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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

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    But how many ventriloquists can the Strip absorb?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    When Lisa Marie Smith first saw “For The Record: Baz” at Light in Mandalay Bay last June, she gazed at the stage and said, “I am going to be in that show.” She is now in that show. The ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    You try to cross this bridge with Seth MacFarlane, linking his affection for the crude/brilliant humor in “Family Guy” — where the highbrow canine Brian will talk of his in-progress novel and suddenly scratch at his fleas with his hind leg — and love of ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    To ask Elisa Fiorillo that question late Thursday night would have been pointless. She had just walked offstage after singing “Purple Rain,” bravely and beautifully, at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    There is a saying in my VegasVille universe that helps keep all this activity in perspective. It is, “What could possibly go wrong?” This phrase, always recited facetiously, came to mind ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    This week, Monday By the Numbers reminds, “I love you just the way you are,” in honor of William Martin Joel. ...

  • A&E

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Grand Luxe Cafe at Palazzo just ahead of the media night for Human Nature’s “Jukebox” show across the walkway at Sands Showroom. The difference between a media night and all the shows leading to ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    The night Prince opened as a Las Vegas headliner was actually the morning, past midnight in a retrofitted showroom at the Rio. It was dubbed Club 3121 for this series of shows, which began in November 2006 ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Soon, there will be no more nights at the Improv. The Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s, a house of hilarity since April 1995, is reportedly closing at the end of May. The Improv is a legendary brand among comics, ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    When he says he’s doing All the Hits, he means it.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Brad Garrett is in a bittersweet mood this week, celebrating the fourth anniversary of his club at MGM Grand Underground while feeling the loss of his friend and “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Doris Roberts. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    On Tuesday night, the Harlem Globetrotters play the World All-Stars, formerly known as the Washington Generals, at T-Mobile Arena. I asked Jay Rood, sports book director for MGM Resorts, to establish a point spread ...

  • A&E

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    Andrew Dice Clay is in full stride at the moment, a TV star once more with a booking on the Strip. His sitcom “Dice” debuted April 10 on Showtime and has banked two of its six first-season episodes ...

  • Business

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    It was a conversation about a new show, to be called “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers.” But as is the case with so many conversations with Wynn, this one required every club in the bag. It was ...

  • A&E

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau returned to the Rio on Friday night to witness the final taping of the third season of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” As John Lennon once said, “I play guitar, and sometimes I play the fool,” which fits some …

  • A&E

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Springsteen. Starr. Now Cirque. Saying it “believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form,” the Strip’s favorite theatrical company has pulled its touring ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Bourbon Room at the Venetian, and isn’t it funny how we discover some of these cool hangs just a little too late. I’ve been in here twice in the past couple of weeks ...

  • John Katsilometes

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    It will mark the first ticketed show featuring Holmes and Santa Fe since his headlining Harrah’s run ended a decade ago.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the food court at the atrium level of the Luxor, and from this position I can see the entry of the “Bodies” exhibit. So, I won’t be ordering any jerky (#sheckykats). ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Wayne Newton’s jam session with The Roots on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” will have to wait for another night. Curtailed by a high fever and bronchitis, Newton had to ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Well, this is a tough call between two “must” shows. First, before identifying that tough call, we’ll give props to the esteemed Clint Holmes. Over the weekend, Holmes unveiled a few songs from his upcoming CD during ...

  • 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. ...