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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)

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Performer Marco Landin was injured during an altercation at this year's festival.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    From his Kinetic Field set to his Marshmello prank, Tiësto conquered the Speedway.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Midas touch: Discover Downtown luxury with the spa’s 24K Signature remedies, all utilizing gold treatments to get your skin back to its radiant self.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Two decades after EDC's debut, there's still nothing comparable.

  • Noise

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    "Jesus is love, and a place like this is full of everybody that loves each other. So what better place to bring Jesus?”

  • Entertainment

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    EDC takes the cake when it comes to the awesomely outlandish.

  • Noise

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    EDC’s sights and sounds are overwhelming and beautiful. One partier’s totem reads: “Welcome home.”

  • Noise

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Highlights and downsides include the new log ride, Kaskade, the flaming bug and—surprise!—the parking.

  • Noise

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    “Everything about Las Vegas feels like the strangest synthetic rainforest drug I’ve ever taken.”

  • Features

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Get your party (planning) on!

  • 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