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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, July 21, 2016

    From Skrillex to Tiësto, Jauz hangs with the heavyweights.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    This 8-ounce bottle could be your new holy grail.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    It has become the world’s most popular smartphone app since launching July 6.

  • Intersection

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    “We want peace, we want justice, we want community. We can’t fight the police and then expect them to protect us.”

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    This isn't your neighborhood salon.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    “You can call us up and within about an hour we can have you airborne.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Plus a new song from indie band Demi Vie.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    They're not afraid to take risks—and they stand out for it.

  • Downtown

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    As the building's owners prepare to swap in an imported eatery, the coffeehouse's impending closure warrants a reminder of its influence.

  • Nightlife

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Wondering what's the deal with that big building at 8th and Fremont? There's a bar in there.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Dive into the Swedish DJ's new sound.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    "Every week is like a whole new challenge."

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Find head-turning statement dresses and other ready-to-wear designs.

  • Style

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Make a splash in these summery threads.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    She's performed with Wayne Newton and Jersey Boys.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Two recent local familicides remind us of the importance of dialogue about domestic violence.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    “I’m just gonna go to the club, hit up a couple restaurants, pop some bottles, do that thing."

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    The online, subscription-based activewear company quickly became a fan favorite due to its affordable workout gear and personalized outfit recommendations.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    ISI's new bi-monthly party brings live aerosol art, live music and a tattoo art together.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Free shows—and even cheaper drinks—have begun at the Downtown dive.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Performer Marco Landin was injured during an altercation at this year's festival.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    From his Kinetic Field set to his Marshmello prank, Tiësto conquered the Speedway.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Midas touch: Discover Downtown luxury with the spa’s 24K Signature remedies, all utilizing gold treatments to get your skin back to its radiant self.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Two decades after EDC's debut, there's still nothing comparable.

  • Noise

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    "Jesus is love, and a place like this is full of everybody that loves each other. So what better place to bring Jesus?”

  • Entertainment

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    EDC takes the cake when it comes to the awesomely outlandish.

  • Noise

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    EDC’s sights and sounds are overwhelming and beautiful. One partier’s totem reads: “Welcome home.”

  • Noise

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Highlights and downsides include the new log ride, Kaskade, the flaming bug and—surprise!—the parking.

  • Noise

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    “Everything about Las Vegas feels like the strangest synthetic rainforest drug I’ve ever taken.”

  • Features

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Get your party (planning) on!

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Plus, Dear Friend Time makes a rare appearance and Rabid Young readies a new EP.

  • Noise

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Plus: Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, Alice in Chains and more.

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    The California-based band plays Reggae in the Desert on June 11.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    The Top Chef Season 10 competitor has returned to Las Vegas with a fresh perspective.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Vegas has some seriously heavy bookings lined up for the end of May.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Drizzy delivered hit after hit, performing far longer than the average club set.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Fine has won over the Las Vegas Strip and the suburbs with hip, uber-casual hangs like PKWY Tavern, PBR Rock Bar and Rockhouse.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    The underground DJ is taking flight in Vegas.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Homegrown eatery Kitchen Table is a shining diamond in the suburbs.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Brailsford, who served as Darby O'Gill and the Little People's accordion player for nearly 15 years, is embracing his inner singer-songwriter.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    How much will it cost? How do I avoid paying for parking for now? The Weekly has the answers.

  • Noise

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    A cohesive, energetic collection.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    These Vegas locals don't just enjoy their rides—they're obsessed with them.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    The Australian twins keep the good vibes going.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    This local restoration went full Frankenstein.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    The hip, casual chain from Pasadena serves up playful yet serious eats.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    The space will shutter its doors on May 31.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    The pop star follows the tour debut with her first-ever Las Vegas nightclub appearance at Light.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    The SKAM artist is a household name in Vegas.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    The California native is shaking things up.