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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

    Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

    In a world where resort sales are not official until the involved parties sign documents, it’s safe to say that one famous Las Vegas hotel might not survive the summer. That hotel is the Riviera.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Perez leaves this month for a tour with Finnish cello/metal rock outfit Apocalyptica.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    “Honestly, what they’re going to see is nothing they have ever seen before, let alone in Las Vegas. We wanted an adventure.”

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    Also, artificial bird adoptions (?!) at the Writer's Block.

  • A&E

    Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

    In the end, the Las Vegas Wranglers skated full circle. Vanquished from their home ice at Orleans Arena in December 2013, the team crisscrossed the Las Vegas Valley in search of a new home.

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    “I can’t keep up with what’s going on. I have no idea. We have no plan. It’s management by haphazard luck.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

    This was a one-night-only production that was not built for one night. It’s very title, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is practically an announcement that Jennifer Lopez is in the plans for 2015 — and perhaps beyond — at Caesars Entertainment.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

    Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years ...

  • Magic

    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    If anything, he says he spoils his cats to a fault.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

    It was inspired by the 50th birthday party he threw for his his wife.

  • television

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    Chatting with Mike Tyson: “I want to stay home and stay away from all the bullsh*t because I’ve been there before. I know what that fall feels like, and I don’t want to ever experience that again.”

  • SLS Las Vegas

    Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

    Sam Nazarian has created just what he thinks Las Vegas deserves with SLS: A shiny new playground (that locals might be able to afford!).

  • A&E

    Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

    The lawsuit issued by Beauty Bar co-owner Darin Feinstein against club patron Megan Trivette has been withdrawn. The settlement was reached as Trivette, a customer who had posted on her personal Facebook page ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    On the night “Vegas Nocturne” closed at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Spiegelworld founder and self-styled impresario Ross Mollison raised a champagne glass and proclaimed, “ ‘Vegas Nocturne’ is a hit!” Since that night on July 12, the show has not been heard from ...

  • Features

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    “I am not surprised you ended up there,” she says, and I know she’s not kidding. “You always were kind of a Vegas guy.”

  • A&E

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Made official this morning with a release from the show’s host hotel, the Cosmopolitan, is that “Vegas Nocturne” indeed played its last shows Saturday night at the restaurant, lounge and entertainment fortress Rose. Rabbit. Lie. ...

  • A&E

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Amid chatter about the unsteady future of “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan, an online report posted today says the show is effectively being put to sleep. The same story said the show might surface at the soon-to-open SLS. ...

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    He's really looking forward to a movie role where he doesn't sing.

  • A&E

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    The new pedestrian project the Park will be filled with wondrous effects and, we are told, a lot of live entertainment.

  • Music

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    The lounge singer strides onstage for his 4 o’clock gig, and man does he look good. The light hits his tuxedoed, 6-foot-3 frame so that he appears in black and white.

  • Music

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Indulge your nostalgia, take a spin on the dancefloor or just rock out with a cocktail.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    A big fan of the UNLV team who won the 1989-90 NCAA national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a performance Saturday at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Comedian Tom Green talks his new show at Vinyl, why he loves performing in Vegas and how a universal sense of humor is "a sad thing."

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

    It has the casual air of a parlor party, the slap-dash coordination of a barn dance and the frenetic pace of a rock show at Whisky a Go Go. It is Frankie Moreno's Stifler, and you never know who'll take the stage.

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

    Elvis Costello & The Roots are the first in an impressive list of acts set to open the 2,000-seat music venue at Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq. The 80,000-square-foot bowling and live-music venue wonderland is throwing a heavyweight opening party March 15-16.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

    Brian "Paco" Alvarez took over as chairman of the Liberace Foundation in 2011 but resigned abruptly today after three years of service when a no-confidence vote was taken among his fellow board members.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

    Jeff Ray played multiple roles as a musician in “Jersey Boys.” He died, tragically and inexplicably, after being struck by a train Saturday afternoon in Washington state.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    An elephant blasting little people out of its butt? Yeah, it has that.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

    Expect a soaring, unscripted night for Las Vegas Weekly's 15th Anniversary Party!

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

    Anthony Bourdain caught up with a famous former mayor and a not-so-famous, but terrific, lounge performer during his sweep of Vegas. Bourdain also stopped at Atomic Liquors, Lotus of Siam in the Commercial Center and Raku in Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road. His take on the quick tour? “I think snarky food writers are wary of the fact that (Lotus) has been overpraised, but it has not been overpraised. I’ve been to Northern Thailand, and it’s a very specifically delicious type of Thai food. It really is a great restaurant. It’s as good as they say.”

  • A&E

    Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

    The "Wheel of Death" in "Zarkana" is, as its name indicates, one of Cirque du Soleil’s riskier acts. The injuries do not seem serious, and Cirque says “Wheel of Death” is to return to the show upon the artist’s return.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

    Nevada OSHA has concluded that “Ka” artist Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell after the wire rope suspending her during the show’s Final Battle scene broke, causing her to fall a reported 94 feet to the floor.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

    There was a moment when entering a downtown speakeasy was not so easy, but Life Is Beautiful has opened the door to downtown to everyone.

  • Features

    Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

    The women behind the Life Is Beautiful speaker series are doing their part to help Downtown make you smarter.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

    There’s nothing like an acute case of fatigue to force you to step back and evaluate your life.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

    It's a cross-pollination of artists young and old.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

    It'll be like a county fair—with way better food.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

    The new Chelsea, opening in late December, seems every bit as impressive as similar Las Vegas entertainment venues.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

    No official reason has been given for the ceasing of operations at the ultra-risqué club the Act, which opened in October 2012 as a much-hyped outpost of the Box in New York and Box Soho in London.

  • A&E

    Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

    Reportedly, the winning bid was at or around $10.5 million and was issued by a party who is not a Turnberry Place resident.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

    The compound is known as Little Bavaria, but referring to this sprawling estate as “little” seems farcical. This is a staggering hideaway of connected mansions, with fields as vast as a dozen soccer pitches, an aquatic park that rivals the Bellagio fountains, and miles of interlocking walkways that encircle and cut through the property. Hip-high rails have been constructed along those winding sidewalks, so Roy Horn has something firm and steady on which to lean as he makes his way around, visiting Little Bavaria’s animal kingdom. Siegfried Fischbacher ordered those rails built, once more providing support to his friend, life companion and performing partner.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

    Memo to Cirque: Build a show for Ke$ha.

  • A&E

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

    The first night of the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival filled MGM Grand Garden Arena with an array of acts — and it was just the beginning. The most apt assessment came from Keith Urban, who on Friday night said, “It’s all engine. It’s all engine.

  • Style

    Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

    At Jillette's home, "the Slammer," it's all about freedom—and real human skeletons.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

    Josh Strickland spent more than four years in "Peepshow" and will remain at Planet Hollywood playing a number of famous roles for David Saxe.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

    Britney Spears appeared in an adventurous "Good Morning America" stunt to announce her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood.

  • A&E

    Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

    Jimmy Kimmel remembers when the UNLV Runnin' Rebels reached No. 1 and feeling a unique pride in being a Las Vegan.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

    Brody Dolyniuk is performing again at Smith Center, but don't expect the same songs in his new version of Symphonic Rock Show.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

    With the death of Dixie Evans and the closing of "Peepshow," two chapters in the history of burlesque have ended in Las Vegas.

  • A&E

    Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

    The Black and White Party drew 3,500 to the Joint, and the partying didn't stop there.