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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, 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 ...

  • A&E

    Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

    If you are asking the musical question, “Where’s the 'Love' at Mirage?": The Cirque-Beatles production is dark for upgrades to the show, which eventually will coincide with its ...

  • News

    Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

    John Katsilometes checks in with Wayne Newton, a longtime supporter of the USO who recently celebrated the organization’s 75th anniversary.

  • 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 showboys was one of …

  • 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.