wayne took over Life at SLS Las Vegas on Saturday night for a one-night-only Halloween soiree and performed 10 of his hits during his “Halloweezy” celebration.
2015 Halloween photos: Fetish & Fantasy Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
Partygoers and performers at the Hard Rock Hotel used face and body paint, chainsaws, masks, hammers, fire, bondage gear and flesh to full effect and included evil clowns, animals — and a group of Mike Ditkas, the legendary coach of the Chicago Bears. Da Bears.
Photos: The Neighbourhood lets it go at Boulevard Pool
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
The “Set Your Life to Music” summer concert series at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas came to a close Friday night with a show by California-based band The Neighbourhood at Boulevard Pool.
2015 Halloween photos: Tyga growls at Drai’s atop the Cromwell
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
Young Money Entertainment rapper Tyga kicked off Halloween Weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World on Friday night performing for a jam-packed crowd at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell as part of the Drai’s Live series.
2015 Halloween photos: Omarion turns it up at Hyde Bellagio
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
Before his debut at the Fountains of Bellagio-side nightspot, Omarion gave Hyde a shout-out on Instagram, posting, “Come turn up with me at @HydeBellagio this Saturday night! Vegas!! It’s lit!”
2015 Halloween photos: Chris Brown, Quincy Jones thrill at Drai’s
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Chris Brown delivered a full-concert performance Saturday night — Halloween — titled “Thriller,” presented by legendary music producer Quincy Jones and Drai’s Live, at a jam-packed Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell.
2015 Halloween photos: Nicki Minaj hosts at 1 OAK in Mirage
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
After mingling with friends and guests, Nicki Minaj took over the mic and sang her hits “Anaconda,” “Truffle Butter” and “Moment 4 Life.” Afterward, Minaj danced and partied in her VIP booth with friends until the wee hours of the morning.
Q+A: Fedde Le Grand hosts Halloween party at Foxtail Nightclub
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Dutch DJ Fedde Le Grand isn’t planning on dressing up in a costume for Halloween — “I think that I might leave that to the people in the crowd!” — but he is looking forward to another visit to a Las Vegas nightclub.
Review + photos: For rebel heart Madonna, it’s still good to be Queen of Pop
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Superstar Madonna is the performer by which all others should be judged, and her only contemporaries in this decade (and the previous decade, really) are Justin Timberlake (in stamina) and Beyonce (in fierceness).
Britney Spears donates $120,000 to Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears invited children of Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and NCCF President and CEO Jeffrey Gordon backstage Saturday night to present the foundation with a check for $120,000.
Photos: Madonna hosts after-party at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Upon arrival at the nightclub, Madonna took to the stage, where she danced with DJ Lunice, her opening act at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, and gave a shout-out to the crowd, sending the packed hotspot into a frenzy.
Ashley Judd visits mom Naomi Judd, sister Wynonna Judd as ‘Girls Night Out’ ends
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Actress, humanitarian and University of Kentucky alumnus and fan Ashley Judd attended “Girls Night Out” featuring her mother, Naomi, and sister, Wynonna, at the Venetian on Friday night. Before the show, the family gathered together backstage.
2015 PBR World Finals Round 3 photos: Silvano Alves wins night, J.B. Mauney nears world title
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Three-time world champion Silvano Alves won Round 3 of the 2015 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night, while 2013 world champion J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., continued his season dominance.
Zephyr in the sky at night: My 10 favorite Madonna songs
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
At age 57, Madonna Louise Ciccone of Bay City, Mich., is every bit the rock star icon and still parties like a rock star. Having seen Madonna maybe half a dozen times in concert, I can attest that she gives 150 percent in her live performances every time.
You know it’s autumn in Las Vegas when ...
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Autumn is my favorite season of the year, from the food and beverages to the fashion — yes, sweaters and scarves in Las Vegas — and it is the perfect excuse — no, occasion — for gathering with great friends for equally great cocktails.
Celebrity preview: Jimmy Buffett, Daughtry, Margaret Cho, Ciara, Kerry Simon tribute, GBDC
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Food and music are the specials on the menu this weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it’s a weekend in which there is truly something for everyone. Let’s eat and dance up a storm as we devour this week’s edition of the Royal Robin Rundown.
Photos: Rick Fox hosts, DJs and toasts son’s 21st birthday at Hyde Bellagio
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Partygoers went wild as the multifaceted 6-foot-7 and 46-year-old entertainer born in Toronto took the stage and delivered an electrifying DJ set, hyping up fans as he dropped beats by artists including Tiesto, Jay Z and fellow Canadian Drake.
Q+A: A.J. Holmes, Elder Cunningham in ‘Book of Mormon’: Role is ‘a dream come true’
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
“I play an overeager fan boy. I can relate to that — that was me in my high school years,” A.J. Holmes said. “So the role doesn’t have to do with body type and weight. The focus is more on his social inadequacy and being overeager.”
