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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)

  • Comedy

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    SNL's Sasheer Zamata and Girl Code stars Nicole Byer, Carly Aquilino and Jamie Lee join the all-star, female-only lineup.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    Also: The Monkees and Holy Holy.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    It's like getting a personal invitation to Elton John’s dinner party.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    The idea is indulgent nightlife for sports fans and concertgoers alike.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    "It’s amazing the amount of people that feel a really good connection with her, just from one time visiting Vegas.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    Veteran indie darlings, a reunited local six-piece and a David Bowie tribute.

  • As We See It

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    What better why to spend the holiday than choosing a new Cat, dog or rabbit?

  • As We See It

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    The awards recognize and celebrate projects that enhance Las Vegans' quality of life.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    The chart-topping DJ returns this Super Bowl Weekend.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    The accompanying festival also returns to Sunset Park

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Roku Crudo

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Blue crab tartare, a recent addition to the Sushi Roku menu.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Blue crab tartare, a recent addition to the Sushi Roku menu.

  • Dining

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    It's Heaven, in French fry form.

  • Dining

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Aerial view of "When Irish Fries are Smiling" at Shake Shack.