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John Katsilometes

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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

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Sands Showroom, a focus of intrigue for the last many months as shows have departed, been announced and — as is the case today — been relaunched. Human Nature’s ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    There is no older entertainer filling ballrooms than the man born Morten David Alpern on March 23, 1922, in Pittsburgh. Marty Allen celebrated his 94th birthday in grand fashion Saturday at ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers touches on myriad topics, including Mike Tyson action and the twin towers of “Property Brothers.” ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    Say this for entertainment manager Larry Rudolph: He knows how to frame a moment. Rudolph is the longtime business manager of Britney Spears and also has managed Steven Tyler since 2014 along with ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, March 27, 2016

    As the final few seats are installed in advance of the April 6 opening (a night of music by the Killers and Wayne Newton), John Katsilometes looks at a few other highlights from the newest addition to the Strip ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, March 26, 2016

    In a highly coincidental development, or rather a coincidental reduction, Penn Jillette and Jeff Beacher have shed a combined 330 pounds dating to 2014. ...

  • A&E

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    Shangela takes a seat at a table near the performance stage of “53X,” and it is apparent instantly that this person is a singular embodiment of the show: She … is … hosting. ...

  • A&E

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    “Alice: A Steampunk Rock Concert” played its most recent date Wednesday night at Brooklyn Bowl. The latest change in the production is in the form of the backing band. ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande are building the bridge between The Killers and Guns N’ Roses. Those two hot-selling artists and popular live draws are performing April 7 at T-Mobile Arena, according ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    The original members of Santana are architects of so many rock ’n’ roll traditions: Lengthy guitar jams. Thunderous percussive stops and starts. Calls from the stage for LSD intake. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    Criss Angel has made official what has been apparent since last fall: He plans to make Chloe Crawford a star in his magic universe. Crawford is to be a co-star in ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Having toured Europe and set up shop in Puerto Vallarta over the past three years, Lorena Peril is returning to Las Vegas for what she says is …

  • A&E

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Billy Idol playing Las Vegas was destiny. Take it from the man himself, as he stated lyrically many years ago: “When you hear the music, you make a dip into someone else’s pocket, then make a slip. Steal a car and go to Las Vegas, ... ”

  • A&E

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers is dedicated to one of our favorite comedy legends. First, a quick story about this man, one I have told before: About a decade ago, I was working out on a StairMaster at Las Vegas Athletic Club ...

  • Business

    Sunday, March 20, 2016

    Bellagio’s fountain’s, Mirage’s volcano and even the new Bliss Dance sculpture at T-Mobile Arena: They all cost nothing for a visitor to see and photograph, but they are more than worth the expense of …

  • A&E

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Often the most apt assessment of an experience is what you said just as it finished. Such as, “That kicked ass.” Those are three words to mark the fourth “One Night For One Drop” on Friday night at the Smith Center …

  • A&E

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Throughout the day Wednesday, Jerry Lewis was wondering if anything was being planned for his 90th birthday. He was asking his family such cryptic questions as, “Are we doing anything tonight?” Of course. Lewis was given a surprise wingding at ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    This might be the fastest vanishing act in the history of Strip entertainment. Having been arrested by the FBI on child pornography charges, illusionist Jan Rouven has been ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Musically, Pitbull rolls out an impressive collection of club hits that leave you thinking, “I didn’t know that was a Pitbull song.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is in recovery mode, having wound around the scene at Pitbull’s show Saturday night at Axis at Planet Hollywood and Kid Cudi at the Foundry in SLS Las Vegas on Sunday. ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    The gentleman at the right is seated just off the aisle at the Jennifer Lopez show “All I Have” at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Delivering him to this spot in this 4,000-seat venue has been ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    Playing this week at Monday By the Numbers Lounge (or the MBTN, as we call it), the folks at St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Pitbull, Kid Cudi, Jerry Lewis, Omnia and the sports book at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Let’s ...

