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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

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    "We built our following from the underground."

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

    Find your style, from the easy Petris Aged Red to the treacherous My Blueberry Nightmare.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

    One Weekly writer's ma has artfully mastered how to brew this effervescent tea.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

    Boulder City drummer Sandy Nelson’s bombastic rhythms helped define surf rock in the late ’50s and early ’60s—and soon his work will be released on Burger Records.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    The veteran metal act celebrates with an October 2 album release show, with one for Franks & Deans scheduled on Halloween.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    Everything good must come to an end, and Rhyme N Rhythm is calling it quits.

  • Comedy

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    The comedian talks her relaxing pre-show and sitting in the proper seat.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    With performances by Illictor, Leather Lungs, Dangerboner—plus a "Dump Tank."

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

    From LGBT community events to nightlife soirees and pool parties, where to show your pride all weekend long.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

    "All I want is this magic wand to wave and everybody to see everybody for who they are and not their gender.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

    Talking his new book, the many themes from his upcoming album and more.

  • As We See It

    Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

    Now’s the time to switch up your routine and try something new.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

    The nightclub has how many LED screens?!

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

    Operating the 33-foot-wide, 22,000-pound metal mass is a complicated effort.

  • 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.