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Jack Houston

Jack was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia and joined the Las Vegas Magazine staff in 2006. He's known for his quick wit, vast musical knowledge and omnipresent five o'clock shadow, and loves cookies, adverbs and Philly sports. He's a Taurus but has been called a Cancer by 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair.

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9 Biggest Vegas Celebrities
The desert soil has proved fertile for a few lucky one-time residents
Friday, July 25, 2014
You’ll never guess which stars call Las Vegas their home.
9 Songs About Sin City
There are literally dozens of tuneful tributes that are not sung by Elvis. Really.
Friday, July 11, 2014
It’s not that we don’t like Elvis's ode to our beloved city.
‘Pawn Stars’ tribute gets another upgrade
The stage version of the popular History series gives the people what they want—even more Rick, Corey, Chumlee and the Old Man
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The stage version of the popular series gives the people more of what they want.
Olivia Newton-John extends run at Flamingo
Singer’s ‘Summer Nights’ continues into autumn and beyond due to popular demand
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Singer’s ‘Summer Nights’ extends into autumn and beyond due to popular demand.
In Brunch We Trust
Pink Taco bridges the gap between the night before and the party after
Friday, July 4, 2014
Brunch without a few cocktails is like a Las Vegas pool party without sunshine.
9 Things You Can Only Find in Vegas
Treasure the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make our city an international destination
Friday, July 4, 2014
If you want bottle service from an elephant’s derrière, there’s only one place to go.
9 Greatest Las Vegas UFC Fights of All Time
Low blows. Epic comebacks. Name-making showdowns. Controversial decisions. They’re all here, and they all happened in Sin City.
Friday, June 27, 2014
According to Dana White, UFC 33 sucked. Fortunately, Vegas UFC fights have gotten much better.
9 Larger-Than-Life Steaks
In the city that does everything bigger, massive cuts of beef are still king
Friday, June 20, 2014
Size matters when it comes to cuts of beef on the Las Vegas Strip.
Q+A: Derek Trucks enters new phase of career with Tedeschi Trucks Band
Friday, May 30, 2014
It’s been a busy past 15 years for Derek Trucks, who, besides leading his own solo band, toured with Eric Clapton and Phil Lesh during his Allman Brothers run. Now, he returns to Las Vegas with The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Bringing It All Back Home
Lead guitarist brings renewed focus to the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Friday, May 23, 2014
With his Allman Brothers stint winding down, Derek Trucks looks ahead to Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Where No Diva Has Gone Before
Celebrating a truly fierce and funny anniversary
Friday, May 23, 2014
After 25,000 shows, Frank Marino is truly a Las Vegas icon.
Off to the Races
Entertainers channel spirit of Viva Las Vegas on film's 50th anniversary
Friday, May 16, 2014
Frankie Moreno and Lacey Schwimmer re-create Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret’s famous Viva Las Vegas moves.
The Party’s Always Looking Up at Drai’s
Dual-purpose space features action both day and night
Friday, May 9, 2014
Nightlife impresario Victor Drai brings paradise to the Cromwell rooftop.
9 Summer Concerts to Get Excited About
As temperatures rise, the music only gets hotter in Las Vegas
Friday, May 2, 2014
Big amphitheater tours are shunning Vegas, but there's plenty of music just around the corner.
Review: Amos Lee at Smith Center — Philly singer-songwriter … and lady-killing soul man?
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Forgive yourself if you pegged Lee as a coffeehouse act gone big time. His most popular work would not sound out of place in a Starbucks, and his association with Blue Note Records, which has produced all five of his albums since 2005, doesn’t exactly carry an edge.
Spas to the Stars: When it’s time to relax, Las Vegas’ top performers know exactly where to go
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
In recognition of Spa Week, the Sun's sister publication Las Vegas Magazine is highlighting some of the Strip's celebrities and the spas they favor.
Terry Bradshaw taking on another stage — a Las Vegas one
Thursday, June 27, 2013
It’s not unusual for a man named Terry to entertain audiences at the Mirage. It’s just that it’s usually the ventriloquist Fator, not the football legend Bradshaw. The variety-themed show finds Bradshaw in storytelling mode, reflecting on everything from his Louisiana upbringing and four Super Bowl wins to his marriages and broadcasting career.
Photos: Scott Weiland is unhinged and a hot mess at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, June 2, 2013
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman’s performance at Pearl at the Palms was, at best, gloriously ragged. At worst, it was a giant eff you to the ...
Photos: Scott Weiland is unhinged and a hot mess at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, June 2, 2013
The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman’s performance at Pearl at the Palms was, at best, gloriously ragged. At worst, it was a giant eff you to the fans ...
Photos: Intimate Zac Brown Band deviates and surprises at The Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Ballroom
Sunday, April 28, 2013
With the opening notes of “Enter Sandman” ringing out, the singer stepped to the mic. Only it wasn’t Metallica’s James Hetfield. Nor was it Zac Brown, ...
Photos: Intimate Zac Brown Band deviates, surprises at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, April 28, 2013
With the opening notes of “Enter Sandman” ringing out, the singer stepped to the mic. Only it wasn’t Metallica’s James Hetfield. Nor was it Zac Brown, the ...
Photos: Coachella-bound Vampire Weekend stops at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Vampire Weekend’s Friday night show at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was the venue’s third concert by a Coachella-bound act in ...
Photos: Coachella-bound Vampire Weekend stops at The Cosmopolitan
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Vampire Weekend’s Friday night show at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was the venue’s third concert by a Coachella-bound act in ...
Review: ‘Anything Goes’ navigates love’s stormy seas at the Smith Center
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
Actress Rachel York has her work cut out for her in “Anything Goes” -- and not just because the vocally and physically demanding role ...
Review: ‘Anything Goes’ navigates love’s stormy seas at Smith Center
