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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.

Story Archive

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    “When you look at the public school system, 70 percent of kindergarteners are a minority.”

  • Features

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

  • Features

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    The Huntridge Records label’s first band, The American Weather, releases its debut LP with a show at Vinyl on April 7.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    The Australian TV host-turned-DJ spins at Light on March 31.

  • Taste

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Vegas has plenty of great versions of your favorite savory snack.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Finally, a solution for pesky left-lane hogs.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the accomplishments of transgender people while raising awareness about discrimination.

  • Reviews

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Instead of sushi or ramen, irresistibly slurpable wheat noodles are the star of this show.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    The March 24-26 celebration will be going until sunrise each night.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    On the court, in the studio and in front of the camera, twin sisters and Las Vegas Weekly Spring Fashion Issue stars Dylan and Dakota shine.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    The Red Rock Resort Italian eatery gets a fresh menu makeover.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The Vegas-based company has created three enamel versions of the historic building's image.

  • Noise

    Sunday, March 12, 2017

    Seeing Le Butcherettes live is a true experience, one bandleader Teri Gender Bender treats with extreme seriousness.

  • Features

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    The online publication is highlighting women, music, fashion and art—all under one roof.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    With a new Four Star rating from the Forbes 2017 Travel Guide, Serenity is the ultimate pampering experience.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Learn the steps and then get behind the bar and try it yourself at the Mandalay Bay shop.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Soul Sessions takes place the Sunday after First Friday and focuses artists who do more than play music.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    With more sun in the desert sky, it’s the perfect time to start planting that garden you’ve always wanted.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    “The nature of the work is naturally erotic."

  • Dining News

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Eating lots of ramen could help score you a trip to Japan.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Gender Justice Nevada says current protections would not change.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    The new grab-and-go service is ideal for fitness fanatics or those just trying to get healthy.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    Looking at her art, you probably wouldn’t guess she spent most of her life behind a computer monitor.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    The Tuscany bar offers a treasure trove of brews along with cocktails and food.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    The annual charity event, now in its fifth year, raises money for communities in need.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    At $2 or less per, you can get a filling meal for a few bucks.

  • Style

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

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

  • Fashion

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

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

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

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

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    The dating app has its perks and its problems.

  • 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."

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

    The “sanctuary” resolution doesn’t actually change current CCSD policy, but simply reaffirms the district’s stance.

  • Food

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

    Tosi has built her quirky bakery empire around her famous cereal milk ice cream.

  • Taste

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    French Crullers? Cookies and cream? Buttermilk bars? We got you.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

    LAYOP's owners inspire and motivate with their comfy basics.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

    His dégustation menu is a tour de force.