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Leslie Ventura

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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, June 21, 2018

    “I’m not adding mayos or mustards or vinegars that don’t belong. It’s very basic, and that’s what people like about it.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    “There’s a lot of young women of color who look up to me and thank me for representing them … it’s definitely a new thing, and I want to do a good job at it.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Also: Boulder City Swings swings into, well, Boulder City.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Running June 18-29 this year, it provides affordable opportunities to dine at spots you’ve always wanted to try, with a portion of the proceeds going to Three Square to help provide meals to those in need.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Blending cultures and cuisines has always been at the heart of what he does.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Not only does it provide free entry to all guests every day of the week, it has affordable cabanas and drinks, plus live entertainment.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Bassist/co-vocalist Mark Hoppus also discusses Twitter outrage and what goes into making a setlist.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy, here you can learn about the past through drinking it.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Hwang Chi-yeul, Ailee, EXID and Tak Jae Hoon are eager to meet you.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    The indie pop summer jam is the kind of track that’s just begging to be played again and again

  • 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.