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January 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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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."
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.
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.
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.
Leslie Hall, gem sweater queen, brings her spandex-infused satire rap to Artifice
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
It''s "Tight Pants/Body Rolls" for everyone.
Weekly Q&A: Kristen Hertzenberg talks Broadway out west and making a home in Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
The Vegas-based performer is a genre-spanning, world-class talent.
Alios' final show at Container Park delivers an awesome mix of macho and fabulous
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
"Valentine's Day Mascular"
Local women every Las Vegan should know about
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
March is National Women's History Month. Get your local learn on!
Last chance to see 'The Loneliest Art Collection' before it leaves town
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Peruse the extensive collection of Eureka Opera House owner Wally Cuchine.
The art of food, vintage rides and folklore at TastySpace's 'African-American Talent Showcase'
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Food: the ultimate “cultural hand-me-down.”
UNLV's DesertSol home proves sustainability is possible—and stylish
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
The residence took second place in the U.S. Department of Energy's international Solar Decathlon last year.
On the nature of things at CAC's 'Eco Logic'
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
The recent behavior of this planet has turned things belly up.
Bellagio showcases female artists in 'Painting Women'
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Georgia O'Keefe and more are featured in Painting Women.
At a Catholic church in Boulder City, science and religion share common ground
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Bridging the great divide in BC.
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.

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