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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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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.”
Local youth highlight the art of skateboarding in 'Backside/Frontside'
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The young artists are part of a skateboarding-centric mentoring program.
Amanda Harris gallery brings in Septerhed, XVALA and others to its group show 'exchange'
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Exchange features a diverse mix of media and themes.
First Friday launches an art blog
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Artist Justin Favela has done something long needed in Las Vegas
Esperanza Spalding, Renee Fleming and Michael Feinstein are part of Smith Center's upcoming season
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Bell and Patti LuPone among performing arts hall's new listings.
This week in art: collectors, sex talk and rollercoasters
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
An exhibit of works from the Herb and Dorothy Vogel collection open at the Barrick.
Art Way name change tabled while heads cool
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Art Way name change debacle tabled for now.
Artist Cristina Paulos depicts bipolar disorder at Blackbird Studios exhibit
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Her stream-of-consciousness approach results in mixed-media drawings and paintings depicting the peaks and valleys, “gleeful mania,” fear and “dark depression” of the illness.
Photographers Bryan McCormick and Geoffrey Ellis present a new, intimate look at Blue Angel
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The photographers captured the normally unseen details
City to consider name change for Downtown Arts District's Art Way
New name would memorialize local artist and teacher Joyce Straus
Friday, June 28, 2013
New name would memorialize local artist and teacher Joyce Straus.
Las Vegas artists take on Route 66 at Springs Preserve exhibit
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The exhibit unites personal memories and iconic images.
Nevada State Museum exhibit looks at Mexico’s rich embroidery tradition
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The bilingual exhibit is a fascinating glimpse into a waning tradition.
Artists Su Limbert and Sierra Slentz take over Cosmo's P3Studio
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A storybook world exploring real-life issues of home and safety through sculpture, ceramic objects and slip-cast figurines.
The science of art and art of science in Miguel Rodriguez' new exhibit
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A herd of turtles moves at the speed of light.
The art of handling art
Moving a 300-year-old painting? Cleaning a massive installation? For this tight-knit crew, it’s just part of the job
Thursday, June 6, 2013
How do you move a 300-year-old painting? Clean a massive installation? For this crew, it's just part of the job.
Blackbird’s 'Greatest Show on Earth' looks at the early 20th century American circus
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Artists to explore the excitement and sadness of the early 1900s traveling circus.
Artist Garilyn Brune takes us into his glam world of big beautiful women
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
RTZvegas exhibit offers a John Waters-meets-Norman Rockwell glimpse of America.
Tease to please: Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend hits town once again
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Four days of tease hit the Orleans on Friday.
Jesse Smigel’s Winchester exhibit presents the year 4013—and cats!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Smigel has harnessed the marketing prowess of corporate America, the propaganda of government regimes and what could best be described as Smigelism.
Looking at the brain and illness through art, a Lou Ruvo Center lecture
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
From a scientific point of view, the paintings tell us a lot about how the person’s brain is functioning.
Ginger Bruner shoots from a Las Vegan’s point of view
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Daily Frame is on display through July 12 at Artspace.
Richard Hooker discusses art, the Neon Museum and his new gallery in Downtown Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
We were the beginning of it all. Then sure enough, along came Allen Kaprow, the inventor of happenings.
An open letter to Bob Beers regarding art in Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The amendment to cut arts funding was defeated, but that's only the beginning of the conversation.
About the James Turrell installation inside the Louis Vuitton store at CityCenter
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This, after all, is Turrell’s largest “ganzfeld effect”—an immersive sensory experience that alters perception.
UNLV exhibit details the White Rose Nazi resistance group
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
“The German name will be dishonoured forever if German youth does not rise up.."
The Las Vegas Philharmonic's fireworks are back -- easier said than done
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Phil's 15th anniversary party at Symphony Park is expensive—for the Phil.
RC Wonderly's textured minimalism at Amanda Harris Gallery
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Minimalism. It's a wonderful thing, especially in RC Wonderly's hands
Preview: Nevada Ballet Theatre ends its season with 'Romeo and Juliet'
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
And its NBT's first story ballet since Giselle in 2008.
Trifecta’s latest exhibit is a Charley Harper treasure trove
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
If you haven't seen this man's works before, you are missing out
'Exquisite Corpse': the CAC uses collaborative artwork to raise funds
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Building a great work of art -- one piece at a time
The city's arts scene needs believers to keep moving forward
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"Rarely do you find a mayor arguing against an art museum."
Artists Javier Sanchez and Yasmina Chavez delve into the look and sound of 'eristic stasis'
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
“What would unresolved conflict sound and look like?”
Barrick’s new film series features works by Deville Cohen and Jessie Stead
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
There had been talk of bringing in films, but there’s always talk about this somewhere.
Find robots in Las Vegas, tell them what you love
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Miniature robot paintings for the community to find have been placed in locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
The strange beauty of juried exibitions
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
If you’re lucky enough to have your work selected, it might be placed next to something that infringes upon it.
Naked City's 'house of light' gets some love
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
After battling foreclosure on the property, zoning issues and structural problems, workers begin needed renovations on Casa de Luz this week.
While you were sleeping, someone photographed you
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Frustrated by the way friends tried to control photographs of themselves, artist Krystal Ramirez began capturing them at their most submissive: while they were sleeping.
Three exhibits to see at April's First Friday
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Intimate photographs of men, a 'sleeping performance' and more.
Artist Erin Stellmon looks at Downtown changes in new exhibit at Trifecta Gallery
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Stellmon steps away from the Strip—the focus of her Reign of Glass exhibit in 2010—to tackle the similar narrative playing out in the rest of the community, from Downtown to the outlying areas.
New book, movie and museum plans prove Liberace is back
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Liberace Extravaganza! should hold you over until the new museum opens its doors.
Michele Quinn joins Las Vegas CAC
Friday, March 22, 2013
Michele Quinn is back in the Arts District, so to speak.
Jennifer Henry brings cellophane couture to P3Studio
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Henry's dresses recently hit the runway at LA Fashion Week.

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