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July 1, 2016

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Kristen Peterson

Las Vegas Weekly Staff Writer

Kristen Peterson joined the Las Vegas Sun in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. In 2003, she turned her focus to the visual and performing arts and is now a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. She's won seven first place awards through the Nevada Press Association: Best Entertainment Writing in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2007 and 2005. Best Feature Story in 2011 and Journalist of Merit in 2003.

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Biblical temptresses in neon: San Francisco-based Whitney Lynn looks at Las Vegas in the larger context of time
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Old Masterworks live in the vernacular of Vegas Vic and the Hacienda’s Horse and Rider.
Deep-fried Twinkies and lamentations at the last night at Mermaids
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
"I don’t think anybody else offers the Twinkies like this. What are they going to do with all these people?"
Transported through time, Charo brings the fun and camp back to Vegas
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Only a week after the implosion of her former Riviera home, Charo wows the South Point crowd.
Size doesn't matter: Small Space Fest packs a punch at Emergency Arts
Friday, June 24, 2016
Nearly 100 artists and performers gathered to discuss humanity, no matter how abstractly or unintentional, through their work.
Mermaids in the desert give love to Coney Island
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
A bunny rabbit drinking a Bud Light and an 8-foot mermaid walk into a bar.
The artistically boundless Small Space Fest fills Emergency Arts
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
“We didn’t ask artists to present their works, but to present themselves."
Why we can't have nice things: The disregard and vandalism of 'Seven Magic Mountains'
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
We’re barbarians. We destroy things others create and think it’s hilarious.
Photographer Yousuf Karsh and the intimacy of the 20th century elite
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art offers a look at the cultural, academic, scientific and political lives of significance.
Harrison House takes its rightful place on the National Register of Historic Places
Saturday, June 4, 2016
The Historic Westside destination was a boarding house that became a safe haven for black Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) construction workers.
Public art generating power? Maybe in Las Vegas
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Land Art Generator Initiative could change our public art and clean-energy landscapes.
A slice of Americana: The nostalgic brilliance of the Las Vegas drive-in
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Under the stars at the West Wind.
Now a piece of anti-Trump art, the Donald’s old campaign bus is Vegas-bound
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The bus stops in Vegas for First Friday before moving on to California for the final primary election.
Barrick Museum director Aurore Giguet is leaving Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
After 20-plus years at the Barrick, she has accepted a position as executive director of the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Deconstructing Angry Birds’ ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Hogas, Pigvada’
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Elvis, neon and the removal of big bands.
Scenes from a Las Vegas IKEA grand opening
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Nothing short of a spectacle was expected. The 40-minute left-turn wait on Durango Drive was understandable.
The unstoppable Larry Ruvo and his crusade to improve life in Las Vegas
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Larry Ruvo's examined life, from busboy to great benefactor of Las Vegas.
Open land is a blank canvas for big ideas in art
Monday, May 16, 2016
The Nevada Museum of Art’s David Walker discusses why our desert is perfect for art and if a museum is on the horizon ...
Nevada desert is home to must-see landscape art
Monday, May 16, 2016
On Interstate 15, 10 miles south of the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway, seven colorful stacks of boulders have captured the attention and imagination of drivers, beckoning them to stop and take a closer look. We explain what it is and ...
Ugo Rondinone’s ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ inspires roadside contemplation
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
An expected 19 million vehicles will pass the "Seven Magic Mountains" installation during its two years in the desert before it gets spirited away without a trace.
An eye-popping wallop of art just off I-15 has travelers making detours
Monday, May 2, 2016
“Seven Magic Mountains” is a poignant work of art with a message that inspires contemplation, but with the allure of a mid-20th-century roadside attraction.
A creative space: Art, literature and the five senses at the Nest
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Reading Room's art of the story.
Neon rhythm: A spontaneous symphony among historic signs
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Neon Museum artist-in-residence Jennifer Bellor is composing something different.
Finding the Southwest at Cactus Joe’s
Friday, April 22, 2016
A Blue Diamond nursery taking Las Vegas back to its roots.
Land art on the horizon: Get ready for Ugo Rondinone’s ‘Seven Magic Mountains’
Friday, April 22, 2016
The colorful rock totem installation is slated to open to the public May 11.