Q+A: Sultan + Shepard, at Omnia tonight, talk Las Vegas, Amsterdam, District One
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Canadian electronic music DJ duo Sultan + Shepard — Ossama Al Sarraf and Ned Shepard — are Las Vegas regulars who are known for their collaborations with and works by Kaskade, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Dirty Vegas, Morgan Page and Funkagenda.
Rob Lowe and wife Sheryl Berkoff attend Celine Dion’s show
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Actor Rob Lowe and his wife of 24 years, Sheryl Berkoff, attended Celine Dion’s headliner show Saturday night at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Naomi Judd and husband Larry Strickland attend Celine Dion’s show
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
The country diva meets the Canadian diva. Country music legend Naomi Judd and her husband, Larry Strickland, attended Celine Dion’s show at the Colosseum on Friday night at Caesars Palace.
Photos: Autumn has arrived at beautiful, colorful Bellagio Observatory
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens rings in every season with a beautiful and free exhibit that is open 24/7, and this autumn is no different, with the festive fall attraction on display through Nov. 30.
Photos: Ginuwine celebrates birthday at Hyde Bellagio, hosts industry night
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
After walking the red carpet, Ginuwine and his group made their way to a VIP table as Hyde’s servers greeted them with flashing lights and giant letters spelling out “G-I-N-U-W-I-N-E.”
Photos: Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart rock DLVEC
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
It was a trip down memory lane to the 1980s and 1990s, with rockers Slaughter, Vixen and Steelheart headlining Friday night at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center across from The D Las Vegas downtown.
Photos: Paul Rodgers headlines Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Voted as one of “The 100 Greatest Singers” by Rolling Stone, British singer-songwriter and musician Paul Rodgers has led three bands to global success — Free, Bad Company and The Firm — and has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide.
Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy watch ‘Mystere’ at Treasure Island
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Superstar singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce was in Las Vegas last week reportedly making big bucks for an exclusive private performance, but it wasn’t all work. Her family and she made time for daughter Blue Ivy’s first Cirque du Soleil show.
Bruno Mars to bring uptown funk to Cosmopolitan on NYE
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
“Two years ago, Bruno Mars enthralled guests as he performed opening night of the Chelsea over New Year’s Eve, and this year we can’t wait to have him return for yet another captivating performance,” said Fedor Banuchi, vice president of entertainment at the Cosmopolitan.
Q+A: Jennifer Coolidge talks glue allergy, ‘Best in Show’ and Donald Trump
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Actress Jennifer Coolidge’s voice and voluptuous curves have been memorable in numerous film and TV roles, among them “American Pie,” “Best in Show,” “Legally Blonde,” “Friends” and currently “2 Broke Girls” on CBS.
Q+A: Ten years on, Jake Owen says, ‘I feel like the same guy with the same love and passion for music’
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Country singer-songwriter Jake Owen is having a challenging year, as it has included a marital split. He made an emotional public statement onstage in Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Aug. 8, but when asked about it last week, he replied, “I’m fine. I appreciate it, man.”
Q+A: Brett Eldredge talks being No. 1, Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker and Miss America
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Brett Eldredge, 29, is the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year; his last three singles, “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me,” all hit No. 1, and his latest, “Lose My Mind,” is on its way to the top; and his new album, “Illinois,” released Sept. 11, debuted at No. 1.
Q+A: Joe Nichols talks new single ‘Freaks Like Me,’ being a freak himself
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
While interviewing Joe Nichols, the country singer-songwriter describes himself as a “freak” in discussing his new single “Freaks Like Me.” Nichols also is in a jovial mood, chuckling often while answering questions.
Photos: America’s next top DJ? Winner of Tiesto and 7Up Your Shot contest is …
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
“I like her passion for music and passion to entertain people,” said Tiesto, who, as a resident DJ, will be performing at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on New Year’s Eve. “I am very impressed,” he said in the latest episode of the young winner who hails from Los Angeles.
New L.V. resident is first ‘American Ninja Warrior’ champion, $1 million winner
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
In talking with Isaac Caldiero, it is clear that the 33-year-old rock climber from Utah has his feet firmly planted on the ground. But his feet were 75 feet in the air on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” on Sept. 21 when he climbed a rope the fastest — in less than 30 seconds.
Photos: Jennifer Lopez hosts party at Chateau Nightclub on the Strip
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
On the arrivals carpet, J.Lo sported a white Michael Costello — yes, the same Michael Costello who competed on “Project Runway” and dressed Beyonce at the Grammy Awards a few years ago — suit with deep-cut neckline, strappy beige Top Shop heels and braids.
Photos: The Weeknd celebrates rare Hot 100 feat at Drai’s
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Drai’s was at capacity in anticipation of The Weeknd. Partygoers screamed the moment the lights dimmed as The Weeknd walked onstage. Singing hit after hit, his performance included a captivating rendition of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Drunk in Love.”
Photos: Crystal Hefner and Charli XCX perform at Rehab
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Playboy Playmate turned Mrs. Hugh Hefner turned DJ Crystal Hefner led the daytime-party revelry dressed in a black Playboy Bunny costume complete with headphone bunny ears, bunny tail and smile.

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