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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)

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    The classic, circular Ellis Island sign will be on display at the Neon Museum.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    Tomlin has commanded the stage for three-quarters of her life, and she isn't letting up.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    “No one stays the same,” she sings on her latest single, the title track off her upcoming album Younger Now.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    There’s something special about karaoke bars, and even more so about the folks who frequent them.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    Los Angeles hosted the Emmy Awards but Las Vegas made one unforgettable appearance.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    “We’ve chilled out a little, but we’re still sort of immature.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    People whose DACA status expires between now and March 5 have until October 5 to renew their forms, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    The legendary comedian and actress performs at the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

    Stylist and salon owner Tzigane Libson knew she wanted to go above and beyond.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    Blackout has joined forces with SKAM for a DJ agency power-merger.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Roku Crudo