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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)

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

    The "queen of house" has been in the game since she opened a coffee bar next to the Metz back in the ’90s.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

    Inspired by street vendors and markets, the owners of Chada Thai & Wine ushered in a savory spinoff last year.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

    Before she was winning awards for her stunning transformations, she was a crucial element within Wynn’s nightlife group.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

    "It’s grown, and I think it’s going to keep growing."

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

    Locals have used the plant to treat chronic pain.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

    Blend offers beginner and advanced courses, sells new and used DJ gear and can assist with repairs, production and marketing.

  • Noise

    Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

    Laura Jane Grace focuses on the challenges and excitement of forming new relationships and letting go of old ones.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

    Crack the soft-scramble code.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

    For one local foodie, his garden was a gateway drug.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    Mercer’s sentimental perspective serves as the focal point, with her frosty vocals front and center.

  • 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