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January 26, 2015

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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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Photos: Maksim Chmerkovskiy choreographs new scene in ‘Le Reve’
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
After more than five years away, award-winning dancer and choreographer Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned to Wynn Las Vegas to create the newest, multimillion-dollar scene in “Le Reve — The Dream” in honor of the celebrated show’s 10th anniversary.
Q+A: ‘Teen Mom’ turned porn star Farrah Abraham hosts at Ghostbar DayClub
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Farrah Abraham, 23, gained notoriety when she became pregnant at age 16, starred in “16 and Pregnant” and then “Teen Mom,” then made “Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom” with adult-film star James Deen, then followed up with “Farrah 2: Backdoor and More.”
Q+A: Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young talk ‘Joseph,’ marriage and Bacchanal Buffet
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young’s paths crossed when they were cast as boyfriend and girlfriend in “Hair” on Broadway in 2010, and they wed on June 1, 2013, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles.
Omnia at Caesars Palace announces DJ lineup ahead of spring opening
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The top headliner DJs announced today are Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Chuckie, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Krewella, Nervo, Nicky Romero and Showtek.
Photos: WWE star and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho hosts at Body English
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
To start the evening, Jericho — in a tight black shirt and black vest that showed off his guns and tattoos, gray denim and black shoes — dined at 35 Steaks + Martinis with fellow pro wrestler Michael “The Miz” Mizanin and friends.
Photos: Scott Disick hosts at 1 OAK, talks baby, real estate
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
The always stylish Scott Disick, in a black sweater, black denim and brown shoes, partied at the nightclub with pals Cesar Paniagua, Ilan Sharone and Josh Altman, as well as took a photograph with nightclub co-founder Eli Pacino.
Photos: Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle host and DJ at Tao
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Reality-TV star and heartthrob turned DJ Brody Jenner hosted and spun at Tao in the Venetian on Friday night. Jenner, who kept it casual in a black cap and black T-shirt, performed a DJ set along with pal William Lifestyle for partygoers.
Photos: Deontay Wilder defeats Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Heavyweight boxing returned to the spotlight on the Strip and in the sports world Saturday night when Deontay Wilder defeated Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photos: Las Vegas firefighters compete at Slotzilla for charity
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
In the Slotzilla race among the firefighters, Ana Wintersteen of the Henderson Fire Department was the winner. Garrett Dodrill, Jennifer Delgado and Greg Martin were among the other Las Vegas firefighters who participated in the fundraiser.
Review: Take me to church — Eric Church — at the Cosmopolitan
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
On Friday evening, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” stop was an enjoyably loose, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, jam-band performance with one of country’s more charismatic and baddest boys (he’s back at the Chelsea tonight, as well).
Q+A: Father-figure comedian Rob Schneider brings the laughs to South Point
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Forget “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” It should be “Deuce Bigalow: Father of the Year, Yo.” When I hopped on the phone Wednesday to chat with longtime comedian and actor Rob Schneider, I apologized in advance for my coughing from a cold.
Q+A: DJ Gareth Emery talks Sirius XM show, Noel Gallagher and Neon Museum
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
After a decade of nonstop touring, U.K. producer and DJ Gareth Emery, 34, is looking forward to a year of less travel, more time in the studio and becoming a father for the first time in March.
DJ Kaskade signs multiyear residency with XS and Encore Beach Club
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Grammy Award-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade has signed an exclusive multiyear residency with Encore Las Vegas daylife and nightlife venues Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub.
Photos: Stassi Schroeder of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ parties at Body English
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Blonde-bombshell starlet Stassi Schroeder of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” celebrated a girls night out Friday evening at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Scheana Marie of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ hosts at Ghostbar Dayclub
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
The reality-TV starlet turned heads upon arrival at the nerd-themed Palms soiree in a black midriff top and skirt, thigh highs and boots paired with hot-pink plastic glasses for her chic-geek style.
Photos: Hakkasan ushers in 2015 with Hardwell, Tiesto and Calvin Harris
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
There’s no denying that Hakkasan at MGM Grand is one of the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas, the country and the world when three of the world’s top DJs — Hardwell, Calvin Harris and Tiesto — headline at the mega-club the week of New Year’s Eve.
Photos: Drake at Marquee, Snoop Dogg at Tao, DJ Khaled at Lavo
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Hip-hop ruled Tao Group’s sold-out venues in Las Vegas as thousands of partygoers ushered in 2015 with Drake at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, Snoop Dogg at Tao in the Venetian and DJ Khaled at Lavo in Palazzo.
