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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, Dec. 13, 2018

    The signature truffle sashimi is without a doubt one of Vegas’ best new dishes this year.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    Her piece, comprising thousands of hand-cut yellow turkey, goose and iridescent acrylic faux-feathers, is an interpretation of Diptyque’s “olfactory landscape” and a nod to Las Vegas’ feather-adorned history.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    Rooted in ’80s pop—the duo is influenced by Janet and Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode and Prince—The Project Generation recounts a single day and all of its emotional ups and downs.

  • News

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

    Each pill can normally cost $35 to $60 each.

  • Stage

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

    Four actors play an impressive 21 different characters, and while the rapid-change between roles can be confusing for the audience, it serves a key purpose.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

    Different retail areas will focus on wine, pasta, cheese, cured meats, Italian desserts, housewares and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    The casual but sophisticated spot offers handcrafted pizzas, grilled-cheese sandwiches or “toasties,” pastas, salads, gelatos and more.

  • News

    Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

    If you’re just beginning to explore the outdoors, you might not realize the importance of a good pair of hiking boots.

  • Features

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

    From Gold Strike to Tecopa and beyond.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

    Last month, Wax Pig Melting also released a lyric video for “Noise Meditation,” a Nirvana-esque track that harkens back to the ’90s in the best of ways.

  • 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.