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September 5, 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, 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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Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd talks two-nighters, chaos and turning 40
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
“The thing we all love most about live music is the chaos factor. The shear fact that we are five humans playing instruments leaves room for a lot of events,” says Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd.
Photos: It’s Three Square’s #Spoontember, aka ‘Go Orange Day,’ for Hunger Action Month
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
Today is Spoontember, aka “Go Orange Day,” and Southern Nevada residents are encouraged to support Three Square Food Bank by participating in #Spoontember, a social media activation to engage the public and raise awareness of hunger.
Review + photos: Pop tart Ariana Grande’s super-sweet show at Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
There’s no denying, ex-boyfriend Big Sean and doughnut shop scandals aside, that pop tart (it’s a compliment, sincerely) Ariana Grande is a talented singer and dancer, and she proved it in spades during her “The Honeymoon Tour” stop at Mandalay Bay.
Panic! At the Disco, 50 Cent + G-Unit, Sublime With Rome to headline Wine Amplified Oct. 9-10
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Wine Amplified begins at 5 p.m. both days and features Panic! At the Disco, Passion Pit, Sublime with Rome, 50 Cent featuring G-Unit, Fitz and The Tantrums, Cold War Kids, Robert DeLong, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Sheepdogs and more.
Cosmopolitan seeks new lounge experience with avant-garde Clique
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and newly formed Clique Hospitality founded by Andy Masi have partnered to bring Clique, an avant-garde lounge concept, to the Strip casino resort this winter.
Photos: Brody Jenner celebrates 32nd birthday, DJ residency kickoff at the Bank
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
Saturday night’s set was the first of Brody Jenner’s new monthly residency at the Las Vegas hotspot. Jenner and DJ Devin Lucien were matching in all-black attire (T-shirts, of course), with Jenner donning a Game Over ball cap.
Photos: Wet Republic’s Hot 100 crowns bikini-clad winner for 2015 season
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
With DJ Irie once again spinning hits and guest judges including DJ Pauly D and Rio headliners Chippendales, this year’s finale was hotter than ever with the bikini (and beefcake) parade.
Photos: Aussie Hunks at The D Las Vegas — sexy, fun and … progressive?
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
There are many reasons to like the new hip-hop male revue Aussie Hunks, who celebrated their VIP and media grand opening Tuesday night downtown at The D Las Vegas.
Photos: Feniger, Milliken, Moonen, Acheson attend ‘Top Chef Masters’ reunion at Border Grill
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
The weather wasn’t the only thing that was hot and sizzling Wednesday night at Border Grill, as “Top Chef Masters” cheftestants Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, along with Rick Moonen and Hugh Acheson, hosted a reunion dinner.
Q+A: DJ Irie leads the Wet Republic Hot 100 $1 million grand finale today
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Miami-based DJ Irie loves the beaches of South Florida, but he knows a good pool party when he sees one, and the resident maestro leads the Wet Republic Hot 100 $1 million bikini contest and pool party today at Wet Republic at MGM Grand.
Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix talks small vs. large venues, voice maintenance, ‘Bad Blood’
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
“Music is about bringing light to others,” Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan, 26, says on his Twitter. Kaplan, whose speaking voice is as lush as his bass singing voice, and his band mates are bringing their a cappella stylings to Mandalay Bay on Saturday.
Our favorite steakhouses in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
The Las Vegas Strip, as a dining capital of the world, features some of the best steakhouses on the planet, as Brock Radke, food and nightlife guru at sister publication the Las Vegas Weekly, and I listed and detailed last Thursday in the Weekly.
Q+A: Christina Milian has dayclub double duty at Flamingo, Linq
Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
Paris Morgan from 2003’s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” would approve. “Dip It Low” singer-songwriter and actress Christina Milian, who starred opposite Nick Cannon in the remake of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” hosts twice this weekend on the Strip.
Q+A: DJ Henrix, at Light on Saturday, talks Las Vegas vs. Miami, Kaskade and EDM
Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
DJ Henrix is bringing the Heat from Miami to the desert heat of Las Vegas this weekend, as the Brazil-born and Miami-based DJ and producer is a die-hard Miami Heat fan.
Q+A: Searsucker star chef Brian Malarkey to open Herringbone at Aria
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Celebrity chef and “Top Chef” alumnus Brian Malarkey’s California-inspired, ocean-to-table restaurant Herringbone is set to open at Aria this winter, and Geno Bernardo, who Las Vegas knows from Nove Italiano in the Palms, has been hired to lead the kitchen.
The best steakhouses in Las Vegas
The world's most revered beef served in spectacular surroundings ... prepare to make meal memories
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Las Vegas serves the world's most revered beef in some of the most spectacular restaurant surroundings ... prepare to make meal memories.
