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Leslie Ventura

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Local and independent music lover Leslie Ventura found her passion for journalism as a UNLV undergrad, contributing to Las Vegas Weekly and working as the arts and entertainment editor of UNLV’s student newspaper, The Rebel Yell. Before joining Greenspun Media Group, Leslie worked as an account coordinator at a local public relations firm.

Story Archive

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Lorde has the pipes to carry her performance, but the singer could use a full band.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Plus, a beer fest at Big Dog's and an al fresco wine walk. Drink up!

  • Noise

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Ambiguous lyrics delivered through soft, crackling vocals.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Also, Selena Gomez "canoodling" with Justin Bieber at Coachella.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Comparing the local online retailer to the new comedy's fictional Hooli tech company.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    They sure can draw a crowd, though.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    With the addition of the Bar-B-Q and Sip & Savor events, UNLVino is more delicious than ever.

  • Nightlife

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Great libations to try from Atomic Liquors, DW Bistro and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    The veteran musician talks "happy hardcore," scoring for a French TV show and why the band hasn't been to Vegas since 2003.

  • Food

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    UNLV culinary students have been hard at work preparing a menu all semester. We did some hard work, too—sampling their culinary creations.

  • A&E

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    I’m still not sure what kept Malkmus fans away tonight. Was it the $20 cover charge? A Wednesday night?

  • Dining

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    Even in the moments leading up to my consumption of Taco Bell’s new Waffle Taco breakfast item, I was filled with regret.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Beer has many holidays. Celebrate the one that matters!

  • Health

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    As of March 28, Jenny has raised $9,750, nearly half of her $20,000 goal.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    On 'snack rock,' the lowest common denominator of pop and the band's master poker player.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    Bubbles, superheroes and pajamas ... oh my?

  • Features

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    "The last time I went hiking was more than a year ago. My toenails fell off."

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    The former local singer/songwriter books five Vegas gigs as part of his six-week tour.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The Internet has allowed independent artists to release music to the masses on their own terms. Thanks, Internet!

  • Fine Art

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    The photographer spent six months documenting and connecting with each city’s unique community of lesbians, drag queens and ladyboys, and venturing through love hotels, pride parades, dominatrix sessions and more.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Go ahead, indulge in every shamrock cocktail and green beer you can get your hands on. Maybe the luck of the Irish will help you beat that hangover.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    "I’ll probably drink a piña colada at four in the afternoon."

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    From The Badlands to The Pomskies, plus a Beta Bomb attack.

  • Fashion

    Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

    Insights from a costume-focused workshop at the fashion trade show.

  • Sexuality

    Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

    Get yourself some hot digital action!

  • Sexuality

    Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

    Is he a #DirtyTalkPro or #OneOfTheGoodOnes? The "dating compass" app lets you review your exes.

  • Theater

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    It’s a constant uphill battle with theater in Las Vegas. I think it’s a constant uphill battle with theater anywhere. It’s almost like a defunct art form.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    We chatted up the opening act for Queens of the Stone Age, playing February 13 at the Joint.

  • Valentine's Day

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

    Candlelit dinners, champagne and caviar service, a table for two with a breathtaking view--Las Vegas has it all.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

    Las Vegas has Big Game parties this Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday that will bring you so close to the action, you might forget you’re not in New Jersey — that is, until you remember you’re wearing shorts in February. Now isn’t that better?

  • A&E

    Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

    Mix The Hives’ Howlin' Pelle Almqvist with Freddie Mercury and you’ll get something close to frontman Nick Thorburn.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    The two bands' "buried the hatchet" Saturday night at House of Blues, but would their loyal supporters?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Sweaty bodies, colorful mats and hard-to-pronounce poses—or “asanas,” as they say—they're all part of the multibillion-dollar yoga industrial complex.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    The musician talks not playing Vegas in eight years, his ironic T-shirt business and more.

  • CES

    Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

    Wi-Fi—it's a lot like STDs: It's your responsibility to protect yourself! Find out how here.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

    The 16-year-old student and actress is taking on radio and fighting bullying.

  • Food

    Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

    Enter 2014 with a bang—and a full belly!

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

    Where to kick off the 2014 in the Valley’s hottest ’hood.

  • As We See It

    Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

    Wearing pants, cooking and other things we solemnly swear to do in 2014.

  • Dining

    Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

    Let someone else sear your steak, roast your duck and do the dishes.

  • A&E

    Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

    Train rides with Santa, magical forests, ice skating and more.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    Visits with Santa, ice skating and more.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    The Downtown festival runs May 23-26, with three days outdoors and four nights of club shows.

  • A&E

    Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

    Local kids' passion for skating gets turned into one-of-a-kind artwork at the City of the World gallery.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    The out musician discusses lesbian duo Tegan & Sara's mainstream success, literary references on the band's recent album and more.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

    Striving to survive chronic health problems, a Las Vegas local looks online for financial and emotional support.

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

    Severely underattended, but a fantastic show.

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

    Why did it take them so long to come here?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

    The musician shares her thoughts on Las Vegas, how the members of Korn are "such horrible human beings" and much, much more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

    Obits teams with Gloomy Place Cosmic Beasts at Beauty Bar on November 23.