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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, April 27, 2016

    The Jersey four-piece's songs aren't just for emo kids. They're for everybody

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Amidst the backlash, support comes from an unlikely place.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Atomic Style Lounge specializes in era-specific looks but also provides full salon services including styling, makeup, color and cuts for men and women.

  • Noise

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    If anyone questioned whether or not Sheer Mag is a punk band, lead singer Christina Halladay’s burning, sandpapery vocals and intense scowl provided the answer.

  • Dining

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    The Main Street coffee shop has applied for a liquor license.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    The two former Swedish House Mafia members are carrying the EDM torch.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    He's the party king.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    When the Las Vegas native isn’t gaming or gearing up for a bikini competition, she’s all about keeping the good vibes flowing at the Palms.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    The contemporary steakhouse is so obviously Las Vegas it’s a wonder we’ve only had it for half a decade.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    The French-born, LA-based outfit showed off its immense versatility for more than an hour.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    The Scarlet Buzz: No, it’s not the newest STD taking campus by storm.

  • Noise

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Plus: Dolly Parton, The Go-Go's and Yes.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    The Dutchmen dominate dancefloors with their big-room house sound.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Party then pamper.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    “I think it’s important for me to be honest about situations I’ve been in."

  • Site Feature

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    It’s sensory deprivation but focus enhancement at the same time.”

  • Dining

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    It's the perfect stop whenever your mimosa pangs hit.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    When you think of your favorite place in Vegas, there’s a good chance he helped create it.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Plus Late for Dinner and Phil A and Hassan kick off their tour and Black Camaro lands a mini-residency.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Between the visuals and the strength of her repertoire, Santigold took us on an absurd, thrilling ride.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    The anonymous DJ's beats melt in your ears.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    "If Tumblr had a store, this would be it."

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Canada’s No. 1 rabble-rouser continues to persevere.

  • As We See It

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    The salon specializes in waxing, sugaring, makeup and eyelashes, spray tans, facials, blowouts, haircuts and more.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Bieber's Purpose Tour comes to the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    “I will miss it very much,” says Cindy Slight, who’d been the owner of the local pub since 2010. “But I look forward to the grand reopening and to be able to come in as a customer."

  • A&E

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    The singer-songwriter doesn't disappoint after fulfilling his postponed January Brooklyn Bowl date.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Talking the band's move from Seattle to LA, working with Ty Segall and playing this year's festival circuit.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    And it's also the latest site of MTV's The Real World.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    It translates to “act of faith.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    The band stops at the Bunkhouse this week to play its first Vegas gig.

  • Noise

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    Philadelphia's Beach Slang sang an off-the-cuff song about the TSA and confiscated cowbell.

  • Noise

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Before Bleached laid down perfected pop-punk, the Dirty Hooks got a good chunk of the crowd dancing with their "electric grit."

  • Noise

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Talking Jello Biafra, Donald Trump and cavemen seeing lightning.

  • Taste

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    The new shop, which soft-opened this week, serves Portland's Stumptown Coffee Roasters line.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    It’s a curious nudge toward the underground.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    The Walkmen, Moonface, new discoveries and late, late nights.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Champagne showers and cowboy boots.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Catching up with one of the most talked-about outfits on the indie circuit.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Some of the Vegas acts that formed after the fest's last edition.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    The former Lazystars drummer also held down the drum seat for The Killers in their early days.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    The Downtown vegan restaurant kicks things up a notch with in a DJ, a “pop-up” entrée and a free cocktail.

  • Noise

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    Its Bringing Down the House Industry Insight session brought together industry notables for an educational panel discussion.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    "We’ve been thinking about Vegas since day one. ... We love Vegas."

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    This season’s swimsuits stay true to the Encore Beach Club aesthetic—sleek and sexy.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    The "party god" returns for another DJ set at the casino's central attraction.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    "We have a lot of fun, and it flows into what the guests see and experience."

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    It's an icy oasis all year round.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Vespas, Lambrettas and all-around cool.

  • Dining

    Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

    Two words: Hangover tea.