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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. 11, 2018

    Incoming: filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, comedian and producer W. Kamau Bell and award-winning photojournalist Annie Leibovitz.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    These burgers pack plenty of savory umami and meaty mouth-feel without trying to imitate any one flavor.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    The Chef’s Table EPICurean Experience series at Mandalay Bay will offer a variety of fun dining moments all weekend long.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

    This Las Vegas entertainment legend has a simple philosophy in going about his craft: “When I went into karaoke, I wanted to share the stage with people — not just hand them a microphone,” Daniel Gobel said.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    The event will focus on healthy and sustainable produce and environmentally friendly seafood, meat and vegetables.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    From The Quitters and Ilicitor to The Delta Bombers and Same Sex Mary.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    The results are eye-catching and purposeful—geometric watercolors juxtaposed against cut photographs that evoke a sense of longing and urgency.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    “You want to try something new, show a little bit of skin? Our slogan is dress to sweat, and that really shows on the dancefloor.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Also, new music from Peaceful Retreat and Cromm Fallon.

  • Food

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Those looking for a taste of Paris will be transported with Le Pate, a minimalist classic with duck liver pâté, romaine and cornichon on a baguette.

  • 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.