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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

  • News

    Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

    The government shutdown, which began December 22, is the longest on record, causing national parks to rely on volunteers and donations to stay open.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

    If you’ve seen Kill Bill Volume 1, you’ll probably remember The 5.6.7.8’s playing “Woo Hoo” barefoot in an izakaya.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

    My favorite plate is hands down the signature smoked black cod. Bite-sized pieces of white fish are slathered in a tantalizing barbecue sauce, lending the otherwise mild fish an intense, meaty flavor.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

    The chef and her partner prep everything—like the wheat and cannellini bean-based proteins—in a commercial kitchen, then load up their cars to sell at farmers’ markets or outside bars, where everything is cooked to order.

  • News

    Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

    The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada this week announced the appointment of John Waldron as its new executive director ...

  • Food

    Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

    Where can you get hot links mixed in?

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

    Among them: creating new music, touring more, learning a Sting song and finishing an astronomy opera.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

    Many of the artists in the exhibition were impacted by the AIDS crisis, which contributed to the disappearance of their histories over time.

  • Food

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

    From NoMad to Red Plate to Sadelle's, the Strip is ready for fresh foodie exploration.

  • Noise

    Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

    What better way to celebrate the birth of a new year than with an over-the-top, glittery spectacle in Las Vegas?

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

    Esther’s Kitchen, NoMad, Cleaver, Block 16 and beyond.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

    Janelle Monáe, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Robyn and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

    Savor a whole branzino straight off the plate, or make lettuce wraps with rice, ginger scallions, pickles and Bibb lettuce.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

    “Vegan” and “Mexican food” rarely share the same sentence.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    The signature truffle sashimi is without a doubt one of Vegas’ best new dishes this year.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    Her piece, comprising thousands of hand-cut yellow turkey, goose and iridescent acrylic faux-feathers, is an interpretation of Diptyque’s “olfactory landscape” and a nod to Las Vegas’ feather-adorned history.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    Rooted in ’80s pop—the duo is influenced by Janet and Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode and Prince—The Project Generation recounts a single day and all of its emotional ups and downs.

  • Stage

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

    Four actors play an impressive 21 different characters, and while the rapid-change between roles can be confusing for the audience, it serves a key purpose.

  • News

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

    Each pill can normally cost $35 to $60 each.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

    Different retail areas will focus on wine, pasta, cheese, cured meats, Italian desserts, housewares and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

    The casual but sophisticated spot offers handcrafted pizzas, grilled-cheese sandwiches or “toasties,” pastas, salads, gelatos and more.

  • News

    Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

    If you’re just beginning to explore the outdoors, you might not realize the importance of a good pair of hiking boots.

  • Features

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

    From Gold Strike to Tecopa and beyond.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

    Last month, Wax Pig Melting also released a lyric video for “Noise Meditation,” a Nirvana-esque track that harkens back to the ’90s in the best of ways.

  • Print

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

    In her new chapbook, I Was the Girl With the Moon-Shaped Face, Cassera’s world is filled with desert imagery, youthful nostalgia and a relatable realm that reflects on memories both delightful and pained.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

    Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer loves creating imaginative off-menu specials like paneer poutine and rooh afsza (rose syrup) tiramisu.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

    The spot offers an elevated food and beverage menu, plus dining tables on some nights.

  • Stage

    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

    The dancer, singer, burlesque performer and former Jubilee! showgirl has worked toward becoming a top-tier entertainer since she was a little kid.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

    “We’re here to support gay, straight, blue, green—it doesn’t matter what color you are. Music is music, people are people.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

    Take a brisk walk through a speakeasy style hallway and you’ll find yourself inside a modern and photo-worthy oasis.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

    The self-described “sage-burning hippie wizard” is no stranger to taking on multiple projects. “I stay moving,” she says. “It keeps me sane.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

    Don’t leave without ordering a quesa taco—seared shrimp served in Leticia’s garlicky abuelo sauce.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    The 16-ounce ribeye delivers a melt-in-your-mouth experience, while the 120-ounce Cleaver ribeye—serving five to eight—is a serious showstopper.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    Whether you’re a house music veteran or are just getting into the genre, the lineup is sure to get your heart pumping.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    Only one band can be credited with releasing the first-ever punk single.

  • News

    Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

    There’s a new thrift store in downtown Las Vegas, and if its wares aren’t reason enough to give vintage pickers a reason to visit, its name is ...

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

    The Thunder Cheeseburger is a strong hot-off-the grill option, especially alongside a cold beer.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    These burgers pack plenty of savory umami and meaty mouth-feel without trying to imitate any one flavor.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    The Chef’s Table EPICurean Experience series at Mandalay Bay will offer a variety of fun dining moments all weekend long.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    Incoming: filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, comedian and producer W. Kamau Bell and award-winning photojournalist Annie Leibovitz.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

    This Las Vegas entertainment legend has a simple philosophy in going about his craft: “When I went into karaoke, I wanted to share the stage with people — not just hand them a microphone,” Daniel Gobel said.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    The results are eye-catching and purposeful—geometric watercolors juxtaposed against cut photographs that evoke a sense of longing and urgency.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    The event will focus on healthy and sustainable produce and environmentally friendly seafood, meat and vegetables.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

    From The Quitters and Ilicitor to The Delta Bombers and Same Sex Mary.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    “You want to try something new, show a little bit of skin? Our slogan is dress to sweat, and that really shows on the dancefloor.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Also, new music from Peaceful Retreat and Cromm Fallon.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Fusion is an overused word, but Mordeo succeeds at it, blending classic cooking styles, like grilling Mexican elote skewers with Japanese binchō-tan charcoal.

  • Food

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Those looking for a taste of Paris will be transported with Le Pate, a minimalist classic with duck liver pâté, romaine and cornichon on a baguette.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    Stick around for The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine and Arcade Fire.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    The crew is raising funds and gearing up to bring a crew of 28 students and instructors to Montpellier, France, to compete in this November’s Battle of the Year, the longest-running and most prestigious breaking competition in the world.