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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)

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The man behind Moscow Copper Co. is building a Muleseum in Las Vegas.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    When 80 percent of your drink is a mixer, the ingredient needs to be perfect.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Dining at the Steer offers a rare window into Vegas’ golden era.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    MGM already raised its rates, after launching its paid parking program last year and starting to charge locals four months ago.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The idea behind the album was to capture something authentic.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The Las Vegas Paina Cafe is the only location on the mainland and its worth a visit.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The new shop is more than three times the size of its old location.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    If you hear the Shabba Ranks song “Ting-A-Ling” while you’re there, the Ting and Sing cocktail drops to $3.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Sometimes the hardest part is simply finding a decent trail to keep both your feet and mind happy.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    April is an ideal time to hit Lake Mead, and you don’t even need your own boat.

  • 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.

  • Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

    Diego Cano (center) at the Bunkhouse's tribute to David Bowie.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Roku Crudo