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May 6, 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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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Brad Garrett remembers ‘vibrant’ Doris Roberts; Jimmy and Robin Slonina ‘a Las Vegas weirdo power couple’
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Brad Garrett is in a bittersweet mood this week, celebrating the fourth anniversary of his club at MGM Grand Underground while feeling the loss of his friend and “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Doris Roberts. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Point spread (for entertainment purposes only) of Tuesday’s Globetrotters game is …
Monday, April 18, 2016
On Tuesday night, the Harlem Globetrotters play the World All-Stars, formerly known as the Washington Generals, at T-Mobile Arena. I asked Jay Rood, sports book director for MGM Resorts, to establish a point spread ...
It’s show time — and Showtime — for ‘Dice’
Monday, April 18, 2016
Andrew Dice Clay is in full stride at the moment, a TV star once more with a booking on the Strip. His sitcom “Dice” debuted April 10 on Showtime and has banked two of its six first-season episodes ...
Steve Wynn takes a mulligan on his golf course
Monday, April 18, 2016
It was a conversation about a new show, to be called “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers.” But as is the case with so many conversations with Wynn, this one required every club in the bag. It was ...
Penn & Teller again play the ‘Fool’; Globetrotter recalls unseen win
Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau returned to the Rio on Friday night to witness the final taping of the third season of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” As John Lennon once said, “I play guitar, and sometimes I play the fool,” which fits some …
‘Bathroom law’ prompts Cirque to pull productions from N.C.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Springsteen. Starr. Now Cirque. Saying it “believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form,” the Strip’s favorite theatrical company has pulled its touring ...
A ‘Vegas Nocturne’ movie? Yes — but not for you
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Bourbon Room at the Venetian, and isn’t it funny how we discover some of these cool hangs just a little too late. I’ve been in here twice in the past couple of weeks ...
Clint Holmes reunites with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It will mark the first ticketed show featuring Holmes and Santa Fe since his headlining Harrah’s run ended a decade ago.
Maybe Carrot Top should have opted for ‘Zoolander 2’; Intrigue seals Seal deal
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the food court at the atrium level of the Luxor, and from this position I can see the entry of the “Bodies” exhibit. So, I won’t be ordering any jerky (#sheckykats). ...
Wayne Newton’s flu means ‘Tonight Show’ appearance won’t fly
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Wayne Newton’s jam session with The Roots on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” will have to wait for another night. Curtailed by a high fever and bronchitis, Newton had to ...
Perplexing decision: Clint Holmes-Santa Fe at M Resort or Frankie Moreno at Planet Hollywood
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Well, this is a tough call between two “must” shows. First, before identifying that tough call, we’ll give props to the esteemed Clint Holmes. Over the weekend, Holmes unveiled a few songs from his upcoming CD during ...
Monday By the Numbers: Dice rolls to Showtime and looks to fill Tropicana Theater
Monday, April 11, 2016
Today, Monday By the Numbers hits the remote for “Dice,” the series starring Andrew Dice Clay set to premiere Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Showtime. Following up on what we’ll call a “lingering” scoop, Clay is planning a one-off show at Tropicana Theater at 10 p.m. May 28 as part of ...
A pair of hot Las Vegas celebs? Wayne Newton and Jerry Lewis
Monday, April 11, 2016
Hey, idea time: Wayne Newton and Jerry Lewis might be able to parlay their Las Vegas affiliation into some genuine notoriety. It has been a whopper of a stretch for this pair of Las Vegas legends who see no need to cede the spotlight any time soon. Newton has helped open T-Mobile Arena and is set for a pair of ...
The Park delivers as the Strip’s new playground
Monday, April 11, 2016
Having put T-Mobile Arena and The Park to the test over the weekend, I can first say the place is gorgeous and furnished to handle any arena-styled event. A stunner, I know. ...
Survey describes Las Vegas’ average tourist
Sunday, April 10, 2016
If you’re on the Strip, there’s a good chance you’re going to run into a married 47-year-old from California who booked a hotel room online and earns more than $40,000 a year.
Janet Jackson calls off show at T-Mobile Arena, stopping tour to start family
Friday, April 8, 2016
For the second time in six months, a performance by Janet Jackson on the Strip has been called off. Jackson’s May 14 show at T-Mobile Arena has been ...
Clint Holmes’ ‘Inspired’ rolls lucky 7; Lewis toasts his 90th once more
Friday, April 8, 2016
The Kats Report bureau is regrouping after an exhaustive week at T-Mobile Arena and The Park on the Strip. The next event is the Guns N’ Roses show at the arena ...
Killer collaborations from T-Mobile: Brandon Flowers and Dan Reynolds; Ronnie Vannucci and Blue Man Group
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Notes on a postcard from the opening of T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night, with The Killers headlining a lineup that featured Wayne Newton in full Mr. Vegas regalia, an early performance by hip-hop artist Shamir and ...
Wayne Newton: ‘I actually teared up’ during T-Mobile performance
Thursday, April 7, 2016
You might expect that Wayne Newton has seen it all after performing for Las Vegas audiences since 1959. Not so. Wednesday night’s opening of T-Mobile Arena presented a rare “first” in Las Vegas for Mr. Las Vegas. ...
After Monte Carlo overhaul, Jim Murren says MGM is ‘taking the show on the road’
Thursday, April 7, 2016
It’s funny to be writing from one of the few remaining themed hotels owned by MGM Resorts. The head of the company is finished with developing themed hotels. ...
Human Nature lights up its 'Jukebox' for a revamped Venetian production
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
“We needed to go in a different direction. It was not a business decision—some people say we’re stupid for giving up a successful show—but we wanted to creatively branch out.”
‘Baz’ and ‘Puppets’ shack up at Venetian; Skye Dee Miles ready for some ‘53X’
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau this morning wound through T-Mobile Arena for early TV action with Kim Wagner of “Wake Up With the Wagners” on Channel 3. The arena was still undergoing final prep work for ...
L.V. all-star show, parking for T-Mobile opening; clock ticking on NHL announcement
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The opening of T-Mobile Arena is going to be one of those singularly “Viva Las Vegas” moments, and we can never have too many of those in this city. Hopefully, someone in the lineup will ...
Upon further review: MGM Resorts’ Plan B was right with T-Mobile Arena, Monte Carlo Theater
Monday, April 4, 2016
In resort development, as in life, it is important to listen and … what else? Think it through. The position of T-Mobile Arena, the development of The Park and the construction of the theater at Monte Carlo remind of ...
Gov. Sandoval on the Park: ‘In Las Vegas, anything is possible’
Monday, April 4, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval was sporting the same classic haircut but a new frame Monday at MGM Resorts' new attraction The Park. ...
Chris Stapleton wins six, Jason Aldean snares top prize at ACM Awards
Sunday, April 3, 2016
The night started with a star-studded tribute to new country-music trailblazer Chris Stapleton and ended with Jason Aldean winning the evening’s biggest award. Aldean sauntered off with his first Entertainer of the Year award and ...
Upgrading Plaza hotel plans to make waves in downtown pool scene
Sunday, April 3, 2016
At the Plaza, movement is afoot, and that foot is wearing a flip-flop. The hotel is finishing plans to renovate its “rooftop pool experience,” or as we call it, “the pool on the roof,” in time for summer. The Plaza Pool is due for is due for significant upgrades over the next several weeks. Specifically …

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