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September 17, 2014

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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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Playboy Playmate Jessica Burciaga hosts at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
The light brunette bombshell, who wore a barely there black gown that left very little to the imagination, was accompanied by sexy gal pal Tania Marie, and the ladies enjoyed VIP bottle service at a table overlooking the adult nightspot.
Marc Anthony and Joey Vega take the Axis at Planet Hollywood stage
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
The Mexican Independence Day Weekend celebrations continued Saturday night as superstar Marc Anthony and opening act Joey Vega performed in Axis at Planet Hollywood, the home of Britney Spears’ residency show “Britney: Piece of Me.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana weigh in at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana 2 is finally here. More than 8,000 fans gathered Friday as WBC/WBA welterweight champion Mayweather Jr. of Las Vegas and Maidana of Argentina attended their official rematch weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Luis Miguel begins four-night stand at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Latin superstar Luis Miguel, aka “El Sol de Mexico,” kicked off a four-night run at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Friday night. Miguel, who performs in Las Vegas almost annually, has won five Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters take over Brooklyn Bowl in Linq Promenade
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Colorado band Big Head Todd and The Monsters — Todd Park Mohr, Brian Nevin, Jeremy Lawton and Rob Squires — performed at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade on Friday night. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Kabik Photo for his photo gallery of the band.
Tony Hu is ready to change Chinese food with Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Tony Hu is known as the mayor of Chinatown in Chicago, where he oversees nearly 20 restaurants. Lao Sze Chuan, his first restaurant in Las Vegas, opens at the Palms on Friday in the opulent space formerly occupied by Little Buddha.
Tony Hu is ready to change Chinese food in Las Vegas with Lao Sze Chuan
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
There's a reason he's known as the mayor of Chinatown in Chicago.
OMG, no! Kardashian Khaos at the Mirage to close Oct. 30
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The nearly three-year run on the Strip is over. After a soft opening in November 2011 and a red carpet grand opening the next month, Kardashian Khaos boutique at the Mirage is closing effective Oct. 30.
‘Divergent’ hottie Theo James parties at Hakkasan in MGM Grand
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Taking a break from his busy filming schedule for the “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent,” British actor Theo James was seen enjoying his night out as he sipped cocktails and mingled with guests as they passed by‎ before departing around 3 a.m.
Semi Precious Weapons at The Sayers Club; Borgore at Life Nightclub
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Known for its high-energy sound and electrifying shows, the New York-based rock band Semi Precious Weapons stayed true to form with a theatrical set that included “Drink,” “Free Booze” and the latest, “That’s My Friends,” off the newly released album “Aviation.”
Origin India owner and chef praise ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
If the omelette aux fines herbs and Tandoori chicken wings featured in “The Hundred-Foot Journey” left your mouth watering and your stomach growling, there’s hope here in Las Vegas for lunch and dinner — for a limited time — at Origin India on Paradise Road.
Men of the Strip performers sing, take it off at The D Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
The opening show Aug. 28 in The D Showroom featured dancers Chris Boudreaux, Kyle Efthemes, Joel Sajun, Keith Webb and Chaun Williams, and the crowd in the packed D Showroom went wild for the six-pack five pack.
Photos: A tour of Delano Las Vegas on opening day
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group executives exclaimed, “We’re open!” — and Delano Las Vegas officially opened with a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning at the former site of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.
Ryan Lochte toasts birthday weekend at Tao, Encore, Andiamo and — Men of the Strip
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
What would Ryan Lochte do? The Olympic swimming champion turned The Big 3-0 on Aug. 3, and belated birthday plans called for a celebration over Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas, one of the heartthrob’s favorite party destinations.
Keith Urban is happier, healthier and hotter than ever in concert at The Cosmopolitan
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Country superstar Keith Urban was the epitome of happy, healthy and hot Sunday night at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in a sold-out, four-hour concert with opening acts Brett Eldredge and Jarrod Niemann.
Nico & Vinz at Foxtail Nightclub; Dirty South, Deep Dish, Pete Tong at Life Nightclub
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The grand-opening weekend of the nightlife venues Life Nightclub and Foxtail Nightclub continued in star-studded fashion Saturday and Sunday nights at the new SLS Las Vegas.
Puff Daddy launches Pineapple Ciroc with pool party at Rehab
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Music mogul Puff Daddy, aka Sean Combs, aka P.Diddy, celebrated his new Pineapple Ciroc hosting and performing at Rehab in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon to a packed crowd while holding his drink of choice in a festive pineapple cup.
Miguel, with girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, performs at Hyde Bellagio
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Miguel arrived at the nightspot after midnight alongside model and actress girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, who was celebrating her birthday. The couple took to the red carpet in style, with Miguel in an all-black ensemble and Mandi in a sexy, low-cut white halter dress.
