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February 10, 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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The Kats Report: Huge productions are history as Vegas gets cozy in 2016
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
What to look for on the Vegas entertainment scene in 2016.
Motley Crue’s Las Vegas sendoff a real blast from the past
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
It is tough to say what outnumbered what during Motley Crue’s performance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night: F-bombs or real bombs. Profanity and pyro, that’s ...
Six wishes for a healthy Strip, wherever that is
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
John Katsilometes shares his thoughts on ways to make Southern Nevada’s top resort corridor healthier and more vibrant than ever ...
Santa Fe hails Cabaret Jazz; Vince Neil has but one New Year’s resolution
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015
Here’s how staying in VegasVille during the holiday works at The Kats Report Bureau. I just texted Jerry Lopez of Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns to see if he had time to talk about ...
Monday By the Numbers: The Cosmopolitan flips the calendar
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers recalls the great opening night of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2010. I met Gov. Brian Sandoval that night before he was yet governor. He ...
James Canfield ‘Drossed’ up for ‘Nutcracker’; Toy time at Orleans; David Saxe still hits the notes
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Starbucks at the Forum Food Court at the Palace of Caesars, where a heavy complement of families have turned out to enjoy some late-night, pre-holiday noshes. We have ...
Christmas in Las Vegas: Now, it’s officially home
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
Since he moved to Las Vegas in 1996, the holidays have been the one pocket of time when columnist John Katsilometes hits pause as a Las Vegan. He hadn't fully embraced the holiday spirit here until this year ...
Kidney failure kills 2 cubs at Siegfried & Roy’s sanctuary
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
A pair of the tiger cubs introduced to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden at the Mirage in October have died. According to a post today on the legendary entertainment team’s Facebook page, the cubs named Liberty and Justice have ...
Viva Las Vegas (Arena): Wayne Newton eager to jam with The Killers on opening night
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
Many of the venues Wayne Newton has played in Las Vegas have been knocked down. But the next is being built, even at this moment. Mr. Las Vegas is opening ...
Larry Rudolph reigns over Fifth Harmony; Toys for Tots at Orleans; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau is recalibrating after a wild stretch where I rambled around at an array of events beginning with Eric Jordan Young’s surprise birthday party at Distill in Summerlin (formerly Agave) on ...
The Kats Report: The holiday single ‘Santa Maybe…’ is Sweets’ sexy stocking-stuffer
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Unchained Melody (Sweets).
Aria convention expansion leads to closing of ‘Zarkana’
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Announced today are plans for a massive new expansion of the Aria convention center, which will cover an additional 200,000 square feet and overtake the lavish theater that has been home to “Zarkana” since ...
Monday By the Numbers: AC/DC hits MGM Grand; Spago celebrates at Forum Shops
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers celebrates those two dissimilar Kats Report favorites: Legendary hard rockers AC/DC and legendary Caesars Palace restaurant Spago, which turns a specific age this month ...
The end is near, but ‘Jubilee’ still shines
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
This show has been a Las Vegas institution for 34 years, so entrenched in the city’s entertainment mythos it could be one of the state’s historic places. The Old Mormon Fort, Hoover Dam and “Jubilee.” But for the first time ...
Wynn pushes resort opening back to original date
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
It was at the launch of his daughter’s slipper line that Steve Wynn performed some deft footwork to explain the timeline for opening Wynn Palace in Macau. The $4.1 billion resort ...
Toasting No. 100 with Sinatra’s awestruck response to Pavarotti
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
Longtime Frank Sinatra music director, friend and confidant Vinnie Falcone recalls a couple of great tales as entertainment legend Sinatra's 100th birthday is celebrated ...
Toy drive has Chet Buchanan on ride of his life
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
KLUC-FM 98.5 personality and tireless philanthropist Chet Buchanan is hosting the 17th annual KLUC Toy Drive. ...
Occasionally, Wynn’s place is Lim Las Vegas; Bennett swings to No. 90 at ‘Power of Love’
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Steve Wynn, in a recent interview, spoke of the timeline for construction for his hotel on Macau’s Cotai Strip. That opening date was originally stated as March 25. Now it is June 25. Find out why ...
