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Leslie Ventura

Web Calendar Editor

Leslie Ventura joined the Las Vegas Weekly in 2013 after graduating from UNLV with a bachelor’s in Women’s Studies. In addition to being Calendar Editor of the Weekly, she’s picked the brains of rock stars, glimpsed into the oily world of professional bodybuilding and peered into the lives of Las Vegas’ movers and shakers. She runs on coffee and all things peanut butter-flavored.

Story Archive

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    The band's live show hinges on the singer's liberating philosophy.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    In the past eight months, eight cyclists have died on local roadways.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    It's a good week for the Vegas scene.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    "It’s about us being four people who want to make music and do it in our own way."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    We were worried about ordering tako from the sashimi menu for a while ...

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    How does standing in -220 degrees sound to relieve your muscle soreness and decrease inflammation?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    The Drums at Sayers Club, the Jesus and Mary Chain at Brooklyn Bowl and more.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

    If she’s as good on the decks as she is at playing a badass convict on Orange is the New Black, you won’t want to miss her DJ sets.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

    Recognizing Real owners Austin Cogar and Connor Morris are redefining their brand and creating a scene at their North Las Vegas skate shop/recording studio.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    The garage rockers play Vegas a lot—so what's their tie to the city?

  • Music

    Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

    The two spinoff projects teamed up at a recent live show.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

    “You can choose your own experience and don’t have to be tied to one genre or DJ.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Allergic to smoke, or Vegas?

  • Community

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    The DMV is at work on an appointment-based system, to be introduced later this year.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    The Downtown venue's closure left more than 25 scheduled concerts without homes.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    As the band readies for its first tour, frontman Nick Shelton remembers his former group's abrupt end.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Lil Debbie, a '90s punk tribute night and the experimental pop-rock of The Lentils.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    You work hard. Why not relax hard, too? Treat yo' self!

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    And a Black Camaro reissue of 2005's Hang Glider.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    It's his most outrageous, Vegas release yet.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    And he still plays in Darby O'Gill and the Little People and Earth Rising when he's home.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Plus recording Sleep's Dopesmoker and the other 300 albums under his belt.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    There are different courts for women convicted of prostitution and drug-related offenses, youth, veterans, habitual offenders and people with DUIs.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Opening act Braids was so good, the synth-pop duo is lackluster by comparison.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before. It is an actual carnival—on steroids.

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Talking the new album, how Vegas is like "New Orleans on steroids" and a job offer from the Blue Man Group.

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Kicking back, smoking blunts and making spacey beats is the outfit's forte.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Find out why this year's Electric Daisy Carnival is going to "mark a whole new chapter" in the local DJ's career.

  • Food

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    From snow cream to frosty cookie sandwiches, find your perfect cool down.

  • Art

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    The woman behind the Game Show Network’s most-watched original TV show ever shares backstage stories and details of her life as an artist, mom and occasional passenger on Elton John's party plane.

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Plus new albums due out by GoldBoot and Coastwest Unrest

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    “We have thousands of passionate fans at every show screaming every word to our songs. After a grand experience like that, comments in our Twitter feed … seem petty.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Local music scene out of hibernation.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Plus, headline therapy from the online Daily Mail.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    Sunday is for fantasy at the new Caesars club.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    As more women enter the "boys club" of tattooing, they're proving to be just as badass as their male counterparts—if not better.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Forget Ibiza! The Strip has its own sunset splash bashes.

  • Music

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The "experimental hivemind" started releasing cassette tapes—yes, cassette tapes—in December.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Where the music is sweet (and so are the Jell-O shots). It's time to get down with your bad self!

  • Food

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Espresso is front and center at the new Green Valley coffee house, with only one "sweetened" drink on the menu.

  • Music

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Charli XCX and Ed Sheeran added their unique styles to the pop weekend mix, too.

  • Music

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The local R&B artist talks his new album, wanting to write for Rihanna and being a "Northtown ratchet."

  • Community

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    “If you think about it, we’re all immigrants."

  • Music

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Plus new releases from My Fair Rosalie and The Psyatics.

  • Dining

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Chef Donald Lemperle brings fresh new flavors Downtown.

  • Food

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    Didn't make a reservation for Mom? You still have time, and we have the details.

  • Music

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Plus: The Cult and Public Enemy. Get all the deets here!

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Comparisons to The Roots are unavoidable—and that's a good thing.

  • A&E

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    The Strip-side gallery space is currently exhibiting work by photographer Terry O'Neill.

  • Music

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Soon she’s talking about strapping Domino’s pizza boxes to her arms and flying over the Strip’s faux Eiffel Tower.