Jason Derulo has double-duty at Rehab and Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Jason Derulo had double-duty this Labor Day Weekend, as the singer-songwriter, dancer and significant other of “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks hosted and performed at Rehab by day and then Body English by night at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
The Avett Brothers perform back-to-back-to-back shows at Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
It was a triple-header this Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas for North Carolina band The Avett Brothers — banjo player and vocalist Scott Avett, guitarist and vocalist Seth Avett and their bandmates performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at Brooklyn Bowl.
David Gray at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
British singer-songwriter David Gray, best known for his songs “Babylon,” “This Year’s Love,” “Please Forgive Me” and “Sail Away,” performed at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on Saturday night. Gray’s latest album, “Mutineers,” was released on June 17.
Ed Sheeran performs back-to-back shows at The Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
On Friday night, Ed Sheeran, who kept it casual in colorful flannel, a black T-shirt and black jeans, had the sold-out crowd singing along to songs including his hits “A Team” and “Sing,” as well as a cover of “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. ...
Brad Paisley brings ‘Moonshine’ to Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Brad Paisley, in blue jeans, black short-sleeve button-up and white cowboy hat, deemed the concert for “Moonshine in the Trunk” an album-release party, and it was 75 minutes of his hits, new cuts from “Moonshine” and, in Paisley’s words, a night of partying and drinking.
Tove Lo toasts grand opening of The Sayers Club; Rebecca & Fiona at Foxtail
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Sweden took over SLS Las Vegas on Thursday night with two grand-opening soirees. The intimate lounge, nightspot and live-music venue The Sayers Club celebrated its official grand opening with Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo and her five-song, 30-minute performance.
Dirty South is ready to be the Life of the party at SLS Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
I caught up with Melbourne-based Serbian-Australian DJ, producer, director and remixer Dirty South, birth name Dragan Roganovic, this week ahead of his set Saturday night at Life, and he talked about his new album and film — and late-night chicken fingers.
Charismatic John Legend fits The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan like a glove
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
John Legend is a master pianist, storyteller and charmer, and his flirty glances and smiles (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model and newlywed wife Chrissy Teigen needn’t be concerned, though) sprinkled the perfect Sunday evening.
SLS Las Vegas is open for business: ‘Let’s go have some fun!’
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
In a gathering led by SLS President and COO Rob Oseland, who was onstage with Sam Nazarian and Terry Fancher, SLS Las Vegas was introduced at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue with multiple thanks and praise.
Alex Pettyfer, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA watch Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Singer Britney Spears returned to Axis Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood this weekend for her residency “Britney: Piece of Me,” and stars continued to flock to the show. Spears’ latest run takes her through Sept. 10.
Special effects and cast’s soaring vocals lift ‘Ghost’ story of love and heartbreak
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Tall and athletic Steven Grant Douglas, as Sam, commands the stage with his physical and vocal presence — his gorgeous voice is strong and soaring and his range wide — and is the standout of “Ghost the Musical” now at the Smith Center through Sunday.
Déjà vu: Justin Timberlake is still a solid showman in ‘20/20’ return to MGM Grand
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
In a return visit to Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” on Friday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, one of the best live entertainers in music today kept the template nearly the same — and it was as solid and spectacular as the first time.
Photos: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Grumpy Cat on the High Roller!
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Arriving in purr-fect style, Grumpy Cat pulled up to the Linq Promenade in a stretch limousine and walked the red carpet — the, ahem, catwalk — into Kitson Las Vegas for an appearance on her book tour for “The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat.”
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back, talks L.V., ‘Summer Horns’ and coming out 10 years ago
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Dave Koz is bringing saxy back to the Smith Center on Saturday night with his saxophonist friends Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot. The quartet had a lot of fun on Dave Koz and Friends’ “Summer Horns” — recording the album and touring.
Celebrity preview: Iggy Azalea, Chris Paul, Calvin Harris, Sky Blu, Boston, Cheap Trick, Styx
Friday, July 25, 2014
“Fancy” Aussie singer Iggy Azalea has “99 Problems” with Arianna Grande, but it’s no problem offering our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview in Las Vegas. Music takes center stage in the Entertainment Capital of the World this weekend.
Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears gets intimate … with apparel
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Pop princess Britney Spears is launching a sleepwear-apparel line, the Intimate Britney Spears, with retail partner Change Lingerie, a company with more than 180 stores worldwide. Intimate Britney Spears debuts Sept. 9 with an event in New York City.
Brody Jenner, with girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter, debuts as DJ at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, July 21, 2014
Reality-TV heartthrob Brody Jenner (“The Hills,” “Bromance,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) made his debut as DJ on Friday night at Hyde Bellagio and was a sharp-dressed man in a blue suit, black T-shirt, trucker hat and sneakers.
