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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

  • 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.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

    As they say, rest in ... pasta.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

    For more than a decade, he's been behind the scenes. Now he spins at the front.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

    It’s an experience worth the hunt.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    They're small books for tiny people. And they're free.

  • Music

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

    Singing into two different mics and swinging the material from Amy Grant to Led Zeppelin, Lisa Fischer was a force.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

    Travis Barker has dedicated his life to keeping the beat no matter the medium.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

    Following Twenty Feet from Stardom, she's finally breaking out on her own.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

    Plus new albums from Strange Mistress and Sin City Sinners—and an upcoming Michael Jackson tribute show.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

    Local musicians gathered to celebrate the life of one of the most influential and subversive artists of our time.

  • Comedy

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    SNL's Sasheer Zamata and Girl Code stars Nicole Byer, Carly Aquilino and Jamie Lee join the all-star, female-only lineup.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    Also: The Monkees and Holy Holy.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    It's like getting a personal invitation to Elton John’s dinner party.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    The idea is indulgent nightlife for sports fans and concertgoers alike.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    "It’s amazing the amount of people that feel a really good connection with her, just from one time visiting Vegas.”

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    Veteran indie darlings, a reunited local six-piece and a David Bowie tribute.

  • As We See It

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    What better why to spend the holiday than choosing a new Cat, dog or rabbit?

  • As We See It

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    The awards recognize and celebrate projects that enhance Las Vegans' quality of life.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    The chart-topping DJ returns this Super Bowl Weekend.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    The accompanying festival also returns to Sunset Park

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

    Newly single this Valentine’s Day? You probably don’t want your ex’s stuff anymore, but Goodwill does.

  • As We See It

    Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

    The app won first place at the Google Startup Weekend last April.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    After three months without a First Friday festival, Las Vegas will see the return of the monthly arts and culture celebration in February.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    It’s the perfect blend of rich, flirtatious fun.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The man behind the post-punk project talks post-apocalyptic dreams, handing over creative control and living in Berlin.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    Ministry Bootcamp shows fans live performances come together, Bounty Hunter Brother get impromptu.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    It’s been more than a year since Todd commanded audiences to move and sway as the frontman of college-rock cover band Red Eye Radio.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    Helene Neville set a record in September for her five-year run along the perimeter of the continental U.S.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The new cocktail menu features art-themed drinks like the Burning Giraffe, named after Salvador Dalí’s surrealist 1937 painting.

  • Noise

    Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

    The indie/R&B star also released an acoustic cover of the New Wave legends' classic “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    Getting to know Guts, The Musket Vine, Special-K, No Tides and Good Grief.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    That righteous ringing in your ears comes from this progressive-punk foursome—and soon, its new LP.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    Leather Lungs deliver music from their garage to yours.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    The band just landed two major gigs—Extreme Thing and Punk Rock Bowling.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    “I was 19, and I would come in before the security guard and then just stay. I didn’t let age stop me; I found a way.”