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February 9, 2016

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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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Hall & Oates: Great duo, great deal at MGM Grand
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Hall & Oates are rightfully billed as a multiplatinum rock duo, but you won’t have to dole out multiplatinum prices to see them play MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 23. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Sports books’ semi-Super profit, Chinese New Year and supercharged cars
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers takes a spin with Super Bowl 50, Chinese New Year and our friends at Dream Racing, the supercar attraction, which in January celebrated its fourth ...
An Oscar Goodman-Pete Rose gambling summit? Bet on it
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
During the past two days, we’ve hit Brody Dolyniuk’s orchestral production at the Smith Center, visited Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 at Hard Rock Hotel, met up with the L.V. Phil, Storm Large and Pink Martini before that performance ...
What’s to come of the brightest stars of ‘Jubilee’?
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
To the millions who have seen “Jubilee” over its 34-year history, the costumes have been as much a part of the show as the performers. They are stars unto themselves, these ...
Paul Johnson nails it down as the new Drew in ‘Rock of Ages’
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Paul Johnson can at once rock, and build, the house. A man who hammers it down on and off the stage, Johnson has ascended the spiral staircase of “Rock of Ages” at ...
‘Twisted Vegas’ vs. ‘Spoofical’ is family fun vs. ‘Family Guy’
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
If “Twisted Vegas” is beguiling, “Spoofical” is just brutal. That’s how that show feels even in rehearsals, and by David Saxe’s description. ...
‘Spoofical’ finds David Saxe shredding Strip icons
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
No one is spared in Spoofical. Magicians. Dance troupes. Casino moguls. Superstar headliners. Smut-pamphlet passers on the Strip.
Rocking in Rio with ‘Ages’ changes; L.V. Phil takes on pink hue
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
One performer who will not rock in Rio for long is Mark Shunock, the magnanimous actor who portrays Lonny who has announced on his Facebook page that he is leaving ...
Monday By the Numbers: A statistical summary of Super Bowl 50
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on Super Bowl 50, where we finally drop the Roman numerals and ask the question, “In how many Super Bowls did Roman Gabriel of the Rams play?” ...
CEO says MGM Resorts’ Park will be a busker-free zone
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
John Katsilometes relays a message from CEO Jim Murren about why SpongeBob SquarePants will not be welcome at the new entertainment …
The Amazing Johnathan, Psychic Tanya and ‘Mondays Dark’ prove Las Vegas charity knows no bounds
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Sometimes you don’t see the busy weeks coming. The week just passed was one of those in VegasVille, a weeklong rollout of parties, performances and events that was almost impossible for even this scribe to …
Oscar Goodman says Raiders-to-Las Vegas talks are ‘serious,’ but don’t give up NFL wagering
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
We’ve been down this road before: A professional sports franchise on unsteady footing in its home facility starts poking around Las Vegas. When Oscar Goodman was mayor of this city, he talked to several major league organizations about moving to Las Vegas. ...
With ‘Santana IV’ reunion and return to HOB, the man himself says, ‘Santana is life’
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
With Carlos Santana, “spirit” is always the operative term. He feels the spirit, he exudes spirituality, and his life is always swirling, wafting around like a spirit from a different dimension. His music, too, ...
Jerry Lewis returns — briefly — as MDA spokesman
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Jerry Lewis is back as a spokesman on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, having recorded a video in support of the MDA’s new logo and tagline. The clip is to be used ...
The Kats Report: J.Lo’s ‘All I Have’ goes all-out all the time
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
The production is generous, tireless and imaginative—all qualities shared by Lopez. There are no half-measures with this woman, and at the end you feel spent, which is the intended result.
Zowie Bowie leaves Station Casinos: ‘Nobody is more shocked that I’ve done this than me’
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
Chris Phillips told me, “I am tired of doing the high-leg kicks and having a job that is all about making people dance and buy alcohol. I’m so over all of that, and I’m the kind of guy who needs to be hungry to make something happen.” ...
Monday By the Numbers: A standing ‘O’ for one of Cirque’s greatest shows
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers delves (or, dives) into “O” at Bellagio. This show remains one of Cirque’s bestselling and most-appreciated productions, (water) logging more than 17 years on the Strip. I caught the show again ...
