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March 5, 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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Story Archive

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.
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.
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.
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
Weekly Q&A: Photographer Shelbi Schroeder focuses on the naked—and real—female form
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
“I just started being obsessed with who I am and able to love who I am without having to hide behind clothing and hide behind my cellulite and hide behind my rolls.”
Gig Depio’s ‘A Brief History’ tackles immigration, politics and social media
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
His decadent paintings are almost operatic.
Fremont East before and after—a local’s story in images
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Fascinated with the speed of the changing landscape Downtown, photographer Richard Brian captured his neighborhood.
Big changes for Downtown’s Modern?
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
"It's time to refresh the project, look at options of location and ensure that our communication about the project is more clear than it has been in the past."
Hot glue, anyone? Art Bar at UNLV’s Barrick Museum is a creative respite for everyone
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Even professional exhibiting artists have sat down at the space, creating works that eventually went into gallery shows.
More than Pretty Eggs: Bellagio’s ‘Faberge Revealed’ looks at Russia’s designer to the tsars
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Opulence, decadence, excessive ornamentation and extreme wealth.
Not your grandma’s slots: The art and technology of today’s multisensory machines
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The gaming machines of the future are built by teams of video-game caliber animators and artists—and they’re hitting casino floors today.
Olivia Gatti’s ‘The Motherlode’ at TastySpace looks at family
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The moments between the moments, the experiences that slip away and the “beauty in the ordinary.”
This is your life, TastySpace: Saying goodbye to a Downtown gallery
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Thanks for the memories, TastySpace.
Welcome home, Helen: A Las Vegas literary magazine is born
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Designed to capture the spirit of Southern Nevada through art and literature, Helen launched this month with a 56-page issue.

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