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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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

    Inspired by street vendors and markets, the owners of Chada Thai & Wine ushered in a savory spinoff last year.

  • 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.

  • Noise

    Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

    Laura Jane Grace focuses on the challenges and excitement of forming new relationships and letting go of old ones.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

    Crack the soft-scramble code.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

    For one local foodie, his garden was a gateway drug.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    Mercer’s sentimental perspective serves as the focal point, with her frosty vocals front and center.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    A food delivery service that doesn’t charge a delivery fee? Sounds too good to be true.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    The inaugural show explores the space between festive and feminine.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

    The two-time Grammy winner has surpassed two billion streams on Spotify and won Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Artist award in May.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    Viva Las Vegans!

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    “Everyone knows jaywalking is a risk, but too many think they are the exception."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    Charmingly wacky stage antics mixed with romantic yacht-rock and stoner-funk Friday night at the Hard Rock pool.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    Nick Sakai is living the dream.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

    Unplug, relax, repeat.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    Catch them on Saturday when they open for Black Sabbitch.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    The indie rocker plays the Hard Rock on September 2.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    It's classic Vegas—with a touch of Hollywood.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

    The four-time Emmy-nominated choreographer keeps busy with TV's most popular dance shows.

  • 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

    It's a time-tested treasure.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    Sample the eclectic beverage program and mouth-watering cuisine.

  • 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.