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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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Celebrity preview: DJs galore, Bette, Diddy, T-Pain, The Eagles, Khloe, Kevin Hart, Ke$ha, Joe Jonas, UFC 187
Friday, May 22, 2015
To say this four-day Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas is jam-packed would be a big understatement. Music and parties — all the top global DJs are in town — top the agenda this weekend. If you want music, the list is long and varied and includes the Divine Miss M herself.
Review: Bryan Adams, at Mandalay Bay, still wants to rock at 55 — and does
Friday, May 22, 2015
It’s been three decades since Bryan Adams’ hit album “Reckless” was released and spawned unforgettable 1980s hits including “Heaven,” “Run to You,” “Summer of ’69” and “Somebody.”
Guetta, Jonas, Brown, Clarkson, Minaj at iHeartRadio pool party at Caesars on May 30
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party will kick off the Saturday afternoon of May 30 with an all-day pool party featuring sets by iHeartRadio’s house DJs, including Prostyle, followed in the evening by the concert event.
Photos: Jenna Marbles hosts Ditch Fridays at Palms, is joined by Chumlee
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
While making her way through the dayclub with boyfriend and fellow online star Julien Solomita, Jenna Marbles was swarmed by adoring fans, stopping to take photographs for 30 minutes with the crowd before arriving at her VIP cabana.
Photos: One Direction, Sheeran, Dobrev, Magic! at XS for David Guetta
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On the eve of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Guetta led the party at XS, and the partygoers included Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction (insert screeching girls here), Ed Sheeran, Nina Dobrev and Nasri of Magic!
Photos: John Legend, Chrissy Teigen host Billboard Awards pre-party at 1OAK
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Wearing an all-black ensemble, Teigen kept it simple with a fresh face, black high-slit skirt that showed off her gorgeous gams and gold accessories. Legend kept it casual with a black T-shirt, denim jeans and black leather jacket.
Photos: DJ Pauly D leads Sunday party with Chumlee at Rehab
Monday, May 18, 2015
Paul DelVecchio donned a black-and-white tank top and black shorts — and a lot of gold bling in the form of chain, bracelet and watch — to lead the infamous daytime party at the off-Strip property.
Photos: 2015 Billboard Music Awards hits-and-misses at MGM Grand
Monday, May 18, 2015
It was “such a good night” for singer-songwriter Taylor Swift at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photos: Wiz Khalifa hosts 2015 Billboard Music Awards pre-party at Tao
Monday, May 18, 2015
Before headlining in the Strip hotspot, Wiz Khalifa, whose single “See You Again” with Charlie Puth from “Furious 7” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100, enjoyed dinner with a large group in Tao’s private dining room.
Q+A: Bryan Adams celebrates 30 years of being ‘Reckless’
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Bryan Adams’ long list of hits includes “Heaven” (his first No. 1), “Run to You,” “Somebody,” “Summer of ’69,” “Straight From the Heart,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” “One Night Love Affair,” “It’s Only Love” with Tina Turner, “Please Forgive Me,” “All for Love” ...
Photos: Tyson Beckford sizzles in Chippendales, hits the town during guest run
Monday, May 11, 2015
Fans of Tyson Beckford will not leave the show disappointed, as he not only flexes his buff bod throughout the adult male revue, but also bares his backside in a solo act with a female member of the audience.
Photos: At Drai’s for Chris Brown’s 26th birthday, Cinco de Mayo, Yacht Club
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Chris Brown is a Drai’s Live resident performer, but this was not an official Drai’s Live event. Despite the night being only a hosting gig, Brown hopped onstage and performed for his fans. He returns to Drai’s during Fourth of July Weekend.
Photos: Scheana Shay toasts 30th birthday at Palms, hosts at Ghostbar
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Reality-TV starlet Scheana Shay celebrated her 30th birthday over the weekend at the Palms alongside her “Vanderpump Rules” castmates Katie Maloney, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Jax Taylor and her husband, DJ Mike Shay.
Photos: Aerial views of Rock in Rio USA, MGM Arena, Resorts World
Friday, May 8, 2015
On the eve of Rock in Rio USA, contributing photographer Tom Donoghue took to the skies for aerial views of the music festival site, the future home of Genting Group’s Resorts World Las Vegas and MGM Arena.
