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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, July 20, 2017

    The attentive staff cooks everything for you, so you don’t have to guess when your food is ready.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The MasterChef judge has already conquered New York City, Toronto and Las Vegas, and plans to set up shop in LA next year.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Almost every woman has a horror story about getting her period in public.

  • Taste

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    It’s operated by Cyndy Violette—World Series of Poker bracelet-holder, Ladies Poker Hall of Fame inductee and proud vegan.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Also: All-Night Visitors on the tube and Brittany Rose’s new EP.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    His latest EP, Generalizing Anxiety, swells with fuzzed-out distortion, chunky hooks and lyrics about “not liking where I am in life, whether that’s geographically or emotionally.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    “No one had done this before. It was a new show, so everyone was going to have to learn at the same pace.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    There’s a new bar at the Forum Shops and it’s unlike anything on the Strip.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    “There are so many great DJs who have seen the scene grow—it’s like a rebirth.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Is the new version really all that terrible? It depends who you ask.

  • 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