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Jack Houston

Jack is the editor of Las Vegas Magazine, having joined that publication’s staff in 2006. He has covered entertainment, dining, nightlife and attractions for Las Vegas Magazine and serves as an occasional contributor to the Las Vegas Sun, writing concert reviews.

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Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s new exhibit illuminates the works of Monet and his contemporaries
Friday, April 27, 2012
There’s nary a water lily to be found in Impressions of Light, and perhaps that’s for the best.
Photos: The Shins at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, come rain or shine
Monday, April 16, 2012
Neither rain nor unseasonably cool temperatures were enough to rattle fans of the Shins on Friday night. Those who braved the elements during the ...
Crass course: Andrew Dice Clay returns to the stand-up stage with renewed vigor
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
“It’s a whole new career,” said Clay of the boost he received from Entourage.
Elvis Presley’s run at the International stands as the benchmark for Las Vegas success
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
The King’s initial four-week engagement became a record-breaking seven-year triumph.
Rok Vegas bartender GianCarlo Magnone puts his designs on Sin City
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
As fickle as the nightlife industry can be, it's rare that you find someone with the loyalty and dedication to stick it out in one job for several months, let alone several years.
Reality star Adrienne Maloof-Nassif talks Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
Part of an entrepreneurial family, Adrienne Maloof-Nassif has stepped into the national spotlight as a reality-TV star, but she's not just a housewife.
Clearing the air with Rathna Singh, Casa Fuente's cigar ambassador
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
What looks at first glance to be a rather unassuming café at the base of an escalator inside The Forum Shops at Caesars is actually one of Las Vegas' most unique treasures.
Burger Bar general manager Lisa Burney rises to the occasion
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010
Other than founding chef Hubert Keller, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who cares more about Burger Bar than general manager Lisa Burney.
Strip headliner Frank Marino dresses up his Vegas favorites
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010
The irrepressible Frank Marino doesn't need Halloween as an excuse to dress up - he's got his own show for that!
Max Brenner general manager Ryan Sterling indulges our sweet tooth
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010
As Max Brenner general manager Ryan Sterling says, he's a bald man, but he's not the bald man...
For Sugar Factory gifting specialist Karen Silva, life always is sweet
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010
When Oprah Winfrey or Kim Kardashian needs a gift basket full of candy treats, they call on Karen Silva.
Heidi Hinkle puts a twist on the classics
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
When MGM Resorts unveiled CityCenter in December, it tapped one of its own, Heidi Hinkle, then Bellagio's director of beverage, to take over that position at Aria.
Las Vegas native Laurie Wolff brightens Charlie Palmer Steak
Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010
Have you ever met one of those people who's so bubbly they could out-carbonate a soda? That's Las Vegas' own Laurie Wolff.
Success of Judith Perez, Siegel Group is more than just Rumor
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
The Siegel Group owns and operates some of the most unique properties in Las Vegas, including the Artisan, Gold Spike and The Resort on Mount Charleston, but to hear executive vice president Judith Perez tell it, the company's success comes from the care it puts into renovations.
Todd English P.U.B. partner Kelley Jones hits bull's-eye
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
It all started for Kelley Jones at a diner in his hometown of Madison, N.J.
Flair bartender Danilo Oribe shakes up Rock & Rita's
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010
It was only a few months ago that Danilo Oribe was cheering on his native Uruguay to a fourth-place finish in the World Cup.
Rhumbar cocktail server Mallory Phelps melts our caipirinhas
Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
Mallory Phelps is a growler. As in, she likes to roar at people. For no apparent reason.
Lolita's owner Eric DeBlasi gets excited about new Mexican concept
Monday, Aug. 9, 2010
It almost seems like a tall tale the way Eric DeBlasi is explaining the concept behind Lolita's Cantina and Tequila Bar, the latest tenant inside Town Square Las Vegas.
Master sake sommelier Yuji Matsumoto brings talents to Kabuki
Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010
It's a beverage found on the menu of every Japanese restaurant, yet why are Americans so hesitant to order sake?
