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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, Oct. 10, 2019

    Elrow featuring Fisher and Pete Tong; Paradise with Jamie Jones and Nicole Moudaber; Guy Gerber, Idris Elba, Black Coffee and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

    Last month, the former Tao Group corporate executive chef launched his spot in the southwest Valley, marking his official debut as a Vegas restaurateur.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

    From the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center’s festival to Urban Pride to the We Are All One Festival and beyond.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

    “I do identify as genderqueer. I identify as gender nonconforming, trans-femme. I feel like Vegas is just having a hard time swallowing this pill, and I don’t get why.”

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

    With hip-hop and house dominating most Vegas clubs, he’s a natural at getting a party moving, and he’ll do that again October 4 at Marquee Dayclub.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

    A picture Jimi Hendrix drew while on acid. Ringo Starr’s bright-green, rhinestone-emblazoned Nudie Cohn suit. Britney Spears’ iconic schoolgirl outfit from her “...Baby One More Time” video. And much more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

    She worked with Blackstreet, Blinky Blink and Mase on The Rugrats Movie soundtrack single “Take Me There”—an earworm of a song that remains stuck in heads today.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

    Owner Oliver Naidas has a traditional brekkie menu with the classics everyone craves, with enough imagination to make every dish unique.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

    A year and a half ago, the composer and producer launched the Piecing It Together, which analyzes movies through the lens of what other films might have inspired them, kick-starting a whole new passion for podcasting.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

    The new-look trio might tease tunes from the upcoming LP at Saturday’s Encore Beach Club gig.

  • 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.