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October 1, 2014

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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

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.
Life rendered: Looking at the selection process for this year’s Life Is Beautiful art component
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Artists are readying for October's big event.
The normalcy of seeing great art on the Las Vegas Strip
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Nancy Rubins, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, etc....
Artist Justin Favela’s ‘Lowrider Pinata’ heads to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Favela, known for his piñata-inspired works in tissue paper and cardboard will be part of State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
Angel Delgado makes freedom his artistic focus
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Cuban artist spent six months in prison after protesting censorship by the government.
Las Vegas photographer Linda Alterwitz shares her medically infused work in her first hometown solo show
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
"It's all about balance," she says.
Vegas' 2014 London Biennale wraps with a taco takeback and more
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Japanese dance, sound installations and stories.
Weekly Q&A: Playwright Ryan Reid brings the realities of Alzheimer’s to center stage
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"I think activism through art is the best way," says the budding playwright (and granddaughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).
The body in the room, the shaman and other tales -- 2014 London Biennale: Pollination in Las Vegas
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A seamless integration of ideas (and props) under the umbrella of maps, mazes and mysteries.
Importing theater from Chicago
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Locals Todd VonBastiaans and Bryan McCarthy are underwriting a two-week August engagement at Art Square.
PIQ, then EDC: Catching up with Juan Muniz
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Glow-in-the-dark Felipe!
World on a string: Marionette master Scott Land makes puppets cool
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Marionette artist Scott Land's work has scored him film credits (yes, including Team America) and a meeting with the Dalai Lama.
The bright vernacular of Richard Hooker’s 'Pregnant Neon'
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The local artist recreates today's text messages in neon signage.
Finding the art is part of the thrill of the 'London Biennale'
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This year it's all about maps, mysteries and mazes.
Find works of future past at Blackbird Studios’ ‘Dinosaurs vs. Robots’
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Opening June 5, the exhibit features re-created narratives, imagined moments or ideas about the continuum of evolution.
Bunny Yeager: Pin-up pioneer
Sin City Gallery celebrates the model photographer
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Her images celebrate the female form in exquisite photographs of topless and nude models, including herself, in the outdoors or lounging around the home.
Witty works, humble materials
Trifecta's 'comedians and magicians' is wicked smart and funny
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
When there’s a 9-foot Big Bird sculpture lying on a gallery floor, his head to the side, eyes closed and beak agape, there’s a good chance it has something to do with artist Justin Favela.
Feel the Figaro at Opera Las Vegas' 'The Barber of Seville'
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Rossini work is a perfect choice for audiences new to opera.
Dixie Evans’ legacy looms large for this year’s Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
This year's celebration is bound to be more poignant than most.
Las Vegas Tapestry, a longtime Trifecta Gallery fixture, moves to LGBT Center
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Sola Fiedler's large-scale tapestry of the Strip and outlying areas will serve as a centerpiece for the annual ARTrageous event this year.
Artist Joseph Watson’s Zombie Masher Workshoe and the Zappos Mural Project
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Artists create more than 20 murals for the Zappos campus.
On the move: Contemporary Arts Center shuffles over to Emergency Arts
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The veteran arts organization also added five members to its board last week.
Proposal to raise artist license fees has many Arts District creatives and supporters feeling slighted
Sunday, May 25, 2014
While the city waived $50,000 of licensing fees for alcohol-related businesses, there have been few to no incentives for artists or gallery operators.

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