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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

  • Taste

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    The Nacho Dog features tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and crema.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    It’s a little bit X-Men, a little bit West Side Story, says its co-creator.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    The Cosmopolitan’s popular sushi and grill spot is about to be replaced by a classic American experience.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    The Spago Benedict with latkes and smoked salmon can’t be beat.

  • Intersection

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    DTLV.tv airs three times a week on Channel 2 and online.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Whether you need a cosmetic pick-me-up or some intense hangover relief, the newest Reviv is sure to replenish.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    The Aussie DJ makes her Nightswim debut at Encore Beach Club Saturday night.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    His his latest batch of work uses “classic Las Vegas vernacular,” specifically, the rules of craps, to determine the exhibit’s outcome.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    For more than 30 years, Hawaiians have flocked to the original on Oahu.

  • Horoscopes

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Senator Tick Segerblom says the bill could make consumption at concerts and clubs a real possibility.

  • Dining

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Spago's 25th anniversary, Jaleo's Lunch Like a Spaniard and the Grand Tasting.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 600 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in the Silver State this year.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

  • Reviews

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The Las Vegas Paina Cafe is the only location on the mainland and its worth a visit.

  • 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.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The new shop is more than three times the size of its old location.

  • Noise

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The idea behind the album was to capture something authentic.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

  • Intersection

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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

  • 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.