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John Katsilometes

Editor at Large

John Katsilometes is a columnist and magazine writer for the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly and editor-at-large for Greenspun Media Group. He writes The Kats Report, which is a man-about-town column that runs on the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly websites and in both publications' print editions. In all, Katsilometes writes for a half-dozen publications based in Las Vegas, including Las Vegas Magazine, The Sunday weekly news magazine, and the monthly Vegas magazine. Thus, no topic, subject or facet of the city is out of his coverage range. Katsilometes has lived in Las Vegas since 1996, having moved to the city the day the Stratosphere opened. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Katsilometes was a sports writer for the Chico Enterprise-Record and Redding Record Searchlight in Northern California. Katsilometes is originally from Pocatello, Idaho, and most of his family lives there and in Boise.

Story Archive

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Brad Garrett’s annual Maximum Hope Foundation poker tournament is set for Saturday at MGM Grand, in the open area adjacent to the “Ka” theater and at the entrance of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    We are set to experience the formal unveiling of Criss Angel’s "Mindfreak Live!” This is the magic extravaganza supplanting the long-running “Believe” at the Criss Angel Theater.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    What would it take for Garth Brooks to return to a Strip residency?

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    At once explosive and short-lived, Frankie Moreno’s “Under the Influence” production at Planet Hollywood Showroom is set to end after Saturday’s performance. Moreno himself said Tuesday night an end to the run is in the offing.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Many years ago, Siegfried & Roy were the focus of the animated series, “Father of the Pride.” The problem with the series was ...

  • A&E

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Monday By the Numbers opens with a nod to Palace Station, which is celebrating a significant anniversary on Friday as a trendsetter among Las Vegas locals' casinos.

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The opening date has been set for “Cherry Boom Boom,” the new production targeted for Tropicana Theater in the hotel of the same name. The show is to perform nightly at ...

  • A&E

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    In his fighting career, Mike Tyson was known for the quick KO — ask Michael Spinks, who was “entertained” by Tyson for 91 seconds in 1988. But as a stage performer, Tyson is built to go the distance, as his stage show at the MGM has proven.

  • John Katsilometes

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    "What I’ve missed, really, is the family atmosphere of the show. ... It’s been a learning process, and you realize how much you miss that when they are not around.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Bill Foley sidestepped a commemorative street sign reading “NHL Hockey Boulevard” to talk for a time about his hockey team. ...

  • Features

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    “The only reason we are here is because I couldn’t think of anything to rhyme with Wyoming.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Eight years ago, almost to the day, a group of experts with a deep education of pro sports visited the Las Vegas Sun offices for a round-table discussion about the city’s potential as a big-league city. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    At the after-party of the 2009 NHL Awards at Palms Pool, a fan who had succumbed to revelry leapt into the water and began swimming toward an object standing on a platform in the middle of the water. No ordinary object, this. It was ...

  • A&E

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on three famous but ill-fated businesses on Fremont Street: The Girls of Glitter Gulch, Mermaids and La Bayou. That Triumvirate of Regretful Decisions has been purchased by ...

  • A&E

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Ben McKee was peacefully navigating the Rogue River in Southern Oregon on the night of the terrible shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. So he did not immediately learn of that tragedy and ...

  • A&E

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    The vision of the original architects of Las Vegas Motor Speedway is certainly a prominent reason for the success of the Electric Daisy Carnival. But this is maybe a coincidental vision, as LVMS was not built ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    South Point's newly-renovated lounge, new shows at Planet Hollywood and more.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    We begin with a great quote from Tala Marie, the lone remaining original member of Matt Goss’s dance troupe The Dirty Virgins at the Gossy Room in Caesars Palace. Marie is leaving the act because her hubby, Jim Yancey, and she are ...

  • A&E

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on the legendary musical “Cabaret,” the touring version of which makes a stop at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center ...

  • LGBTQ

    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is holding a prayer vigil tonight at 7 at the organization’s headquarters, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. ...

  • News

    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    The most ornately appointed, 26,000-square-foot mansion you’ve never seen might be up for sale soon. Or, you could say it is for sale at this moment, if you have an appealing offer for singing legend Phyllis McGuire and her …

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Penn Jillette’s appearance at the Reason Rally last weekend didn’t go off without a hitch, or a Hitchens. An uncommonly long soundcheck on the Washington Mall kept Jillette in the grassy expanse for ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    The legacy of entertainment at the Riviera lives on throughout Las Vegas, and even beyond. Undeniably, one of the hotel’s foremost ambassadors and spokesmen has been a hot lady named ...