Burning Man, Fine Art and Kitsch walk into a bar ...
Highbrow vs. Las Vegas
Thursday, April 14, 2016
“Why should art, of all things, be free from critical dissection?”
Architecture gems: Las Vegas is more than just cookie-cutter homes
Monday, April 11, 2016
Transplants from other cities and visitors who venture outside the resort corridor often lament that Las Vegas is a suburban sea of beige stucco houses that lacks the character of older American cities. But if you know where to look, you can find some architectural gems in the valley, including some that have stood for decades ...
Swine races, rides and fried dough: A day at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale
Friday, April 8, 2016
The exhibition halls of small-town glory.
This Week in Arts: Philharmonic’s Gershwin, Rondinone’s public art and female figurines at the Barrick
Thursday, March 31, 2016
There's a new website for Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains.”
Stretching the canvas: A new program places artists' work on billboards
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wendy Hickey's promoting of the arts on available billboard space comes to town.
Bundy protest: Weighing liberty and justice on the courthouse steps
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Cliven Bundy’s supporters hold up signs—“Ranchers lives matter” and “Honk for freedom.” A tourist snaps a photo.
Farewell, Super Bloom: An appreciation of Death Valley’s wildflower phenomenon
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Thanks for the memories.
This Week in Arts: artist talks, exhibit openings and Visitor Made
Monday, March 14, 2016
The Barrick Museum is hopping this week.
Altering art: The unfortunate fable of ‘holy cheeseburger’
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Unless a contract says otherwise, artists who sell their works no longer have a voice in what happens to them.
A-Bombs, showgirls and African masks: a museum rhapsody in Las Vegas
Thursday, March 3, 2016
An inspiring mini-tour of our museumscape.
This Week in Arts: a costume tell-all, a Dave Hickey book talk and a priceless violin
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Costume designers promise to delve into the “comedy, the tragedy and the wardrobe malfunction” at the Nevada State Museum this weekend.
The Phil’s concertmaster on playing a priceless, nearly 300-year-old violin
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
It's a classical concert you don't want to miss.
New ownership at the Arts Factory calls to mind the good times and cantankerous bouts
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Memories of former owner and longtime figurehead, Wes Myles, from his bocce-ball tourneys on the patio to his colorful protests over city codes.
Make Art at the Barrick: Visitor Made has guests responding to exhibits
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
With construction paper, X-Acto knives and protractors, visitors test the “My kid could make that” claim heard at contemporary art museums.
Artist Roscoe Wilson examines the ways we confine and manufacture nature
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
It’s contemporary America’s relationship with nature presented at its most extreme and bizarre.
Headed to Emergency Arts, Small Space Fest aims to be a total art immersion
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
The event is seeking submissions from new, emerging and established visual and performance artists.
This Week in Arts: Laurens Tan, public art designs and Downtown’s impending art immersion
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
Holland-born Australian sculptor Tan is currently living in Beijing, following a 10-year stint “living as a pilgrim” in Las Vegas.
This Week in Arts: Art Chantry, the LV Phil Guild and aesthetic possibilities of renewable energy
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
The Philharmonic Guild is seeking donations for its instrument-collection program to get music in the hands of Valley students at charter schools.
How critical is art and design to the future of Maryland Parkway?
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
The Maryland Parkway Public Art Urban Art Design Plan was introduced this month at the first of four public meetings designed to gather input from the community.
Art critic Dave Hickey talks about Facebook — and his two new books about Facebook
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
"I have nothing in common with children today."
Justice through art: A group show at Left of Center takes on societal ills
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
The exhibit features works that touch on immigration, gender equality, homelessness, profiling, racial equality and LGBTQ equality.
‘Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century’ comes to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Capturing a century, from Audrey Hepburn to Brigitte Bardot to Humphrey Bogart.
This Week in Arts: Ellsworth Kelly, Mozart and ArtPrize in Vegas
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Disruptive art, storybook ballet and a steampunk twist on Mozart.
Get intoxicated by Pink Martini's genre-bending musical whirlwind
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Very few bands have the ability to seduce listeners as powerfully as this 12-member “little orchestra.”
Westside Story: The legacy and heart of a historic neighborhood
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
West Las Vegas' history, culture, preservation and revitalization.
The Barrick Museum Teaching Gallery has UNLV faculty taping into the collections
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
From clay effigy vessels to contemporary art.

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