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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

  • Architecture

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    Could the Riviera be saved?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    With the Tule Springs Fossil Beds now designated as a national monument, the past will likely have its red-carpet moment.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

    Fine art, dance, music and literature to keep you busy this season.

  • Art

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    Revealing the mystery and explaining details.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    Researched and written by Friends of Red Rock Canyon volunteers, Seekers, Saints & Scoundrels portrays the people drawn to the mountains.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

    “It’s another day in paradise, gentlemen.”

  • Art

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    3D-scanning the Riv.

  • Art

    Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

    At 38, designer Brian Henry's imprint is all over Las Vegas Boulevard.

  • Art

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    Highlighting artist Rafael Espino.

  • Art

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    "Uh-oh" is holding a bouquet of multicolored balloon grenades.

  • Art

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    Artist Thomas Willis and his Retrofit Painting brand.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    We say goodbye to artists Erin Stellmon, David Sanchez Burr and Danielle Kelly.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    The Neon Museum launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the restoration of its Desert Rose Motel sign.

  • People in the Arts

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    A timeline of the more than 700,000 acres of public land, which was protected this week by the Antiquities Act.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    "It’s a tremendous loss to the community.”

  • Architecture

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Showing what can be done when advocates and designers step forward.

  • Features

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Longtime Riviera barber Neil Scartozzi shares his Vegas Story: "Here’s a kid coming from a mob barbershop with nothing, to this."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    Cactus buyers are taking to online forums to lament venomously and quaintly about the deception.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Talking plants with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's social horticulture specialist

  • Art

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The local artist pieces together paper creations made from past works.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The museum just received two costume sketch books from the vintage Vegas show's 1981 launch.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Getting lost in the Mojave: Lava beds, ghost towns and roadside ruins.

  • Art

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Some argue that in a work by an artist using an idea presented by another artist, only the intention needs to be different—not the art itself, particularly when it comes to appropriation.

  • Art

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    The new exhibit is dedicated to the creative force and pursuits in and around Las Vegas.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Somewhere a Build-A-Bear Workshop has been raided. But I get it. Why build a bear when you can be one?

  • Art

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    What would happen if the power grid went out?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    We can still see you!

  • Features

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    You probably never had to follow an ice wagon around, did you?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    A local chapter of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS) is raising funds for a trip to Washington, D.C.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Gardeners at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension are aiding the effort.

  • Art

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    A retro futurist rainbow youth quake.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Looking for a Stone Age setting or somewhere with solar-generated energy?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Bad things happen to all of us. You can let it do you in or you can use it like judo and make it work for you, using forward energy to win.

  • Mount Charleston

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    The new campus opened last week with light art, sculptural benches and more.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Plus, headline therapy from the online Daily Mail.

  • 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.”