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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

    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.

  • 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

    He's the party king.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

  • 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.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

  • Noise

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

  • 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."

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.