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Leslie Ventura

Staff Writer

Leslie Ventura is a staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly and Industry Weekly. She’s picked the brains of rock stars and DJs, covered countless shows, glimpsed into the oily world of professional bodybuilding and peered into the lives of Las Vegas’ movers and shakers. (She’s even been blessed by a shaman.) Prior to being a staff writer, Leslie served as the Weekly’s Calendar Editor and was a frequent contributing writer while pursuing her degree in Women’s Studies at UNLV. She runs on coffee and all things peanut butter-flavored.

Recent Stories (view all stories)

  • Weekly Q&A

    Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

    The four-time Emmy-nominated choreographer keeps busy with TV's most popular dance shows.

  • Taste

    Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

    Choose from broth flavors that include mushroom or “hellishly spicy,” then add raw slices of beef brisket, lamb or free-range chicken to your aromatic bubbling brew.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

    "Nobody judges you; you don’t have to dress up in a collared shirt. You just come and listen to music and dance."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    Plus a new single from Wax Pig Melting and Surf Curse's first Vegas show.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

    Start with the cotton candy foie gras and move on to the suckling pig sandwich.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

    Pacheco oversees 14 restaurant brands in the Hakkasan portfolio with a focus on Las Vegas.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    We would never just play the same setlist every night. We’d be assuming everybody is the same.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    They've been writing loud punk rock since 2010.

  • Intersection

    Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

    Can I bring my horse on a plane?

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

    It's all about the details.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Vegenation's butternut fusilli with broccolini and olives.

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016

    House of Blues Music Forward Foundation's Bringing Down the House Industry Insight session included an interactive segment where the kids put together a marketing plan.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    You've got to love this vintage 1965 VBB Vespa.

  • Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

    Diego Cano (center) at the Bunkhouse's tribute to David Bowie.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Roku Crudo