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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.

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Ever-evolving Jabbawockeez make a point at Luxor
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Jabbawockeez have grown up considerably since opening at MGM Grand five years ago.
Notes: Santana recalls his 'no' to The Rolling Stones; Goodman's unsettling Willie Brown fundraiser; Lewis likes (two) female comics
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Carlos Santana was asked by The Rolling Stones to be in "Gimme Shelter," an offer he turned down.
Face-to-face meeting with Phil Knight led Andre Agassi back to the swoosh
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Tennis legend and Las Vegas native Andre Agassi returned to Nike after a personal overture from company chief Phil Knight. “We talked it out. We shared many tears together, talking to each other across a desk,” recalls Agassi.
Notes: Oscar Goodman to subject himself to skewering; Paul Davis leaves HRH for a different kind of hard rock
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Oscar Goodman follows Zowie Bowie in the throne for "Showbiz Roast" at the Stratosphere in July.
Goodman returns from N.Y. tour in time to be Oscar
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Oscar Goodman has been busy promoting "Being Oscar," but the former Las Vegas mayor also has found time for Broadway and fine dining.
D time is now for The Scintas to take hold in Downtown Las Vegas
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Scintas bring a family vibe to The D, replacing the old Irish vibe of Fitzgeralds.
Debbie Reynolds says she wanted more of Liberace the showman in ‘Candelabra’
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Debbie Reynolds has just a few significant scenes in "Behind the Candelabra" but relished the chance to play Liberace's mother, Frances.
Crazy Horse III halts use of name Crazy Horse Too, but rival club is opening anyway
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Mike Galam's effort to resurrect the name Crazy Horse Too was thwarted today by a judge in Las Vegas.
The backlash has taken hold — but why was Biebs booed?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Justin Bieber spent 57 seconds in silence as fans booed him after he won the Milestone Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.
Penn Jillette finishes second but spins a lot of magic on 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'
Monday, May 20, 2013
Penn Jillette was uncertain about returning to "Celebrity Apprentice" but has won nearly $1 million for Opportunity Village on the NBC show.
Live from the Billboard Music Awards: Swift wins Top Artist; Bieber wins Milestone Award; Prince burns in finale
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena kicked off with a great performance by Bruno Mars and some jokes from host Tracy Morgan.
Jabbawockeez shift into higher gear with 'Prism' at Luxor
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Together for a decade, Jabbawockeez continue to develop their act and have developed a wide-ranging show with "Prism."
Penn Jillette’s weekend plans: Baby-sit Trace Adkins’ kids, beat Adkins on ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’
Friday, May 17, 2013
Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins have become close friends during NBC's all-star season of "Celebrity Apprentice."
LVH books a classic-rock act, and it ain't 'Rock Vault'; Brad Garrett turns to animation and stand-up after sitcom cancellation
Friday, May 17, 2013
"Raiding the Rock Vault" is a classic-rock production show, but Led ZepAgain is in town this weekend.
Horses of a different color: Crazy Horse Too-Crazy Horse III in court next week; Helldorado Days plots its future
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The famous gentlemen's club on Industrial opens next week, but what will it be called?
'KWTD': 'Rock Vault' loaded with hits — including a right hook by Howard Leese
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
In the first week of "Raiding the Rock Vault" at LVH, Heart guitarist Howard Leese landed one of his greatest hits.
Elvis king crowned on Fremont Street, but Sam and Linda Thompson also win
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Chad Collins topped a field of 19 Elvis Tribute Artists, but the brother-sister combo of Sam and Linda Thompson picked up some cash, too.
For ‘Model Employee’ octet, Mandalay Bay is the first, last and only resort
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
"Model Employee" is a contest among eight models competing to be the spokeswoman for Mandalay Bay.
Jerry Lewis keeps it crisp at South Point; next stop is Cannes Film Festival
Monday, May 13, 2013
Jerry Lewis appeared solo, without musicians, but made ample use of humor and clips at South Point.
This news never gets old: The Rolling Stones put on a show for the ages at MGM Grand
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Rolling Stones' aura was never more powerful than during a hits-loaded show Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
An emotional Clint Holmes performance at The Smith Center is an early Mother's Day gift
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Clint Holmes had never met Gloria Bullard and her family before May 3, but it was an unforgettable night.
A Rolling Stones-to-Santana letter exhumed, and a by-the-numbers look at the band
Friday, May 10, 2013
In 1970, the Stones asked Santana for permission to use his performance from Altamont in "Gimme Shelter." He said no thanks.
Packing his trunk of memories, Jerry Lewis hits the stage at South Point
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Jerry Lewis is performing at South Point for the first time since leaving the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2010.
The Elvis who Linda Thompson remembers 'got a kick' from impressionists
Thursday, May 9, 2013
When Elvis was alive, those dressed as Elvis showed up to his shows at the Las Vegas Hilton. He chuckled at being honored that way.
Las Vegas entertainers rally for Donny & Marie musician Mike Turnbull
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mike Turnbull is a favorite among Las Vegas musicians, who are organizing to help him pay medical bills from his throat cancer surgery.
‘KWTD’: Frankie Scinta on ‘The Scintas’ trek back to town and performing without Chrissi
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Scintas opened at Shimmer Cabaret in 2000 and quickly became a fan favorite. Fronted by Frankie Scinta, the family act is now at The D.
