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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.

Story Archive

  • Fine Art

    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.

  • Fine Art

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    After years of financial struggles, the nonprofit is set to shut down in April after a final show.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Fun with contemporary vernacular.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    A Polaroid Big Shot

  • Environment

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Locals shared many concerns, including news reports from other cities linking hydraulic fracturing to earthquakes, toxic air and water contamination.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    A bizarre visual odyssey into the ugliness of the disease.

  • History

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Adobe structures at Kiel Ranch and Floyd Lamb State Park are benefiting from small grants, but what else in the Valley should be preserved?

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Las Vegas artist and bodhisattva teacher Jim Stanford and his contemplative photomontages .

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    "We want to hear what the people want the museum to be."

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    A 75-year-old
 history of technological innovation.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The LA-based artist, who teaches at an evangelical Christian school, incorporates his religion and religious references into his work.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Catch the socially experimental exhibit at Brett Wesley this month.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

    It''s "Tight Pants/Body Rolls" for everyone.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    The Vegas-based performer is a genre-spanning, world-class talent.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    "Valentine's Day Mascular"

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    The conversation touched on the lack of private investment by community leaders, opportunities for temporary public art and more.

  • News

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    March is National Women's History Month. Get your local learn on!

  • Art

    Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

    Peruse the extensive collection of Eureka Opera House owner Wally Cuchine.

  • Stage

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    “Ed Sullivan meets Phyllis Diller.”

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    Food: the ultimate “cultural hand-me-down.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    The performing arts complex announced its 2014-15 Broadway Las Vegas season today.

  • Housing

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    The residence took second place in the U.S. Department of Energy's international Solar Decathlon last year.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    The recent behavior of this planet has turned things belly up.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Georgia O'Keefe and more are featured in Painting Women.

  • Religion

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Bridging the great divide in BC.

  • Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    The city of Las Vegas commissioned an artist to create paintings on plywood that will board up abandoned houses.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    Giant artifacts dwarfed by the dramatic sweeping western vistas.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    An opium den for magazine junkies.

  • First Friday

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    They'll be projected onto walls and streets for the monthly art festival.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    Make no mistake—this is a pretty big deal.

  • Features

    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.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    Howell captures the delicate nature and defiant spirit of Nevada.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    The legacy of a non-profit art foundation makes its presence in Las Vegas

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    The sociology professor discusses upward mobility, the working poor and why school isn't always the great equalizer.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    A Weekly writer chats with Valley residents using the new online currency--and buys her first BTC.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    “There are really great artists who have come through here."

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Claiming the ephemeral

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    The notable local recently dropped some serious dough on a piece of artwork at Christie's.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Are too many investors just hoping to make a quick buck?

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Here's what they do when they're offstage.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    “There is this whole wonderful time that happens when you get out into the desert."

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

    Investing in the arts

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Members past, present and future discuss the Contemporary Arts Center's mission.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    It's a great commentary on the absurdity of life.

  • History

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    The Suez Canal and the U.S. transcontinental railroad were under construction when Nevada was admitted into the Union.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

    The Strip, the Arts District and in between

  • As We See It

    Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

    Wearing pants, cooking and other things we solemnly swear to do in 2014.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    Artist Justin Favela creates works for Alios' space at Container Park

  • Fine Art

    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.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    Artists merge their own world with Seuss’ fictional plane.