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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

  • 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.

  • Music

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    The electro-pop duo can't sustain the hype playing the same set forever.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    Fans of Purity Ring will find a lot to like on the duo's debut EP.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    New lion cubs join 48 adult lions, many of which were part of the now-shuttered MGM Lion Habitat, at the Henderson park.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Annie Clark talks riding bicycles with David Byrne, Popeye and pizza as music.

  • Food

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    You’re all done dyeing eggs and opening Easter baskets—now it’s time to eat!

  • Features

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    You need a giant purple galaxy yoga mat. And some compression toe socks.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Bee Master delivers the right amount of wreckage

  • Comedy

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    The musical comedy duo's IFC show was recently cancelled. Maybe their crass brand of ukulele-comedy is just better suited for the stage?

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Unabashedly wordy and awkwardly charming, the Australian's debut LP is a candid hit.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Also, recent visitation numbers show gaming is down. Better luck next year?

  • Music

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    Also, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    After five years at the Beat, the weekly event says farewell to its longtime home.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    “I think we’re just cut from the same cloth.”

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    "I [just] find horror movies fascinating enough to the point that I want to write about them.”

  • A&E

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    From Irish pubs to block parties and dinners with Emerald Isle fare, here's where to get your green on this St. Patrick's Day.

  • Dining

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Get these bad boys before they're gone!

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Taxidermy, sex toys, a recording studio, galleries and (soon) a marijuana dispensary—it's all under one roof.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    The musician on what attracted him to noise rock, ruining gear at gigs and the loudest show he's been to.

  • Music

    Friday, March 6, 2015

    Plus: A drag queen comedienne and a band of flamenco kings. Get all the deets here.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Plus, False Cause signs with SquidHat and a new music video from Almost Normal.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Rayner brings emotion to new music, and new energy to the scene.