Santana sets release date for ‘Santana IV’; ONJ and Marie Osmond bond at NBT
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Mizuya lounge at Mandalay Bay, where the band of the moment is The Limit, fronted by John Lombardo, an original singing gondolier at the Venetian and stellar rock vocalist. The tune is ...
Heard it through the grapevine, and it is fact: John Fogerty is back this fall
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
It is not a surprise that rock legend John Fogerty has added more dates to the eight he banked in his first spree covering this month. The show was terrific, the biggest pure rock show in that venue and among the most electrifying of ...
Rick Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’ plans sports memorabilia authentication event
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
Harrison recently campaigned for his buddy, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, at an event at the Intercontinental Miami hotel. In October, Rubio was on hand for the grand opening of Pawn Plaza, Harrison’s cluster of businesses on the same parcel as Gold …
It’s game(s) on at Encore Players Club; Adrian Zmed keeps score with ‘Grease 2’ revival
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Adrian Zmed has reportedly played the role of Danny Zuko onstage more than any other actor, dating to various Broadway and national tours of “Grease.” ...
Holly Madison, husband Pasquale Rotella expecting Baby No. 2 in August
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Holly Madison was at the premiere of Jennifer Lopez’s residency at Axis at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday night. Before the show, she hit the pre-party at ...
Powerhouse Route 91 Harvest plays pick-a-parcel in return to the Village
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Brian O’Connell remembers a night three years ago in Las Vegas when Chris Baldizan and he gazed down at the Strip from the deck of the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay. Baldizan is the senior vice president of entertainment at MGM Resorts. O’Connell runs ...
J.Lo turns Axis theater into her own block party
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
J.Lo, her nickname displayed in shapely form as the stage at the Axis at Planet Hollywood party pit, is nothing short of the new gold standard for star headliners in Las Vegas. ...
Hoda and Jenna of ‘Today’ hit Las Vegas: ‘Everybody’s a something’
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
In our 24/7 town, there is always time for “Today,” and the NBC morning show hit the Strip for a live broadcast this morning and banked Friday’s show from Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. ...
Human Nature to launch ‘Jukebox’ at Sands Showroom in March
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Sidestepping the Motown theme that has proven so successful at two Las Vegas hotels, Human Nature is launching “Jukebox,” set to open March 29 at their home theater, Sands Showroom ...
The Kats Report: Louie Anderson stars as Zach Galifianakis’ mom(?!) in a new FX series
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
The Vegas headliner's voice landed him the role.
Olivia Newton-John remembers groovin’ in ‘Grease’ as she accepts NBT Woman of the Year honor
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John readily recalls the daily rehearsal time she put in for the dance scenes in “Grease,” principally the “You’re the One That I Want” number at the end of the film with co-star John Travolta and ...
SLS Las Vegas has a fighting chance with the Foundry
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
The Foundry is the latest flurry offered by SLS Las Vegas and its parent company, Stockbridge Capital. The 1,800-capacity music hall was formally unveiled last Thursday with a set by multi-instrumentalists Daniel Park and Ben Carey of Lifehouse ...
Tyson revisits Lewis dustup in new podcast; Fator had a hand in ‘Puppet Up!’
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Always expanding his business horizons, Mike Tyson is about to launch a podcast with co-host Peter Rosenberg of the Hot 97 Morning Show in New York. One of the early guests, already recorded, is Lennox Lewis. ...
Dates set for Guns N’ Roses re-launch at T-Mobile Arena
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Guns N’ Roses is launching a reunion tour with a couple of Strip shows. The dates for the band’s reported appearances at T-Mobile Arena have been announced: April 8-9, or the first weekend of business at ...
Monday By the Numbers: J.Lo’s ‘All I Have’ and Bronson-Brody-Beatles
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers summons those twin fortresses of Las Vegas entertainment: Axis at Planet Hollywood and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This week, Jennifer Lopez begins her “All I Have” series ...
