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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

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.
What it means when talented artists leave town
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
We say goodbye to artists Erin Stellmon, David Sanchez Burr and Danielle Kelly.
So long, history: Boulder City losing historic building
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
"It’s a tremendous loss to the community.”
Modern architecture’s peril, salvation and significance at Springs Preserve Exhibit
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Showing what can be done when advocates and designers step forward.
Vegas Story: How a Detroit barber became Las Vegas legendary
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Longtime Riviera barber Neil Scartozzi shares his Vegas Story: "Here’s a kid coming from a mob barbershop with nothing, to this."
Plant whisperer Angela O'Callaghan on gardening in the desert (with a jackhammer)
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Talking plants with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's social horticulture specialist
Selena pizzas and mini Impalas: Justin Favela reassembles his art in 'Chop Shop'
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The local artist pieces together paper creations made from past works.
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.”

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