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November 23, 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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Get a taste of what Las Vegas used to be — in Laughlin
Sunday, Nov. 23, 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.”
Chef Brian Malarkey is ready for Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
TV and star chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey (“Top Chef,” “The Taste” and “Guy’s Grocery Games”) is bringing Searsucker to Caesars Palace in the spring. “Las Vegas is the big stage,” the animated Malarkey says.
Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band gives a Salute to the Troops downtown
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band performed a free Veterans Day Weekend concert, a Salute to the Troops, on Saturday night on the 1st Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience downtown.
Kris Jenner celebrates 59th birthday at 1 OAK with new boyfriend
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
The birthday celebration began at chef Brian Massie’s Stack, where Kris Jenner was joined by Corey Gamble — a tour manager for Justin Bieber — Scott Disick, Jonathan Cheban, Faye Resnick, Malika Haqq and other friends.
Bret Michaels brings Life Rocks Tour to Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Bret Michaels’ planned setlist Friday night at DLVEC included “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” “Give Me Something to Believe In,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Fallen Angel” and “Nothing But a Good Time.”
Give a lot of respect to Erasure, still going strong 28 years later
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Gay icon Bell — charismatic, flamboyant, campy and 100 percent comfortable in his skin — donned two costumes, the first a spandex skeleton with a sparkling black jacket and the second what looked liked Columbia from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Bebe Rexha hosts Halloween bash at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Before her arrival at Hyde Bellagio, Bebe Rexha, 25, tweeted about her Halloween soiree, “Vegas! I’m about to arrest you tonight. I’m performing at @HydeBellagio tonight. See you there.”
Nick Jonas, with girlfriend Olivia Culpo, hosts at 1 OAK; GTA spins at Haze
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Singer and actor Nick Jonas and his girlfriend, 2012 Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island, made a dashing couple Halloween night as the handsome hunk hosted the $20,000 costume party at 1 OAK in the Mirage.
Joe Jonas, Lauren Conrad, Dirty South, Jose Andres, Desiree Hartsock at SLS Las Vegas
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Grammy-nominated musician turned Las Vegas DJ Joe Jonas played his second Sin City set, this time inside The Sayers Club at SLS. Earlier in the day, Jonas took in some rays at Foxtail Pool Club before dining at Katsuya with friends.
Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle spin at 1 OAK
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Bromance” heartthrob Brody Jenner is making the rounds in Las Vegas this year — as a budding DJ. Jenner spun at Hyde Bellagio in July, his debut on the Strip.
Gallery 3: 2014 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Aerialists and pyrotechnics also added to the evening at the Hard Rock Hotel off the Strip. Enjoy Photo Gallery 3, and be sure to check out Gallery 1 and Gallery 2, as well.
Gallery 2: 2014 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
One couple — dressed in costume, of course — even wed onstage amid the revelers whose costumes ranged from timid to torrid, superhero to super-sexy and body paint and black-and white.
Gallery 1: 2014 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Joint
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
For the 19th time, the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball Las Vegas took over Sin City, this time at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night, and Tom Donoghue was once again on duty for his photo galleries of the debauchery.
What did Britney Spears do for Halloween in Las Vegas?
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
After a performance of her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, Britney Spears partied in a naughty schoolgirl outfit at Jeff Beacher’s Madhouse in MGM Grand on Friday night.
Q+A: Bebe Rexha can’t stop drinking about you at Hyde Bellagio
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Singer-songwriter and producer Bebe Rexha’s career is on quite the roll. She co-wrote “Monster,” the No. 1 hit by Eminem; she’s the featured vocalist on “Take Me Home” by Cash Cash; and her single, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” is all over the airwaves.
Kim Kardashian West toasts her 34th birthday at Tao
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The group, which also included Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Malika and Khadijah Haqq, Robin Antin, Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, watched Kanye’s performance at LIB downtown before heading to the birthday celebration on the Strip.
Casual dining is elevated at Fulton Street Food Hall
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
The former space of Ming’s and the 24-hour cafe features sit-down breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. (other sections are open 24/7); late-night and gourmet pizzas; soup station; create-your-own salad bar; sandwich station; sushi bar; and noodle bar.
Q+A: DJ Helena leads the party at Drai’s Nightclub
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
We check in via phone with Drai’s resident DJ Helena, whose beauty matches her talent and charisma. Helena, who resides in Los Angeles, is back tonight at Drai’s to lead the party into the early hours of the morning.
Take a bite of Andy Samberg’s burger at Umami Burger for charity
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas is serving Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg’s Samberger through Tuesday as a fundraiser for CEID in Berkeley, Calif.
Joe Jonas makes his DJ debut at Foxtail in SLS Las Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Twenty-five-year-old musician and actor Joe Jonas, minus brothers Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas, remixed a variety of Top 40 tracks as he kept the party going into the early hours of the morning.
Ugly traffic and behavior mar beautiful Rise Lantern Festival
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
What normally is a 15-minute drive to Jean just south of Las Vegas took nearly two hours. It meant more time in the car to catch up with a good friend and sing along to Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift songs on the radio.
L.A. Clippers party at Tao; Bruno Mars, J.Lo and Matt Damon at Marquee
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Spotted in Bruno Mars’ VIP area at Marquee: Oscar winner Matt Damon with a group of friends and Jennifer Lopez in a black crop top, pants and sneakers. J.Lo’s manager Benny Medina joined her.
Sammy Hagar toasts 67th birthday at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Saturday night’s Sammy Hagar’s Belated Birthday Bash included Sammy Hagar & The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, plus the legendary Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith of The Red Hop Chili Peppers.
