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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

  • 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.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

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

  • Comedy

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    The controversial comedian performs twice on Saturday at Life Is Beautiful.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    “No one is forced to listen to me—at least I hope they’re not.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.

  • Print

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    Two days after chef José Andrés released his book, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, President Donald Trump denied that an estimated 2,975 Puerto Rican American citizens died as a result of Hurricane Maria—a statistic that was reported by researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

    The new beauty and styling service maximizes the fun part of prepping for the evening.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

    It focuses on seven filings—steak, baja fish, calabacita, short rib, potato chorizo, carnitas and chicken al pastor—that can be served on your choice of handmade corn or flour tortillas, or a lettuce wrap.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    It takes inspiration from Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines.

  • Print

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    He’ll celebrate the release of Fire Escapes September 10 at the Bunkhouse.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

    The MGM arena's PA sounded hampered through most of the 20-plus song set, during which the Colombian superstar nonetheless performed exceptionally.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    DJ and party planner

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    Currently based in Nashville, he recorded solo debut Have a Little Cry alongside notable studio musicians, such as bassist Viktor Krauss, brother of singer-songwriter Alison Krauss.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

    Versatile musician

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    Take off your shoes and sit on a giant wooden staircase in the back, or find a spot on a swinging sofa before satisfying your sweet tooth with a lychee rose cake.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    The black-and-white collection of photos dropped July 26 and is available at blurb.com as an $8 zine or a $6 PDF.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

    When the SKAM Artist is in Las Vegas for her residency with More Coin at Hyde Bellagio, she starts her day at One Kick’s Gym before getting back to the grind.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Look out for three new beers scheduled for mid-September, along with some seasonal one-offs soon.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    “If you were to yell at yourself from outside yourself, that’s the theme of the record … if you could hate yourself in the third person.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    For starters, you can’t go wrong with the PB&J biscuit or the salmon and Kaluga caviar duo.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed play Marquee Dayclub on August 9, then hit Marquee Nightclub nine nights later.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Two LPs and one EP to keep you busy through summer’s end and beyond.

  • Business

    Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

    Automated robots are slowly entering the Las Vegas workforce, bringing futuristic advancements that make certain tasks more convenient. But some technologies are raising concerns ...

  • News

    Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

    Whether you’ve lived here for 10 years or are just passing through, you know Las Vegas gets hot—triple-digit-degrees-for-weeks hot.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    The new space will feature four themed rooms, a speakeasy bar and a fully functional record store.

  • Taste

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    If you’re a meat eater trying out a more plant-based diet, opt for banh mi sandwiches like the vegan chicken or grilled mushroom.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    From Starboard Tack’s Sukhumvit Sour to Jammyland’s banana pudding.

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

    When it comes to floatation devices, the bigger and more colorful the better.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    The four-week Swim + Sound concert series will bring a variety of genres to the park.

  • Taste

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Derek Stonebarger's new bar is something of a "living museum" ... with a killer selection of Nevada-brewed drafts.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    “Some sick part of me likes to get filled with dread and go out there and see what happens.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Bonus: another chance to catch hometown hero Shamir.

  • Print

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    “We’re trying to build the idea that this is another literary destination.”

  • News

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    In the continued fight to maintain a strong presence along the Strip, Las Vegas taxi drivers have banded together under the name “Vegas Drivers Unite” to boycott different ...

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    He’ll co-host a night of live music at the Bunkhouse with high-school friend and former Chapter 11 bandmate Clayton Scrivner.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Try the nabiyaki udon, which fuses niku beef udon and traditional kake udon—and adds a giant tempura shrimp and soft-boiled egg for good measure.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Imagine James Brown fronting a hardcore band.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    The celebrated singer/actress enthralls a capacity audience with her dance moves, wardrobe changes, backing band and calls for unity and empowerment.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Tickets cost $19 and give visitors the ability to browse the outdoor bonyeyard without an online reservation.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    “Vegas has been a reggae hub for a long time, and a lot of new bands like Fortunate Youth have been coming out of there.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    It’s also the new home of the Human Experience open mic, a daily karaoke open mic and a dance battle every First Friday.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    The resort pool recently unveiled the summer lineup for its LGBT-focused party.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Two more locations are set to open this year: in Lyfe Kitchen’s old space at the District and at Stephanie and American Pacific.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    “I’m not adding mayos or mustards or vinegars that don’t belong. It’s very basic, and that’s what people like about it.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    “There’s a lot of young women of color who look up to me and thank me for representing them … it’s definitely a new thing, and I want to do a good job at it.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Blending cultures and cuisines has always been at the heart of what he does.

  • Noise

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Also: Boulder City Swings swings into, well, Boulder City.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Running June 18-29 this year, it provides affordable opportunities to dine at spots you’ve always wanted to try, with a portion of the proceeds going to Three Square to help provide meals to those in need.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Not only does it provide free entry to all guests every day of the week, it has affordable cabanas and drinks, plus live entertainment.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Bassist/co-vocalist Mark Hoppus also discusses Twitter outrage and what goes into making a setlist.