Billy O'Rourke gets into the tequila spirit with Ambhar
Monday, July 26, 2010
Before getting into the spirits business, Billy O'Rourke's experiences with tequila were not unlike those of your typical college student—which is to say, not the most memorable. But after moving to Cancún and meeting Don Julio Jr. (son of the Don Julio), the Minneapolis native's attitude changed, and he left the telecom industry behind to devote his efforts full-time to Ambhar tequila.
Wet Republic model server Natalie Gross turns up the heat
Sunday, July 11, 2010
On the list of job application processes on the Las Vegas Strip, model server at a pool club has to rank as one of the most nerve-wracking of them all.
Summer pools keep Alex Mendonsa on the go
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Growing up in Orange County, Alex Mendonsa was never too far from some of the top surfing beaches in the world.
James Madders brings European flair to Azure
Sunday, June 27, 2010
In his hometown of Brighton, England, James Madders was something of a teenage savant in the nightlife industry.
Craftsteak's assistant GM Jessica Aiken strives for excellence
Sunday, June 20, 2010
It was 13 years ago when Jessica Aiken first joined the MGM Grand family as a member of the hotel operations team. Now, as assistant general manager of Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak, she helps run one of the Strip's most respected steakhouses.
New Ghostbar director Mike Diamond heightens senses with Snitch
Sunday, June 13, 2010
For Australian-born Mike Diamond, the chance to revitalize one of the Palms' towering nightspots was less about furthering his own career and more about giving Las Vegas a unique party night.
Pure VIP manager Brandon Ring keeps every line open
Sunday, June 6, 2010
"It's my Monday," says Brandon Ring on a Friday afternoon, and that just about sums up the late-is-early, work-is-play world of a VIP services manager.
Hussong's Cantina owner Scott Frost is a true giant of the industry
Sunday, May 30, 2010
When Scott Frost started Titan Nightlife Group in 2006, his goal was to attach his company to brands that could transport themselves outside of Las Vegas. With Ensenada landmark Hussong's Cantina, he found a restaurant whose marketing potential could drive a global business model.
M Resort's new pool director Jeff Kenkel is a DayDream believer
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Summer is less than a month away, but the beach bodies are already out at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard.
It's always game time for Marc Zakin, Lagasse's Stadium's GM
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Name a job in the food and beverage industry and Marc Zakin has done it.
StripSteak bartender Amanda Gager is a cocktail connoisseur
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Amanda Gager was caramelizing raw sugar on the rim of a martini glass when the clouds parted, the light shone down and bartending became something more than what it had been previously - mainly watching regulars sign over their paychecks for a few free beers and the chance at video-poker fortune.
Tao's director of VIP services reaches nightlife nirvana
Sunday, May 2, 2010
If an unassuming bartender comes up to you, the owner of a failing club (now-shuttered), and promises he can bring in more people than the usual 60 on a Saturday night and asks for half the take at the door for his troubles, don't take him lightly.
Chris Moonen follows father into restaurant industry
Sunday, April 25, 2010
When Chris Moonen stepped off the plane last December, he couldn't have imagined what lay in store for him in Las Vegas. He had just spent the last year in South Korea, and prior to that, two years as a middle school teacher in Boston.
Stylist Sharleen Andrade helps brighten Color
Sunday, April 18, 2010
When Sharleen Andrade met her future boss Michael Boychuck for the first time, she didn't have an appointment, but she did have her resume.
B.B. King's assistant GM Pedro Torres keeps the blues alive
Monday, April 12, 2010
B.B. King probably has strings that have been on his guitar longer than Pedro Torres has been part of the team at B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage, but the Puerto Rican-born assistant general manager is making his presence felt.
Checking in on Matt Minichino, the Hard Rock Hotel's nightlife mogul
Monday, April 5, 2010
You may have seen the Hard Rock Hotel's director of nightlife operations before - just not perhaps in the most flattering light. New York native Matt Minichino was portrayed as the irascible pool manager in truTV's reality series "Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel."
Yuliya Kamenshchuk talks cocktailing in Eve
Monday, March 29, 2010
There are shafts of natural light shining through the windows of Eve nightclub on a gorgeous afternoon in the middle of March, and in a sense it's the perfect complement to cocktail server Yuliya Kamenshchuk, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, who moved stateside seven years ago.
