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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)

  • Style

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    "You have to believe in something more than product or money. There’s got to be a deeper meaning."

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Example: We matched on Grindr two days ago, and he won’t stop messaging me. He’s being so extra.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The full-service entertainment entity will focus on what McDonald knows best.

  • Fashion

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The Chinatown style depot has big plans for this month’s MAGIC show.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The dating app has its perks and its problems.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    If I don't like online dating, why am I still doing it?

  • Comedy

    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

    She doesn’t just level the playing field for female comics—she flat-out bulldozes it.

  • Dining

    Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

    Also: the fast-casual chain launches a limited barbecue menu on February 7.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    Trans health care in Nevada is slowly improving, but it has a long way to go.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    “We want you to feel as if you are on the Strip in a club, but you’re partying in the most healthy, amazing way."

  • 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