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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, Aug. 16, 2018

    When the SKAM Artist is in Las Vegas for her residency with More Coin at Hyde Bellagio, she starts her day at One Kick’s Gym before getting back to the grind.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    The black-and-white collection of photos dropped July 26 and is available at blurb.com as an $8 zine or a $6 PDF.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    Take off your shoes and sit on a giant wooden staircase in the back, or find a spot on a swinging sofa before satisfying your sweet tooth with a lychee rose cake.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed play Marquee Dayclub on August 9, then hit Marquee Nightclub nine nights later.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Look out for three new beers scheduled for mid-September, along with some seasonal one-offs soon.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    “If you were to yell at yourself from outside yourself, that’s the theme of the record … if you could hate yourself in the third person.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Two LPs and one EP to keep you busy through summer’s end and beyond.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    For starters, you can’t go wrong with the PB&J biscuit or the salmon and Kaluga caviar duo.

  • Business

    Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

    Automated robots are slowly entering the Las Vegas workforce, bringing futuristic advancements that make certain tasks more convenient. But some technologies are raising concerns ...

  • News

    Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

    Whether you’ve lived here for 10 years or are just passing through, you know Las Vegas gets hot—triple-digit-degrees-for-weeks hot.

  • 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.