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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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‘Home Sweet Home’ dioramas illustrate America’s obsession with violence
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
The exhibit features scenarios so over the top you want to laugh—and so real you want to cry.
Geoffrey Ellis’ photo exhibit blends Las Vegas’ present with its past at Brett Wesley Gallery
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
It's inspired by the '70s and '80s Mob era.
Weekly Q&A: Storm Large on feminism, fringe pioneers and why you don’t touch Lou Reed
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Q&A: Storm Large's act works with both punk-rock and symphonic audiences. She brings it to the Smith Center this weekend.
New gallery Satellite Contemporary opens in Emergency Arts this month
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
The new space is a joint effort by a trio of artists and faculty at Northern Arizona University.
Downtown's First Street Art Trail is coming to life
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Even as the gallery scene is slowing, the Arts District is getting some attention.
Punks with heart: Hammer & Cycle’s art auction brings in the wheels
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Art and bikes and kids, topped with a Slayer-based success story.
The Arts District: Where have all the galleries gone?
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
With galleries closing, creative spaces in the Downtown neighborhood have hit a low note.
Life is art inside the Western Hotel at LIB
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The art component of Life Is Beautiful hit visitors with a multi-sensory wallop, the kind of one-two audio/visual punch taking over the streets outside.
Art couture: Bellagio exhibits one of artist Nick Cave's wearable sculptures
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
The artist's button-covered "Soundsuit" is now on display.
Downtown’s TastySpace Gallery to close December 1
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
It’s another big loss for an arts scene already without CAC exhibits and preparing for Trifecta’s end.
What’s with the giant slides? Artists take over Western Hotel at Life Is Beautiful
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
“Freefall” is a vertical move from Tillinghast’s courtyard water installation (a 30-by-60-foot reservoir) last year at the Odyssey,
Lady Rizo brings her irreverent cabaret show Downtown
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
It's renditions of well-known songs, but she makes them her own.
The birthday party machine: Artist Justin Favela’s Arkansas fiesta
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Who wants cake, cake and more cake?
Cat, deconstructed: Everything to know about Jesse Smigel's oversized feline
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Photo op! The local artist's "Snowball in Vegas" sculpture is now Downtown—and ready for your next selfie.
Sush Machida on fish, air fresheners and his mural with Tim Bavington
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
"Art doesn’t choose anybody. It’s for everybody."
Jesse Smigel’s giant cat head is ready for its close-up
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Be the paw. Just be the paw.
A wide angle view of Nevada Artists through NAC's fellowships
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
"I saw these common threads -- biography, place, memory..."
The beauty of strange circumstances and iconic stewardesses in Sam Davis’ ‘Jettison’
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Here, the women are on an adventure of another kind, regardless of the bleak and sudden surroundings.
Living with art: The suburban home turned private art gallery
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
“If I like it, I’m going to get it and worry about where it’s going to go later.”
A tale of two Dr. Sketchy’s drawing nights: Las Vegas and Boulder City
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Artists (and non-artists) gather monthly for some cocktails and creativity at the anti-art school establishment.
Collector Branden Powers plants art on the streets for you to find
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
"Whatever happens is the art itself.”
Weekly Q&A: Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman’s enduring legacy
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Her legendary character will be featured on some Bally slot machines.
Kristen Hertzenberg brings her soulful vocals back to the Smith Center
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
A “love-haunted set of blues, rock, jazz, folk and country”
Las Vegas Philharmonic opens season with new conductor and famed opera singer
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
The Masterworks concert featuring Deborah Voigt is the stuff of dreams.
East meets West in ‘Ghost Dogs: Japanese-American Legends’ at Donna Beam
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
The commonality between them extends beyond the East-meets-West art elements and into the powerful messaging within the work.
Liberace and Jerry’s Nugget signs glow again in Neon Museum’s Boneyard
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Both signs are part of the Boneyard’s permanent exhibit and are among six in the yard that have been restored.
