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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, Feb. 14, 2019

    Among the handful of Nevada-based films screened at last week's shorts fest was a few music videos for local acts.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    It has become more political, with songs about the #MeToo movement and bias in the news. And its sound is noticeably more aggressive.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    Sip Barolo, nosh on a meat and cheese board and put chocolate on everything.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    I discovered the internet a little too early and got really curious with Googling. I was like, you can type in “boobs!”

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    “I felt like I was always being used as a tool, like, look at this hot porn girl I hang out with. They treated me like [my porn persona] instead of my actual self.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    It replaces the Conservatory-adjacent Cafe Bellagio, giving it a luxe upgrade while still ticking all the boxes a casino café needs. And while Sadelle’s is largely known for its bagels and lox, it has perfected lunch and dinner comfort foods, too.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    His lo-fi, garage-rock style permeates the project—a collection of songs he wrote years ago, recorded on an 8-track in the singer’s bedroom.

  • Noise

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

    The singer-songwriter favored album cuts, covers and lesser-known songs over a set of radio staples during his 90-minute show.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    Aritaum’s prices can’t be beat. Where else can you get face masks for $1.50 apiece?

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    I went for the biscuits and gravy, and then I returned for the chicken.

  • 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.