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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

    Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

    Showgirls have a way of crying. The tears fall and flow, but the smiles are ever-radiant. The look on the faces of those elegant women and, yes, the oft-overloooked show boys was one of poise and dignity as “Jubilee” closed Thursday night after a 34-year-run …

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    The woman who portrays Dr. Alex Schiller says she spent her first night in Las Vegas hanging out at Tilted Kilt with a bunch of guys she found on Tinder. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    The curtain closes on the iconic show on February 11.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    You feel this moment coming as Diane Palm talks of her days in “Jubilee.” This feeling hangs heavily over the conversation, that sense that stuff is about to get real. It happens when Palm is asked what advice she would give herself ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    Mike Tyson’s introspection, talking of being a husband and parent, has always belied his glowering image as one of the storied heavyweights in boxing history. It is that quality that has made his autobiographical one-man show, “Undisputed Truth,” a hit ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

    Hall & Oates are rightfully billed as a multiplatinum rock duo, but you won’t have to dole out multiplatinum prices to see them play MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 23. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers takes a spin with Super Bowl 50, Chinese New Year and our friends at Dream Racing, the supercar attraction, which in January celebrated its fourth ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

    During the past two days, we’ve hit Brody Dolyniuk’s orchestral production at the Smith Center, visited Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 at Hard Rock Hotel, met up with the L.V. Phil, Storm Large and Pink Martini before that performance ...

  • News

    Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

    To the millions who have seen “Jubilee” over its 34-year history, the costumes have been as much a part of the show as the performers. They are stars unto themselves, these ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    Paul Johnson can at once rock, and build, the house. A man who hammers it down on and off the stage, Johnson has ascended the spiral staircase of “Rock of Ages” at ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    If “Twisted Vegas” is beguiling, “Spoofical” is just brutal. That’s how that show feels even in rehearsals, and by David Saxe’s description. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    No one is spared in Spoofical. Magicians. Dance troupes. Casino moguls. Superstar headliners. Smut-pamphlet passers on the Strip.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

    One performer who will not rock in Rio for long is Mark Shunock, the magnanimous actor who portrays Lonny who has announced on his Facebook page that he is leaving ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on Super Bowl 50, where we finally drop the Roman numerals and ask the question, “In how many Super Bowls did Roman Gabriel of the Rams play?” ...

  • Gaming

    Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

    John Katsilometes relays a message from CEO Jim Murren about why SpongeBob SquarePants will not be welcome at the new entertainment …

  • A&E

    Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

    Sometimes you don’t see the busy weeks coming. The week just passed was one of those in VegasVille, a weeklong rollout of parties, performances and events that was almost impossible for even this scribe to …

  • A&E

    Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

    We’ve been down this road before: A professional sports franchise on unsteady footing in its home facility starts poking around Las Vegas. When Oscar Goodman was mayor of this city, he talked to several major league organizations about moving to Las Vegas. ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    With Carlos Santana, “spirit” is always the operative term. He feels the spirit, he exudes spirituality, and his life is always swirling, wafting around like a spirit from a different dimension. His music, too, ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    Jerry Lewis is back as a spokesman on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, having recorded a video in support of the MDA’s new logo and tagline. The clip is to be used ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The production is generous, tireless and imaginative—all qualities shared by Lopez. There are no half-measures with this woman, and at the end you feel spent, which is the intended result.

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

    Chris Phillips told me, “I am tired of doing the high-leg kicks and having a job that is all about making people dance and buy alcohol. I’m so over all of that, and I’m the kind of guy who needs to be hungry to make something happen.” ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers delves (or, dives) into “O” at Bellagio. This show remains one of Cirque’s bestselling and most-appreciated productions, (water) logging more than 17 years on the Strip. I caught the show again ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Mizuya lounge at Mandalay Bay, where the band of the moment is The Limit, fronted by John Lombardo, an original singing gondolier at the Venetian and stellar rock vocalist. The tune is ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

    It is not a surprise that rock legend John Fogerty has added more dates to the eight he banked in his first spree covering this month. The show was terrific, the biggest pure rock show in that venue and among the most electrifying of ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    The Vegas headliner's voice landed him the role.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    This is not Avenue Q and the puppets are not Muppets.

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

    Thirty-five years ago, Johnny Carson introduced David Bowie on “The Tonight Show” and was thrown off by screams from the audience. Thrown off his game, the talk-show legend called out to the shouting fans: “He better be good after this.” Johnny, bless him, ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    Plus: Jazz at SLS and Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns at the Smith Center.

  • John Katsilometes

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    What to look for on the Vegas entertainment scene in 2016.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    Unchained Melody (Sweets).

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    Announced today are plans for a massive new expansion of the Aria convention center, which will cover an additional 200,000 square feet and overtake the lavish theater that has been home to “Zarkana” since ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Like the comic, the laughs never get old.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

    Happy birthday, Ol' Blue Eyes, from famous friends whose memories make us miss you even more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

    Mondays Dark's second anniversary: “We all support each other. Showing up, making a contribution, inspiring people—that’s what Mondays Dark is all about.”

  • John Katsilometes

    Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

    The Vegas native has fine-tuned her act at such haunts as the Sand Dollar Lounge and T Spot at Tuscany Suites.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    “We just keep making this work. We keep evolving so we can be better each time.”

  • A&E

    Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

    For one night in March, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be the home of the Martins. Steve Martin and Martin Short are performing a one-night headlining show, “An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life,” on March 6. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

    Dixie Chicks once headlined at a Las Vegas neighborhood casino. In July, they play the big room ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    The production's one-year anniversary is next month.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Sawchuck’s master plan: use his cozy Vegas afternoon show as a launching pad for a weekly TV series.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    A man and his Chihuahua. In dragon costumes. Doing magic.

  • A&E

    Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

    The Kats Report Bureau on Saturday night could be found at Table No. 43 at Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz and Table No. Whatever at Tuscany Suites’ Piazza Lounge. Long a favorite in VegasVille, the singing-piano …

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    If he’s having a good time in his home entertainment center of a brain, you will, too.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    “When the Smith Center came along, it was a step up the ladder. It’s just reinvigorated the band.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    Hakkasan Group took over Haze in Aria in its purchase of the Light Group in December and is partnering with MGM Resorts and Dubai World to end a more than yearlong absence of a major nightclub in the opulent Strip resort. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

    After Janet Jackson’s cancellation of her two shows at Planet Hollywood, the arena for her return to Las Vegas was listed as “MGM Arena.” That led to speculation that Jackson would be ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    The creator of the popular haunt celebrates 13 years at the Adventuredome—and his rapidly growing empire

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    In one fell swoop, Cirque du Soleil has shed its ownership interest in Light and Daylight at Mandalay Bay, while Hakkasan Group also has ended its management agreement to operate the two entertainment venues on the Strip. ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

    According to a news release sent by Live Nation, which is booking Janet Jackson’s tour, the 49-year-old superstar is following medical advice to rest her vocal cords. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    “What Pop Strings is after is a high-energy, Top 40 dance vibe.”