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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, Jan. 18, 2018

    The new spot at Hexx Kitchen & Bar also offers live music and great views.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    Bassist Nate Brenner partners with leader Merrill Garbus for an approachable and dancey record.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    “Call Me Maybe” isn’t the only reason she should be on your radar.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    A 2010 study indicated that planting trees near streets can reduce drivers’ stress.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    Score boho dresses, bomber jackets and retro tees from Vegas-based vendors.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    It’s stocked to the brim with goods, and it also features made-to-order Laotian and Thai specialties.

  • Noise

    Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

    As the singer approaches 50, his vocals remain a high point, his mix of throaty growls and raspy screams sounding near-perfect.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    Corned beef bread pudding Benedict? Yes, please.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    The Delta Bombers celebrate 10 years with the release of a new album.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    Barman Sam Ross always has a story to tell.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

    One customer alone brought in 1,000 cans.

  • Weekly Q&A

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    “We break down all the barriers that led them to become homeless, so they can become self-sufficient and sustain on their own.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    The Neon Museum has launched a $350,000 fundraiser to restore the sign to its original glamour.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    Pro tip: Load up on the sauces before you go.

  • Nightlife

    Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

    “I just want to get the city involved and let them know this music is coming from a spirit that was raised in the city we all love.”

  • Taste

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    The Black Sheep, Momofuku, Sparrow + Wolf and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Choose from 11(!) different patty types, including beef, Wagyu beef, lamb, chorizo, salmon and falafel, then choose your toppings.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Boomers announced it will shutter at the end of December after 16 years in business.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii has been perfecting the cocktail since the 1950s.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Throughout five public meetings, CCSD heard from nearly 300 people, and there were more than 1,000 check-ins.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    In recent years, cryotherapy has emerged as a popular method among athletes.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    Don’t skip the C.F.C. wings, golden-brown fried chicken sprinkled in a spicy “house dust.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    Owner Rhi Gladney was inspired by Portland’s Purringtons Cat Lounge.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    Consider nostalgic comfort food over fancy fine dining for your weekend indulgence.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    They’re synced up with a curated list of songs, like Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    Since their first big break on BBC Radio in 2003 with “Mr. Brightside,” it seemed as though The Killers exploded overnight.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    A second location is planned for Downtown Summerlin by Christmas.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    Free parking, tea service and all those happy hours.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    He’s been referred to as a “twisted trap monstrosity” by Billboard.

  • Intersection

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    Founder Ashley Ayala hopes will the space will foster positive relationships—within the Las Vegas community and beyond.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    Sad Daze in Happy Valley drops November 17, with a release show one night later at Starboard Tack.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    “The Cyr wheel is a mystical apparatus. There’s something about whirling dervishes that is very entrancing.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    The trans community has another reason to celebrate: Five transgender Americans were elected to public office during the municipal elections on November 7.

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    The Aria favorite is an excellent space to get a taste of the premium spirit.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    “A lot of people are on my shoulders.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Branded One CrossFit focuses on the disabled servicemen and women of Southern Nevada.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    The New Jersey band landed an opening slot on Blink-182’s U.K. tour this past summer.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Load up on the homemade salsas—a chunky mild, the medium green and an eat-at-your-own-risk spicy red.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    Chefs Hubert Keller and Jose “Lupe” Avila teamed to create the Tastes From Around the World concept.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    “We’ve been problem-solving for so many years, we feel comfortable approaching the unfamiliar.”

  • Nightlife

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    “Every woman knows that great hair can make you feel invincible.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    Get flaky at Buckon, Rosallie and elsewhere around the Valley.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

    One of the city’s most beloved cake destinations is about to get the celebrity-chef treatment with its own series.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    "“I got my heart broken pretty bad. … This record was literally me coping.”

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    The ceramics studio donated hundreds of tiles for people to paint—all of which will be permanently installed at the Healing Garden.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    What begins as a numb and synthed-out pop record transforms into something far more haunting.

  • Intersection

    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    The cozy, membership-based co-working space Downtown provides full access to office necessities, a podcast area and a maternity room.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    The Ninth Island French toast marries Hawaiian sweet bread with guava cream cheese and coconut syrup.