Cirque puts its best feet forward in evoking the imagery of Michael Jackson
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The first rollout of "Michael Jackson One" at Mandalay Bay revealed inventive sets and a great sound system.
Notes: Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s great, but bout wasn’t; Chrissi Scinta’s stage return in question; Marie Osmond hits the (tomato) sauce
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a great fighter — too great to ensure that his fights at MGM Grand will be suspenseful or packed with action.
Weeks before it reopens, Crazy Horse Too fending off a lawsuit filed by ... Crazy Horse III
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Crazy Horse Too is one of the more infamous businesses in Las Vegas. Mike Galam, in charge of the topless dance club once owned by Rick Rizzolo, hopes to forge a reputable reputation.
Beyond 'The Dragon': Andre Agassi and Gil Reyes get a lift with award-winning fitness machine
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Andre Agassi and Gil Reyes constructed a version of the C.O.D. Machine during Agassi's playing career. Now it's for the public.
No ifs, ands or buts about the support for former showgirl Shellee Renee
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Shellee Renee is a former "Crazy Girls" performer and is still close friends with "X Burlesque" co-producer Angela Stabile.
With ‘Pin Up,’ Stratosphere has it covered — which is not the best idea for Claire Sinclair
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Claire Sinclair is a one-time Playboy Playmate of the Year, which is what lures many fans to the nonetheless covered "Pin Up" at Stratosphere.
Notes: Leigh Zimmerman triumphs in 'A Chorus Line'; an only-in-Vegas day for Clint Holmes; Brody Dolyniuk is returning
Monday, April 29, 2013
Leigh Zimmeran, late of "The Producers" at Paris Las Vegas, came away with an Olivier Award for "A Chorus Line" on Sunday.
Mary Wilson-to-The Venetian would fulfill a Supreme goal
Monday, April 29, 2013
Mary Wilson saw Human Nature at its opening at Imperial Palace four years ago — and now might share the same Venetian theater.
Siegfried & Roy mulling an anniversary event marking Mirage-Montecore incident
Monday, April 29, 2013
Siegfried & Roy are the focus of international attention as the 10th anniversary of the Montecore biting of Roy approaches.
Holly Madison lends her love for animals to 10th ‘Best in Show’ at The Orleans
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Holly Madison has made repeated appearances at "Best in Show" and in 2011 adopted her pooch Louis at the event.
It's 'Frank & Friends' today, but Frank Wildhorn wants 'Jekyll & Hyde' to play Smith Center
Saturday, April 27, 2013
"Frank & Friends" features Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn, jazz great Jane Monheit and Cabaret Jazz headliner Clint Holmes.
Head of Saks Fifth Avenue is ideally suited for his job
Friday, April 26, 2013
Steve Sadove was in town last week for the 10th annual Vegas Dozen, his first visit to the event at Saks at Fashion Show mall.
Pasquale Rotella's taxing statement: EDC's return in 2014 is in jeopardy
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Electric Daisy Carnival is back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June, but LET concerns have jeopardized its future in Las Vegas.
Prince's guitarist is amped for performances at The Joint
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Donna Grantis saw Prince in concert in Toronto in November 2011. A year later, she was in his band.
Pop Evolution is ready for residency at the Stratosphere starting May 7
Thursday, April 25, 2013
David Perrico premiered Pop Evolution last May at South Point. The band now has a home at the Stratosphere.
Packed Stratosphere house is treated to some serious burning at first 'Showbiz Roast'
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Vinnie Favorito closed the show with a sometimes uncomfortable flourish at the first "Showbiz Roast" at Stratosphere.
A second Electric Daisy Carnival in L.V. in 2014? David Copperfield Theater? Plus, ‘Beacher’s Madhouse’
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has proven such a boon to business in Las Vegas that tourism officials want more.
At Hakkasan, it's time to rock -- er, EDM -- around the clock
Monday, April 22, 2013
Hakkasan is the most ambitious club project ever in a Strip hotel. Is its marriage to EDM going to last?
Spotlight returns to 'Power of Love' gala; Marshall Sylver's spectacle takes another twist
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The "Power of Love" is set for rebroadcast tonight on Vegas TV, and "Larry King Now" focuses on the gala next week.
'Lefty' sweeps up a list of skills for judicious magicians
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Doug "Lefty" Leferovich performs an act in Murray Sawchuck's show at the Tropicana, but he does so much more.
A reinvigorated Jerry Lewis set for May performances at South Point
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jerry Lewis last performed in Las Vegas in November and is returning to the site of his final MDA Telethon appearance: South Point.
By June, the extravagant ‘Priscilla’ will be ready to rumble
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert — The Musical" is at once warm and mainstream — and flamboyant and outlandish. It comes to the Venetian Theater for an 11-week run beginning June 18.
‘KWTD’: Keith Thompson says The Composers Showcase is happily at home at Cabaret Jazz
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Keith Thompson and Michael Brennan started The Composers Showcase seven years ago at Suede restaurant. That business closed, but the Showcase is prospering.
Steve Wynn's winning weekend: Raising $1.3 million at 'Power of Love'; dinner with Sheldon Adelson
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Steve Wynn offered a week on his yacht, Aquarius, at Saturday's "Power of Love" gala. He wound up raising $1.3 million.

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