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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.

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How many houses can one city keep full?
Sunday, May 29, 2016
How many arenas are too many? How many are enough? In Las Vegas, we’re about to find out. Announced last week was a partnership between Las Vegas Sands and Madison Square Garden for a 17,500-seat entertainment venue to be built on the …
Holly Madison makes the dates in ‘Vegas Diaries’ rollout
Saturday, May 28, 2016
There are literary deadlines, and there are the deadlines of life. Holly Madison understands both. The due date for her second child and second book have been inconveniently aligned, with Madison initially facing a June release date for ...
Medley is totally righteous at Composers Showcase; Jillette’s latest book is to diet for
Friday, May 27, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau once again was ensconced at the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas on Wednesday night, and it was a genuine hall of fame experience. For the first time, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performed ...
It’s Vegas … Straight Up as Chris Phillips opens gig at South Point
Friday, May 27, 2016
Sometimes we refer to him as Zowie Bowie, other times just Chris, but regardless he always brings the party. Chris Phillips-as-Zowie Bowie filled ...
Bob Arum: I am ready to promote Trump vs. Sanders
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Bob Arum knows weird. In 1973, he promoted Evel Knievel’s attempt at clearing the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, in a rocket cycle. The entire spectacle ...
Unshakable Tommy Wind stays steady as Vinnie Favorito bolts for Hooters
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tommy Wind Theater is a cozy family operation housed in the 21,000-square-foot fortress that was once Club Utopia and most recently Boulevard Theater across from Monte Carlo in the strip mall ...
Claire Sinclair and 'Pin Up' notch three years at the Stratosphere, but what’s next?
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Pin Up remains property of the Stratosphere and won’t close unless Strat officials authorize such a move. But with the success of MJ Live, and the ease with which hotels can turn a profit as a landlord versus a show producer, any outcome is possible for Pin Up.
Segway antics, Brad Garrett on fumes (and NBC) and more from ‘Power of Love’ Gala
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
It was a uniquely Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala type of moment when the guy on the Segway custom-painted with metallic flames arrived on the red (or make that purple) carpet. ...
Monday By the Numbers: ‘One Night’ film and Joan Jett’s show at FSE
Monday, May 23, 2016
Monday By the Numbers is a mix of clipped hair, concrete, champagne and, most important from our friends at Cirque du Soleil, a healthy splash of water. ...
At T-Mobile Arena, our own Billboard Music Awards go to …
Monday, May 23, 2016
The Billboard Music Awards telecast is more than just an awards show. It’s a live-performance spectacle, fashion show, means to make a cultural/political statement and great arena spectacle. ...
Electric Daisy Carnival announces monster lineup — 250 acts — for 20th anniversary
Monday, May 23, 2016
The lineup of the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival has been announced, and the field of artists rivals the great expanse of the host venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 250 acts ...
Tony Bennett’s medley ramps up the power at ‘Power of Love’
Sunday, May 22, 2016
He kept saying it, in the run-up to the party, during and after: “This is overwhelming.” We know the feeling because when Tony Bennett closed “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and hit the final, ...
Steve Wynn makes quick change at Intrigue; Red Mercury scales Stratosphere
Sunday, May 22, 2016
When we refer to the scene in VegasVille as a participation sport, the overnight opening-night party at Jewel is what we’re talking about. The club has overtaken the former Haze nightclub, closed 18 months ago, and ...
Bill Boyd’s passion for hometown burns bright as ever
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Taking the lead from his legendary father, Bill Boyd, the founder and executive chairman of Boyd Gaming, continues to enrich the community with his vision and generosity. On Saturday night, he was honored at the ...
At Aria, poker ace Bobby Baldwin hits the club at Jewel
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Bobby Baldwin has long been a master at turning a profit at 2 p.m. Now he’s focused on 2 a.m. ...
A cool hang with Robert Irvine is just the start at ‘re-energized’ Tropicana
Friday, May 20, 2016
Say this for Robert Irvine: When he hangs out at the Trop, he really hangs out at the Trop. The star chef who hosts Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” made the ultimate delivery order Monday ...
Hello? More dates for Lionel Richie at Axis? Boyband revue sauntering into Sin City Theater
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lionel Richie’s initial run at Axis at Planet Hollywood sold well enough to spark speculation that he’ll extend beyond the announced dates this fall. ...
The Cult’s Ian Astbury brings the fire, but can simmer, too
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The man who sings “Fire Woman” can be a flame-thrower onstage. But in conversation, Ian Astbury feels more like a candle, warm and calm. “I’m not the type who seeks the limelight, and I’m not all about accolades,” the frontman for The Cult said ...
David Spade returns to the Mirage, and remembers the Riv
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
“I did 21 shows per week—this was before SNL, so that was my schedule—and they actually offered to pay you in chips in those days.”
From El Rancho Vegas to MGM Grand, Tony Bennett is still a hot ticket
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tony Bennett recalls what it was like for singers in the early days of Las Vegas. Which is to say, there was not a lot of work for singers in the early days of Las Vegas. ...
‘Forever Purple’ Prince tribute show set for June 7 at Smith Center
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Beach Cafe at Tropicana Las Vegas on Monday night. The news out of this building tonight is the announcement of a new restaurant fronted by ...
Monday By the Numbers: ‘Power of Love’s’ 35-person turnout in 1995 — and 16,000 since
Monday, May 16, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers turns its spotlight on one of the year’s great philanthropic events — and events of any kind — the Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” charity gala benefiting ...