Tinashe hosts her ‘Aquarius’ album release party at Tao
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Up-and-coming R&B singer Tinashe partied at Tao Beach in the Venetian on Thursday afternoon. Joined by a small group of friends, the singer soaked up the sun and enjoyed dishes from Tao.
Darius Rucker headlines at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Darius Rucker won a well-deserved Grammy Award in January for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wagon Wheel,” making him only the second African American to win a country solo Grammy after Charley Pride.
Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ 20th anniversary concert and Wiz Khalifa at Boulevard Pool
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
It was a busy Friday night and weekend at the Cosmopolitan, as Bruno Mars was back for his extended engagement at nearby Mophie Stage at the Chelsea.
Tyler Posey celebrates his 23rd birthday at Hakkasan in MGM Grand
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Actor and musician Tyler Posey celebrated his 23rd birthday at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Friday night. The star of “Teen Wolf,” whose birthdate was Saturday, was joined by a group of friends.
Phil Lesh’s triple-header at Brooklyn Bowl in Linq Promenade
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Legendary Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh, as Phil Lesh and Friends, performed at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade on Friday night. The show was Night 1 of two.
Photos: Five days of Las Vegas Foodie Fest at Linq Promenade
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
The lines of people snake through the gates, even though there are multiple order areas depending on the size of the food purchase. Yes, it’s the cattle call for White Castle burgers.
Message of ‘Wicked’ at the Smith Center resonates as strong as ever
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
The message of the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked” — don’t judge a book by its cover — is timeless, resonating as strong as ever, and the life lesson was loud and clear last Thursday night at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center.
Omnia, former site of Pure, to open at Caesars Palace in spring 2015
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Hakkasan Group announced this morning Omnia, its newest nightclub concept on the Strip. Omnia takes over the former space of Pure, and the multifaceted nightlife destination is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull bring Sex and Love to Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
In this co-headlining tour, both men brought sexy back (and for Iglesias love via his hit ballads), and each had an equal number of excited fans on the Strip dancing, screaming and dancing again.
Photos: Nick Cannon celebrates his 34th birthday at Drai’s
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Cannon arrived at Drai’s with friends looking stylish in an all-black ensemble that included a detailed leather jacket and heavy chains around his neck. He was in great spirits as he posed for photographs and mingled with fans.
Travis Barker hosts Wine Amplified after-party at Hyde Bellagio
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Named “punk’s first superstar drummer” by Rolling Stone, Travis Barker, along with his friends and myriad tattoos, hit the nightspot to deservedly party the night away after the stellar performance minus band mates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge.
Scott Disick plays party host at 1 OAK in the Mirage
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
The usually clean-cut Scott Disick, sporting a mustache and beard, kicked off the evening with dinner at chef Brian Massie’s Stack, and the group included girlfriend and baby mama Kourtney Kardashian, Bruce Jenner and Brody Jenner.
Nelly hosts throwback Worship Thursdays soiree at Tao
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
After arriving at a VIP table near the dance floor and grabbing a drink, Nelly, in a T-shirt with a Rolling Stone Magazine logo, took the stage to perform for the packed house of partygoers.
Wynn Buffet takes it to the street with tacos and ramen
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
The new fare only available at dinnertime — ramen and tacos — is decidedly non-fancy for one of the fancier, higher-end all-you-can-eat options on the Strip. There is shaved ice, too.
Q+A: Five questions with drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Transplants
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Transplants has double duty in Las Vegas on Saturday night — Blink headlines Rock ’N Roll Wine Amplified’s second night at MGM Resorts Village, then he makes his way up the Strip to host at Hyde Bellagio.
Wynn Buffet goes street with tacos and ramen
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The new fare is decidedly non-fancy for one of the fancier, higher-end all-you-can-eat options on the Strip.
Liaison toasts marriage equality with complimentary admission, cocktails
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
On the heels of Tuesday’s historic court ruling creating a path for marriage equality in Nevada, Liaison Nightclub at Bally’s is here, queer and proud to celebrate with the state’s LGBTQ and allied community.
Hakkasan celebrates Chinese holiday Golden Week with decadent dinner
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand (along with other Hakkasan locations) is celebrating Golden Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 12) with an authentic and special set menu — and it is special and cause for celebration.
LuckyRice Feast offers (as usual) Asian culinary delights at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
LuckyRice is a highlight of the annual culinary calendar, and Saturday night did not disappoint with delectable Asian street food and modern variations. Also, the autumn weather could not have been more cooperative.
Brantley Gilbert: ‘10 people or 10,000, we’re going to put on the same show’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“We’re always working on new music. When one album goes out, we’re working on the next one. Records are chapters in my life. ... I love Las Vegas and that it’s hungry for country music.”
Dustin Lynch: ‘I want people on their feet the whole time, drinks in their hands’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“I’m really excited to be joining the other artists on this bill and to be a part of a first time. It’s going to be a big success. It’s good for the West Coast and good for Las Vegas.”
Chase Bryant: ‘I’m so thankful for what I get to do; it’s an absolute blessing every single day’
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Twenty-one-year-old Chase Bryant, with the baby face, cool hair and even cooler guitar licks, is the grandson of Jimmy Bryant, who performed with Roy Orbison, and a nephew of Jeff and Junior Bryant, co-founders of the group Ricochet.
‘Guitar nerd’ Lindsay Ell is ready to add girl power to country music
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
“Moving down to Nashville from Canada was a big step. I knew two people in town. It was just me and my guitar (laughs). But the biggest obstacle has been trying to gain credibility, especially as a girl musician.”

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