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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

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Today, Monday By the Numbers hits the remote for “Dice,” the series starring Andrew Dice Clay set to premiere Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Showtime. Following up on what we’ll call a “lingering” scoop, Clay is planning a one-off show at Tropicana Theater at 10 p.m. May 28 as part of ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Hey, idea time: Wayne Newton and Jerry Lewis might be able to parlay their Las Vegas affiliation into some genuine notoriety. It has been a whopper of a stretch for this pair of Las Vegas legends who see no need to cede the spotlight any time soon. Newton has helped open T-Mobile Arena and is set for a pair of ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Having put T-Mobile Arena and The Park to the test over the weekend, I can first say the place is gorgeous and furnished to handle any arena-styled event. A stunner, I know. ...

  • News

    Sunday, April 10, 2016

    If you’re on the Strip, there’s a good chance you’re going to run into a married 47-year-old from California who booked a hotel room online and earns more than $40,000 a year.

  • A&E

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    For the second time in six months, a performance by Janet Jackson on the Strip has been called off. Jackson’s May 14 show at T-Mobile Arena has been ...

  • A&E

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    The Kats Report bureau is regrouping after an exhaustive week at T-Mobile Arena and The Park on the Strip. The next event is the Guns N’ Roses show at the arena ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Notes on a postcard from the opening of T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night, with The Killers headlining a lineup that featured Wayne Newton in full Mr. Vegas regalia, an early performance by hip-hop artist Shamir and ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    You might expect that Wayne Newton has seen it all after performing for Las Vegas audiences since 1959. Not so. Wednesday night’s opening of T-Mobile Arena presented a rare “first” in Las Vegas for Mr. Las Vegas. ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    It’s funny to be writing from one of the few remaining themed hotels owned by MGM Resorts. The head of the company is finished with developing themed hotels. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    “We needed to go in a different direction. It was not a business decision—some people say we’re stupid for giving up a successful show—but we wanted to creatively branch out.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau this morning wound through T-Mobile Arena for early TV action with Kim Wagner of “Wake Up With the Wagners” on Channel 3. The arena was still undergoing final prep work for ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    The opening of T-Mobile Arena is going to be one of those singularly “Viva Las Vegas” moments, and we can never have too many of those in this city. Hopefully, someone in the lineup will ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    In resort development, as in life, it is important to listen and … what else? Think it through. The position of T-Mobile Arena, the development of The Park and the construction of the theater at Monte Carlo remind of ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    Gov. Brian Sandoval was sporting the same classic haircut but a new frame Monday at MGM Resorts' new attraction The Park. ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, April 3, 2016

    The night started with a star-studded tribute to new country-music trailblazer Chris Stapleton and ended with Jason Aldean winning the evening’s biggest award. Aldean sauntered off with his first Entertainer of the Year award and ...

  • News

    Sunday, April 3, 2016

    At the Plaza, movement is afoot, and that foot is wearing a flip-flop. The hotel is finishing plans to renovate its “rooftop pool experience,” or as we call it, “the pool on the roof,” in time for summer. The Plaza Pool is due for is due for significant upgrades over the next several weeks. Specifically …

  • A&E

    Saturday, April 2, 2016

    It is the corner that needs to turn the corner: Sahara Avenue and the Strip. On the southwest parcel is the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. On the southeast, as you view the aerial mental map, is SLS Las Vegas. As recently as …

  • A&E

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    When the Academy of Country Music Awards uprooted from its Las Vegas home for its 50th anniversary show at AT&T Stadium, members of the ACM Board of Directors asked a pertinent question. “How do we go from Dallas, where we had ...

  • A&E

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    Chris Baldizan, MGM Resorts’ senior vice president of entertainment, is eager to put on the party at that approximately 50-acre space known as Las Vegas Festival Grounds. That happens today through Sunday with the Academy of Country Music Party for a Cause …

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Elsewhere in the tented fiefdom operated by Spiegelworld founder Ross Mollison, discussion of a touring version of “Absinthe” has tempered a bit since the show ended its run through Australia in 2015. ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Absinthe charges along, rife with changes since it opened in April 2011.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    To break “the fourth wall” of live performance, Wayne Newton first needed to find four walls. Mr. Las Vegas has found them at the second-floor Windows Showroom at Bally’s. In his first Las Vegas interview about ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    The magic in Criss Angel’s new show on the Strip is to arrive from two performers: Angel himself and Chloe Crawford. This is the overarching message from the casting of Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor ...

  • 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 ...