L.V. doubleheader: Paul Zerdin opens ‘vent’ at P.H.; Scorpions blackout at Joint
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Once more the lineup of shows was uniquely VegasVille. Early in the night, it was ventriloquist Paul Zerdin with his “Mouthing Off” show at Planet Hollywood Showroom. Later, it was a scramble to the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel to catch veteran German rock band …
Frankie Moreno is ready to rock audiences at Planet Hollywood
Friday, May 13, 2016
The multitalented musician plays just about every style of music imaginable. Oh, and he's awesome.
‘Magic Mike’ muscling onto crowded stage; Criss Angel moves back ‘Mindfreak Live!’ opening
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Caesars Entertainment is abuzz lately with new or updated shows, including Paul Zerdin’s “Mouthing Off” toggling with Frankie Moreno at PH Showroom and Wayne Newton’s “Up Close and Personal” at ...
Next weekend’s Helldorado offers updated take on Old West
Sunday, May 8, 2016
This is not our first rodeo. It is our 82nd. We speak of the annual Helldorado Days rodeo, parade and festival staged each spring in Las Vegas …
‘X’ turns XIV at Flamingo; Steve Wynn not grooving to overpaid DJs
Friday, May 6, 2016
A product of the Matt and Angela Stabile “X” empire, “X Burlesque” at Flamingo is advancing with new numbers and visuals. ...
Operation Frankie Moreno is finally at full force at Planet Hollywood
Friday, May 6, 2016
I won’t say the man was nervous. He handled that himself Wednesday night. “Why am I so nervous?” Frankie Moreno asked everyone and no one in particular ...
Steven Tyler to tell all in Venetian appearance
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The man who has long demanded, “Walk this way, talk this way,” will be doing some talking — along with singing — on the Strip in July.
Long-awaited ‘Magic Mike’ adult revue headed for Hard Rock Hotel
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Primarily naked, dancing men are to descend on the Hard Rock Hotel. “Magic Mike Live,” starring Channing Tatum of the movie of the same name, is set to open at the hotel in March. ...
Prince’s death has shaken up Vegas tribute artist Jason Tenner’s world
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
“We’ve been getting calls from arenas and things of that nature … But I am here to make sure his music, and his legacy, lives on in the right way.”
‘Twisted Vegas’ halted at Westgate; Lionel Richie marks ‘crazy’ start at Axis
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
On Sunday, Lionel Richie was justifiably impressed by audience reaction to a show on the Strip — his own. “The crowd, last night, was crazy,” Richie said before taking the stage to close ...
Billy Joel nods to Elvis, Elton in return to the Strip
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Let’s take a look at the audience in the new T-Mobile Arena who turned out to see a man who has sold out Madison Square Garden for 35 consecutive shows. ...
Animated Seth MacFarlane puts on showstopper at Encore Theater
Sunday, May 1, 2016
During Seth MacFarlane’s orchestral spectacle at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas on Friday night, a gentleman seated near the stage in the middle of the venue sang in duet with the star ...
No tall tales: 20 facts to mark 20 years of the Stratosphere
Sunday, May 1, 2016
When I explain to folks how long I have lived in Las Vegas, I tell them, “I have lived here as long as the Stratosphere.” True. I moved to Las Vegas from Redding, Calif., the weekend of April 30, 1996. I was …
Wynn’s empire is never ‘Never’ land; we hit stage with Mr. Las Vegas
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau cut a swath through the Venetian/Palazzo and Wynn Las Vegas over the past two nights. The Palazzo porte-cochere was the unlikely venue for a sit-down dinner of 300 refined scenesters during the …
Intrigue, Jewel delivering some extreme club makeover
Friday, April 29, 2016
I visited Jewel at Aria on Tuesday, which was just a hard-hat tour amid a skyscape of LED lights, but it does represent a club experience. ...
Human Nature’s ‘Jukebox’ opens up request line at the Venetian
Friday, April 29, 2016
During opening night of their new production “Jukebox” at the Venetian’s Sands Showroom, the guys from Human Nature ask the audience to call out some of their favorite songs. At one point, the affable foursome ...
‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Paul Zerdin brings his puppets to Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
But how many ventriloquists can the Strip absorb?
Lisa Marie Smith of ‘Pin Up’ flips calendar for spin with ‘Baz’
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 ...
Elisa Fiorillo summons Princely spirit in ‘Purple Rain’ performance
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.
Seth MacFarlane hits Las Vegas and is ready to swing
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 ...
Star trek from Clint Holmes-Santa Fe to Frankie Moreno is Uber-eventful
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 ...
Monday By the Numbers: Billy Joel, with a dash of ‘Zark’
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. ...
Successful Red Rock Resort offers evolving SLS something to aspire to
Sunday, April 24, 2016
The week of the opening of Red Rock Resort in April 2006, I toured the property with the president of the hotel, Scott Kreeger. I recall him being especially responsive to my questions about Rocks Lounge, Cherry …
George Strait rocks T-Mobile box office; Prince artist Jason Tenner ‘shocked’ but plays on
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 ...
Get ready to party with Frankie Moreno
Friday, April 22, 2016
This longtime Vegas favorite promises an energetic night with ‘Under the Influence.’
Remembering Prince and his breathtaking run at the Rio
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 ...
Improv Comedy Club to close show at Harrah’s
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, ...
Lionel Richie brings his enduring hit parade to Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
When he says he’s doing All the Hits, he means it.

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