‘Jubilee’ icon Fluff LeCoque dies at age 92
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
One of the great tales involving the great dancer and choreographer Ffolliott “Fluff” LeCoque, who died today at age 92, did not take place on a stage. It happened beneath one. ...
A question for the holidays: Is two Toys for Tots too many?
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is researching the prices of toys for the holidays. I’m learning so much. For instance, a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Deluxe Electronic Lightsaber” goes for $29.95 at Toys R Us ...
The Kats Report: With 10 years at Luxor and a new five-year contract, Carrot Top keeps his grip on the Strip
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Like the comic, the laughs never get old.
Andrea Bocelli’s voice, Robin Leach sit-down highlight Ruvo Center fete
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
The Sunday “Brunch With the Bocellis” at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health drew 150 folks to the clinic’s Events Center. A function of Ruvo Center’s Keep Memory Alive charity division, the brunch served as an unveiling of ...
Monday By the Numbers: Getting dirty with National Finals Rodeo
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
Monday By the Numbers this week turns to the land of steers, tears and beers. That is, naturally, the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. ...
The Killers and Wayne Newton to christen Las Vegas Arena with Vegas flair
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
Announced today, The Killers are opening the next great Las Vegas venue, Las Vegas Arena, on April 6, and listed as the band’s “special guest” is “Mr. Las Vegas” himself, Wayne Newton. ...
Sinatra’s 100th stirs memories of The Rat Pack
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
Steve Wynn insists there will never be another era in Las Vegas to match the heyday of The Rat Pack. That group has been top of mind lately for Wynn …
VegasVille stampede with Great Santa Run, NFR and, yes, L.V. Philharmonic
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015
There is a term used in rodeo, and also in life, that applies to this day in Las Vegas: Buckin’ out stock. It means to saddle up and go fer a ride. Practice some rip-roaring rodeo action. I have done that today, leading ...
Who’s he to judge? Simon Cowell eyes Las Vegas production as ‘AGT’ seeks talent
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
There is no more “open” a process than the nationwide cattle call of performers invited to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” The sea of hopefuls includes a deep pool of talented folks in Las Vegas, where ...
Frankly, it takes bevy of stars to properly honor Sinatra in CBS special
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
The conclusion is reached fairly early in this made-for-TV extravaganza: What Frank Sinatra achieved onstage was brilliant, and it is not so easily duplicated. As we say today, “Well, duh.” But apart from his cultural impact, his ...
Terry Fator’s life keeps moving, even if his lips don’t
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
We kind of take Terry Fator for granted around here, sometimes forgetting that he is one of the most successful performers in his craft of all time. That craft, of ...
Holiday haps from Travis Cloer, Clint Holmes; Andrew Dice Clay goes for Laughs; Melody Sweets says ‘Maybe’ to Santa
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Travis Cloer has put all of his ample talent and energy into his new release, “Christmas at My Place,” and brings that new CD to life Monday night for two shows at Cabaret Jazz. Times are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; tickets are ...
‘Rock of Ages’ loading into newly named theater at the Rio on Jan. 25
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
“Rock of Ages” will likely have to adjust scenes to properly play in its new venue, which is set mostly in the round. There have been no announcements of cast changes, and the production is in an open-ended run ...
Tony Bennett, Steve Wynn and other famous friends toast Frank Sinatra for his 100th birthday
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Happy birthday, Ol' Blue Eyes, from famous friends whose memories make us miss you even more.
The Kats Report: Mark Shunock’s passion pushes Mondays Dark to its two-year mark at the Hard Rock
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Mondays Dark's second anniversary: “We all support each other. Showing up, making a contribution, inspiring people—that’s what Mondays Dark is all about.”
Ken Ehrlich has world on a string with all-star lineup in ‘Sinatra 100’ telecast
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
In amassing a wish list for those who would pay tribute to Frank Sinatra in a nationally televised spectacular, seeking Tony Bennett makes perfect sense. ...
