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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)

  • Intersection

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The nonprofit recently cut its operating hours and staff salaries to offset funding issues.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Ear-to-ear grins were a common accessory at this year’s EDC.

  • A&E

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Major Lazer’s 1 a.m. Cosmic Meadow set was a lesson in supercharged dancehall-inspired house and trap.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate—and other things you need to know before heading to the festival.

  • Features

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    There are still plenty of high-tech products on the market that get the Insomniac green light.

  • Reviews

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Served with rich and meaty bone marrow and creamy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, the New York strip will satisfy even the most insatiable carnivore.

  • 2020

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    The Belgian brothers return to their Wynn Nightlife residency this month at XS and Encore Beach Club.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Sabriel, Rayner, Stocksmile’s tribute to Elliott Smith and more.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    27-year old Madeline Rubidoux wants to make bread for all Las Vegans.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    The yam plays the perfect role in ice creams, pastries and doughnuts, and its luscious, bright hue makes it an enticingly fun treat.

  • 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