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February 28, 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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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.
The Modern Contemporary Art Museum changes its name ... sort of
The case of the missing comma
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Modern Contemporary was never its name, say representatives.
Mural of the story: The shooting stars of the Las Vegas Backyard Wall
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Todd Duane Miller explains the big cover-up.
Time Capsule 2014 comes with a pact to meet again
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Where will you be 30 years from now?
Comedian Jerry Lewis’ photo exhibit at Barrick Museum is no joke
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
His 'painted pictures' were created without Photoshop or a digital camera.
Bill Payne’s photo exhibit goes beyond the big top
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It's a great show, but the mannequins steal it.
Envisioning the ideal city: Seeing new possibilities through art
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Classical artist Donovan Fitzgerald's residency at the Ogden features chalk allegorical images of the ideal city.
Strip spectacle, the desert and Tupac's death--Las Vegas through the artist's eye
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The art of Las Vegas: How four local artists have interpreted and been impacted by this strange desert spectacle.
Silencing the noise at CSN Fine Art Gallery
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Print making as installation and subtle gestures
Vintage Vegas sites to check out during Historic Preservation Month
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Check out the city's vintage gems during Historic Preservation Month, from a cathedral with stained glass casinos to a building that once served "notoriously rowdy railroad workers."
Hip-hop meets heaven at Dylan Mortimer’s ‘Marquee Theology’ exhibit
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The artist and evangelical pastor explores how God and faith fit in with contemporary society.
Artist trio Three Bad Sheep brings its creative approach to TastySpace
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The latest exhibit loosely deals with ideas of beauty, a theme that evolved between the three with no early discussion.
Dear Palm Springs, send us your showgirls
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
or 23 years, The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies has been presenting the old-school song-and-dance revue of yesteryear with dancers 55 and over.
After two years, the Philharmonic taps a former Nevadan as conductor
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Donato Cabrera, the current resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony who grew up in Las Vegas and Reno, will conduct the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Southern Nevada Fine Art Museum holds tribute exhibit to late artist Joe Palermo
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
His legacy lives on through his art and museum.
How artists really live—Sharon Louden adds Las Vegas to her book tour
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Artists discuss themes from the book, 'Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists'
Group steps forward to save the Contemporary Arts Center
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Melissa Petersen draws up three-part plan.
Smith Center’s Paul Beard discusses the art of booking shows
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Talking Broadway, jazz, Las Vegas talent and Laurie Anderson
Neon unplugged: Artist Jerry Misko tones it down for ‘Swing’
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Casino lingo meets menu typography
Five questions with Tracey Emin
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The artist's I Promise to Love You is at the Cosmopolitan
British artist Tracey Emin sends her love
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
“I can’t believe how much I love you.”
With thanks to Christ, the Virgins and saints — ex-voto in Mexico
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
19th and 20th century devotional art at the Barrick.
CAC board wakes up the community, but where are the Guggenheims and the Rockefellers of Las Vegas?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When the 25-year-old Contemporary Arts Center announced Friday its plan to dissolve the organization, there was a palpable moment of silence from those hearing the news.
Conductor Matt Catingub brings the Rat Pack era to generation iPhone
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
It's his second outing with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. It likely won't be his last.
Tim Bavington becomes first visual artist in UNLV's Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The award, named for Academy Award-winning director George Sidney, honors residents, past and present, who've made an impact on the arts (including architecture, visual and performing arts) in the community.
Contemporary Arts Center votes to dissolve after 25 years
Friday, March 28, 2014
After years of financial struggles, the nonprofit is set to shut down in April after a final show.
Words portray us and other signs of the times in ‘Schematameme’
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Fun with contemporary vernacular.
Analog, secrets and Lucas Michael at Cosmo’s P3Studio
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A Polaroid Big Shot
Daniel Vuyovich's art of addiction serves as poetic irony in the 'Vatican of vices'
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A bizarre visual odyssey into the ugliness of the disease.
Finding infinite symmetry through Las Vegas signage and a Hindu/Buddhist metaphor
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Las Vegas artist and bodhisattva teacher Jim Stanford and his contemplative photomontages .
The Modern, Las Vegas' next art museum, wants your input
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"We want to hear what the people want the museum to be."
What to expect when the world’s first Polaroid Museum opens in Las Vegas next month
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A 75-year-old
 history of technological innovation.
Boxed in: Performance artist Nicky Watts explores emotional isolation
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Catch the socially experimental exhibit at Brett Wesley this month.

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