Fight Weekend party photos: 50 Cent, Tyga, Busta Rhymes, Tyson Beckford at Drai’s
Monday, May 4, 2015
Kicking off three days and three nights of Big Fight Weekend celebrations, Drai’s Beach Club + Nightclub atop the Cromwell hosted a full live concert by rapper and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson on Friday night.
Fight Weekend party photos: Bradley Cooper, Russell Westbrook at EBC
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) partied Saturday at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore at a DJ set by global superstar David Guetta.
Fight Weekend party photos: Chris Brown, celebrities galore at Drai’s post-bout
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Rappers, musicians and athletes joined Chris Brown onstage, including rapper 50 Cent, singer Akon, rappers Tyga and Too Short, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and rapper Busta Rhymes, who headlines his own concert at Drai’s tonight.
Photos: Hannah Davis, NFL stars attend Sports Illustrated Draft Viewing Party at Sayers Club
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The viewing party was hosted by Sports Illustrated writer and CBS broadcaster Seth Davis and featured Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos wide receiver), Steven Jackson (Atlanta Falcons running back) and 2015 S.I. Swimsuit cover model Hannah Davis.
Fight Weekend party photos: Fabolous hosts and performs at Tao
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Fabolous hosted a special Fight Weekend Edition of Worship Thursdays at Tao in the Venetian. The rapper dined at Tao before hitting the upstairs stage in the nightclub where he treated partygoers to a performance of his hits.
Q+A: Danny Wood of NKOTB talks second chances, being a single dad, Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao
Friday, May 1, 2015
New Kids on the Block — brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, plus Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood — have been in the music industry for three decades, and they kick off their “The Main Event” tour tonight at Mandalay Bay with TLC and Nelly.
Photos: Rehab kicks off 2015 pool season with Paris Hilton, Flo Rida
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The infamous Rehab pool at the Hard Rock Hotel kicked off its 2015 grand opening with a high-energy DJ set by reality-TV star and socialite Paris Hilton on Saturday and a performance by rapper Flo Rida on Sunday.
Photos: DJ Kaskade kicks off Encore Beach Club’s 2015 pool season
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
On the heels of Coachella, where he broke attendance records, Kaskade — who gave a shout-out to Coachella during his Saturday afternoon set — made his return to the award-winning dayclub after five years, spinning to a capacity crowd.
Photos: Nick Jonas, with Olivia Culpo, toasts Hyde Bellagio’s third anniversary
Monday, April 27, 2015
Actor, singer, musician and heartthrob Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers fame hosted a soiree at Hyde Bellagio on Saturday night in honor of the Strip hotspot’s third anniversary.
Photos: Omnia grand opening with Naomi Campbell, Calvin Harris, Gordon Ramsay, Brian Malarkey
Monday, April 27, 2015
Legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell — breaking news! — stunned on the red carpet as she arrived to enter the new hotspot around 1 a.m. The British beauty was dressed in a white Givenchy coat atop a Burberry dress and thigh-high black leather boots.
Win seat next to Evander Holyfield at Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao bout May 2
Monday, April 27, 2015
Yes, tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Year/Decade/Century” at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2 sold out in mere seconds, so seeing the fight in person is going to be nearly impossible.
Are you America’s — or the world’s — next top DJ?
Monday, April 27, 2015
After a successful run in Australia, the national DJ competition Your Shot USA has headed Stateside and teamed up with global superstar DJ Tiesto and 7-Up — and launched last Friday.
Q+A: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano bring ‘Sexy by Nature’ to Hakkasan
Friday, April 24, 2015
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano worked with each other in a sports shop; years later, the Dutch DJ duo work with each other leading parties in nightclubs across the globe.
$10 tickets for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao bout May 2 at MGM Grand?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The hype is really starting to build, to say the least, for the boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photos: Kourtney Kardashian toasts 36th birthday with Scott Disick at 1 OAK
Monday, April 20, 2015
The mother of three started off the evening of her actual birthday at dinner in nearby Stack with Scott Disick, her boyfriend and baby daddy since 2006 and fellow Las Vegas regular, and friends including Courtenay Semel, Melissa Kolker and Sarah Howard.