Celebrity preview: Lady Gaga, NIN, Soundgarden, Brody Jenner, Miss USA, Jesse McCartney
Friday, July 18, 2014
“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” “Head like a hole, black as your soul, I’d rather die than give you control.” “Black hole sun, won’t you come and wash away the rain.” Turning off the iPod now. For now. Music is in the forefront in Las Vegas this weekend.
‘Brother vs. Brother’ winner Melissa Roche of Las Vegas talks Scott twins, SLS, $50K
Friday, July 18, 2014
Interior designer and Minnesota native Melissa Roche, now based in Las Vegas with her company Parlor 430 on East Sahara, was crowned Season 2 champion of HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother” on Sunday night.
Photos: Siegfried & Roy welcome three white lion cubs to Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at Mirage
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Siegfried Fischbacher, Roy Horn and Franz Kallao, VP of hotel operations at the Mirage, presented the three brothers to VIPs and media this morning. The 14-week-old cubs were born in South Africa on April 14 and transported to the Strip last month.
‘Absinthe’ sock-puppet seductress Penny Pibbets talks National Sock Puppet Day
Thursday, July 17, 2014
National Sock Puppet Day is Friday, and Las Vegas sock-puppet extraordinaire Penny Pibbets, who stars in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace with her sock puppets, talks sock puppets, Raku Sweets, “Guess Who?” and Lamb Chop.
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez returns to Las Vegas for first time since winning Miss USA
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Reigning Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez of Henderson returns to town today for the first time since making history June 8, the night she was crowned 2014 Miss USA in Baton Rouge, La., becoming Nevada’s first pageant queen to take the tiara.
Route 91 Harvest fest launches with Aldean, Shelton, Lambert in Las Vegas from Oct. 3-5
Thursday, July 17, 2014
MGM Resorts International and Live Nation announced this morning their new music festival: Route 91 Harvest. Originally known as Route 91, the three-day country music extravaganza takes its name from Las Vegas Boulevard.
Chef Matt Andrews on opening Carson Kitchen
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The new Downtown hot spot's menu was a collective effort among Andrews, Kerry Simon and Cory Harwell.
Strip Scribbles: International Beer Day, National Tequila Day, Alibi, Matthew Koma, AVN Novelty Expo
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Drink up! On Friday, Aug. 1, partygoers can raise a pint to International Beer Day with an #InstaGuinness party at Ri Ra Las Vegas in Mandalay Place. The celebration marks the popular Irish pub’s fourth year as an official IBD participant.
Photos: Jenny McCarthy basks in the Las Vegas sun at Azure Luxury Pool
Monday, July 14, 2014
The blond-bombshell actress, comedienne, talk-show host, model (she appeared in Playboy years ago) and author donned a black bathing suit with a matching wrap and plunging neckline at the luxury pool at Palazzo.
Photos: Guillermo Ochoa steals spotlight at Canelo-Lara fight at MGM Grand
Monday, July 14, 2014
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s 12-round, split-decision, super-welterweight victory over Erislandy Lara on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena drew a star-studded crowd that nearly overshadowed the boxing action in the ring.
Strip Scribbles: Richard Dunn vs. Jimmy Fallon? Plus, John Mayer, Ana ‘Hurricane’ Julaton, KISS
Monday, July 14, 2014
Dunn emailed our vacationing Robin Leach: “I tried, to no avail, to get bumped on Friday. But I thought you might be interested in a fun little clip I did to try and entice Jimmy Fallon to have me on ‘The Tonight Show’ for a lip-sync battle.”
Photos: Are New Kids on the Block joining the list of Las Vegas headliners?
Monday, July 14, 2014
Powering through hit after hit, plus a ballad section in the nearly 90-minute show, NKOTB, who are thankfully up-to-date with their fashion (white tuxedo jackets, boleros and denim), are rock stars in their predominately female fans’ eyes.
Celebrity preview: Jenny McCarthy, NKOTB, MKTO, Crystal Hefner, Mike Posner, Wendy Williams
Friday, July 11, 2014
it’s a mixed and varied bag this weekend, from Jenny McCarthy hosting a pool party to Wendy Williams kicking off the all-female standup-comedy series Lipshtick to New Kids on the Block performing concerts through Sunday.
Las Vegas’ Adelitas Way rocks Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo
Friday, July 11, 2014
Adelitas Way founder and frontman Rick Dejesus answered a few questions via email ahead of tonight’s performance that kicks off at 10:30. (The cover is $18, but guests can enjoy entry and a hosted bar from 9 to 11:30 p.m. for $50.)
Strip Scribbles: Garth Brooks takes control; Giada to serve lunch; Ray Nisi dies; Lipshtick debuts
Thursday, July 10, 2014
If you don’t like the way things are done, then do it yourself — and that’s exactly what superstar and former Wynn Las Vegas headliner Garth Brooks did this morning in offering his music for the first time online without the help of iTunes.

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