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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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NHL betting at T-Mobile is possible (there’s an app for it); no shakin’ in Elvis’ old theater
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Sully’s Bar at Bally’s, just off the hotel’s Flamingo Road entrance. A great place to hang for a bit before hustling across the street to Cromwell, because if your destination …
Review: Brooks brings the spectacle in Las Vegas return
Saturday, June 25, 2016
What happened to the guy who used to play Encore Theater a few years ago? The guitar-packing cowpoke who stood and strummed between a pair of potted plants? The guy who was music's version of “Between Two Ferns,” who laughed and sang and told his life story …
Plans for high-energy 'Cherry Boom Boom' come into focus
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The opening date has been set for “Cherry Boom Boom,” the new production targeted for Tropicana Theater in the hotel of the same name. The show is to perform nightly at ...
Tyson keeps slugging it out as ‘Undisputed Truth’ extended through October
Friday, June 24, 2016
In his fighting career, Mike Tyson was known for the quick KO — ask Michael Spinks, who was “entertained” by Tyson for 91 seconds in 1988. But as a stage performer, Tyson is built to go the distance, as his stage show at the MGM has proven.
After a hiatus took her to Europe and Mexico, Lorena Peril is back dazzling audiences in 'Fantasy'
Thursday, June 23, 2016
"What I’ve missed, really, is the family atmosphere of the show. ... It’s been a learning process, and you realize how much you miss that when they are not around.”
Las Vegas NHL chief Bill Foley: ‘This is not going to be a 10-year program’
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Bill Foley sidestepped a commemorative street sign reading “NHL Hockey Boulevard” to talk for a time about his hockey team. ...
Homegrown musical ‘Idaho!’ opens in Las Vegas with one eye on Broadway
Thursday, June 23, 2016
“The only reason we are here is because I couldn’t think of anything to rhyme with Wyoming.”
Even before talk of pro pucks, Las Vegas has been a major league city
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Eight years ago, almost to the day, a group of experts with a deep education of pro sports visited the Las Vegas Sun offices for a round-table discussion about the city’s potential as a big-league city. ...
The Stanley Cup: Still looking great at 123
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
At the after-party of the 2009 NHL Awards at Palms Pool, a fan who had succumbed to revelry leapt into the water and began swimming toward an object standing on a platform in the middle of the water. No ordinary object, this. It was ...
Monday By the Numbers: Bye-bye to Mermaids, Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and all that deep-fried yumminess
Monday, June 20, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on three famous but ill-fated businesses on Fremont Street: The Girls of Glitter Gulch, Mermaids and La Bayou. That Triumvirate of Regretful Decisions has been purchased by ...
Imagine Dragons’ charitable pulse still strong in Orlando benefit concert
Monday, June 20, 2016
Ben McKee was peacefully navigating the Rogue River in Southern Oregon on the night of the terrible shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. So he did not immediately learn of that tragedy and ...
Las Vegas’ hockey honeymoon must be precursor to a lasting marriage
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Novelty is fickle, and Las Vegas is a fickle city. This is especially true for locals and tourists figuring out how to spend their entertainment dollar. Las Vegas is unique not only as the largest metropolitan outpost in North …
EDC’s roots at LVMS planted 20 years ago; Tiesto takes a spot with The Who, Bon Jovi
Friday, June 17, 2016
The vision of the original architects of Las Vegas Motor Speedway is certainly a prominent reason for the success of the Electric Daisy Carnival. But this is maybe a coincidental vision, as LVMS was not built ...
Mark Shunock’s Mondays Dark to relocate and more from the VegasVille scene
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
South Point's newly-renovated lounge, new shows at Planet Hollywood and more.
‘Baz’ backs up its opening at Palazzo; ‘Showstoppers’ invokes Danny and Sandy
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
We begin with a great quote from Tala Marie, the lone remaining original member of Matt Goss’s dance troupe The Dirty Virgins at the Gossy Room in Caesars Palace. Marie is leaving the act because her hubby, Jim Yancey, and she are ...
Monday By the Numbers: ‘Cabaret’ and its rich history open at Smith Center
Monday, June 13, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on the legendary musical “Cabaret,” the touring version of which makes a stop at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center ...
Tragedy sparks prayer vigil at centers in Las Vegas, Reno; Reno arch to go dark
Sunday, June 12, 2016
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is holding a prayer vigil tonight at 7 at the organization’s headquarters, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. ...
‘Beverly Hills of Las Vegas’ for sale — for an offer the sellers can’t refuse
Sunday, June 12, 2016
The most ornately appointed, 26,000-square-foot mansion you’ve never seen might be up for sale soon. Or, you could say it is for sale at this moment, if you have an appealing offer for singing legend Phyllis McGuire and her …
Penn Jillette’s ‘Director’s Cut’ should carve cult following; Ron White hosts righteous hang
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Penn Jillette’s appearance at the Reason Rally last weekend didn’t go off without a hitch, or a Hitchens. An uncommonly long soundcheck on the Washington Mall kept Jillette in the grassy expanse for ...
