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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, July 22, 2016

    Early this week, Clint Holmes made the off-handed remark, “Everyone’s shows are closing while mine is opening.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Deepak Chopra is playing the big room at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 28.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    "I have been making these movies most of my adult life. I’m really proud of them and was really thrilled to come back and play him again.”

  • A&E

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers hits on Jennifer Lopez (wait, that came out wrong) and her added added dates at Planet Hollywood, David Copperfield and his untrammeled wealth and some puppet action at …

  • A&E

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    The future of one of the Strip’s most successful and celebrated productions has spun into uncertainty.

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    A project inspired by the great numbers of some of Broadway's legendary musicals, "Steve Wynn's Showstoppers" has abruptly set a closing date of Sept. 30.

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    The night was a celebration of Boston’s 40th anniversary and DeYoung’s remarkable verve even as he is now DeOld — 69, as he happily told the crowd early in the evening.

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    The Las Vegas rock musical that has outlasted a series of ownership and venue changes is set to pull the plugs and pack the amps July 31. “Raiding the Rock Vault” is ending its residency at Tropicana Theater at the end of the month.

  • A&E

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Cirque’s stage shows opened 20 years ago with “Mystere” at Treasure Island, and with the most recent activity on the Strip completed, there is a feeling the company has finally settled on the right amount of “content” (or, shows) in Vegas.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Giles Martin was seated on a director’s chair onstage at the Love Theater at the Mirage when he was unexpectedly upstaged by an underdressed interloper.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Stop me, or not, if you have heard this one: A terrifically talented show boasting an innovative concept and fueled by generous investment has opened on the Strip.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    The VegasVille scene is once more a veritable cornucopia of news nuggets. It is time to impart.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    The musical production of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts has formally opened at Reynolds Hall and plows ahead to a Sunday closing.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Mark Shunock is ready for the next phase of "Mondays Dark," at least in terms of the “where” of it all. He has secured space at a place he’ll call The Space, a 9,000-square-foot multipurpose events center off Polaris and Harmon avenues …

  • A&E

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    In the face of published reports that Chris Brown has been ousted from Drai’s, officials representing the club say that first, they need a conversation with the oft-troubled ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 9, 2016

    The tent at Symphony Park that staged “The Tempest” didn’t much resemble a potato cellar, but what grew out of that enclave was a production centered on spuds ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 9, 2016

    Jimmy Pankow remembers when he was a kid, his head filled with dreams of being a great musician. His instrument of choice? ...

  • A&E

    Friday, July 8, 2016

    Having embarked on thematic treks through the Old West, a turn-of-the-century circus and Coney Island, Melody Sweets is taking to the wilderness for her next solo show.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Baz celebrates its second Las Vegas premiere in 13 months, opening in a fancifully renovated Palazzo Theatre on July 9.

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 2, 2016

    In his penultimate sendoff show at Planet Hollywood Showroom on Friday night, Frankie Moreno clasped a glass of Crown Royal over ice and said, “This is a new Las Vegas show …” Ooof. There was hearty laughter, loud and somewhat sarcastic, from …

  • A&E

    Saturday, July 2, 2016

    To the right was Tony Orlando. Behind him, Andrew Dice Clay. A few rows below, actor Gary Oldman. This was the partial list of celebs who turned out for Criss Angel’s premiere of “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor. Angel certainly …

  • 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, ...