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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

  • Taste

    Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

    Choose from broth flavors that include mushroom or “hellishly spicy,” then add raw slices of beef brisket, lamb or free-range chicken to your aromatic bubbling brew.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

    "Nobody judges you; you don’t have to dress up in a collared shirt. You just come and listen to music and dance."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    Plus a new single from Wax Pig Melting and Surf Curse's first Vegas show.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

    Start with the cotton candy foie gras and move on to the suckling pig sandwich.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

    Pacheco oversees 14 restaurant brands in the Hakkasan portfolio with a focus on Las Vegas.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    We would never just play the same setlist every night. We’d be assuming everybody is the same.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    They've been writing loud punk rock since 2010.

  • Intersection

    Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

    Can I bring my horse on a plane?

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

    It's all about the details.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    And their June EP Mixtape for Senpai is a must-listen.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    Last week, Steve Wynn broke ground on his first domestic resort outside Las Vegas.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    Manhattan's famous food-cart staple has arrived in Vegas Chinatown.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    Make Downtown day-drinking even more fun.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    It's the perfect combination.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

    Deep within Characters Unlimited, the Statons bring their creations to life.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    Will Natural Grocers be able to pull us away from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Sprouts?

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    Sample the eclectic beverage program and mouth-watering cuisine.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    It's a time-tested treasure.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Each sandwich is so good you’ll want to order another right after you’ve devoured the first.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    When it comes to GBDC, the vice president of brand marketing lets her imagination run wild.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    The electric party featured up-and-coming producer Metro Boomin.

  • Style

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    The Downtown Summerlin store celebrates its grand opening this weekend.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    "My whole life is a tribute to my dad ... Every time I play music, every time I play piano, I am thinking of him."

  • Noise

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The band's poignant lyrics fell on ears like razorblades, emboldened by the band’s sonic fluidity.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    From Skrillex to Tiësto, Jauz hangs with the heavyweights.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    This 8-ounce bottle could be your new holy grail.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    It has become the world’s most popular smartphone app since launching July 6.

  • Intersection

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    “We want peace, we want justice, we want community. We can’t fight the police and then expect them to protect us.”

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    This isn't your neighborhood salon.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    “You can call us up and within about an hour we can have you airborne.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Plus a new song from indie band Demi Vie.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    They're not afraid to take risks—and they stand out for it.

  • Downtown

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    As the building's owners prepare to swap in an imported eatery, the coffeehouse's impending closure warrants a reminder of its influence.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Wondering what's the deal with that big building at 8th and Fremont? There's a bar in there.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Dive into the Swedish DJ's new sound.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    "Every week is like a whole new challenge."

  • Style

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Make a splash in these summery threads.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Find head-turning statement dresses and other ready-to-wear designs.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    She's performed with Wayne Newton and Jersey Boys.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Two recent local familicides remind us of the importance of dialogue about domestic violence.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    “I’m just gonna go to the club, hit up a couple restaurants, pop some bottles, do that thing."

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    The online, subscription-based activewear company quickly became a fan favorite due to its affordable workout gear and personalized outfit recommendations.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    ISI's new bi-monthly party brings live aerosol art, live music and a tattoo art together.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Free shows—and even cheaper drinks—have begun at the Downtown dive.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Performer Marco Landin was injured during an altercation at this year's festival.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    From his Kinetic Field set to his Marshmello prank, Tiësto conquered the Speedway.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Midas touch: Discover Downtown luxury with the spa’s 24K Signature remedies, all utilizing gold treatments to get your skin back to its radiant self.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Two decades after EDC's debut, there's still nothing comparable.

  • Noise

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    "Jesus is love, and a place like this is full of everybody that loves each other. So what better place to bring Jesus?”

  • Entertainment

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    EDC takes the cake when it comes to the awesomely outlandish.