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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,, 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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For newlywed Clifton Murray of The Tenors, 2016 is a year of gratitude
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
The Tenors — Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray — have a date at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts tonight, and newlywed Murray, friendly and in good spirits during a phone interview, is feeling blessed.
Review: Rascal Flatts brings the party with ‘Rhythm & Roots’ at the Joint
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
Rascal Flatts — frontman Gary LeVox, keyboardist Jay DeMarcus, guitarist Joe Don Rooney, longtime drummer Jim Riley and new multi-instrumentalist Casey Brown — delivered an 80-minute party, with younger fans singing every word to songs and dancing emphatically.
Photos: Chinese New Year meals at China Poblano and Hakkasan
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
Chinese New Year — the Year of the Monkey — began Feb. 8. Two Las Vegas Strip restaurants, China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Hakkasan at MGM Grand, are offering CNY menu items through Monday.
Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney talks new Hard Rock run, country music in L.V., golf and Steven Tyler
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
Country music trio Rascal Flatts — frontman Gary LeVox, guitarist Joe Don Rooney and keyboardist Jay DeMarcus — are trading their history-making “Vegas Riot!” mini-residency at the Joint one year ago for “Rhythm & Roots,” their mini-run beginning tonight.
Five questions with legendary ‘Jubilee’ designer Bob Mackie: ‘Life is full’
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
The love for the Las Vegas showgirl will live on, as will the names associated with “Jubilee” when it opened July 31, 1981: Creator Donn Arden, company manager Fluff LeCoque and her successor Diane Palm and designers Bob Mackie and Pete Menefee.
Denver Broncos celebrate Super Bowl win at Encore, Venetian and Paris
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Kenny Anunike, Vernon Davis, Darius Kilgo and Derek Wolfe of the Denver Broncos and friends kicked off festivities with dinner at Andrea’s in Encore on Saturday night.
Morris Chestnut attends Mariah Carey’s ‘Infinity’ at Caesars Palace
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
Actor and “Rosewood” star Morris Chestnut attended Mariah Carey’s resident headliner show “Mariah #1 to Infinity” on Saturday night at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Photos: Timbaland debuts at Drai’s Live to kick off Valentine’s Day Weekend
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016
Music mogul Timbaland took the stage just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday for a full-length concert performance and DJ set featuring chart-topping hits and collaborations including “Say Something” by Drake, “Work It” by Missy Elliott, “Holy Grail” by Jay Z and more.
Photos: Aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, Feb. 12
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue shot aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip on Friday aboard a Maverick helicopter. Our thanks to Tom for his photo gallery.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart party at Omnia
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Wrapping up her first run of performances of her new resident show “All I Have” at Axis at Planet Hollywood, superstar singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez celebrated Tuesday night partying at Omnia in Caesars Palace.
Super Bowl 50 halftime a sky full of stars Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
The Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., was billed as a musical presentation of the past, present and feature. The headliners: Coldplay, Beyonce and popular Las Vegas headliner Bruno Mars.
Dita Von Teese attends ‘Jubilee’ at Bally’s
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
A legendary burlesque performer met legendary showgirls on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday night. Burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese attended “Jubilee” at Bally’s on Saturday evening.
Eric Church, Chris Stapleton lead 2016 ACM Awards nominations
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
The nominations for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards were announced by Dierks Bentley today on “CBS This Morning,” and Las Vegas regular Eric Church and country It Boy Chris Stapleton lead the pack with five nods apiece.
Marquee Mondays party leader Redfoo talks album, tennis, Chipmunks
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
Before Stefan Kendal Gordy entered music as Redfoo of LMFAO (the music collaboration with nephew Sky Blu), the DJ, hip-hop recording artist, dancer and producer was a day trader. “I’m getting back into it. It keeps me up to date on the business side,” he said.
Q+A: DJ Pauly D leads Pop Up EDM party at DLVEC
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Rhode Island DJ Paul DelVecchio, better known as DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame, has called Las Vegas home for the past four years after becoming a Las Vegas regular with DJ residencies at the Palms, Hard Rock Hotel and Aria.
Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith to headline 2016 Route 91 Harvest
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Some of the hottest men in country music are returning to the Las Vegas Strip in the fall to headline the 2016 Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival at Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor.
Preview: Venue has new lease on Life as the Foundry at SLS Las Vegas
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Life nightclub at SLS Las Vegas has been brought back to life — the former nightspot debuts Friday, Feb. 5, as new live music and comedy venue the Foundry with a grand-opening concert by Awolnation. On Thursday morning, Matt Minichino, SLS ...
