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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, Dec. 8, 2016

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

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

    The Japanese restaurant celebrates 12 years inside the Forum Shops.

  • 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

    Wil Eddins' retail space is an incubator for culture and fashion.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

    Transport to tranquility at this sun-kissed sanctuary.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    The Vegas post-hardcore outfit leads a bill at Layla's banquet hall December 2.

  • Intersection

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    UNLV's student paper could run out of funds as early as next semester, and student reaction to the news is mixed.

  • Intersection

    Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

    Under the Trump administration, these organizations could use your help.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

    The executive pastry chef oversees all facets of Wynn's program.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

    New Kids on the Block team with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, and Ricky Martin leads a long list of Latin artists for Calibash Las Vegas.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

    Show up to cast your vote for The Cars, Tupac, Pearl Jam and more.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

    He's looking forward to a bright future at Light and Daylight.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

    Away from the Strip, local talents are cooking up great food stories.

  • Dining News

    Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

    New manager Tony Zanello and chef Daniel Schneider are changing the flavor at the Downtown-area bar.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

    “I fell in love with the track because of its funk influence. It immediately makes you want to dance."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

    The Detroit band plays the Bunkhouse on November 8.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

    New releases from Kitze, The Psyatics and Amy Pate.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

    Succinctly put: Share a Lyft with other passengers and pay much, much less.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

    "It all comes down to exemplary service and really taking care of the customer."

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

    The showy, iconic Japanese restaurant gets you behind the grill.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

    Lucky would look great as spaghetti and meatballs.

  • Taste

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

    The new shop's surprisingly soft and moist cookies are almost cupcake-ish.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

    After this show, we shouldn’t be surprised if the foursome tours well into their 90s.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

    “I used to go to raves all the time in the late ‘90s ... I loved dancing. I really loved the way the DJ held the attention of people and created the vibe.”

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

    From burgers to curry, you need these staples in your life.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

    We caught up with rising star Justin Blau before his next gig at Jewel to talk Bon Jovi, Ariana Grande and his upcoming EP.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

    From pancit to adobo, a culinary exploration in Las Vegas builds cultural connections.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    Wild Nothing plays with Dark Black and Party Talk at the Bunkhouse on October 19.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    "Punk has absolutes. Hip-hop is still a dream."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    Her music might be suited for the charts, but her work has become more thought-provoking than ever.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

    From collabs with Justin Bieber to Rick Ross, the EDM powerhouse churns out the hits.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

    The oft-veiled artist knows how to captivate an audience.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

    Worries slip away and senses are delighted with the new pumpkin spice and vanilla face and body package.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

    New music from Hassan, Harvey Listen, Hot Spots and Megabolts.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

    She's gearing up to release her debut album.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    “People come here, and they see new things all the time. I’m constantly adding new stuff.”

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    And the Plaza launches a series with Bad Moon Booking.

  • Dining News

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    “It’s not gonna be this foo-foo stuff … It’s gonna be cheap booze, cheap slices and just really good food.”

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.