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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.

Recent Stories (view all stories)

  • News

    Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

    After talking to others with spinal cord injuries, Ashlee Kalina decided to start her own group, Las Vegas TRAILS, an acronym for Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Living Skills.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

    Aperol, Campari and cachaça 101.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

    Sonia Barcelona, aka Sonia Seelinger, releases new album ‘Bitter Melon’ on her birthday, September 7.

  • Hot Spots

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

    Cirque du Soleil visionary Guy Laliberté celebrates his 60th birthday with a DJ performance at Light.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

    The restaurant takes after the Chipotle model, in which your meal is prepared to order along an assembly line of fresh ingredients.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

    “It’s really just been kind of a refocusing of what we like in songwriting and music. … In a way, it was the most natural thing to do.”

  • Fashion

    Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

    Vegas hasn’t always been known for its street style, but that’s changing. Layer it up ’90s-style by pairing denim jackets with Doc Martens, go ’80s with trousers and button-ups, or go retro with leather jackets that James Dean himself would envy.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

    Henson is working on a variety of sculptures that will translate the Neon Museum’s behemoth relic signs into softer fabric forms, using materials you’d typically find in showgirl costumes.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

    This massive karaoke bar, now open on the second floor of Neonopolis, is an offshoot of the 30-year-old Bourbon Street original. The Vegas location has over-the-top kitsch on lock, with velvet leopard prints covering nearly every inch of the space.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

    A Boogie wi da Hoodie drops by Marquee on August 12.

  • Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

    Shamir, performing August 23 at the Bunkhouse Saloon.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

    Ben Lunn and Greg Lunsford of Downtown’s new Shadow Hills Church read words of prayer from their phones during a vigil at Downtown's Huntridge Circle Park.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Vegenation's butternut fusilli with broccolini and olives.

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016

    House of Blues Music Forward Foundation's Bringing Down the House Industry Insight session included an interactive segment where the kids put together a marketing plan.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    You've got to love this vintage 1965 VBB Vespa.