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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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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?
Photos: Australian wins 2015 Tropic Beauty Model Search at Light
Monday, June 15, 2015
There she is … the 2015 Miss Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals winner. After three days of competition on the Las Vegas Strip, a victor was crowned in the 2015 Tropic Beauty Model Search at Light in Mandalay Bay on Saturday night.
Photos: Crystal Hefner hosts, DJs at Rehab Bikini Invitational at Hard Rock Hotel
Monday, June 15, 2015
Crystal Hefner, minus husband Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, played hostess with the mostess — and in her skin-tight dress, she really had the mostess — and DJ at the 2015 Rehab Bikini Invitational at Rehab on Saturday afternoon in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Jeff Seid celebrates 21st birthday with Dave Aude, Vassy at Ditch Fridays
Monday, June 15, 2015
It was sun’s out, guns out for fitness model, Instahunk and social media stud Jeff Seid’s 21st birthday celebration Friday afternoon at Ditch Fridays in Palms Pool & Dayclub.
Photos: Neon Trees, opening act no more, takes the spotlight at Boulevard Pool
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Neon Trees took to the Strip stage shortly after 10 p.m., electrifying the outdoor crowd with their hits “Animal,” “Everybody Talks,” “Sleeping With a Friend” and “First Things First,” and the Provo, Utah, band also performed their latest single “Songs I Can’t Listen To.”
Photos: Brittany Snow hosts Vegas Magazine party at Omnia, rides High Roller
Sunday, June 14, 2015
n Las Vegas to celebrate her magazine cover at Vegas Magazine’s 12th anniversary party at Omnia in Caesars Palace on Friday night, Brittany Snow had an eventful getaway in true Las Vegas fashion while staying at Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace.
Photos: Yelawolf headlines at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Alabama hip-hop recording artist Yelawolf, birth name Michael Wayne Atha, headlined at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night in the Linq Promenade. The 35-year-old’s second album, “Love Story,” was released on April 21.
Photos: Hotties Jeff Seid, Kristin Ratatori, Sami Eskelin, Stacey Alexander share sexy body secrets
Friday, June 12, 2015
What’s the best thing about being an Instahunk on Instagram? “Making money by posting shirtless pics,” laughs Kent, Wash., native Jeff Seid, who celebrates his 21st birthday at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool this afternoon.
Photos: Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj sizzle at iHeartRadio Pool Party at Caesars
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It was a hot and humid Saturday night at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and singers (and host) Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj made the evening even hotter during the 2015 iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party with their sizzling performances.
Neon Trees bassist Branden Campbell talks Las Vegas, Cowtown Guitars, MCR and Springsteen
Thursday, June 11, 2015
“I really love the performance part of touring. That’s what it comes down to — the shows, the songs. We’re playing songs that are back in the set that we haven’t played in a couple years.”
Encore guru Sean Christie: ‘We continue to get better and learn from experience’
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In the ultra-competitive and one-upmanship industry of Las Vegas nightlife, it hasn’t been without foresight, thought, ingenuity and, frankly, a lot of money that Surrender Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas are celebrating five years.
Photos: Ciara performs, toasts new album ‘Jackie’ at Drai’s atop Cromwell
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Singer Ciara performed a fierce concert Friday night at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell while boyfriend Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson danced the night away to her greatest hits, from her “Goodies” to her latest single “I Bet.”
Photos: Public Enemy takes the stage at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Chuck D — in a black T-shirt and black track pants — and Las Vegas resident Flavor Flav — in a basketball jersey and shorts complete with his signature clock necklace and grill — shared the Joint spotlight at center stage much of the evening.
Photos: ‘Entourage’ star Kevin Dillon hosts Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, June 7, 2015
The big-screen adaptation of HBO’s now-defunct series “Entourage,” hoping to repeat the silver-screen success of “Sex and the City,” opened in movie theaters last Wednesday, and star Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama) celebrated by hosting Saturday afternoon at Rehab.
Photos: Taryn Manning hosts and spins at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Taryn Manning, who arrived at Ditch Fridays in a skin-tight, silver metallic swimsuit with denim shorts, sheer wrap and colorful head tie, bee-lined to the booth to play a mix of EDM, hip-hop and Top 40 tracks.
Photos: Whitesnake rocks the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, June 7, 2015
This is Whitesnake, so in the still of the Thursday night in Sin City, frontman David Coverdale and the band rocked in all their glory complete with full, luscious manes of hair and plenty of tight black leather pants.
Q+A: Parmalee frontman Matt Thomas talks shootout, family, fear of heights
Thursday, June 4, 2015
It’s an incredible story and obstacle to overcome: North Carolina country band Parmalee were the victims of an attempted robbery in September 2010 after playing a bar in Rock Hill, S.C.
Photos: Farrah Abraham celebrates 24th birthday at Ditch Friday at Palms
Monday, June 1, 2015
Farrah Abraham spent the hot day partying alongside fellow reality-TV stars DJ Pauly D (MTV’s “Jersey Shore”), Mikey P (VH1’s “Dating Naked”) and Austin “Chumlee” Russell (History Channel’s “Pawn Stars”) at the Palms.
Photos: Country boy Billy Currington (rocks and) rolls at Boulevard Pool
Monday, June 1, 2015
Guest Ryan Lafferty warmed up the outdoor audience before the ruggedly handsome and fit Billy Currington, who was a personal fitness trainer before focusing on music, took the stage in a tight black T-shirt and jeans.
Q+A: Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson talks ‘Trans Am,’ hair and love for his wife
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Husband-and-wife Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square just celebrated 16 years of holy matrimony and have two No. 1 hits to their credit — “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You.”
Celebrity preview: iHeartRadio, Gumball 3000, Currington, Script, Thompson Square, Abraham
Friday, May 29, 2015
We start this weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview and Royal Robin Rundown with breaking entertainment news: the Gumball 3000 rally and celebration at MGM Resorts Village tonight and Saturday is now only tonight.
Q+A: Legendary Tony Hawk to present skate demo at Gumball 3000
Friday, May 29, 2015
Skateboarding legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Hawk is among the participants in this year’s Gumball 3000 celebration of adventure, luxury and high-speed vehicles, music and partying. But Gumball 3000 isn’t all about fun.
Q+A: Billy Currington toasts 10th No. 1, headlines at Boulevard Pool
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Billy Currington’s new single “Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem” ships to country radio Monday, sixth studio album “Summer Forever” drops Tuesday, and “Shotgun Rider Tour” with Tim McGraw kicks off June 5 in Little Rock, Ark.
2015 MDW photos: 50 Cent, Akon attend boxing at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Akon sat ringside Friday night with The D owner Derek Stevens and his wife, Nicole Parthum, flanked by the two music stars at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
2015 MDW photos: Method Man and Redman host at Foxtail in SLS
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Legendary hip-hop icons Method Man and Redman delivered an epic performance at Foxtail Nightclub in SLS Las Vegas on Thursday night to kick off Memorial Day Weekend.
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.

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