  • News

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    John Katsilometes attends a lot of events around Las Vegas, so he’s become a bit of an expert on getting in and out of parking garages efficiently. He shares some of his secrets ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Las Vegas producer David Saxe has pulled the reins on his “Spoofical the Musical” production, which has been pushed back by several weeks from its originally announced Feb. 8 opening ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    "We’re celebrating what we’ve done, in a way, and that’s why we’re playing this Vegas revue."

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    The opening might of “The Beatles Love” in June 2006 was so spirited that I walked fast on my way out of the theater so I could spin around and see the expressions on the faces of that first audience. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Ronnie’s ready to rock. A corner of the triangle of country superstars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn is prepped for a return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Ronnie Dunn is ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers returns with a flourish, focusing on charity and rugby and some funk. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Sometimes the biggest gestures start in a small way. A little boy. A modest goal. A short conversation. And soon … boom. We saw this unfold over the weekend, or over two weekends, with Elann Saula and his family’s fundraising effort ...

  • News

    Sunday, March 6, 2016

    If the King is going to remain relevant for future generations, the people who want to preserve his legacy need to figure out more engaging ways to present his story ...

  • A&E

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    The legendary band that Carlos Santana reassembled in the studio is reuniting onstage, too. The original Santana band featuring Gregg Rollie on keyboards, Neal Schon on guitar, Michael Carabello on percussion and ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Chazz Palminteri tells a story about vodka, but, as so many of his stories, it is really about people. ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Here’s a fun fact about Billy Joel: Steve Wynn once asked him about performing a residency at Encore Theater and even booked Joel to play a New Year’s Eve show in 2013. Joel declined ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    The former heavyweight champion's autobiographical monologue returns to the MGM Grand and runs through June 26.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is New York-New York, where on Saturday the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hosting its annual head-shaving fundraiser ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    He’s no longer Lonny, but he’s still running the club — this time for real. Mark Shunock is taking over entertainment operations at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas. Hotel officials announced ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    Ages ago, at Golden Nugget’s rowdy Rush Lounge, the production effects in Frankie Moreno’s show were a smudged glass jar at the edge of the stage with a sign reading “tips” taped to ...

  • Entertainment

    Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

    It seems so simple to rename a street for a famous person. Unfortunately, it's not.

  • A&E

    Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

    According to an online casting call, the show is to be titled “Star Crossed Love” and has a listed opening date of June 25 at Palazzo Theater. ...

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

    After a decade of anchoring Cirque’s Strip dominion, Love is cranking up The Beatles even more.

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    Theater or nightclub? The pop star brings the party to Axis with her Piece of Me production.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    You could tell the moment the curtains opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace that this was not an ordinary performance. Celine Dion’s shoulders slightly slumped, and her gaze looked far ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

    Steve Martin will be joined by Martin Short on March 6 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show is titled “An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life” and is to be an onstage back-and-forth ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

    Though not confirmed yet by the headliner or Cirque du Soleil officials, I’m hearing that the date for “Believe” to shut down is April 17, as the crew was notified over the weekend. This move is expected, as Criss Angel and Cirque have long planned to rename and ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on the 15th annual “Run Away With Cirque du Soleil” 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk set for March 12 at Springs Preserve. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

    The starting date for “Puppet Up! Uncensored” has become a little, um, fuzzy. The show was targeted for a spring opening at Sands Showroom at the Venetian but has been moved back to June as ...

  • A&E

    Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

    We’re using the event of my 50th birthday to have a bash worthy of that demarcation and also to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer treatment and research. ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

    About the time the two remote-piloted airplanes buzzed over the audience at the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas on Thursday night, I thought of Elvis. This is the room in which Elvis once performed. And …

  • A&E

    Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

    Sometime between three and five years ago, Larry Rudolph was hit with an epiphany in Las Vegas — in the form of a mega-nightclub …

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

    The first Chippendales offshoot in Las Vegas, “53X” opens March 11 at Chateau at Paris Las Vegas. Performances are 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets start at $29.95 for ...