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May 1, 2016

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John Katsilometes

Editor at Large

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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Criss Angel sets ‘Mindfreak Live!’ cast, casts net for Sept. 12 charity show
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The magic in Criss Angel’s new show on the Strip is to arrive from two performers: Angel himself and Chloe Crawford. This is the overarching message from the casting of Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor ...
T-Mobile execs trumpet neutrality; Oscar Goodman rings in bellman saga
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is Sands Showroom, a focus of intrigue for the last many months as shows have departed, been announced and — as is the case today — been relaunched. Human Nature’s ...
Hair-raising 94th for Marty Allen and 1,000 of his friends
Monday, March 28, 2016
There is no older entertainer filling ballrooms than the man born Morten David Alpern on March 23, 1922, in Pittsburgh. Marty Allen celebrated his 94th birthday in grand fashion Saturday at ...
Monday By the Numbers: $0 from tip-less rapper and 9-er from L.V. Phil
Monday, March 28, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers touches on myriad topics, including Mike Tyson action and the twin towers of “Property Brothers.” ...
Star manager Larry Rudolph’s proposal turns picturesque
Monday, March 28, 2016
Say this for entertainment manager Larry Rudolph: He knows how to frame a moment. Rudolph is the longtime business manager of Britney Spears and also has managed Steven Tyler since 2014 along with ...
T-Mobile Arena makes a Titanic first impression
Sunday, March 27, 2016
As the final few seats are installed in advance of the April 6 opening (a night of music by the Killers and Wayne Newton), John Katsilometes looks at a few other highlights from the newest addition to the Strip ...
Penn Jillette juggles dieting in new book; leaner Jeff Beacher plays hide-and-seek
Saturday, March 26, 2016
In a highly coincidental development, or rather a coincidental reduction, Penn Jillette and Jeff Beacher have shed a combined 330 pounds dating to 2014. ...
Shangela steps to the front as ‘53X’ takes shape
Friday, March 25, 2016
Shangela takes a seat at a table near the performance stage of “53X,” and it is apparent instantly that this person is a singular embodiment of the show: She … is … hosting. ...



