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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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Story Archive

Road trippin': The natural wonders and decaying attractions of the East Mojave
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Getting lost in the Mojave: Lava beds, ghost towns and roadside ruins.
Intellectual property: A local artist's accusation highlights the debate on originality
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Some argue that in a work by an artist using an idea presented by another artist, only the intention needs to be different—not the art itself, particularly when it comes to appropriation.
Barrick’s 'Recent Acquisitions' highlights contemporary art in Las Vegas
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The new exhibit is dedicated to the creative force and pursuits in and around Las Vegas.
Glowing daisies and stuffed-animal sacrifice—the consuming magic of EDC
Monday, June 22, 2015
Somewhere a Build-A-Bear Workshop has been raided. But I get it. Why build a bear when you can be one?
Artist Miguel Rodriguez gets '86d' in '8 Miles Out, Six Feet Under'
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
What would happen if the power grid went out?
Comic style: It's Supa when 1960's San Francisco pops up in the future
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
A retro futurist rainbow youth quake.
'Towns' for sale: Got a few millions lying around? Bedrock City or Nipton could be yours
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Looking for a Stone Age setting or somewhere with solar-generated energy?
Why Suzanne sizzles: Suzanne Somers on her Vegas show, her new book and organic food
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Bad things happen to all of us. You can let it do you in or you can use it like judo and make it work for you, using forward energy to win.
Artist Kim Johnson's 'Wunder Kammer' considers our interactions with the world around us
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The awe and wonder.
Mount Charleston’s new visitor center makes the outdoors into art
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The new campus opened last week with light art, sculptural benches and more.
Vegas Story: A mysterious disappearance and the questions left behind
Thursday, May 28, 2015
A personal history from Melissa Petersen: Native Las Vegan and Arts Advocate.
Opening dialogue: A Downtown space explores all things photography
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A darkroom, a gallery and two seasoned photographers
21st Century Symphony: The Las Vegas Philharmonic evolves and rebrands
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Philharmonic is reaching out to untapped ears: “I want to break down all of these walls. I want them to feel they can go to a Philharmonic concert just as easily as a Lady Gaga concert.”
Murals in progress: Sush Machida brings his Japanese-inspired contemporary style to Child Haven
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Las Vegas artist transforms the walls of Child Haven
Motels and motor courts: Saving Las Vegas’ mid-century gems
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
"Their preservation and activation is vital to downtown's revitalization."
Almost naked: Skin City strips to celebrate equality and diversity
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
“I’m watching the layers strip off, physically and metaphorically."
Why is Bar+Bistro’s patio suddenly off-limits?
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Don't expect to dine al fresco at the Arts District eatery until late this summer.
‘Helen: A Literary Magazine’ publishes its music issue packed with amazing art
Friday, May 8, 2015
The beat, the melodies, the sound waves and experiences.
The Hydrant Club cuts the leash Downtown
Thursday, May 7, 2015
At this doggie daycare, Dobermans and Chihuahuas make unusual playmates.
Love conquers all in ‘Giselle’
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Nevada Ballet Theatre puts on the story ballet for its final performance of the season.
Zap! goes on: tagging won’t stop urban beautification
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Artists have volunteered to touch up their vandalized works.
Urban walls: writer Ed Fuentes talks Las Vegas street art
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The 100 Centennial murals are great.
‘Benchghazi’: Bench designs planned for Main Street stir public art debate
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Arts writer Ed Fuentes humorously dubbed it “Benchghazi.”
Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s ginormous rock totems in the Nevada desert
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
"It really synthesizes who we are."
Vegas’ faux moth infestation: They don’t even have mouths to bite
Friday, April 24, 2015
What's up with all the moths?
Theater director Troy Heard is Neon Museum’s next artist in residence
Friday, April 24, 2015
Heard brings his theater-focused “Dramatic Signs: Bringing Neon to Life” event to the museum in May.
Mao and the foxtrot and other thrilling musical rides. Thank you, LV Phil
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The symphony closes its Masterworks series Adams, Rachmaninoff and Tch
Broadcasting from the Neon Boneyard: artist David Sanchez Burr’s community radio
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Artist residency begins at the Neon Museum.
Las Vegas Arts Commission is accepting donated funds for a public art project
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The city has $145,000 set aside for the art.
Chance reactions: Beauty in the disjointed at Wasteland Gallery
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Going for the full collision.
Nurturing the visual arts at Las Vegas Academy
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
In-depth training and studio practices ready them for futures in art.
‘Little Sweden’ in Las Vegas? Furniture giant Ikea breaks ground in the Valley
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Swedish flags were waving, local Swedes dressed in yellow and blue and Governor Brian Sandoval sported the colors of the Norse country's flag. Ikea is coming!
The fight to preserve Michael Heizer’s land art in the open desert hits home
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Dave Hickey and Michael Govan discuss Heizer's "City"
Slow Art Day honors the idea of truly taking it all in
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
So many images, so little time -- literally.
Holding onto the art: Gentrification and the Arts District
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The sale of Art Square and other tales.
A dance with the Colorado River—four kayakers, one current
Thursday, April 2, 2015
No destination other than “up-river.”
Bird and Hike’s Jim Boone on exploring—and championing—Southern Nevada’s wilderness
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Modern-day explorer
‘Recombinations,’ impermanence and other tales of landscape in Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Looking at the bi-product of transience in this town
Beautiful deterioration: Local artist brings ‘Urban Decay’ to the Funk House
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Printed on metal, Jay Scott's photos are a rich and thoughtful nod to beautiful decay.
Going beneath the surface: Artist Nancy Good’s unmasking
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Transparency in digital composites.
Out of the galleries and into the streets: 10 years of Zap! in Vegas
Thursday, March 26, 2015
What a difference a painting makes.
The memory, history and myth behind Deborah Aschheim’s drawings
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Looking at the people looking at the Kennedys.
Following David Sanchez Burr’s itinerant radio/art experience
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Sanchez Burr is the Neon Museum's first artist in residence.
Car Show: Remembering Tupac, Selena and the OJ spectacle
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Three iconic tragedies of the ’90s involved cars that became celebrities themselves.
Weekly Q&A: Emmanuel Ortega on the visual history of Mexico
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
“Tourists want to see Frida Kahlo with a monkey on her shoulder.”
Contemporary Arts Center kicks off book club with Dave Hickey’s ‘Pirates and Farmers’
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
After film screenings and a pop-up exhibit, CAC starts a new art-ed adventure with the former notable resident's essay collection.
Clark County’s public art program will brighten up Child Haven facility with creative flair
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Three artists will present their proposals next week for the art renovation project.
Artist Jska Priebe highlights local musicians in ‘Composition’
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Priebe takes the digital immediacy out of an image-based industry by painting oil portraits of Las Vegas talent.
Michael Light’s aerial photography looks at the luxury and ruins of Lake Las Vegas and Black Mountain
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Shot mostly from a helicopter (occasionally a small fixed-wing plane) Light’s work is among the most compelling and awe-inducing visual representations speaking to the audacity of the Valley’s famous building boom.
Yoko Ono brings her activist art back to the Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Spot it on the marquee and in the registration lobby.

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