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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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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.
The dirty, sentimental, trashy side of things
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Pfannerstill creates an artifact representing time and place,
Downtown gallery RTZvegas closes its doors after 10 memorable months
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
Weekly recently awarded the space the 2013 Weekly Award for Best New Gallery.
TLC’s ‘Sister Wives’ discover some unexpected fans in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Their Silverton appearance was one big feel-good moment
‘Endangered’ at MCQ Fine Art is a haunting exhibit
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Clint Jenkins' portraits will keep you lingering.
Wook Jang Cheung’s surreal silver sculpture at Crystals
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Rather than the dreamlike or deserted, almost post-apocalyptic landscapes in Dali’s paintings, Cheung’s animals (in this specific exhibit) are set into the angular, well-lit interior of the Daniel Libeskind building anchored with high-end shops.
At home with: Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer of Patina Decor
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
They have superb taste and one of the best upscale vintage boutiques in Las Vegas. We couldn't help but wonder, what's their own living room look like?
Art classes at homeless youth center offer more than just a creative outlet
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Local artist Alexander Huerta offers art classes at Shannon West Homeless Youth Center twice monthly.
Artists look at ways to move us in ‘Alternative Transportation’
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Twelve artists delve into the philosophical, political, opium-induced, pop-cultural and sci-fi-inspired means of getting around.
Arts District’s Gina Quaranto heads to Downtown Container Park
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
The owner of Commerce Street's Blackbird Studios has agreed to launch a satellite gallery in the Container Park.
The CAC’s ‘Indelicate’ reflects its curator’s taste for the unconventional
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
JW Caldwell ran through a mental list of artists whose work he admired, then focused on unusual materials and unconventional methods of making art.
‘Suspicious Evidence’ unites a pair of veteran Vegas artists
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
Ginger Bruner and Anthony Bondi team up at RTZvegas.
2013 Fall A&E Guide: Arts & Culture
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
Painter, musician and performance artist Llyn Foulkes kicks off a season full of cultural contribution.
Life Is Beautiful’s ‘Odyssey’ turns the Town Lodge Motel into an art hive
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
Art collector Patrick Duffy has arranged an unprecedented visual art program for the Life Is Beautiful Festival.
Trifecta Gallery selects from UNLV’s MFA studios
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
Selected Works is gallery owner Marty Walsh’s attempt to better connect the Arts District with what’s happening at UNLV.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ Renewable Energy Efforts
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
No, the sign doesn't actually plug into the solar panels.
Students in UNLV’s Art in Public Places class consider the landscape
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Unannounced, visually catchy and made of stacked shredded paper.
The county’s new public art program moves forward with its new coordinator
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
“Talking with the community and engaging them in their environment is important here."
‘Post Rural’: contemporary life in America’s Western rural landscape
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
What happens to place and identity in a shifting landscape?
Considering Brian Zimmerman’s stacked-chair sculpture
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
A 16-foot tower made of more than 50 stacked chairs.
David Sanchez Burr's 'New Citadel' kicks off fall residencies at P3
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
Las Vegas-based artist's new explorations of entropy, change and decay opens on August 21.
Life Is Beautiful festival announces art programming details
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
International street artists, Strip performers and a live multimedia piece set to Andy Warhol's screen tests are highlights of the fest's art program.
Finding Richard Artschwager’s blps on Las Vegas Boulevard
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
Three of Artschwager’s blps have been placed around Cosmo for visitors to discover.
Winchester exhibit 'Drone Series' offers haunting perspective
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
Photographer Christopher Tsouras simulates the metaphorical and literal landscape of war as seen through drones.
The Downtown Dynamos prepare to welcome people to the neighborhood
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
The United Way of Southern Nevada rolls out its ambassador program in October.
Wildlife Divide brings art to Mount Charleston
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
The art program aims to unite art and science.
The quiet works of Jeffrey Cortland Jones at RTZvegas
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Artist Scott Grow curates a solid show.
Opponents of Art Way name change are going green for First Friday
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013
"Save Art Way" T-shirts have arrived. Next up: 12-foot street banners.
Murder she built: Looking at artist Abigail Goldman's crime-scene dioramas at Trifecta
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
Smartly illustrated explorations of the culture of violence.
'Oil Paintings' merges traditional portraiture with millennial culture at Downtown Contemporary
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Traditional portraiture meets contemporary youth culture.
First Friday goes frozen in August with 'antARTica'
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Carved Styrofoam penguins. What more do you need to know?
The story of Juan Muniz and his bunny-suited sidekick
A Las Vegas art scene success story
Thursday, July 25, 2013
It all started eight years ago, when Juan Muniz brought about 30 of his paintings to Downtown’s First Friday.
New York photographer Abby Robinson examines your body parts at Cosmo's P3Studio
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
"It’s nice for them to see something that belongs to them in a way they don’t 
normally see it.”

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