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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, 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

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

    Newly single this Valentine’s Day? You probably don’t want your ex’s stuff anymore, but Goodwill does.

  • As We See It

    Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

    The app won first place at the Google Startup Weekend last April.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    After three months without a First Friday festival, Las Vegas will see the return of the monthly arts and culture celebration in February.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    It’s the perfect blend of rich, flirtatious fun.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The man behind the post-punk project talks post-apocalyptic dreams, handing over creative control and living in Berlin.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    Ministry Bootcamp shows fans live performances come together, Bounty Hunter Brother get impromptu.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    It’s been more than a year since Todd commanded audiences to move and sway as the frontman of college-rock cover band Red Eye Radio.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    Helene Neville set a record in September for her five-year run along the perimeter of the continental U.S.

  • 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.