Topgolf begins hiring for more than 850 jobs in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Topgolf International today announced in a news release that its flagship Las Vegas location will open in May at MGM Grand. The 105,000-square-foot golf entertainment venue plans to hire for more than 850 positions.
Marquee Dayclub Dome announces 2016 Halfway to EDC lineup
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Tickets for Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ fourth-annual Halfway to EDC party at Marquee Dayclub Dome at the Cosmopolitan are now on sale and coincide this year with the 20th anniversary of North America’s largest dance music festival.
Sports bar The Still to open at the Mirage in March
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
The Still, a project by Clique Hospitality (Clique Bar & Lounge at the Cosmopolitan, Hearthstone and Salute at Red Rock Resort) will mix approachable and classic food served from the kitchen of an 8,000-square-foot Airstream trailer.
Review: Muse’s spectacle is spectacular at Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Muse’s post-apocalyptic world kicked off at 9 p.m. with illuminated hullaballoons, nine of them that look like plastic versions of the High Roller pods at the Linq Promenade, floating above the arena. Smartly, the stage was set up in the middle of the events center floor.
Beck cancels Brooklyn Bowl concert tonight, reschedules for March 10
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
Tonight’s Beck concert at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in the Linq Promenade has been canceled and rescheduled for March 10. According to a new release, Beck is unable to perform due to illness and “sincerely regrets this rescheduling.”
New Las Vegas arena has a name: T-Mobile Arena
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
T-Mobile, AEG and MGM Resorts International announced this morning the name for Las Vegas’ new sports and entertainment venue located behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo on the Strip: T-Mobile Arena.
Review: Michael Buble is a Canadian crooner, comedian and charmer
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Who’d a thought that the first concert on the first day of the New Year would lead to a newfound appreciation — dare I say love? — for Michael Buble?
Review: This charming man — Morrissey gives (most) fans what they want at the Joint
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
“Happy New You!,” Morrissey told the sold-out crowd as he hit the stage at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday evening, the second day of the New Year. Pretty optimistic for the British singer-songwriter known for his usually bleak, forlorn and melodramatic lyrics.
What are your New Year’s resolutions and wishes?
Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
Goodbye, 2015; hello, 2016. Happy New Year! We asked arts and entertainment folks in Las Vegas — the hard-working, talented people in productions, dining, nightlife, music, theater, casino resorts, philanthropy, luxury and more — to share their resolutions.
Last-minute NYE options: The Linq Promenade and High Roller
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
Haven’t committed to New Year’s Eve plans yet, and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on dinner and a show/nightclub? Here’s one last-minute option, as the Linq Promenade is offering three options to ring in 2016.
Q+A: R5 singer Ross Lynch talks ‘Austin & Ally’ and headlining and turning 20 in L.V.
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
R5 lead singer Ross Lynch, 19, has become a fan favorite and heartthrob as the star of the Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally,” “Teen Beach Movie” and “Teen Beach 2” and as the spotlight star of the family pop group.
The show is still on for Janet Jackson — in Las Vegas on May 14
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
Despite news Christmas Eve that pop singer Janet Jackson has postponed her “Unbreakable Tour” dates until after the spring, citing surgery, her concert at the new Las Vegas Arena is still on for May 14.
Ms. Foundation for Women names Top 10 feminist celebrities of 2015
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
The Ms. Foundation for Women has announced that actresses Rowan Blanchard (“The Hunger Games”) and Amandla Stenberg (“Girl Meets World”) received the most votes for Feminist Celebrity of 2015.
The ‘Force’ has awakened: ‘Star Wars’ continues to slay box office
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
In case you are not a movie fan or have been living on the desert island of Jakku, “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” is slashing box office records left and right, and today it became the fastest film in history to amass $1 billion. Yes, $1 billion.
Photos: Bellagio Christmas display is festive, colorful and bright
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015
This holiday season’s spectacular includes a 42-foot Christmas tree, 7,000 lights, 2,500 ornaments, 12,000-carnation mother polar bear, 14-by-12-foot snow tunnel, 14-foot toy soldiers, 28,000 poinsettias, 2,000 azaleas, 2,000 cyclamen and more.
Last-minute Christmas gifts: Cigars, Regis Galerie and transgender ideas
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
It’s three days until Christmas, and the list for gift shopping isn’t done. Maybe it hasn’t even been started. Hint: Don’t panic. Most family members and friends will still accept presents from Dec. 26-31. Actually, who’s going to turn down a gift after Jan. 1? C’mon!