Photos: DJ Pauly D is in the house for New Year’s Eve at Vanity
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame, in a crisp white dress shirt and matching sneakers, gave partygoers at Vanity an unforgettable year-end celebration spinning alongside his “Jersey Shore” cast mate and friend Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.
Photos: Miguel toasts New Year with Nazanin Mandi at Hyde Bellagio
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Looking sharp in a black blazer, black T-shirt and gold pants, Miguel arrived at the nightspot in the shadows of the Bellagio Fountains alongside girlfriend Nazanin Mandi.
2014 NYE: Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga: Terrific show and venue, wrong (NYE) crowd
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” is a coveted and divine gift of the holiday season, with Bennett’s legendary voice, hits and gentlemanly demeanor complementing Gaga’s sass, wit and colorful costumes by Brandon Maxwell.
Review: Justin Timberlake ends ‘20/20 Experience Tour’ on a high note
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Other than the wardrobe and hyped-up delivery, Concerts No. 2 and No. 3 were Wonder Twins. Justin Timberlake’s talent and charisma are undeniable and limitless. His dancing, even 2 1/2 hours into a 3-hour show, is astounding.
2014 NYE: Iggy Azalea welcomes New Year with beau Nick Young at Drai’s
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Iggy Azalea, who is about to embark on an arena tour, has just been named top trending music artist of 2014, with her song “Fancy” the most streamed song of the year and her album “The New Classic” the second most streamed CD of 2014.
2014 NYE: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis host and perform at 1 OAK
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
During their six-song performance (their No. 1 hits “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop,” plus “White Walls” and more), Macklemore, minus his signature leather jackets and dressed up for the celebration, jumped into the crowd.
2014 NYE: Mayor, former mayor, tribute bands usher in New Year downtown
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Mayor Carolyn Goodman and husband and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, with signature martini in hand, ushered in a cold New Year in downtown Las Vegas surrounded by nighttime revelers, showgirls, Elvis tribute artists and tribute bands galore.
Who tops Vivid’s fifth-annual list of most-wanted celebrity sex tape?
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Vivid Entertainment has released its fifth-annual “Ten Hottest Couples Wish List” of celebrities it would most like to add to its popular Vivid-Celeb sex-tape series, and newlyweds top the list for 2015.
Britney Spears toasts first anniversary at Axis at Planet Hollywood
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
To mark the milestone, Britney Spears joined her cast of dancers and band members backstage before the show Saturday evening for a group photograph.
‘Legends in Concert’ holiday show at Flamingo is fun entertainment
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The celebrity tribute artists on this Monday, all of whom are terrific singing facsimiles, did Michael Jackson (Jason Jarrett), Barbra Streisand (Sharon Owens), Bobby Darin (Art Vargas), Britney Spears (Katie Murdock-Gunther) and Elvis Presley (Bill Cherry) proud.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday for Jennifer Lopez at Caesars Palace on NYE
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Jennifer Lopez is waiting for tonight, and tonight is New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. For one night only, the superstar singer and actress will perform her hits in a concert titled “The Best Is Yet to Come” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on NYE.
Donny and Marie Osmond extend Flamingo run through 2015
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
“Donny & Marie” opened at Flamingo on Sept. 9, 2008, and response was so strong that their original six-week contract was extended soon after the show debuted. Six years later, they are ecstatic to continue to call Flamingo Las Vegas home to sold-out audiences.
Find small-town charm and holiday cheer in Boulder City
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Looking for an escape that’s not too far away and won’t bust your budget? Boulder City is a mere 11 miles southeast of Henderson, but it might as well be another planet compared with the Strip. In fact, Boulder City’s motto is “a world away for a day.”
Photos: Sexy defeats ugly at Surrender’s holiday sweater contest
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Surrender in Encore hosted its 2014 Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest on Dec. 10, and Daniella Deegan ran away with first place and $2,500 with her barely there half sweater and matching barely there shorts.
Meet-and-greet: Jon Misch and Jaclyn Schulz of ‘Survivor’ at D Las Vegas
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
“Survivor” Season 29 competitors Jaclyn Schultz and fiance Jon Misch are at The D Las Vegas from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today in a meet-and-greet to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.
Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by NBT offers adventure, invention and imagination
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Betsy Lucas performs Clara’s innocence and exuberance with perfection. Alissa Dale (The Winter Fairy) and Steven Goforth (The Snow Prince) soar in their snow scene — the classic winter scene is their scene.
Review: Lady Antebellum heats up cold night at DLVEC
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, whose onstage chemistry Friday night was palpable and has improved greatly over the years, were dressed for the occasion in black leather jackets, although guitarist Kelley would ditch his after the second song.
Q+A: The Swon Brothers headline NFR at MGM Grand, tour with Brad Paisley in 2015
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
The Swon Brothers — siblings Colton Swon, 26, and Zach Swon, 29 — who placed third on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice,” are about to realize a dream in the New Year when they go on tour with country superstar Brad Paisley.
Q+A: Hillary Scott on the joys of motherhood and Lady Antebellum
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Hillary Scott — Lady Antebellum lead vocalist, mother to a 16-month-old girl and die-hard shopper — chatted over the phone Monday about Cyber Monday, the trio’s new album “747” and the porn star who shares her name.
Q+A: Easton Corbin releases ‘Baby Be My Love Song,’ looks forward to album in new year
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Country singer and Florida native Easton Corbin is back at the Mirage this weekend to perform during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 10-day extravaganza for the second consecutive year.
Photos: Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
National Finals Rodeo world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile and roping world champion Tuf Cooper received an adrenaline rush Sunday morning, but it was away from the annual rodeo grounds at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga add Dec. 30 show at the Cosmopolitan
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The evenings will highlight music from their recently released No. 1 album “Cheek to Cheek.” Dropped on Sept. 23, “Cheek to Cheek” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also hit No. 1 on the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.
Photos: Ethel M Chocolates illuminates Cactus Garden for holidays
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The colorful holiday display — with blown-up penguins, polar bears, M&Ms and more — is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, and admission and parking are free.
Photos: Behind-the-scenes of the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
New to the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this year: Falling snow, complementing the ice skating, fire pits, s’mores, warm cocktails and intimate lodge experience.
Photos: Glittering Lights sets Las Vegas Motor Speedway aglow
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
The 14th annual Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway features more than 1 million twinkling LED lights along a 2.5-mile course of colorful displays sure to please the young and young at heart.
Photos: Chrissie Hynde mixes old and new at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Badass Chrissie Hynde, who donned blue jeans, black vest, festive red necktie and no shirt, switched it up Friday night with acoustic guitar, electric guitar and tambourine backed by a four-piece band at the Palms.
Review: I love Lucie in ‘Pippin’ revival at the Smith Center
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Lucie Arnaz is absolutely breathtaking as Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, with her comedic timing — from whom did she inherit that? — and acting chops and at age 63 defies gravity (in body and skills) singing and performing acrobatic moves on a trapeze swing above the stage.
A PETA Thanksgiving gay wedding — with Pamela Anderson and Chrissie Hynde
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
“We’ve been waiting for gay marriage to be legal in Las Vegas so that we could have as tacky a wedding as any straights,” said Dan Mathews, senior vice president for PETA.
Get a taste of what Las Vegas used to be — in Laughlin
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
When I arrived, the town charmed me with its Strip-like Casino Drive along the Colorado River — except Laughlin’s main drag takes about seven minutes to drive from one end to the other. On the Strip, you’re lucky if you can get back to your car in seven minutes.
Rascal Flatts announces nine-show run at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Rascal Flatts — frontman Gary LeVox, bass guitarist, keyboardist and background vocalist Jay DeMarcus and electric guitarist and background vocalist Joe Don Rooney — is one of the most-awarded country groups of the past decade.
Rotella Gallery a haven for photography at Forum Shops
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Rotella Gallery has opened a second outlet — this one at the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace. There are four resident artists at Rotella Gallery on the Las Vegas Strip — photographers Robert Rotella, Michael Levin, David Yarrow and Art Wolfe.
Trey Smith toasts 22nd birthday at Palms with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Trey Smith, aka DJ Ace, celebrated his 22nd birthday at Ghostbar Dayclub on Saturday, and it was a family affair, as actor father Will Smith, actress stepmother Jada Pinkett-Smith and mother Sheree Fletcher of VH1’s “Hollywood Exes” joined him.
Metal reigns supreme with Judas Priest rocking Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Frontman Rob Halford was in fine form as the band tore through fan favorites including “Breaking the Law” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” as well as songs off their new album “Redeemer of Souls,” including the title track and “Dragonaut.”

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