Frank Marino: ‘Riviera was never a drag for me’
Saturday, June 11, 2016
The legacy of entertainment at the Riviera lives on throughout Las Vegas, and even beyond. Undeniably, one of the hotel’s foremost ambassadors and spokesmen has been a hot lady named ...
‘With a Twist,’ Travis Cloer is ready to change seasons
Friday, June 10, 2016
For Travis Cloer, a new start coincided with the end of an era. And he was prepared for all of it. Set to debut a show titled ...
How Rock in Rio, ACM Party for a Cause slipped into uncertainty
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Those who have staged big festivals at Las Vegas Festival Grounds are certainly a worldly bunch. Some have just been kicking it up in Lisbon and are back in Rio. ...
‘Jersey Boys’ to close at Paris Las Vegas on Sept. 18
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
“Jersey Boys” is closing, the cast and crew were notified this evening at Paris Las Vegas. Its final show is Sept. 18. Officials from production company Dodgers Theatricals met with the creative team after the performance tonight and announced ...
Clint Holmes looking to uncork an ace with ‘Between the Lines’
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Clint Holmes is a very good tennis player, one reason he is so fit at age 70. Naturally, the way to win at that game is to find the lines and fire shots at those boundaries. Holmes’ new show ...
Jim Murren discusses high-end Park MGM, ‘romantic’ NoMad and ‘the best of the best’
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
An effort to revive Monte Carlo has been three years in the making and led to the announcement Friday that the resort is to be renamed Park MGM and NoMad Hotel, a $450 million deal in partnership with Sydell Group and MGM Resorts International.
Hard Rock Hotel opens arms to women, conventions
Monday, June 6, 2016
In May, the hotel celebrated completion of the steel structure on its convention center expansion, and Channing Tatum is bring "Magic Mike Live" to the hotel ...
Festivals have been a game-changer in Las Vegas, but how much is enough?
Monday, June 6, 2016
The emergence of festivals has changed the face of Las Vegas entertainment, making it more competitive than ever. But in a market where so much entertainment is already being staged, is it possible to oversaturate? What’s become abundantly clear is that in the effort to make the city a major festival destination — led by Las Vegas Events and MGM Resorts executives, ...
Monday By the Numbers: Deshauna Barber is tops among 52 Miss USA contestants
Monday, June 6, 2016
Life’s rich pageant flew through VegasVille this week and was capped Sunday night when a member of the U.S. Army won the Miss USA Pageant. Miss ...
Forever truculent, Muhammad Ali shook up our world
Saturday, June 4, 2016
We watched a lot of fights together in those days, many of them involving “The Greatest.” It was Ali vs. Jerry Quarry, Ali vs. Kenny Norton, Ali vs. Joe Bugner, Ali vs. Ron Lyle, Ali vs. Earnie Shavers, Ali vs. Leon Spinks. Always …
Jerry Lewis, Celine Dion and the ‘A-flat’ moment at Caesars
Saturday, June 4, 2016
When the elegant woman in the white dress knelt next to the man seated in the armchair, he smiled and said, “I sing, too.” ...
Monte Carlo rebrands as Park MGM and NoMad
Friday, June 3, 2016
Today’s announcement that Monte Carlo will be redesigned as two hotels — Park MGM Grand and NoMad Las Vegas — keeps a promise by ...
Buzz out of the Park Theater: Lady Gaga joining Justin Timberlake in headliner lineup
Friday, June 3, 2016
The information posted this week by my colleague Ubiquitous Robin Leach noting that Justin Timberlake is being reeled in as one of the resident headliners at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo seems ...
‘Baz’ music lineup set; Kelly Clinton Holmes moves to Tuscany (Suites)
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The musicians for “Baz — Star Crossed Love” have been set, and they are all Las Vegas players of high aptitude. ...
Rock of Vegas anchors Fremont Street Experience’s entertainment program
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The free-admission series featuring throwback superstar acts complements a busy, three-stage schedule.
Turbulent, trendsetting life of DJ AM spins on in new documentary
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The family of DJ AM yearned for the late DJ’s story to be told. Filmmaker Kevin Kerslake wanted to tell it. But how, exactly? What would such a documentary look like? ...
Penn Jillette unplugged ... in acoustic debut at Smith Center
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette performed an original song, “No Martyrs, No Saints,” a tribute to late author and social critic Christopher Hitchens. ...
Who cares? Yes, the rockers do, in electrifying show at the Colosseum
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Being a legend affords a certain latitude: You get to make fun of whatever and whomever whenever you like. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend reminded of that status Sunday night at the Colosseum ...
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 ...
Bill Medley totally righteous at Composers Showcase; Penn Jillette’s latest book to diet for
Friday, May 27, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau once again was ensconced at 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 ...

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