Upcoming at DLVEC: Queensryche, Dokken, Train and The Fray
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Longtime heavy metal rockers Queensryche will rock Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Aug. 29, and will be performing with opening act classic metal band Dokken. Local pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Photos: Juanes rocks the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Friday, July 31, 2015
Juanes — sporting long hair (bangs), beard and Hawaiian print short-sleeve shirt with black jaguars at the Joint — has sold more than 15 million albums and won 20 Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards.
Bill May, Christina Jones of Cirque’s ‘O’ win gold at 2015 FINA World Championships
Monday, July 27, 2015
Cirque du Soleil performers Bill May and Christina Jones have made history as the first world champions of a mixed-synchronized-swimming event.
Aureole, Delmonico, Joel Robuchon, Picasso, Guy Savoy win Wine Spectator top awards
Monday, July 27, 2015
Five Las Vegas restaurants have received the highest honor, the Grand Award, in Wine Spectator’s 2015 Restaurant Awards, which highlights global restaurants that offer the best wine selections.
Vanessa Lachey, Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders dine, party at the Palms
Monday, July 27, 2015
Actress and TV personality Vanessa Lachey stopped by Palms Pool & Dayclub and N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms on Saturday afternoon to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette party.
Concert announcements: Rise Against at DLVEC, Luis Miguel at Mandalay Bay
Monday, July 27, 2015
Let’s start off the week with concert announcements in Las Vegas: Punk rock band Rise Against takes over Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 21, with supporting acts metal core group Killswitch Engage and Los Angeles’ Letlive.
Photos: DJ Joe Jonas joined by Nick Jonas, Cuba Gooding Jr. at Hyde Bellagio
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Before his arrival at Hyde Bellagio, the Strip hotspot behind the Bellagio Fountains, Joe Jonas tweeted about his party, “Don’t be the Bishhhh that doesn’t come to Vegas when I DJ @HydeBellagio this Saturday, July 25!”


Photos: Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey hosts at 1 OAK
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Mariah Carey, whose compilation album “Infinity” was released on May 15, arrived at 1 OAK after midnight, where she stopped on the red carpet and wowed photographers and hundreds of fans in a stunning black gown.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts solo at 1 OAK post-split with Kourtney Kardashian
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Reality-TV royal Scott Disick, 32, began his Friday night in Las Vegas at Stack before hosting at nearby 1 OAK. Fresh off a plane from L.A., Disick relaxed in his suite at the casino resort before heading to dinner at Stack at 10:45 p.m.
Oprah Winfrey treats six students to ‘Michael Jackson One’ and ‘O’
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Television titan Oprah Winfrey on Saturday night treated six students from her South African school to an evening in Las Vegas, where they celebrated the 21st birthday of one of the girls at two Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip.
Celebrity preview: Mariah Carey, Scott Disick, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Jonas, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett
Friday, July 24, 2015
Are reality-TV stars Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian back together after their split after 10 years and three children? Who knows, but we do know that Las Vegas regular Disick — actually, most of the Kardashians are Las Vegas regulars — hosts at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Alain Ducasse’s Rivea, Skyfall Lounge set to open at Delano Las Vegas this fall
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Also: SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas will close Monday for renovations with a scheduled reopening of Aug. 14. During the closure, signature SW Steakhouse dishes will be served at Lakeside by executive chef David Walzog, who oversees both restaurants.
Mark LoRusso to replace Paul Bartolotta at Wynn; two new chefs at Aureole; Shibuya chef departs
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Mark LoRusso has a long history with Wynn Las Vegas, most recently with Botero at Encore. Before Botero, LoRusso was executive chef of Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas’ Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Tower Suites.
Celine Dion discusses return to Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Canadian superstar chanteuse Celine Dion returns to the Colosseum in Caesars Palace in August after a nearly yearlong break from her residency to care for Rene Angelil, her husband and former manager who is battling cancer for a second time.
Tyson Beckford is bringing his sexy back to Chippendales at the Rio
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“Las Vegas couldn’t get enough of Tyson,” said Kevin Denberg, Chippendales managing partner, in a press release today. “He completely embraced the role and thrived on the energy and excitement of the crowd, making him a huge hit.”
‘Crazy Girls’ statue to go on display at Planet Hollywood on Monday
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The world-famous “No Ifs, Ands or ...” “Crazy Girls” bronze butts statue will be moved from a warehouse to the casino floor of Planet Hollywood at 6 a.m. Monday. The statue was created in 1995 and has survived the test of time.
Bellagio Fountains to feature 30-minute Kabuki show Aug. 14-16
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Larger-than-life animation and water choreography will be featured in the Kabuki work “Koi Tsukami,” or “Fight With a Carp,” as a large fish and turbulent sea are projected onto the Bellagio Fountains in a battle scene.