Photos: Christina Aguilera, fiance Matthew Rutler party at Hakkasan
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, TV personality and actress Christina Aguilera, fiance Matthew Rutler and friends partied at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday during the five-level restaurant and nightclub’s second-anniversary weekend.
Four decadent and fabulous brunches on the Strip
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Brunch, usually reserved for Sundays, runs the gamut on and off the Las Vegas Strip, and our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly produced the ultimate Las Vegas brunch guide last Thursday.
Photos: DJ Pauly D kicks off summer at Hard Rock Hotel’s Rehab
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
DJ Pauly D was dressed for work in a backward red cap, black muscle T, camouflage shorts, red sneakers, tattoos, guns and pearly whites. (My work attire is surprisingly not the same.)
Photos: Full lineup of Fleetwood Mac takes MGM Grand Garden Arena stage
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Reunited — and it feels so good. The full lineup of Fleetwood Mac — Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine McVie — performed Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photos: Jennifer Lopez celebrates ex-boyfriend Casper Smart’s 28th birthday at Hakkasan
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and ex-boyfriend Casper Smart were seen together at Hakkasan in MGM Grand as they enjoyed a Friday night on the town with close friends.
Channing Tatum attends ‘Absinthe’ at Caesars Palace
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Channing Tatum’s “Magic Mike” sequel “Magic Mike XXL” arrives in theaters July 1, and the second sequel to “21 Jump Street,” creatively titled “23 Jump Street,” has been green-lighted.
Photos: Sammy Hagar & The Circle rock Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The planned setlist for the evening included “One Way to Rock,” “Rock Candy,” “Good Times, Bad Times,” “Pound Cake,” “I Can’t Drive (55),” “Right Now,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Little White Lie,” “Levee Breaks,” “Moby Dick” and “ Why Can’t This Be Love.”
Q+A: Actor Jeremy Sumpter puts ‘The Squeeze’ on the Wynn
Sunday, April 12, 2015
It’s been 12 years since P.J. Hogan’s big-budget “Peter Pan” hit movie theaters with actor Jeremy Sumpter in the lead role usually portrayed by actresses. Sumpter is now 26, 6-foot-2 and an avid golfer.
Q+A: Dave Koz celebrates 25-year career, performs with Barry Manilow at MGM Grand
Friday, April 10, 2015
Celebrated smooth-jazz saxophonist Dave Koz talks touring with Barry Manilow, celebrating 25 years as a recording artist, performing “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” and the closing of the Riviera on the Strip after 60 years.
Q+A: DJ brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike make their debut at Hakkasan
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Belgian and Greek brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivaios, better known as DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, grace the No. 2 spot on DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll and make their residency debut at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Thursday night.
A fond farewell to Simon’s legendary Sunday brunch
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Simon is set to close its doors in May, which means time's running out for your final order of Frosted Flakes French toast.
Q+A: Hozier talks ‘Church,’ Las Vegas, touring and being a St. Patrick’s Day baby
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
St. Patrick’s Day baby Andrew Hozier-Byrne, 25, chatted over the phone on Feb. 11, three days after performing with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photos: Kenny Chesney rules the Joint with high-energy ‘Big Revival Tour’ stop
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Kenny Chesney fans know that the 47-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter never skimps on the run time with his shows. This ain’t your father’s 70-minute show. For Chesney, it’s always double that — and oftentimes even longer.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK in the Mirage post-rehab
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
There was no filming, no family members (including baby mama Kourtney Kardashian) were in attendance, and Scott Disick, looking more casual than normal in a black button-down shirt, denim and brown boots but fresh faced, stuck with water.
Photos: Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ host at Mandalay Bay
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Tom Sandoval and Jax Taylor partied with fans and, as in any good rivalry, the fellow bartenders went head-to-head with a Brugal Cocktail contest that evening, although, unlike the show, the guys kept their shirts on while working.
Photos: DJ Avicii leads sixth-anniversary celebration at XS
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore celebrated its sixth anniversary Saturday night as one of the country and world’s top nightclubs with the launch of DJ Avicii’s exclusive 2015 Wynn and Encore residency.
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.

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