Garth Brooks sets four-pack at Las Vegas Arena for July ’16
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
Garth Brooks is the third country superstar act to be booked at Las Vegas Arena, following the announcements of George Strait, who performs six shows April, September and December; and Dixie Chicks, set for a July 16 stop ...
Vegas diva still waiting for wax treatment
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Who might or might not be depicted in wax at Madame Tussauds is an inexact, if exhaustive, science. Up next for wax-ian treatment are dissimilarly matched, but similarly famous, Las Vegas newsmakers Donny and Marie Osmond, and Mike Tyson. But left out of the parade is ...
It’s a spin through the circus as Jerry Lewis hits ‘Absinthe’
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
This Friday night visit has been long in the making, and Jerry Lewis brings along his wife, Sam, and daughter Danielle, who works for David Saxe Productions. Lewis recently watched the DSP production “Vegas! The Show” and came away impressed ...
Bathtubs, bass solos and ‘Bang Bang’: What to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
A list, off the top of my noodle, about what makes me so thankful to call VegasVille my home. ...
The Kats Report: A new release and kickoff party mark a crucial moment for The Rockie Brown Band
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
The Vegas native has fine-tuned her act at such haunts as the Sand Dollar Lounge and T Spot at Tuscany Suites.
At Luxor, Blue Man Group fulfills expectations by filling its new room
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Luxor, the pointy resort, is where Blue Man Group spent five successful and substantive years before being turned loose just as MGM Mirage (now MGM Resorts) took over hotel operations ...
April comes early for Sin City Theater; ‘Alice’ bounds back to Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
On the topic of shows featuring Leopardi, “Alice: A Steampunk Rock Concert” has a date for its next performance: Jan. 12 at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Steve Wynn and 23; Carrot Top’s spin with Jeff Gordon; brunch at Giada
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers makes the turn with stats related to Steve Wynn and his first Frank Sinatra experience, Carrot Top’s long-running gag about Jeff Gordon, the Great Santa Run and brunch action at Giada ...
Old mobster is at peace with his past
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Frank Cullotta was a famous hit man for the Chicago Outfit, a self-described former “gangster, burglar, murderer, extortionist, arsonist” who admitted to the 1979 killing of con man Sherwin “Jerry” Lisner in Las Vegas. Today, the 76-year-old Cullotta earns a legal living as an expert in the culture that led him underground ...
Human Nature’s Christmas gift: Holiday revival with Broadway-bound Ruby Lewis
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Ruby Lewis electrified "For the Record: Baz" but was left without a show after that production closed. Suitors on the Strip and Broadway soon called, and Lewis, who blew minds as Daisy Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby,” ...
Rockie Brown takes a night for ‘Brand New Day,’ China is fine for Mike Tyson
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Column favorite Rockie Brown is celebrating the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated release of her debut album titled “Brand New Day.” ...
Trio of barnburner events proves that it’s never dark in Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
This stretch of VegasVille events started Sunday afternoon, either after church or during the afternoon NFL games, depending on your religious practices. It began with Keith Thompson in tears ...
The Kats Report: Blue Man Group comes full circle—to its original Luxor home
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
“We just keep making this work. We keep evolving so we can be better each time.”
Olivia’s ‘Summer Nights’ fits right at Flamingo in 2016
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Just ahead of the last month of 2015, Flamingo Las Vegas has signed both of its primary headliners for 2016. Olivia Newton-John is returning with her “Summer Nights” residency at Donny & Marie Showroom beginning Jan. 19. Her ...
Civillico rides into Rio with ‘Headliners Bash’; Bennett backs Bob Anderson; Cullotta a hit in DLV
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Jeff Civillico is hosting his Win-Win Entertainment’s “Headliners Bash” at 9 p.m. Friday at Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater. ...
Monday By the Numbers: Spanning Southern Wine and L.V. Philharmonic
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers is on the case and cases at Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. In a case of offering equal space to those not old enough to imbibe, we also track ...

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