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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.

Story Archive

  • 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.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The new cocktail menu features art-themed drinks like the Burning Giraffe, named after Salvador Dalí’s surrealist 1937 painting.

  • Noise

    Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

    The indie/R&B star also released an acoustic cover of the New Wave legends' classic “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    Getting to know Guts, The Musket Vine, Special-K, No Tides and Good Grief.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    The five-piece’s New Wave groove is influenced by everything ’80s.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    “I was 19, and I would come in before the security guard and then just stay. I didn’t let age stop me; I found a way.”

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    That righteous ringing in your ears comes from this progressive-punk foursome—and soon, its new LP.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    Leather Lungs deliver music from their garage to yours.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    The band just landed two major gigs—Extreme Thing and Punk Rock Bowling.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

    On the Cosmopolitan club’s pool deck, wearing bikinis in January isn’t just possible; it’s necessary.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

    The artist has postponed the concert due to illness.

  • Site Feature

    Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

    Can a trip to California's Integratron, a visit to a shamanic healer and lots of salt help us stay mindful of our new year's resolutions?

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

    From "I Can't Feel My Face" to "Often," we got all the sultry hits.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

    "It’s so much fun you forget that you’re working."

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    The Satanic Majesty, led by The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer, headlined the Bunkhouse tribute show.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    From The Cure to Rihanna and David Bowie to Animal Collective, sounds we're looking forward to in 2016.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    The surfy Long Beach, California, three-piece opened with chunky, riff-heavy cut “Foolish” from August LP Poster.

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    The video depicts the robbers as hunger-crazed patrons seeking out Mexican food.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    The Long Beach musician talks growing up with his bandmates, New Year's resolutions and more.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    DVDA is set-less, prop-less theater synced with pre-recorded audio and looping film projections.

  • Downtown

    Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

    Merchandise is being liquidated in the space that's been around since the 1950s.

  • Noise

    Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

    Also, new dates announced for Garth Brooks and Rihanna.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Also: Common Ground calls it a night, and Lydia Vance, unearthed.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    After two years in Downtown Spaces, the grassroots gallery is changing hands.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    “I’ve been loving being in the desert.”

  • Features

    Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

    From The Killers' tour manager to the band's music-video Santa Claus, the Bunkhouse's latest entertainment director, Ryan Pardey, has worn many hats.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    The crowd's energy felt stronger than ever.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    Plus new releases from Special-K and Trade Voorhees.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    Let Las Vegas do the cooking this Turkey Day. Drop that baster and make a reservation!

  • Noise

    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

    Get all the details here.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    Weekly Q&A with cinephile Vivian Martin: “The story for me is the most important. What keeps me interested, what keeps me guessing. I don’t like films that are predictable.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    It’s impossible to predict how a Deerhoof show might turn out, and that’s exactly what makes the group so good.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

    The beloved Bunkhouse Saloon will awaken once more on November 13.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Talking a new album, playing Switzerland's Large Hadron Collider and pre-show soccer games.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

    The event celebrates 100 local “Insta-makers” within the nightlife, creative and entertainment worlds.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    Hilarious and ridiculous in all the wrong but oh-so-right ways.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    Wanda Jackson, a free garage rock show and more.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    "18 songs and almost two hours later, the lanky, bearded performer had won my heart completely."

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    After months of scorching Vegas heat, fall has arrived.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    "We built our following from the underground."

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

    Find your style, from the easy Petris Aged Red to the treacherous My Blueberry Nightmare.