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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)

  • Print

    Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

    Zines were what the blogosphere was to the early aughts—a real-life, pre-Internet era Tumblr.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

    “We met in Vegas when I was home for Christmas. That was my first turnt adult Vegas night—going out with Shamir.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

    “[On the Ziggy Stardust Tour] these guys were dressed in the wildest costumes, and I’m in jeans thinking, ‘I’m on another planet.’"

  • News

    Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

    Activists join forces to bring recognition to the Las Vegas community.

  • Print

    Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

    Kevin MacKinnon plans to self-publish You’re My Human to help pets find forever homes.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

    Donations are being accepted in any amount, with the minimum for an original 5x7 black and white sketch or cartoon set at $25.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

    At least twice the size of the original, the new spot is sleeker, with a full bar at the entrance.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

    Six-song EP Signal Received is due out February 16.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

    It simmers with funky, playful eroticism and electronic bells and whistles—fluttering beats, moody piano riffs and lush orchestral arrangements.

  • News

    Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    The partnership between UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences and the city focuses on reducing incidences of childhood lead poisoning while prioritizing high-risk populations like minorities and low-income residents.

  • 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.