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February 6, 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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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.
Artist Brent Holmes' new exhibit looks at Hellenistic ideas in 21st century Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Inverting Platos Theory of Forms
Fun with politics: An exhibit at Brett Wesley takes on election-season madness
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Amid patriotic bunting, the humorous works capture the circus of the American election season and its players.
Exit interview: Gina Quaranto on the Arts District, closing Blackbird and her final show
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
"I’m ready to move on, to not have that stress on my back."
CAC reopens this week showcasing some of Las Vegas’ more celebrated artists
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Revisiting an annual tradition.
Settlers + Nomads: Artist Wendy Kveck launches website highlighting contemporary art in Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
“All have glitter and dust on their boots and have been influenced or inspired in some way by this unique place we call home or pit stop..."
Talking tradition and presence with Paiute artist and activist Fawn Douglas
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
"A lot of people don’t know we’re here."
Valentin Yordanov’s abstracts explore the color and shape of cities
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
Mapping non-place and everyplace.
The art of conserving Picassos in Bellagio’s Picasso restaurant
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
The final touch.
High-tech: Julian Kilker’s photos are worth slowing down for
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Visual data in a data-obsessed society.
Kristen Hertzenberg returns for a holiday performance at the Smith Center
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
"It will be a little classical, a little country, a little theater and a whole lot of beautiful playing by my brother-from-another-mother/pianist extraordinaire Philip Fortenberry."
‘Contemporary Nevada’ aims to show the best art being created in the Silver State today
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
It will mark the first time in recent memory where a prominent museum of this scale focuses exclusively on contemporary work coming out of Nevada.
A pulse-checking effort aims to save Reed Whipple Cultural Center
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Rehabilitation of the center is possible, but it may depend on the rest of the Cultural Corridor.
Contemporary Arts Center returns with permanent home and new exhibit
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
New home in Soho Lofts in time for the Think Vegas symposium.
The presence of absence at Satellite Contemporary’s ‘Foreign Bodies’ exhibit
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Motivated by physicality, a tangible expression of presence and of the body.
Luis Varela-Rico's sculpture honoring native culture approved for Main Street
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
“So often we are forgotten. [He] created a work that represents inspiration and hope, serving as a symbol not only for Native peoples’ leaning on each other for support, but for all of us as a community to support each other.”
An art museum in Downtown Las Vegas is closer to becoming a reality
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
"We are a very active board. We're busy. We're rolling up our sleeves."
Sush Machida’s ‘Hope Corridor’ murals enliven the Child Haven facility
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
The works were designed to uplift and offer a sense of hope at a challenging and dark time for kids 17 and under.
Prayer on demand: PrayerSpark is in the business of spirituality and is now developing an addiction recovery app
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Michael Feder rounded up spiritual leaders from various beliefs and launched the interfaith affirmation company that allows users to to request prayers and blessings.
Internationally renowned Zabludowicz Collection launches artist residency in Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
"The main motivation for the residency is the nature of Las Vegas itself, and the fascination it holds for generations of artists, writers and thinkers."
Finding a little of everything in Downtown’s Antique Alley
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
It’s easy to knock out a few hours exploring this cluster of shops.
Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
The performance features vocalists Reva Rice and Clint Holmes.
Chime in on the finalists for Downtown’s public art project
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Speak now or forever complain about who should’ve won.
Nathan Douglas’ ‘Passing By’ balances between reality and dream life in the LA landscape
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
The tumbleweed, a symbol of vast, ephemeral Western life, becomes “Tumble Weave” in Douglas’ work.
Zapping back: One artist's funny response to his public art being painted over
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Utility-box street art can be a Las Vegas Landmark, too.
Nevada Ballet Theatre celebrates Balanchine's brilliance at the Smith Center
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
A program that demonstrates the breadth of the late choreographer’s interests.
Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery shines a light on contemporary Cuban art
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Through Windows, Through Curtains, Call on Us
A night chasing ghosts at the Clown Motel
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
A night at the haunted Clown Motel: Ham-wielding clowns, a spooky cemetery and more.
The Cosmopolitan prepares to shutter its P3Studio interactive art space
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
The open-studio artist residency space has provided a valuable exchange of ideas and creativity.
Kickin’ it in Tecopa where the ‘healing waters’—and culture—are a rich desert treasure
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The Tecopa hot springs: Baptized by the mystery and the minerals, we feel different.
As the Natural History Museum finally grows, hundreds of ancient artifacts find a home
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
"Its new space is being outfitted with the support of grants from the BLM and the City of Las Vegas."
Surfing the Strip: What we learned on a double-decker bus in Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
A local gets the Vegas experience, as told on a double-decker bus.
The history of Las Vegas’ Jewish community is coming together at UNLV
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
It’s these stories from community members that bring depth to that larger snapshot.
CityCenter is again igniting conversation with art
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
This time with Tatsuo Miyajima’s 18-foot mirrored pagoda sculpture.
New art-advisory reality show 'Art Breakers' touches on the Vegas scene
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Helping collectors find local artists, a visit to Opportunity Village's art studio and more.
Looking at Las Vegas architecture through the lens of locals
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Twenty-five Downtown buildings and their distinct personalities.
Vintage Vegas postcards and the stories that they tell
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Las Vegas history, through retro postcards: Sifting through Bob Stoldal's massive collection.
Why coming out to your doctor is important
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
"Nothing is worth your life. Share who you are.”
Looking at the role of mid-century modern in Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
The swank homes of Las Vegas past.
UNLV exhibit takes historical look at the feather-decked icon of the Vegas showgirl
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Thanks to materials from UNLV’s Special Collections and costumes from the Nevada State Museum, the exhibit celebrates the era appropriately.
Losing our history: To implode or to not implode on the Las Vegas Strip
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
Could the Riviera be saved?
Color and form: Fusing glass and talking chemistry at Cosmo's P3Studio
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
Revealing the mystery and explaining details.
Scenic history: Colorful tales of the people who shaped Red Rock culture
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
Researched and written by Friends of Red Rock Canyon volunteers, Seekers, Saints & Scoundrels portrays the people drawn to the mountains.
Everything you want: The crutches, leggings, coconuts and lawn mowers of Broadacres
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
“It’s another day in paradise, gentlemen.”
Las Vegas artists say farewell to the Riviera at Blackbird
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
3D-scanning the Riv.
Moving Pictures: Brian Henry's digital marvels illuminate--and sell-- the Vegas idea
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
At 38, designer Brian Henry's imprint is all over Las Vegas Boulevard.
Sculpture: In the yard of a Cuban refugee, an art mystery unfolds
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Highlighting artist Rafael Espino.
Functional paintings and the high-end retail boutique art installation at Cosmo's P3Studio
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
Artist Thomas Willis and his Retrofit Painting brand.

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