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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

  • Site Feature

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    A personal history from Melissa Petersen: Native Las Vegan and Arts Advocate.

  • Art

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    A darkroom, a gallery and two seasoned photographers

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    The Philharmonic is reaching out to untapped ears: “I want to break down all of these walls. I want them to feel they can go to a Philharmonic concert just as easily as a Lady Gaga concert.”

  • Art

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The Las Vegas artist transforms the walls of Child Haven

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    "Their preservation and activation is vital to downtown's revitalization."

  • Community

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    “I’m watching the layers strip off, physically and metaphorically."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    Don't expect to dine al fresco at the Arts District eatery until late this summer.

  • Art

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    The beat, the melodies, the sound waves and experiences.

  • Animals

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    At this doggie daycare, Dobermans and Chihuahuas make unusual playmates.

  • Dance

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Nevada Ballet Theatre puts on the story ballet for its final performance of the season.

  • Art

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Artists have volunteered to touch up their vandalized works.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    The local institution recently took on the Canadian Museum of Immigration.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    The 100 Centennial murals are great.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Arts writer Ed Fuentes humorously dubbed it “Benchghazi.”

  • On the Strip

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Casino closures bring personal stories, drunken toasts and other Vegas rituals. But then there's eBay.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    "It really synthesizes who we are."

  • As We See It

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    What's up with all the moths?

  • Art

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    Heard brings his theater-focused “Dramatic Signs: Bringing Neon to Life” event to the museum in May.

  • Community

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Trees de-stress the mind, stabilize the soil and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    The symphony closes its Masterworks series Adams, Rachmaninoff and Tch

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Artist residency begins at the Neon Museum.

  • First Friday

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    There were rumblings that First Friday would announce changes to the festival’s footprint.

  • Art

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    The city has $145,000 set aside for the art.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Going for the full collision.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    In-depth training and studio practices ready them for futures in art.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Swedish flags were waving, local Swedes dressed in yellow and blue and Governor Brian Sandoval sported the colors of the Norse country's flag. Ikea is coming!

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Dave Hickey and Michael Govan discuss Heizer's "City"

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    So many images, so little time -- literally.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    The sale of Art Square and other tales.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    No destination other than “up-river.”

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Looking at the bi-product of transience in this town

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Printed on metal, Jay Scott's photos are a rich and thoughtful nod to beautiful decay.

  • Art

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Transparency in digital composites.

  • Art

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    What a difference a painting makes.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Looking at the people looking at the Kennedys.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Sanchez Burr is the Neon Museum's first artist in residence.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Three iconic tragedies of the ’90s involved cars that became celebrities themselves.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    “Tourists want to see Frida Kahlo with a monkey on her shoulder.”

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    After film screenings and a pop-up exhibit, CAC starts a new art-ed adventure with the former notable resident's essay collection.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Three artists will present their proposals next week for the art renovation project.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Priebe takes the digital immediacy out of an image-based industry by painting oil portraits of Las Vegas talent.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Shot mostly from a helicopter (occasionally a small fixed-wing plane) Light’s work is among the most compelling and awe-inducing visual representations speaking to the audacity of the Valley’s famous building boom.

  • Art

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Spot it on the marquee and in the registration lobby.

  • Museums

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    The institution is located in the opposite direction of many popular Springs Preserve attractions.

  • Riviera

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Like an old museum with a bad curator, the Riviera has its historic charm and bad updates.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    We've all heard it: "Everybody leaves Las Vegas"

  • Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    SMU's Arts Vibrancy Index aimed to determine the "hotbeds of America's arts and culture."

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

    In the shadow of the Strip, the jumbled stretch of road tells another Vegas story.

  • Art

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Alterwitz, 'Santa Confessional' and a UNLV MFA avalanche.

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