Photos: The Offspring takes over Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade
Monday, July 20, 2015
Frontman Dexter Holland and his punk rock band The Offspring perform regularly in Las Vegas, having headlined in recent years at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Photos: Theory of a Deadman at Fremont Street Experience
Monday, July 20, 2015
Saturday night’s setlist as posted onstage: “So Happy,” “Panic,” “Low Life,” “All or Nothing,” “Blow,” “Bitch Came Back,” “Santa Monica,” “Hurricane,” “Better Off,” “No Surprise,” “Not Mean to Be,” “Drown,” their big hit “Angel” and “Hate My Life.”
Border Grill at Mandalay Bay to host ‘Top Chef Masters’ reunion dinner
Monday, July 20, 2015
Guest chefs include Hugh Acheson (5&10, The National, Empire State South, The Florence) and neighbor Rick Moonen (RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay). The all-star lineup also will include cocktails by the Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
Celebrity preview: 5 Seconds of Summer, Alice in Chains, ‘Dirty Dancing,’ J. Cole, Nervo, Sugar Ray
Friday, July 17, 2015
In the immortal words of Rihanna, “Please don’t stop the music.” And it won’t this weekend with options galore: 5 Seconds of Summer, Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Alice in Chains, J. Cole, Big Sean, Jeremih, Nervo, Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra — and more.
Red Rock Resort makes USA Today’s Top 10 list of best U.S. casinos
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Red Rock Resort has made the Top 10 Best U.S. Casinos list chosen by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest. The casino resort, awarded No. 8, was the only Las Vegas casino to make the Top 10. Nominees are chosen by ...
Celebrity preview: Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, Third Eye Blind, Dashboard, 50 Cent
Friday, July 10, 2015
It’s a jam-packed weekend in Las Vegas with music (Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional, 50 Cent, DJ Pauly D, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and more) and sports (UFC 189, arm wrestling) — and even multiple Playboy parties thrown in for good measure.
Q+A: Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins talks same-sex marriage, Confederate flag, ocean sanctuaries
Friday, July 10, 2015
It’s a busy time and a time of celebration for Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. The San Francisco band’s newest album, “Dopamine,” dropped June 16, with the excellent new single, “Everything Is Easy,” and much of the year is being spent on the road.
Q+A: Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba talks tattoos, music, L.V. — and new album?
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional says, “This is probably my favorite tour in terms of the camaraderie — from the crew, every band rotating as openers, the production team. We haven’t had a bad day.”
Photos: 2015 Miss Hooters International crowns two winners at Hard Rock
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The winner of the 2015 Miss Hooters World was Lydia Hipkiss (#34) from England in a blue bikini, and the victor of the 2015 Miss Hooters International title was Meagan Pastorchik (#69) from Charleston, S.C.
Strip Scribbles: L.V. stars on TV, Playboy, Last Call, Lipshtick, Tyga, NHL stars
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Millions of viewers saw Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil and his makeup artist girlfriend Rain Hannah in tears at the end of ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” when he presented her with a diamond-laden eternity ring.
Steve Angello is newest resident DJ at Omnia in Caesars Palace
Thursday, June 25, 2015
New Las Vegas mega-club hotspot Omnia at Caesars Palace announced this morning the addition of Grammy Award-nominated and multiplatinum-selling artist Steve Angello to its list of highly acclaimed and superstar-DJ roster.
Electric Daisy Carnival ends with Calvin Harris, eight stages, Maverick Helicopters VIPs
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The fifth-annual Electric Daisy Carnival has ended after three nights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and an estimated 404,000 attendees gathered to celebrate music, art, creativity, self-expression and peace, love, unity and respect. #PLUR
From (a) hangover (experience) to Hardwell, the world’s No. 1 DJ, at Electric Daisy Carnival
Sunday, June 21, 2015
No, there was actually no hangover today. It’s impossible when one sticks with only water on Night 2 of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Second-hand smoke from marijuana is another matter — contact high, anyone?)
Two-time world’s No. 1 DJ Hardwell talks Dannic, Afrojack, hip-hop and EDC
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Twenty-seven-year-old Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell, birth name Robbert van de Corput, has a headline set at Kinetic Field from 1:15 to 2:25 a.m. Sunday at the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
A bigger and better — the best yet? — Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The new Carnival Square with multiple options for food and beverages, meet-and-greets, photo opps and services (cell phone charging, massages) — plus, bathrooms instead of outhouses — is a terrific and smart addition this year.
La Jolla is the ‘Riviera of the West’ in Southern California
Friday, June 19, 2015
La Jolla, Calif., is nicknamed “The Riviera of the West” and “The Jewel of San Diego” for a reason: With its ocean views and beaches, fine dining, outdoor activities aplenty and ...
Drai’s announces $5,000 costume contest for ladies ahead of 2015 EDC
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Ladies: Looking for some extra cash ahead of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival this Friday through Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Perhaps to pay for the $800 Maverick Helicopter ride to and from EDC?

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