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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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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.
Wet Republic model server Natalie Gross turns up the heat
Sunday, July 11, 2010
On the list of job application processes on the Las Vegas Strip, model server at a pool club has to rank as one of the most nerve-wracking of them all.
Summer pools keep Alex Mendonsa on the go
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Growing up in Orange County, Alex Mendonsa was never too far from some of the top surfing beaches in the world.
James Madders brings European flair to Azure
Sunday, June 27, 2010
In his hometown of Brighton, England, James Madders was something of a teenage savant in the nightlife industry.
Craftsteak's assistant GM Jessica Aiken strives for excellence
Sunday, June 20, 2010
It was 13 years ago when Jessica Aiken first joined the MGM Grand family as a member of the hotel operations team. Now, as assistant general manager of Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak, she helps run one of the Strip's most respected steakhouses.
New Ghostbar director Mike Diamond heightens senses with Snitch
Sunday, June 13, 2010
For Australian-born Mike Diamond, the chance to revitalize one of the Palms' towering nightspots was less about furthering his own career and more about giving Las Vegas a unique party night.
Pure VIP manager Brandon Ring keeps every line open
Sunday, June 6, 2010
"It's my Monday," says Brandon Ring on a Friday afternoon, and that just about sums up the late-is-early, work-is-play world of a VIP services manager.
Hussong's Cantina owner Scott Frost is a true giant of the industry
Sunday, May 30, 2010
When Scott Frost started Titan Nightlife Group in 2006, his goal was to attach his company to brands that could transport themselves outside of Las Vegas. With Ensenada landmark Hussong's Cantina, he found a restaurant whose marketing potential could drive a global business model.
M Resort's new pool director Jeff Kenkel is a DayDream believer
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Summer is less than a month away, but the beach bodies are already out at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard.
It's always game time for Marc Zakin, Lagasse's Stadium's GM
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Name a job in the food and beverage industry and Marc Zakin has done it.
StripSteak bartender Amanda Gager is a cocktail connoisseur
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Amanda Gager was caramelizing raw sugar on the rim of a martini glass when the clouds parted, the light shone down and bartending became something more than what it had been previously - mainly watching regulars sign over their paychecks for a few free beers and the chance at video-poker fortune.
Tao's director of VIP services reaches nightlife nirvana
Sunday, May 2, 2010
If an unassuming bartender comes up to you, the owner of a failing club (now-shuttered), and promises he can bring in more people than the usual 60 on a Saturday night and asks for half the take at the door for his troubles, don't take him lightly.
Chris Moonen follows father into restaurant industry
Sunday, April 25, 2010
When Chris Moonen stepped off the plane last December, he couldn't have imagined what lay in store for him in Las Vegas. He had just spent the last year in South Korea, and prior to that, two years as a middle school teacher in Boston.
Stylist Sharleen Andrade helps brighten Color
Sunday, April 18, 2010
When Sharleen Andrade met her future boss Michael Boychuck for the first time, she didn't have an appointment, but she did have her resume.
B.B. King's assistant GM Pedro Torres keeps the blues alive
Monday, April 12, 2010
B.B. King probably has strings that have been on his guitar longer than Pedro Torres has been part of the team at B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage, but the Puerto Rican-born assistant general manager is making his presence felt.

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