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September 2, 2015

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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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‘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.
The Nevada State Museum fights for visibility at Springs Preserve
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The institution is located in the opposite direction of many popular Springs Preserve attractions.
Dear Riviera, you’re breaking my heart
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Like an old museum with a bad curator, the Riviera has its historic charm and bad updates.
Is Las Vegas really as transient as we think?
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
We've all heard it: "Everybody leaves Las Vegas"
A recent arts study shows Las Vegas has some work to do
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
SMU's Arts Vibrancy Index aimed to determine the "hotbeds of America's arts and culture."
The random allure of Boulder Highway: A story in photos
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
In the shadow of the Strip, the jumbled stretch of road tells another Vegas story.
Art to see right now
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Alterwitz, 'Santa Confessional' and a UNLV MFA avalanche.
For the love of literacy: Two guys, a book festival and an adventurous seven-year-old
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Bringing together Black History Month and Nevada Reading Week.
Smoked mirrors and bulletproof windows: Lefty Rosenthal’s crib is on the market
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
“It’s kind of built like the Fort Knox of Las Vegas."
A historical tour of lust and romance, loosely inspired by the Strip
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
We all know that Italy was full of sex-monkeys during the Black Death ...
Marshall Bradford brings his erotic photography to Sin City Gallery
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Nothing like a Friday night of tying up your guests.
LV Phil sends out a musical 'Gershwin Valentine' this weekend at the Smith Center
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
A beloved songbook and a Broadway vocalist? That's 'S Wonderful.
Protecting ‘City’: ‘Levitated Mass’ more than screening in campaign for Heizer national monument in Nevada
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Conservation Lands Foundation is working to rally local support for the project.
Frozen in time: ‘Folies’ costumes acquired by Nevada State Museum
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
"This is something I've been waiting for [for] the museum—a signature collection, something no one else has."
The colorful life and high fashion of Corinne Entratter Sidney
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Raiding the 2,400-square-foot closet of Corinne Sidney, the former "black-belt shopper on Rodeo Drive."
Second Saturdays: New galleries put the art back in Emergency Arts
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Downtown Las Vegas galleries team up.
Artist Laurie Simmons finds a place in the Strip’s bombastic visual chatter
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Simmons has us rethinking the “ideal.”
The Art of Dialogue: Cappuccino potato chip inventor opens Downtown art gallery
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Undoing boundaries, opening discourse.
Dear Santa, I have sinned--Cosmo’s P3Studio announces its 2015 artist lineup
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Residencies combine some form of installation, studio practice and display, and began January 7 with an immersive meditation nightclub experience.
A community garden in the Las Vegas Arts District? Maybe
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Art and arugula and maybe a little Bloomberg money.
Vegas for Real: Yes, people live here
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Catherine Borg's Scouted aims to present a more dimensional view of Las Vegas.
Joanne Goodwin on women in Las Vegas—perception and reality in the 20th century
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Putting women back into history.
Bye, Blue Angel: Motel comes down, but the iconic figurehead will remain
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Demolition has begun.
Will artist Michael Heizer’s ‘City’ become a national monument?
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
A push to have “City” designated as a national monument has begun.
Art, history and politics collide in an exhibition at the Mexican Consulate
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Past on paper: The exhibit features political cartoons from 19th-century Mexico.
Trifecta owner Marty Walsh reflects on her gallery and the local arts scene
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Trifecta owner Marty Walsh closes her Arts Factory space, which became a staple of the arts scene for its consistency and quality, at the end of January.
Liberace to return to Las Vegas as a hologram
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Welcome back, Mr. Showmanship.
Artist JK Russ and the bird women of Cosmo’s P3Studio
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Leggy and feathered bird women, chic and defiant on the harsh landscape.
Celebrating Christmas, Vintage Vegas style: The Blue Angel of Glen Heather
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
“We wanted to do a Las Vegas Christmas."
Artist Justin Favela’s piñata-inspired Nativity—Vegas, Mexico and Bethlehem
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Justin Favela at the Mexican Consulate
‘Twenty Years of Design Excellence’ at Barrick highlights Nevada’s award-winning architecture
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Reflecting and Projecting is as much about the process as it is about the end result.
Pushing color to the cusp of recognition: Three questions with David Ryan
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Balancing discrete shapes with analog sensibility.

Embracing History: The stories in and of the F Street underpass
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A public nod to Las Vegas history like none other in this town.
Depicting death: Artists take on the great inevitable
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
In our leftovers we all look the same.
The Cosmo’s giant fortune-telling cat wishes you well
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Here tourist, tourist...
43 Days: Artist Javier Sanchez in solidarity with Mexico’s missing students
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
“In Mexico every day is the day of the dead, and the day of the disappeared, and the day of the mutilated, and the day of the bereaved. "
Smoke my hookah, caterpillar -- more tales to live out at Skin City
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Las Vegas artists take on the nonsensical underworld of Lewis Carroll.
Treasure chest: Secret artwork hidden behind breasts at the Venetian revealed
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
"They were trying to re-create Renaissance Venice, and I was giving them contemporary art.” --Toland Grinnell

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