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
Actress Rachel York has her work cut out for her in “Anything Goes” -- and not just because the vocally and physically demanding role of Reno ...
2012 NYE photos: Red Hot Chili Peppers turn up the heat at Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
On a chilly New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, two of the night’s most anticipated performers chose to go shirtless -- and it was hardly a surprise. ...
2012 NYE photos: Red Hot Chili Peppers turn up heat at Cosmopolitan
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
On a chilly New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, two of the night’s most anticipated performers chose to go shirtless -- and it was hardly a surprise. Yes, ...
Photos: Furthur calls to mind ghosts of Grateful Dead concerts past
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
So what are Deadheads to do when it’s 2012 and the band they once worshiped has ceased to exist for the past 17 years? Go Furthur. On Thursday night, ...
Photos: Blink-182 -- and the Travis Barker Show -- at the Cosmopolitan
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
Tom DeLonge can’t play anything on his instrument that compares with Travis Barker’s drum fills. That might seem like a harsh criticism of ...
At last, Rita's Water Ice shows up
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
In Henderson, it's called Rita's Ice Custard Happiness.
Photos: Fun, frontman Nate Ruess are more fun pop than indie at Boulevard Pool
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
Nate Ruess stood center stage and glanced up at the live video feed of himself on the marquee. Plenty of frontmen would kill to have themselves ...
Photos: Fun is more fun pop than indie at Boulevard Pool
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
Nate Ruess stood center stage and glanced up at the live video feed of himself on the marquee. Plenty of frontmen would kill to have themselves reflected back on ...
Photos: Moves like Jagger? Moves like Foster the People at Cosmopolitan
Sunday, July 8, 2012
If given the choice, Foster the People would probably return to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas every four months for the rest of their career. ...
Photos: The Shins at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, come rain or shine
Monday, April 16, 2012
Neither rain nor unseasonably cool temperatures were enough to rattle fans of the Shins on Friday night. Those who braved the elements during the ...
Rok Vegas bartender GianCarlo Magnone puts his designs on Sin City
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
As fickle as the nightlife industry can be, it's rare that you find someone with the loyalty and dedication to stick it out in one job for several months, let alone several years.
Reality star Adrienne Maloof-Nassif talks Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
Part of an entrepreneurial family, Adrienne Maloof-Nassif has stepped into the national spotlight as a reality-TV star, but she's not just a housewife.
Clearing the air with Rathna Singh, Casa Fuente's cigar ambassador
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
What looks at first glance to be a rather unassuming café at the base of an escalator inside The Forum Shops at Caesars is actually one of Las Vegas' most unique treasures.
Burger Bar general manager Lisa Burney rises to the occasion
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010
Other than founding chef Hubert Keller, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who cares more about Burger Bar than general manager Lisa Burney.
Strip headliner Frank Marino dresses up his Vegas favorites
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010
The irrepressible Frank Marino doesn't need Halloween as an excuse to dress up - he's got his own show for that!
Max Brenner general manager Ryan Sterling indulges our sweet tooth
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010
As Max Brenner general manager Ryan Sterling says, he's a bald man, but he's not the bald man...
For Sugar Factory gifting specialist Karen Silva, life always is sweet
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010
When Oprah Winfrey or Kim Kardashian needs a gift basket full of candy treats, they call on Karen Silva.
Heidi Hinkle puts a twist on the classics
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
When MGM Resorts unveiled CityCenter in December, it tapped one of its own, Heidi Hinkle, then Bellagio's director of beverage, to take over that position at Aria.
Las Vegas native Laurie Wolff brightens Charlie Palmer Steak
Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010
Have you ever met one of those people who's so bubbly they could out-carbonate a soda? That's Las Vegas' own Laurie Wolff.
Success of Judith Perez, Siegel Group is more than just Rumor
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
The Siegel Group owns and operates some of the most unique properties in Las Vegas, including the Artisan, Gold Spike and The Resort on Mount Charleston, but to hear executive vice president Judith Perez tell it, the company's success comes from the care it puts into renovations.
Todd English P.U.B. partner Kelley Jones hits bull's-eye
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
It all started for Kelley Jones at a diner in his hometown of Madison, N.J.
Flair bartender Danilo Oribe shakes up Rock & Rita's
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010
It was only a few months ago that Danilo Oribe was cheering on his native Uruguay to a fourth-place finish in the World Cup.
Rhumbar cocktail server Mallory Phelps melts our caipirinhas
Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
Mallory Phelps is a growler. As in, she likes to roar at people. For no apparent reason.
Lolita's owner Eric DeBlasi gets excited about new Mexican concept
Monday, Aug. 9, 2010
It almost seems like a tall tale the way Eric DeBlasi is explaining the concept behind Lolita's Cantina and Tequila Bar, the latest tenant inside Town Square Las Vegas.
Master sake sommelier Yuji Matsumoto brings talents to Kabuki
Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010
It's a beverage found on the menu of every Japanese restaurant, yet why are Americans so hesitant to order sake?
Billy O'Rourke gets into the tequila spirit with Ambhar
Monday, July 26, 2010
Before getting into the spirits business, Billy O'Rourke's experiences with tequila were not unlike those of your typical college student—which is to say, not the most memorable. But after moving to Cancún and meeting Don Julio Jr. (son of the Don Julio), the Minneapolis native's attitude changed, and he left the telecom industry behind to devote his efforts full-time to Ambhar tequila.

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