Cameo’s Larry Blackmon explains red codpiece; ‘Alice’ blows up at Brooklyn Bowl
Friday, March 25, 2016
“Alice: A Steampunk Rock Concert” played its most recent date Wednesday night at Brooklyn Bowl. The latest change in the production is in the form of the backing band. ...
Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande set for April 7 at T-Mobile
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande are building the bridge between The Killers and Guns N’ Roses. Those two hot-selling artists and popular live draws are performing April 7 at T-Mobile Arena, according ...
‘Santana IV’ lineup is forever groovy in House of Blues reunion
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The original members of Santana are architects of so many rock ’n’ roll traditions: Lengthy guitar jams. Thunderous percussive stops and starts. Calls from the stage for LSD intake. ...
Chloe Crawford to co-star in Criss Angel’s ‘Mindfreak Live!’ at Luxor
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Criss Angel has made official what has been apparent since last fall: He plans to make Chloe Crawford a star in his magic universe. Crawford is to be a co-star in ...
Lorena Peril’s next port is a return to ‘Fantasy’
Monday, March 21, 2016
Having toured Europe and set up shop in Puerto Vallarta over the past three years, Lorena Peril is returning to Las Vegas for what she says is …
Billy Idol turns Punk Elvis in debut at House of Blues
Monday, March 21, 2016
Billy Idol playing Las Vegas was destiny. Take it from the man himself, as he stated lyrically many years ago: “When you hear the music, you make a dip into someone else’s pocket, then make a slip. Steal a car and go to Las Vegas, ... ”
Monday By the Numbers: An ode to a comic for the ages
Monday, March 21, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers is dedicated to one of our favorite comedy legends. First, a quick story about this man, one I have told before: About a decade ago, I was working out on a StairMaster at Las Vegas Athletic Club ...
Never underestimate the value of a free Las Vegas attraction
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Bellagio’s fountain’s, Mirage’s volcano and even the new Bliss Dance sculpture at T-Mobile Arena: They all cost nothing for a visitor to see and photograph, but they are more than worth the expense of …
For Cirque, all-star spectacular is ‘One’ for the books at Smith Center
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Often the most apt assessment of an experience is what you said just as it finished. Such as, “That kicked ass.” Those are three words to mark the fourth “One Night For One Drop” on Friday night at the Smith Center …
Jerry Lewis’ nutty 90th: Jokes, revelry and two cakes
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Throughout the day Wednesday, Jerry Lewis was wondering if anything was being planned for his 90th birthday. He was asking his family such cryptic questions as, “Are we doing anything tonight?” Of course. Lewis was given a surprise wingding at ...
It’s turning 10, and ‘Beatles LOVE’ is still fab
Friday, March 18, 2016
The show's recent makeover puts more emphasis on The Beatles ... and that's a very good thing.
Tropicana acts quickly on cutting loose Jan Rouven
Thursday, March 17, 2016
This might be the fastest vanishing act in the history of Strip entertainment. Having been arrested by the FBI on child pornography charges, illusionist Jan Rouven has been ...
Party purveyor: Pitbull returns to the Axis to unleash more ‘Time of Our Lives’
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Musically, Pitbull rolls out an impressive collection of club hits that leave you thinking, “I didn’t know that was a Pitbull song.”
Kid Cudi and Pitbull pack ’em in; ‘One Night’ means one community; Billy Idol wants into new Rat Pack
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is in recovery mode, having wound around the scene at Pitbull’s show Saturday night at Axis at Planet Hollywood and Kid Cudi at the Foundry in SLS Las Vegas on Sunday. ...
Jerry Lewis at 90: ‘It’s a monster number’
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The gentleman at the right is seated just off the aisle at the Jennifer Lopez show “All I Have” at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Delivering him to this spot in this 4,000-seat venue has been ...
Monday By the Numbers: Pitbull’s pricey drink, Kid Cudi’s couch, Jerry Lewis aims for 100
Monday, March 14, 2016
Playing this week at Monday By the Numbers Lounge (or the MBTN, as we call it), the folks at St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Pitbull, Kid Cudi, Jerry Lewis, Omnia and the sports book at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Let’s ...
Parking 101: An insider’s advice on how to navigate Las Vegas garages
Sunday, March 13, 2016
John Katsilometes attends a lot of events around Las Vegas, so he’s become a bit of an expert on getting in and out of parking garages efficiently. He shares some of his secrets ...
‘Spoofical’ cleans up the ‘Poop’; ‘Showstoppers’ seeks singer
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Las Vegas producer David Saxe has pulled the reins on his “Spoofical the Musical” production, which has been pushed back by several weeks from its originally announced Feb. 8 opening ...
Billy Idol brings an unbridled energy to his House of Blues residency
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
"We’re celebrating what we’ve done, in a way, and that’s why we’re playing this Vegas revue."
Sir George Martin’s love for The Beatles never flagged
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The opening might of “The Beatles Love” in June 2006 was so spirited that I walked fast on my way out of the theater so I could spin around and see the expressions on the faces of that first audience. ...
Dunn’s not done as ‘Together in Vegas’ adds July dates at the Colosseum
Monday, March 7, 2016
