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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

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Yo Yolie DJs at Chateau.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Instead of painting just one Blue Angel, Stanford decided to paint multiple versions—one emerging from a half shell like Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and others as rockets ascending toward the heavens.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    “We started with pop—The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea—to a hip-hop guy here, a hip-hop guy there. It was this synergy of hip-hop at the time becoming the No. 1 genre in the world and us doing live talent. We didn’t expect it to blow up like it did. It just kind of transformed.”

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    He$h & Bommer team up at Vinyl.

  • Taste

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Dishes like whole snapper, rubbed in a potent blend of herbs and spices and then fried deliver a different vibe entirely.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Like a frozen margarita served poolside, “Don’t Sleep” is funky, refreshing and perfect for summer days.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Goldfish swims into Marquee Dayclub.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    When bartender Riki Taiga hands you a cocktail in a miniature porcelain bathtub, you sip it. Then you Instagram it.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    The multiuse space was recently awarded $1,000 from Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund, and Calizo just partnered with Mojave Studios for an expansion. Going forward, he says, the possibilities are endless.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    The Chainsmokers make their latest EBC appearance on June 8.

  • Noise

    Monday, June 3, 2019

    Emerge got a whole lot right during its second go-round. What’s left for a potential year three? Drawing bigger crowds, across the board.

  • News

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    “We deserve rights, just like any other labor group.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    The Rhyolite Sound kicks off its Golden Nugget residency on June 7.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    “[Las Vegas] will enjoy a great show full of energy and fun and lots of love, and I hope that they can reciprocate that and give it back in return.”

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Matoma lands at JEMAA on June 1.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    “Any DJ can come in and bring a video playback system where he’s got a VJ mashing away on buttons, but you can only do so much, because the video is video; it’s linear, it’s not modular.” Real-time output, on the other hand? “It’s something I already exercise on my massive Cube tour, so they’ve kind of been developing in tandem. I’ve been borrowing things from my Cube and putting it into this system and vice versa.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    “I called my parents and said, “Hey, we’re playing in Las Vegas tonight at the Huntridge Theatre.” And my mom said, “Oh, yeah, you’ve been there.” She said it used to be a movie theater, and she had seen movies while she was pregnant with me.

  • Hot Spots

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Meek Mill brings the party to Drai’s on May 24.

  • Noise

    Saturday, May 18, 2019

    This year marks the Insomniac-produced festival's ninth in Las Vegas, and while there were some big logistical changes this year—a larger footprint and additional interactive art, to name two—perhaps the most noticeable difference came from the attendees themselves.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Nantes native Héloïse Letissier, better known by her stage name Christine and the Queens and her alter ego Chris, has been releasing feminist, queer and thought-provoking French pop since 2011.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    The logistics behind the stages are so in-depth, planning for EDC 2020 has already started.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    “For the festival this year, we’ve got some people who are really at the top of their game: Eats Everything, Fisher, Patrick Topping, Mason Maynard and Eli Brown and Idris Elba.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    There’s some local flair, too. The mural on the outside of the restaurant—layered with sugar skulls, flora and fauna—is the creation of Vegas-based art collective Recycled Propaganda.

  • Hot Spots

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Masters at Work stop by JEMAA on May 18.

  • Taste

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    It’s an elegant gem of a meeting space, where time slows down and the smallest luxuries can be appreciated.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    The party drew nearly 14,000 guests over the course of its 2018 season, and 2019 appears poised to be even bigger.

  • Features

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    “People want to be entertained, but they can’t always go to the movies or Cirque. Wrestling it just another entertainment option here”

  • Taste

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    A few May 12 suggestions, from Cleo to Masso Osteria.

  • Hot Spots

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Lost Kings drop into Intrigue on May 11.

  • Immigration

    Friday, May 3, 2019

    As a professor of law and the director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, Michael Kagan’s passions are twofold: make sure students get the education they need and make sure undocumented immigrants, primarily immigrant children, get a fair day in court.

  • Taste

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    You can’t beat the pollo rojo, filled with delicious, won’t-stop-till-it’s-gone shredded chicken that’s been marinated in a salty, spicy red sauce. The queso con rajas are the next best thing, loaded with Mexican cheese and poblanos.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    “It’s a little bit of everything that I love, from my garage roots to power-pop to psychedelic, shoegaze and indie pop,” he says of the music that impacted ‘Electric Bloom,’ due out May 17.

  • Taste

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Tuna Pizza might not sound amazing, but these thin slices of sashimi-grade tuna, black garlic soy aioli, micro shiso and white truffle oil on top of a crisp corn tortilla, could change your mind.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    “[We want to] create an environment of fun and joy that people can walk out of and say, “Yes, the revolution can be fun. The revolution must be fun.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    “We really wanted to get back to the core values of what we founded, which was a pansexual, creative flow space.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    “I think the experience and the communal vibe of tour is really reparative to sick, isolated, creative people who stay at home with their cats writing songs (laughs). It just fixes you. I come back from tour and I feel like I’ve been in therapy for 10 years.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    She has ushered in a cultural shift, focusing on the perspectives of people of color, women and LGBTQ communities.

  • News

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revoked a policy earlier this month which prohibited children of parents in a same-sex relationship or marriage from ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    You’d be remiss not to try the chicken or beef kao soi. That northern Thai/Laotian curry noodle soup is made with egg noodles, coconut milk, lime, chili and shallots and topped with crispy pork rind chunks and pickled radish.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Catch Iceage, Weezer, Chvrches and others onstage here in April.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Aerosmith solidified its claim as one of the biggest rock bands in history with its late-'80s resurgence, skyrocketing the band into pop stardom for the next 30 years. On Saturday, April 6, the Bad Boys from Boston got back in the saddle, albeit a bit slowly, kicking off the grand opening of their Las Vegas Deuces Are Wild residency at Park MGM.

  • Fine Art

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    The Barrick Lecture Series concluded with a few stories from the photographer who captured the Rolling Stones and Barack Obama at their peak.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The Smorgasbord combines the spot’s three main proteins—Arctic shrimp with mayonnaise; smoked salmon and boiled eggs; and Fra’ Mani rosemary ham with Jarlsberg cheese—into one giant, open-faced sandwich.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The “Time Machine” will be an art “wonderland” comprising mostly local artists. In a City Council meeting last month, the partners also proposed a new use for the currently closed Huntridge Circle Park: a sculpture garden and children’s park.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    The menu is approachable without being predictable, blending East Coast dishes with Southern-style flair.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    She has performed everything from David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” to Children of Bodom’s “Triple Corpse Hammerblow” to Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love.” Soon she’ll be onstage playing cello next to Steven Tyler for Aerosmith’s Park MGM residency.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    “I had a girlfriend in Las Vegas and would spend quite a lot of time going to all kind of cool shows like Cook E. Jarr and Lance Burton. I’m into it, especially the more underground kind of music and magic.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Wynn cafe offers breakfast all day, including green tea pancakes, stuffed French toast and a spicy chicken sausage and potato omelet, along with a bevy of lunch options.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    “I had my 30th birthday in Vegas, and I’m still trying to rehydrate now. … We went to a shooting range with a bunch of pasty Brits, you can imagine. We went out and just did Vegas, and then we had a show the next day. That was probably one of the most-hungover shows we’ve ever played, and one of the best.”

  • A&E

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    Spiegelworld founder Ross Mollison was dressed like David Bowie from the “Life on Mars?” video, and producer Howie M. Howie was in a VIP room before the show taking a bath, sudsing himself with a loofah before a room full of Vegas socialites.