At least one dead, 35 injured when car strikes pedestrians on the Strip
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
At least one person was killed and 35 injured when a woman drove onto a sidewalk on the Strip and hit pedestrians near the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Sunday night. Metro Police believe the woman ...
Philippines crowned Miss Universe after Harvey wrongly names Colombia winner
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
The 80 contestants of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, including our 2015 Miss USA Olivia Jordan, 27, of Oklahoma, have been at their home base of Planet Hollywood for 1 1/2 weeks culminating in today’s contest airing on Fox to crown the new queen.
2016 ACM Party for a Cause: Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Added to the lineup: Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Sam Hunt (who performed at the Chelsea this month), Chris Janson (at DLVEC this month), Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae and Old Dominion.
Q+A: Dancers Alissa Dale and Steven Goforth of NBT talk ‘The Nutcracker’
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Nevada Ballet Theatre’s annual “The Nutcracker” is an exquisite holiday gem at the Smith Center. The production — from the cast, choreography and costumes to the music, staging, sets and story — is gorgeous and lush — a perfect Christmas concoction.
Q+A: Bastille frontman Dan Smith talks ‘Pompeii,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and turning 30
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
The success of the single “Pompeii” in 2013 propelled the U.K. indie band Bastille into stardom, and it was all the more unexpected because it was the fourth single off the group’s first studio album, “Bad Blood.”
Photos: Conor McGregor toasts UFC 194 win at Foxtail in SLS
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Conor McGregor took over the DJ booth with DJ Hollywood before returning to his VIP section, where his friends and he enjoyed Veuve Clicquot, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Grey Goose and Bud Light and partied until the early morning hours.
Photos: Octagon Girls party at Hyde Bellagio post-UFC 194
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
After posing for photographs on the red carpet, Arianny Celeste, Chrissy Blair, Vanessa Hanson and Kenda Perez made their way to a VIP table as Hyde Bellagio’s servers greeted them with flashing lights and bottles of bubbly to celebrate.
Star chef Brian Malarkey aims to anchor Herringbone at Aria on Dec. 28
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Herringbone Las Vegas will showcase sustainable, responsibly sourced ingredients from ocean, ranch and field. Diners can start (or make) their meals with options from the Salt & Brine bar featuring seafood ranging from Pacific-bred oysters to octopus with salsa verde.
Review: Andrea Bocelli, soprano Aida Garifullina soar in MGM spotlight
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
It would be difficult to steal the spotlight from Italian superstar Andrea Bocelli, “the world’s most beloved tenor,” but 28-year-old Russian soprano Aida Garifullina nearly did so Saturday night during the “Cinema World Tour” stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photos: Sam Hunt brings house party to Chelsea, parties at Ghostbar Dayclub
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, who is riding a wave of success since the release of his debut studio album “Montevallo” in October 2014, headlined a sold-out concert Friday night at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Photos: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ toasts anniversary of historic Sun Records night
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
“MDQ” is the story of the now-legendary night that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at Sun Records Studio and stars Robert Britton Lyons (Perkins), Martin Kaye (Lewis), Derek Keeling (Presley) and Cole (Cash).
Photos: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander party at Hyde Bellagio
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl and actress Kate Upton partied at Hyde Bellagio on Tuesday evening during Lost Angels Industry Night with boyfriend Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
Cheers! New bars and lounges for imbibing on (and near) the Strip
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
When the Cosmopolitan and newly formed Clique Hospitality open Clique, an avant-garde lounge concept, in the Book & Stage area of the Cosmopolitan this month, Clique will join a, well, clique of new bars and lounges sprinkling Las Vegas.
High Roller offers annual passes and locals, happy hour pricing
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
For the first time, the High Roller is debuting an annual pass available to all riders. The cost is $79 for adults and $49 for youths ages 13-17. The pass includes unlimited standard ride access on the observation wheel for one year from date of purchase.
Photos: Dead & Company featuring Grateful Dead, John Mayer at MGM
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
While in town, Grammy-winning John Mayer enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres at SLS Las Vegas. Dining with three friends, the group feasted on the Thanksgiving menu.
Review: Human Nature, Ruby Lewis offer holiday cheer at Venetian
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
For a big helping of infectious holiday spirit in The Entertainment Capital of the World, it doesn’t get much better than Human Nature’s “Motown, Christmas & More” at the Venetian with Broadway-bound guest Ruby Lewis.
Six movies to stream after Thanksgiving Day’s food coma
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
Six (modern-day-classic, under-the-radar) movies to watch courtesy of, a free movie and television streaming app, after the turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, eggnog and Pepto have been consumed.

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