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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)

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    “I think the experience and the communal vibe of tour is really reparative to sick, isolated, creative people who stay at home with their cats writing songs (laughs). It just fixes you. I come back from tour and I feel like I’ve been in therapy for 10 years.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    She has ushered in a cultural shift, focusing on the perspectives of people of color, women and LGBTQ communities.

  • News

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revoked a policy earlier this month which prohibited children of parents in a same-sex relationship or marriage from ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    You’d be remiss not to try the chicken or beef kao soi. That northern Thai/Laotian curry noodle soup is made with egg noodles, coconut milk, lime, chili and shallots and topped with crispy pork rind chunks and pickled radish.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Catch Iceage, Weezer, Chvrches and others onstage here in April.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Though Joe Perry and Steven Tyler look like they’re competing in a Jack Sparrow look-alike contest, they riffed off each other’s energy, harnessing that power into something the entire crowd could feel.

  • Fine Art

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    The Barrick Lecture Series concluded with a few stories from the photographer who captured the Rolling Stones and Barack Obama at their peak.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The Smorgasbord combines the spot’s three main proteins—Arctic shrimp with mayonnaise; smoked salmon and boiled eggs; and Fra’ Mani rosemary ham with Jarlsberg cheese—into one giant, open-faced sandwich.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The “Time Machine” will be an art “wonderland” comprising mostly local artists. In a City Council meeting last month, the partners also proposed a new use for the currently closed Huntridge Circle Park: a sculpture garden and children’s park.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    The menu is approachable without being predictable, blending East Coast dishes with Southern-style flair.

  • 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.