Ronnie’s ready to rock. A corner of the triangle of country superstars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn is prepped for a return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Ronnie Dunn is ...
Monday By the Numbers: USA Sevens, Cameo, more Chazz Palminteri
Monday, March 7, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers returns with a flourish, focusing on charity and rugby and some funk. ...
Criss Angel sends a buzz through St. Baldrick’s with $100K donation
Monday, March 7, 2016
Sometimes the biggest gestures start in a small way. A little boy. A modest goal. A short conversation. And soon … boom. We saw this unfold over the weekend, or over two weekends, with Elann Saula and his family’s fundraising effort ...
Elvis exhibits in need of a makeover
Sunday, March 6, 2016
If the King is going to remain relevant for future generations, the people who want to preserve his legacy need to figure out more engaging ways to present his story ...
Original Santana lineup to jam once more at House of Blues
Friday, March 4, 2016
The legendary band that Carlos Santana reassembled in the studio is reuniting onstage, too. The original Santana band featuring Gregg Rollie on keyboards, Neal Schon on guitar, Michael Carabello on percussion and ...
A Vegas Tale: Chazz Palminteri to talk it up at Italian American Club
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Chazz Palminteri tells a story about vodka, but, as so many of his stories, it is really about people. ...
Billy Joel set to play T-Mobile Arena on April 30
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Here’s a fun fact about Billy Joel: Steve Wynn once asked him about performing a residency at Encore Theater and even booked Joel to play a New Year’s Eve show in 2013. Joel declined ...
Mike Tyson squares off with himself in ‘Undisputed Truth’
Thursday, March 3, 2016
The former heavyweight champion's autobiographical monologue returns to the MGM Grand and runs through June 26.
A $4.5 million violin is placed in the hands of Las Vegas ace at L.V. Phil show
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is New York-New York, where on Saturday the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hosting its annual head-shaving fundraiser ...
With move to Wynn Las Vegas, Mark Shunock really is running the show
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
He’s no longer Lonny, but he’s still running the club — this time for real. Mark Shunock is taking over entertainment operations at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas. Hotel officials announced ...
Frankie Moreno’s ‘Under the Influence’ headed for Planet Hollywood residency
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Ages ago, at Golden Nugget’s rowdy Rush Lounge, the production effects in Frankie Moreno’s show were a smudged glass jar at the edge of the stage with a sign reading “tips” taped to ...
Prima long overdue for primo Vegas real estate
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
It seems so simple to rename a street for a famous person. Unfortunately, it's not.
‘Baz’ is back as ‘Star Crossed Love’ in June at Palazzo Theater
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
According to an online casting call, the show is to be titled “Star Crossed Love” and has a listed opening date of June 25 at Palazzo Theater. ...
Cirque’s beloved ‘The Beatles Love’ celebrates 10 years with a major makeover
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
After a decade of anchoring Cirque’s Strip dominion, Love is cranking up The Beatles even more.
Seats are optional for Britney Spears’ upgraded Planet Hollywood show
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Theater or nightclub? The pop star brings the party to Axis with her Piece of Me production.
Celine’s ‘most difficult show ever’ is a lesson in strength and support
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
You could tell the moment the curtains opened at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace that this was not an ordinary performance. Celine Dion’s shoulders slightly slumped, and her gaze looked far ...
Steve Martin + Martin Short = March 6 at Caesars — then what?
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
Steve Martin will be joined by Martin Short on March 6 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show is titled “An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life” and is to be an onstage back-and-forth ...
New Criss Angel show at Luxor? ‘Believe’ it
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
Though not confirmed yet by the headliner or Cirque du Soleil officials, I’m hearing that the date for “Believe” to shut down is April 17, as the crew was notified over the weekend. This move is expected, as Criss Angel and Cirque have long planned to rename and ...
Monday By the Numbers: Ready for run-walk action with Cirque du Soleil
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on the 15th annual “Run Away With Cirque du Soleil” 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk set for March 12 at Springs Preserve. ...
‘Puppet Up! Uncensored’ moves its Venetian opening to June
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
The starting date for “Puppet Up! Uncensored” has become a little, um, fuzzy. The show was targeted for a spring opening at Sands Showroom at the Venetian but has been moved back to June as ...
Kats’ 50th birthday soiree Feb. 28 is fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
We’re using the event of my 50th birthday to have a bash worthy of that demarcation and also to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer treatment and research. ...
‘Twisted Vegas’ at Westgate needs serious untangling
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
About the time the two remote-piloted airplanes buzzed over the audience at the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas on Thursday night, I thought of Elvis. This is the room in which Elvis once performed. And …

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