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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)

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

    The Japanese restaurant celebrates 12 years inside the Forum Shops.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

    "You got a hundred dollar bill, get your hands up!"

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    A group from Las Vegas and Idaho do their part by joining the national Veterans for Standing Rock movement.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

    "I try to make it as easy as possible. Elopements should be really simple, and they can be really beautiful."

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

    The EDM duo is gearing up to drop new music in 2017.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

    The short rib grilled cheese is a winter hit.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    The two ex-locals will team up for a Smith Center production on December 9.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    Professors address student concerns following Donald Trump's presidential win.

  • Intersection

    Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

    There have been no reported transgender murders in Las Vegas this year or in recent history, according to the Center's Blue Montana.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

    Transport to tranquility at this sun-kissed sanctuary.

  • 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