Joel Robuchon's wine director spills the grapes
Sunday, March 21, 2010
When Harley Carbery took over the wine program at Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand more than year ago, one of his first moves was to change the pricing structure of the menu, bringing every single item down in price.
Going south of the border with Stephanie Peck
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Men of the world, look out. Stephanie Peck is one of those bartenders Las Vegas is famous for - attractive and outgoing, with that ace in the hole that has jaws dropping and tongues spilling out like Jim Carrey in The Mask. Peck digs sports.
Shane Monaco talks The Light Group's newest restaurant
Sunday, March 7, 2010
When The Light Group opened its sixth Las Vegas restaurant in December, it needed to look no further than its own ranks to find Shane Monaco, who became director of operations for the new Union Restaurant and Lounge at Aria.
Dani Della Valle sets tone for rocker's Vegas party
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
Sammy Hagar got the party started at Cabo Wabo Cantina, but Dani Della Valle keeps it going day and night as the Strip-side venue's bar and entertainment manager. A proud Jersey girl, Della Valle moved to Las Vegas to pursue dance at UNLV and got caught up in the city's nightlife scene. She made the jump to Cabo Wabo for its December opening.
Playboy Club's Rico Romano talks life among Bunnies
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010
Before it closed in 1986, the Chicago Playboy Club was a focal point for kids like Rico Romano, who gazed up at the famous logo on the side of 1960 North Lincoln Park West knowing that, even if he were of age, he probably would never see the inside of the exclusive bunny den.
Pass the Mic: Elissa Sawaya spices up T and T's Mischieve Wednesdays
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010
Growing up, she dreamed of being a circus clown, but anyone who's seen Elissa Sawaya in person knows that ringmaster would be a much more appropriate way to make a living.
Master planner
Cupid's arrows point to Andrea Eppolito
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010
Andrea Eppolito knows firsthand how romantic Innovative Dining Group's Las Vegas restaurants can be: The New York native met her current boyfriend during a dinner at Boa Steakhouse five years ago.
For those about to rock...
Shelly Alexander salutes you
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010
We can't speak in the actual club because a band is soundchecking - yes, a real, live band, something that has become a rarity in most nightspots these days thanks to the unsubstantiated notion that only hip-hop and bottle service will cut it anymore.
Lofty libations
Melody Sheppard rises to challenge at Mandarin Bar
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010
Sophisticated is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days, especially when it comes to bars and nightclubs. But the difference between a tuxedo T-shirt and clip-on bow tie and the real deal always makes itself apparent sooner or later. In the case of Mandarin Bar, it's tailor-made, designer-brand sophistication all the way.
Spray savant
Terry Hunter gives the gift of golden glow
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010
He's been a dancer onstage in Las Vegas and a manicurist by trade, but what Terry Hunter really wanted to do was spray tan.
Rock rules
Inside the Strip's rowdy party with Melinda Lee
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010
You may have seen, or at least heard, a small club while walking the Las Vegas Strip at night - bumpin' music, line out the door, packed inside - and wondered what was going on in that place called Rockhouse. Cocktail waitress Melinda Lee let us in on the action.
Right-Hand Man
Q-Juan Taylor a key player in rock ’n’ roll chef’s empire
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
It's no accident that Sunday brunch at Simon has become the place to see and be seen in Las Vegas. Chef Kerry Simon's menu paired with the posh digs — a sixth-floor perch overlooking a secluded pool deck at Palms Place — would be enough to draw most people, but there's a secret weapon, too: general manager Q-Juan Taylor.
Get connected
Richard Wilk, VIP incarnate
Monday, Jan. 4, 2010
What is it about Richard Wilk that makes him one of the most connected people in Las Vegas? Is it his background protecting high-level politicians? Is it his employment at one of the coolest hotels in the city? Is it something in the water in his native Toronto? To hear him tell it, it's a lot simpler than that.
Raising the Bar
Yellowtail’s Kat Gonzales knows her cocktails
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010
When it comes to discussing the cocktail list at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio, bartender Kat Gonzales does not hold back.

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