  • A&E

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    For Travis Cloer, a new start coincided with the end of an era. And he was prepared for all of it. Set to debut a show titled ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Those who have staged big festivals at Las Vegas Festival Grounds are certainly a worldly bunch. Some have just been kicking it up in Lisbon and are back in Rio. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    “Jersey Boys” is closing, the cast and crew were notified this evening at Paris Las Vegas. Its final show is Sept. 18. Officials from production company Dodgers Theatricals met with the creative team after the performance tonight and announced ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Clint Holmes is a very good tennis player, one reason he is so fit at age 70. Naturally, the way to win at that game is to find the lines and fire shots at those boundaries. Holmes’ new show ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    An effort to revive Monte Carlo has been three years in the making and led to the announcement Friday that the resort is to be renamed Park MGM and NoMad Hotel, a $450 million deal in partnership with Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International.

  • Business

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    The emergence of festivals has changed the face of Las Vegas entertainment, making it more competitive than ever. But in a market where so much entertainment is already being staged, is it possible to oversaturate? What’s become abundantly clear is that in the effort to make the city a major festival destination — led by Las Vegas Events and MGM Resorts executives, ...

  • A&E

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Life’s rich pageant flew through VegasVille this week and was capped Sunday night when a member of the U.S. Army won the Miss USA Pageant. Miss ...

  • Art

    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    We watched a lot of fights together in those days, many of them involving “The Greatest.” It was Ali vs. Jerry Quarry, Ali vs. Kenny Norton, Ali vs. Joe Bugner, Ali vs. Ron Lyle, Ali vs. Earnie Shavers, Ali vs. Leon Spinks. Always …

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    When the elegant woman in the white dress knelt next to the man seated in the armchair, he smiled and said, “I sing, too.” ...

  • AP

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Today’s announcement that Monte Carlo will be redesigned as two hotels — Park MGM Grand and NoMad Las Vegas — keeps a promise by ...

  • A&E

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    The information posted this week by my colleague Ubiquitous Robin Leach noting that Justin Timberlake is being reeled in as one of the resident headliners at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo seems ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    The musicians for “Baz — Star Crossed Love” have been set, and they are all Las Vegas players of high aptitude. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    The free-admission series featuring throwback superstar acts complements a busy, three-stage schedule.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    The family of DJ AM yearned for the late DJ’s story to be told. Filmmaker Kevin Kerslake wanted to tell it. But how, exactly? What would such a documentary look like? ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette performed an original song, “No Martyrs, No Saints,” a tribute to late author and social critic Christopher Hitchens. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Being a legend affords a certain latitude: You get to make fun of whatever and whomever whenever you like. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend reminded of that status Sunday night at the Colosseum ...

  • Business

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    How many arenas are too many? How many are enough? In Las Vegas, we’re about to find out. Announced last week was a partnership between Las Vegas Sands and Madison Square Garden for a 17,500-seat entertainment venue to be built on the …

  • A&E

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    There are literary deadlines, and there are the deadlines of life. Holly Madison understands both. The due date for her second child and second book have been inconveniently aligned, with Madison initially facing a June release date for ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau once again was ensconced at Composers Showcase of Las Vegas on Wednesday night, and it was a genuine Hall of Fame experience. For the first time, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performed ...

  • A&E

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Sometimes we refer to him as Zowie Bowie, other times just Chris, but regardless he always brings the party. Chris Phillips-as-Zowie Bowie filled ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Bob Arum knows weird. In 1973, he promoted Evel Knievel’s attempt at clearing the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, in a rocket cycle. The entire spectacle ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Tommy Wind Theater is a cozy family operation housed in the 21,000-square-foot fortress that was once Club Utopia and most recently Boulevard Theater across from Monte Carlo in the strip mall ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Pin Up remains property of the Stratosphere and won’t close unless Strat officials authorize such a move. But with the success of MJ Live, and the ease with which hotels can turn a profit as a landlord versus a show producer, any outcome is possible for Pin Up.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    It was a uniquely Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala type of moment when the guy on the Segway custom-painted with metallic flames arrived on the red (or make that purple) carpet. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Monday By the Numbers is a mix of clipped hair, concrete, champagne and, most important from our friends at Cirque du Soleil, a healthy splash of water. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The Billboard Music Awards telecast is more than just an awards show. It’s a live-performance spectacle, fashion show, means to make a cultural/political statement and great arena spectacle. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The lineup of the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival has been announced, and the field of artists rivals the great expanse of the host venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 250 acts ...