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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

    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.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    The bird is poached, served skin-on and accompanied by a bowl of chicken-stock-seasoned rice and three sauces.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    “People are expressing themselves in different ways that were hidden before and not talked about. It gives you a chance to say, ‘Here I am. I want you to see that these are concerns of mine and areas that affect me deeply and areas that have changed my whole life.’”

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    The brainchild of singer and guitarist Memo Jesus Inzunza, Chameleon Queen fuses disparate influences: ’70s Japanese psych-rock acts such as Shintaro Sakamoto, jazzy lounge rock from the likes of Yura Yura Teikoku, plus T. Rex, The Beatles and Of Montreal.

  • Noise

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    “We have Zoé, a legendary rock band from Mexico, and July Talk, an upcoming band from Canada [on tour with us]. The feeling and spirit of having a consolidation of love between the three countries is excellent, and spirits are really high.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    The gourmet multi-regional eatery is small, luxurious and modern, decked out in black, gold and deep and distinguished red.

  • Taste

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    An old-school Street Fighter arcade game is a nice touch, too.

  • News

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    In 2011, Joy Hoover launched the Cupcake Girls nonprofit in Las Vegas to provide sex workers and adult entertainers with varying levels of assistance—at AVN, Cupcake Girls offered rest, relaxation, food, goodie bags and massages. But since its inception, it has been responsible for supporting hundreds of clients with intensive case management; medical, dental and mental health services; legal counsel and more.

  • Sports

    Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Like many WNBA players, Las Vegas Aces center Carolyn Swords was used to spending the offseason playing overseas ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    The Las Vegas location is bold and sexy, with nautical touches that pay homage to the original Harry’s Bar, which sat along the canals of Venice.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

    “Everything we need is here. It’s just coming together in a slightly different way and expanding our circles and imagination.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

    “I tour a lot, and I get a lot of inspiration from traveling, meeting people, playing shows and all these bits and pieces. I get ideas from that, and I produce them on my laptop and then I go home and work that all out.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

    “I’ve recorded so many bands that have been on vinyl, and I’ve never had my own sh*t on vinyl. The way [vinyl] tells a story, having to flip it over, it’s like a two-part mini-series. And we really designed it to be like that.”

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    Among the handful of Nevada-based films screened at last week's shorts fest was a few music videos for local acts.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    It has become more political, with songs about the #MeToo movement and bias in the news. And its sound is noticeably more aggressive.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    Sip Barolo, nosh on a meat and cheese board and put chocolate on everything.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    I discovered the internet a little too early and got really curious with Googling. I was like, you can type in “boobs!”

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

    “I felt like I was always being used as a tool, like, look at this hot porn girl I hang out with. They treated me like [my porn persona] instead of my actual self.”

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    His lo-fi, garage-rock style permeates the project—a collection of songs he wrote years ago, recorded on an 8-track in the singer’s bedroom.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

    It replaces the Conservatory-adjacent Cafe Bellagio, giving it a luxe upgrade while still ticking all the boxes a casino café needs. And while Sadelle’s is largely known for its bagels and lox, it has perfected lunch and dinner comfort foods, too.

  • Noise

    Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

    The singer-songwriter favored album cuts, covers and lesser-known songs over a set of radio staples during his 90-minute show.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    Aritaum’s prices can’t be beat. Where else can you get face masks for $1.50 apiece?

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    I went for the biscuits and gravy, and then I returned for the chicken.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

    “We showed him some ideas, he showed us some ideas, and we just became sort of like, a good wall for each other to bounce ideas off for each others’ records.”

  • Adult

    Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

    New products from Bad Dragon, Tenga, Midori and more.

  • Fine Art

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

    Depio’s 11-by-40-foot Moapa mural works as a Nevada time capsule, traveling to the time of industrialization and the type of “creative destruction” that naturally occurs when trying to make life more hospitable.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

    We had to keep the interview relatively short, so he could make his flight on the OPM 73 spaceship, which he and his crew board every Wednesday through Monday for a quick pit stop in Sin City.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

    She’s a regular at Drai’s, and hip-hop is where her heart is.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

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

  • Food

    Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

    Where can you get hot links mixed in?

  • 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?

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

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

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

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

  • 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.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.