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November 25, 2015

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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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Celine Dion discusses return to Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Canadian superstar chanteuse Celine Dion returns to the Colosseum in Caesars Palace in August after a nearly yearlong break from her residency to care for Rene Angelil, her husband and former manager who is battling cancer for a second time.
Tyson Beckford is bringing his sexy back to Chippendales at the Rio
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“Las Vegas couldn’t get enough of Tyson,” said Kevin Denberg, Chippendales managing partner, in a press release today. “He completely embraced the role and thrived on the energy and excitement of the crowd, making him a huge hit.”
‘Crazy Girls’ statue to go on display at Planet Hollywood on Monday
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The world-famous “No Ifs, Ands or ...” “Crazy Girls” bronze butts statue will be moved from a warehouse to the casino floor of Planet Hollywood at 6 a.m. Monday. The statue was created in 1995 and has survived the test of time.
Bellagio Fountains to feature 30-minute Kabuki show Aug. 14-16
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Larger-than-life animation and water choreography will be featured in the Kabuki work “Koi Tsukami,” or “Fight With a Carp,” as a large fish and turbulent sea are projected onto the Bellagio Fountains in a battle scene.
Photos: The Offspring takes over Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade
Monday, July 20, 2015
Frontman Dexter Holland and his punk rock band The Offspring perform regularly in Las Vegas, having headlined in recent years at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Photos: Theory of a Deadman at Fremont Street Experience
Monday, July 20, 2015
Saturday night’s setlist as posted onstage: “So Happy,” “Panic,” “Low Life,” “All or Nothing,” “Blow,” “Bitch Came Back,” “Santa Monica,” “Hurricane,” “Better Off,” “No Surprise,” “Not Mean to Be,” “Drown,” their big hit “Angel” and “Hate My Life.”
Border Grill at Mandalay Bay to host ‘Top Chef Masters’ reunion dinner
Monday, July 20, 2015
Guest chefs include Hugh Acheson (5&10, The National, Empire State South, The Florence) and neighbor Rick Moonen (RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay). The all-star lineup also will include cocktails by the Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
Celebrity preview: 5 Seconds of Summer, Alice in Chains, ‘Dirty Dancing,’ J. Cole, Nervo, Sugar Ray
Friday, July 17, 2015
In the immortal words of Rihanna, “Please don’t stop the music.” And it won’t this weekend with options galore: 5 Seconds of Summer, Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Alice in Chains, J. Cole, Big Sean, Jeremih, Nervo, Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra — and more.
Red Rock Resort makes USA Today’s Top 10 list of best U.S. casinos
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Red Rock Resort has made the Top 10 Best U.S. Casinos list chosen by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest. The casino resort, awarded No. 8, was the only Las Vegas casino to make the Top 10. Nominees are chosen by ...
Celebrity preview: Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, Third Eye Blind, Dashboard, 50 Cent
Friday, July 10, 2015
It’s a jam-packed weekend in Las Vegas with music (Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional, 50 Cent, DJ Pauly D, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and more) and sports (UFC 189, arm wrestling) — and even multiple Playboy parties thrown in for good measure.
Q+A: Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins talks same-sex marriage, Confederate flag, ocean sanctuaries
Friday, July 10, 2015
It’s a busy time and a time of celebration for Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. The San Francisco band’s newest album, “Dopamine,” dropped June 16, with the excellent new single, “Everything Is Easy,” and much of the year is being spent on the road.
Q+A: Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba talks tattoos, music, L.V. — and new album?
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional says, “This is probably my favorite tour in terms of the camaraderie — from the crew, every band rotating as openers, the production team. We haven’t had a bad day.”
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!

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