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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

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    He’s been referred to as a “twisted trap monstrosity” by Billboard.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    Founder Ashley Ayala hopes will the space will foster positive relationships—within the Las Vegas community and beyond.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    Sad Daze in Happy Valley drops November 17, with a release show one night later at Starboard Tack.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    The Aria favorite is an excellent space to get a taste of the premium spirit.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    “The Cyr wheel is a mystical apparatus. There’s something about whirling dervishes that is very entrancing.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    “A lot of people are on my shoulders.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    The trans community has another reason to celebrate: Five transgender Americans were elected to public office during the municipal elections on November 7.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Load up on the homemade salsas—a chunky mild, the medium green and an eat-at-your-own-risk spicy red.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    The New Jersey band landed an opening slot on Blink-182’s U.K. tour this past summer.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Branded One CrossFit focuses on the disabled servicemen and women of Southern Nevada.

  • 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.

  • Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

    Diego Cano (center) at the Bunkhouse's tribute to David Bowie.