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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)

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    “We started with pop—The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea—to a hip-hop guy here, a hip-hop guy there. It was this synergy of hip-hop at the time becoming the No. 1 genre in the world and us doing live talent. We didn’t expect it to blow up like it did. It just kind of transformed.”

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Instead of painting just one Blue Angel, Stanford decided to paint multiple versions—one emerging from a half shell like Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and others as rockets ascending toward the heavens.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    He$h & Bommer team up at Vinyl.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Like a frozen margarita served poolside, “Don’t Sleep” is funky, refreshing and perfect for summer days.

  • Taste

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Dishes like whole snapper, rubbed in a potent blend of herbs and spices and then fried deliver a different vibe entirely.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Goldfish swims into Marquee Dayclub.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    The multiuse space was recently awarded $1,000 from Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund, and Calizo just partnered with Mojave Studios for an expansion. Going forward, he says, the possibilities are endless.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    When bartender Riki Taiga hands you a cocktail in a miniature porcelain bathtub, you sip it. Then you Instagram it.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    The Chainsmokers make their latest EBC appearance on June 8.

  • Noise

    Monday, June 3, 2019

    Emerge got a whole lot right during its second go-round. What’s left for a potential year three? Drawing bigger crowds, across the board.

  • 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.