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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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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.
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.

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