Mexico: Perceptions, memories and dreams in artist’s Piñata utopia
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Justin Favela's cross-cultural social study of sorts that welcomes everyone to play along.
Nature’s wrath: The problem with rain in the nation’s driest state
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency in flood-damaged Moapa.
Pussy Riot joins the Life Is Beautiful speaker lineup
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Two founding members of the feminist punk group will come to Las Vegas in October.
Mama was a showgirl: Vintage photos peek into glamorous Vegas life
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
This was how Tomlin knew his dancer mother throughout his early childhood—a gorgeous woman on display and at a distance.
Suzanne Shifflett brings ‘The Sum of All Its Parts’ to Sin City Gallery
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The San Francisco tattoo artist pairs the art historical with the queer contemporary.
From Cirque to travel and photography, Armand Thomas remains a storyteller
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
The photographer is the second artist to show work at the Window at the Ogden.
Artists explore language and action in ‘Words to Live By’
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Vivian Martian, Gina Alverson and Kris Krainock use words to create unexpected works.
The adaptive and resourceful might of supermen at Trifecta
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
A humorous consideration of expectations, normalcy and, most of all, embracing change.
Blue Angel uproar signals a clash between preservation and development
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
“Fremont Street is really a historic scenic byway that needs to be preserved. This is a pressing matter."
The Weekly Interview: NBT’s James Canfield
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Dance past and present this season at the Nevada Ballet Theatre.
Giant cat head to take over Downtown corner
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
You had us at giant gnomes, Jesse. But, by all means, keep going.
The bureaucratic hurdles of public art: Looking at Clark County’s program
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
“Things are going to move along at a pretty slow rate, but pretty soon we’re going to start seeing art," Patrick Gaffey
Palm reading: The precision of Louis Varela-Rico’s suspended hand
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
‘Organic Study No. 1’ marks a stylistic departure for Luis Varela-Rico
Timeless glamour and haughty attitudes of Chris Jones’ billboard collages
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Sexy, vintage and alluring, the 40-by-60-inch billboard collages combine fashion illustrations (from old Harper’s Bazaar magazines) and enhanced photographs of models, as well as other printed imagery.
‘Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England’ in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Madeleine George's academic sex comedy comes to Las Vegas.
Walking on the wild side with JK Russ
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Russ’ works are often sexy and fun robust creation.
End of an era: Trifecta Gallery is closing
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Trifecta Gallery in the Arts District is closing in January. Owner Marty Walsh and her husband Pete plan to move back to Ireland.
Philharmonic conductor Donato Cabrera brings a contemporary edge to orchestral music
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Weekly Q&A: The new conductor discusses exposing audiences to new music, his background in opera and more.
Has Wes Myles found potential new owners for the Arts Factory?
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
More than two years after putting the Arts Factory on the market, the longtime owner may have found the right buyers.
‘Skin Wars’: Las Vegas entrepreneur talks body paint, RuPaul and reality TV
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Robin Barcus Slonina, owner of Skin City Body Painting is a producer and judge on Skin Wars premiering August 6.
Yasmina Chavez’s farewell exhibit takes us to that space between control and the authority of nature
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time works in circles, and answers are nonexistent in Yasmina Chavez' Floss & Gravity.
Nevada State Museum’s latest exhibit is a communication treasure trove
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The exhibit even covers the minutiae of data storage and machine parts while showcasing the varying aesthetics of living room electronics.
The return of Liberace
With plans for a new museum and the restoration of his Vegas home, the shimmering showman is back in the spotlight
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Plans for a new museum? The restoration of his Vegas home? The famously flamboyant showman is back in the spotlight.
Artists JW Caldwell and Todd Duane Miller go 'Face 2 Face' at Cosmo's P3Studio
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
“The whole project is designed to showcase the similarities and the differences, because they’re inseparable,” Caldwell says.

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