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October 21, 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

Las Vegas turns neighborhood blight into a thing of beauty
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
The city of Las Vegas commissioned an artist to create paintings on plywood that will board up abandoned houses.
Suzanne Hackett-Morgan brings to life the abandoned roadside attractions of the American West
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Giant artifacts dwarfed by the dramatic sweeping western vistas.
Downtown's new Inspire magazine cafe lives up to its name
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
An opium den for magazine junkies.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art considers Las Vegas artists for national show
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Make no mistake—this is a pretty big deal.
Fremont Street: Then and now
The evolution of Las Vegas' main drag, from casual drive to complete spectacle
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
An anything-goes strangeness has taken over Fremont Street, and it’s not even 2 p.m. on a Thursday. Tip-hungry SpongeBob SquarePants busks next to a stuffed baby SpongeBob
 in a stroller. Showgirls fix their sequined headpieces. Relentless barkers call from their kiosks as slightly intoxicated tourists meander past under a four-block canopy that blocks out the sunlight.
Rendering Nevada in collaged photography and cut paper
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Howell captures the delicate nature and defiant spirit of Nevada.
Large, energetic and loud: works from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
The legacy of a non-profit art foundation makes its presence in Las Vegas
Weekly Q&A: UNLV’s Ranita Ray says the socioeconomic ladder is getting harder to climb
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
The sociology professor discusses upward mobility, the working poor and why school isn't always the great equalizer.
Rubbing elbows with the local bitcoin evangelists
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
A Weekly writer chats with Valley residents using the new online currency--and buys her first BTC.
Las Vegas artists and the story the Barrick could tell
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
“There are really great artists who have come through here."
Mapping impermanence at Jevijoe Vitug's 'Terra Infirma'
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Claiming the ephemeral
The next Downtown hot spot? Main Street's real estate shuffle
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
Are too many investors just hoping to make a quick buck?
Cirque du Soleil artists take over Trifecta Gallery
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
Here's what they do when they're offstage.
Hit the road, Jack -- Sin City exhibit takes you to Valley of Fire
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
“There is this whole wonderful time that happens when you get out into the desert."
Eric Vozzola's 'Real Life' challenges the idea of ideals
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
It's a great commentary on the absurdity of life.
Celebrating Nevada's 150th with a look at the world in 1864
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
The Suez Canal and the U.S. transcontinental railroad were under construction when Nevada was admitted into the Union.
What's with the giant turkey at the Container Park?
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
Artist Justin Favela creates works for Alios' space at Container Park
Man exhibit is a surprisingly fun romp through the tides of maleness
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
The 13-artist show at Brett Wesley Gallery focuses on all things male with a healthy dose of humor and confession.
Paying tribute with foxes in soxes, grinches and such
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
Artists merge their own world with Seuss’ fictional plane.
NBT’s elevated 'Nutcracker' returns
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Artistic director James Canfield is working his magic again.
Art draws hundreds to an old motel on Las Vegas Boulevard
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Artist, designers and architects discuss the environment and people actually care
Artist to create fluorescent mountains in the desert
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Seven 50-foot-high mountains created by Swiss-born New York artist Ugo Rondinone will be placed along the I-15 near Jean in 2014.
The Contemporary Arts Center makes a good move, however temporary
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
The CAC is in a good space, literally and figuratively.
The thing about the gorgeous and aromatic Warhol appropriation at Bellagio
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
For Warhol, money and art went hand in hand.
The aesthetics of Las Vegas and identity of place at CAC's new show
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
A “pensive counterpoint” to Las Vegas’ bombastic signage.
Living to ride, riding to bars with Hammer & Cycle
A night on the road with Las Vegas' misfit bicycle club
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
“If you busted your head open right now, she could give you a field suture.”
Could art and culture be key to Downtown's success?
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Cultural institutions and events brought 1.2 million new visitors to Downtown in the past year. Will the proposed art museum add to that figure?
Is the third time the charm for a Las Vegas art museum?
The Modern Contemporary Art Museum is planned for the Arts District
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
The Modern Contemporary Art Museum will be located in the Arts District and house 35,000 square feet of museum galleries.
Art overhead: Downtown Grand’s Art Bar floats replica masterworks
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
The Art Bar is one of the features that might better integrate Downtown Grand with its surroundings.
Artist Dylan Mortimer looks at private faith in the public sphere
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Evangelizing in the style of youthful urban vocabulary, fashion, advertising and music makes it easy to, at first, assume irony here.
Bellagio announces 'Painting Women' exhibit featuring work by (and of) female artists
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
The female-focused exhibit follows the outgoing Warhol Out West exhibit.
Hammer & Cycle's art auction offers up some sweetness
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
But please—everybody play nice when bidding.
Philip Denker takes on new material in 'Over + Under'
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
Denker draws from Las Vegas and the digital—with impressive results.
Critics are wondering how many bars the Arts District needs
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
News about a bar opening on Casino Center has ruffled some local feathers.
Artist Anthony Bondi's postcards from Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
Bondi turns cliché Vegas into elegant and thoughtful visual compositions with layers of depth.
Las Vegas' Contemporary Arts Center is moving out and moving on
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
"Maybe we’re just a pop-up space or an art information center for the local community."
Writer and critic Dave Hickey is off deadline and on to the next thing
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
"If I didn’t say what I felt or thought, I wouldn’t have anything to say, so I kind of made a career out of dissent. I get paid for being disagreeable, but charming, of course."
LIB recap: Art Odyssey is a '48-hour nirvana'
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
Life and death are nailed to the wall in the form of potatoes.
Eric Tillinghast brings his 'Sump Lux Fountain' to Life Is Beautiful
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
The artist discusses the work, using water as a medium and more.
Kronos Quartet’s Smith Center stop to feature U.S. premiere of Philip Glass work
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
And with music by Wagner and Jimi Hendrix on the program, the rest of the lineup is just as intriguing.
Donna Beam’s Indelibly Yours finds artists working in unfamiliar disciplines
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Tattoo-inspired exhibit asks artists to work and think outside of the box.
Artist JW Caldwell's big pink dinosaurs
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
The artist who grew up as a "science nerd" talks pink dinos.
Looking at Huntridge Theatre architect S. Charles Lee and his era
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
As glamorous theaters have fallen prey to megaplexes and the sofa, the Downtown theater fits into a larger story about the decline of American moviegoing.
Open late: Thursday nights in the Arts District
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Why you’ll see a small crowd rolling into Trifecta Gallery at what used to be closing time.
Straight outta Japan! Touring contemporary art at the Barrick
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
A glimpse at varying styles of Japanese artists (known and relatively unknown).
Black and white and infrared all over—Cody Brothers at the Springs Preserve
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Sweeping panoramas of the vast, textured Nevada landscape and its water challenges.
Ballet, jazz and hip-hop—a winning combination for Cirque and NBT
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Dancers show their inventive side.
Royal Resort’s 95-year-old pianist on Eminem, getting old and his secret to a long life
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Royal Resort's 95-year-old pianist, Joe Vento, says his repertoire nears 25,000 songs. But what's the most requested?
Artist Robert Beckmann takes us to the car wash
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Beckmann pulls us upward into endless blue skies, with welcoming sunlight on the other side of a watery surface.
When dancers collide: NBT and Cirque team up for 'A Choreographers' Showcase'
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Artists from Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque production shows present their sixth annual collaboration show this month.

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