GNR dialed in for T-Mobile Arena; ‘Alice’ has date with Strip hotshots
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Breakfast Club eatery in the downtown entertainment district of this Southwestern metropolis. The sun shines during 85 percent of the days in this city, and it is shining …
Pay-to-park in Las Vegas? We’re already doing it
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
Over the holidays, I twice attended Nevada Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas. On my way to the valet lane ...
Zowie Bowie’s odd, loose connection to David Bowie
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
The name once sparked confusion and prompted questions across Las Vegas: Who or what is Zowie Bowie? Ten years on, after headlining at many Las Vegas venues, Chris Phillips has established that his is not ...
The Kats Report: Brian Henson’s ‘Puppet Up!’ improv-comedy show prepares to invade the Venetian
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
This is not Avenue Q and the puppets are not Muppets.
Life of longtime Blue Man Group musician Jason Mackenroth to be celebrated Thursday
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
That time-honored saying about never missing a beat applied to Jason Mackenroth. He held fast to his characteristics of precision and personal power until the end of his life, which ended Jan. 3 after a battle with prostate cancer. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Scorpions whistle into the Joint; ‘Alice’ notches No. 17 at Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers turns its attention to a pair of favored acts, one of them venerable and worldwide and the other relatively new and all about Las Vegas. We speak of ...
David Bowie was a master of reinvention, innovation to the very end
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
Thirty-five years ago, Johnny Carson introduced David Bowie on “The Tonight Show” and was thrown off by screams from the audience. Thrown off his game, the talk-show legend called out to the shouting fans: “He better be good after this.” Johnny, bless him, ...
Signs point to Sands studying stadium project
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
A 100,000-capacity stadium rumored for the Strip has generated a ripple around town. An anonymous Las Vegas resort company reportedly has embarked on feasibility studies for such a facility. When you look at the …
Power, passion, precision mark John Fogerty’s opening of ‘Fortunate Son’ at Venetian
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
Before the start of John Fogerty’s rock show at Venetian Theater, a video clip of Elvis is played for the crowd. This is from his Las Vegas heyday, at the Las Vegas Hilton, and he’s dressed in ...
Save the date(s): Hook-up show ‘Never Sleep Alone’ set for Spiegeltent
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
A production by the creators of the the ever-nocturnal show “Absinthe” are putting on a show to make some matches. “Never Sleep Alone” is headed for a layover at the Spiegeltent at ...
Winging it from L.A. with ‘Puppet Up!’; Penn & Teller have sweet 15 at the Rio
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
“Puppet Up!” is a happy blend of the finer moments of “Avenue Q,” for its ribald humor and exposed human performers, and “Second City,” which played Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas for a couple of years before ...
The Kats Report: Andrew Dice Clay returns, Britney refreshes and other entertainment notes
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Plus: Jazz at SLS and Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns at the Smith Center.
John Fogerty is ready for full-throttle run at the Venetian
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
John Fogerty showed up for his headlining gig at the Venetian in a luxury vehicle. If a Harley-Davidson motorcycle can be considered a luxury vehicle. ...
Ta-da! Murray Sawchuck closes, reopens without missing a beat
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
One thing about magicians: Keeping track of them away from the stage is like trying to follow some serious misdirection: My show is canceled? Hey, over here! Britney Spears is in the audience! Thus, ...
Monday By the Numbers: Penn & Teller hits 15; ‘50 Shades’ hits 69
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
The 2016 lid-lifter for Monday By the Numbers actually starts with a 15 thanks to one of our very favorite entertainment teams. Also in play is a “joke” dish as described by the staff at the Omelet House and ...
Pitbull is bringing back his party to Axis in March
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Pitbull is returning to Planet Hollywood in March in a show aptly titled “Time of Our Lives Las Vegas.” The run of dates at Axis at Planet Hollywood is ...
Sixteen takeaways as Michael Buble glides into 2016 at MGM Grand
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
You wonder while watching Michael Buble waft through an arena performance as if he were hosting a gig at the Sands 50 years ago if the guy was not born at the wrong time. The ...
Ol’ Blue Eyes led us through a swingin’ 2015 in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
This was the year I discovered Frank Sinatra. Not just “listened to” Sinatra. I’d already done that. But this was the time I really learned about the greatest saloon singer of them all. This was achieved through ...

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